Yuengling Oktoberfest
Yuengling Brewery

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #533
ABV:
5.45%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,621
Avg:
3.35 | pDev: 16.12%
Reviews:
206
Ratings:
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Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Notes: Yuengling® is proud to offer our Oktoberfest as an homage to our German Heritage. Copper in color, this medium bodied beer is the perfect blend of roasted malts with just the right amount of hops to capture a true representation of the style.

26 IBU
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; amber in color; 1+ finger tan head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: nutty, toasty, a bit of caramel;

T: follows the nose; a little sweet; nuttier toward the finish; moderate bitterness at the end - more bitterness than I expected;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: an odd combination of sweetness and bitterness;

Apr 27, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is 2019 oct. Saw this at Sams for $21 a case. Only $2 more than regular Yuengling that is always good. Bargain. Popping the top I get a whiff of sweet malts. Pours to a bronze orange like most Oktoberfests. Nice tan head. Taste is sweet malts up front, bitterness yet balanced kicks in then the finish is balanced and zesty the flattens out. This is a great beer for the style, might lack a hair on the body but nothing in flavor. PROST.

Oct 03, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the local Stop & Shop.

A gorgeous clear copper with a dense,off-white head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is soft and doughy, with the classic Marzen caramel/bread notes tempered by a mild hop character. Unfortunately, though, a noticeable grainy, cooked cereal character not unlike soggy cornflakes, is present, A little bit of corn syrup and honey are present. A little fatty too. The palate opens mildly sweet with soggy cornflakes, a nice bready note, a little honey, dark corn syrup. Mild toffee. A mild hop character is present with a mild bitterness, rather nondescript. Lacking in depth, the finish is light, mild and disappointing. Truth be told, this beer is mediocre.

Sep 17, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling doesn't make the best tasting beer but at least they charge a fair price now on to the review. I don't see a date on the bottle. The pour is an amber color. I'm not getting a whole on the nose just some roasted malts. On the taste i'm getting i'm getting some roasted malts but they are subdued on the palate which would make this sort of an easy drinking Oktoberfest style of beer & some caramel sweetness. Yes, this beer is not bursting with flavor but I would have no problem downing a 6 pack of this is in a session. Cheers! B-

Sep 13, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear copper reddish color with a bit of a white, foamy head. Scent is sharp, almost a bit tart -- not as much maltiness as I was expecting. Taste follows suite, a bit acerbic that seems to follow on the tongue (a bit odd for an Oktoberfest). Was expecting something a bit maltier throughout, but is something interesting to try and is fairly refreshing.

Sep 12, 2019
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Purpleazaleas from South Carolina

2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear reddish amber with light head, floral aromas, crisp clean dry taste, acceptable effort, drinkable but not the best Oktoberfest out there

Sep 08, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber body under a washed out tan head a finger or two high... Hearty, rustic maltiness brings some mild sweetness, while hops dry things out and add some bite... suggestions of browned biscuit, herbal fields, dark brown barley grain, and a bit of a bittered caramel edge lending some sweetness... Decent, but not as good as the Warsteiner or Brooklyn Oktoberfests I had recently...

No best by or bottling date visible...

Sep 08, 2019
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officerbill from New York

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: clear amber with a thick off-white head that clings to the glass and dissolves to a ring
S: toffee, caramel, malts, yeast, bread, very slight citrus
T: odd. caramel, dough, and some sort of slightly bitter pumpkinesque flavor with a mild hop background
F: thick & sticky, lots of carbonation, dry with an unpleasant aftertaste
O: an OK beer for the price point, but the odd flavors are off-putting. I bought one as part of a make-your-own 6 pack, but I'm not going to buy another

Aug 23, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of caramel malt, slight yeast, hint of dough, hint of alcohol, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a German Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness. Tastes of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, corn, hint of wheat, and sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and aroma, but body is lacking and has corn flavors that are not pleasant.

Nov 12, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in Atlanta.
Pours with a clear light copper colored body topped by a very good beige head. It also smells OK, with a mix of spicy hops and sweet malts. The flavor, however, is quite disappointing, even for a cheap macro-brew.

Nov 07, 2018
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JerryLevinson from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer looks great in the glass, a rich amber color with nice lacing. However, it is otherwise below average in taste, a bit watery with a narrow flavor profile. Still, it is one of Yuenglings best efforts. and hard to beat at the low end of the price range. There are better domestic Oktoberfest's, even staying within Pennsylvania, but this could make a nice fall session beer on a low budget.

Oct 25, 2018
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DJtheTireGuy from South Dakota

3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presented in a standard pint glass

Look: Deep amber colore with faint white ring around the top. There is a film of small bubbles that want to form a faint head but cannot quite muster it.

Smell: Faint smell of malts and almost no sense of hops. There is an earthy aroma that reminds me of autumn. I get a bit of a yankee candle vibe from it.

Taste: The hops give a pleasurable bite to the lips and tongue. There is a taste of minerals and spices that fade into a malty flavor. Tastes of grains and straw that really accomplish the oktoberfest genre.

Feel: Incredibly smooth lager that hits the right notes of bitterness and warm caramel malt.

Overall: Fantastic oktoberfest brew that is great from the beginning to the end. There couple be more carbonation and a tad bit more flavor, otherwise it was executed quite well for what it is: a cheap oktoberfest brew that can be bought as far as Indiana.

Oct 17, 2018
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Riff from Virginia

3.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear amber color with a thin, white head with a touch of lacing. Smell is sweet, malt and caramel. Taste is...astringent at first, touch of hops, some bread and caramel. Lighter body, moderate carbonation. Astringency goes away as the beer warms, leaving more bread flavor. Overall, warmer its drinkable, cold it was barely so. Won't drink this again and wouldn't recommend seeking this out, there are much better fest beers out there.

Oct 07, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of sand colored head, looks the part. Pretty good lacing & head retention

S: Sweet grainyness, pears

T: A little bit of brown breadyness, some caramel, dryness & a touch of white grape up front. A little leafy hop surfaces as this warms,some pear as well & a little caramel on the edges. finishes dry, a little grassy with leafy hops & a little pear

MF: Medium body, fairlyl lively carbonation, body thins a touch when warm. decent balance

Not a bad take on the style, pretty drinkable

Oct 02, 2018
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- amber color with orange fades apart of it. half finger head with a wavy lacing on the inside of the pint.

S- caramel malts with some spicy herbal clove

F- caramel malts with hint of spice

M- watered down but a good effort. The caramel is there but the fall spice piece needs to be more pronounced

O- an average beer from yuenging but then again im a stickler. I like yuengling and i would buy a sixer of this to chill

Sep 30, 2018
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moodenba from New York

2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from a six pack of Yuengling Oktoberfest purchased September, 2018, poured at refrigerator temperature into a simple glass. Deep amber body with a modest off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. I remember from previous years a nice medium bodied Fest beer flavor. Was I dreaming? This beer seems weak-bodied and overly astringent for the style, with a vague hoppy bitterness. It looks good, at least. It's probably not too different from Yuengling Lager.

Sep 21, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Clear amber with two fat fingers of tan head. Creamed corn and a hint of vomit in the aroma. They carry over to the taste, along with a little hops and nuts. Relatively clean finish aside from a slight metallic aftertaste. Light bodied with decent carbonation. Awful.

Sep 19, 2018
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep clean amber, with a well-sized head of near-khaki suds. Average lace.

Aroma: Caramel malts, toasty and pleasant.

Taste: Lightly-bodied (maybe even a bit on the thin side) but sweet and toasty on the palate. Very drinkable and faithful to style. No problems here, maybe not the best American Oktoberfest but certainly not bad in the least.

Sep 12, 2018
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babaracas from Florida

2.87/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Desperate for festbiers and seeing nothing but Sam Adams, this was a bit of a stretch but it was cheap. Pours a dark copper, one finger of soapy white foam that fades to a thin cap. Smells like Yuengling... pale malt, munich-ish, a little caramel, mildly spicy and herbal. Taste: a little toast, watery caramel sauce, peach candy note, moderate spicy and herbal hopping. Light bodied, aggressive carbonation. Didn't expect this to be good, and it's not, kind of like drinking a Yuengling while someone shouts out marzen descriptors from the next room. Is that how the meme goes?

Sep 07, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really doesn't taste like an Oktoberfest beer. Sort of tastes like Yuengling Lager and maybe just a little bit sweeter....as in very little. But then again, their Golden Pilsner basically tastes like the Lager as well. Yuengling is Yuengling I guess which isn't a bad thing really. Overall, the Oktoberfest is a decent session beer....that's about it. And hey, its cheap. What do you expect for $6 for a six pack?

Aug 30, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the neck, right near the shoulder, in black ink: "18 212 31 12:39"

Appearance: The beer is a dark copper color with good clarity. It has a short white head with dense bubbles. It has good head retention.

Aroma: There is a faint nutty aroma with a touch of a caramel scent.

Taste: It has a light bit of banana bread flavor with a touch of caramel flavor. Alcohol flavor pops into the forefront more often than not.

Mouthfeel: It has a light body and it is very drinkable.

Overall: It is your average run-of-the-mill Oktoberfest. It isn't a particularly good Oktoberfest but it is right at that "average mark." It has enough flavor and aroma that you will be able to tell you are drinking a regular Yuengling Lager, but it will most likely leave you wanting something more if you've had better. I could see myself drinking it again at a social gathering or at a place that might have limited selection, and it is enjoyable enough that I wouldn't mind it. Given the standard Autumn lineup I would rather pick a different Oktoberfest.

Aug 26, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at local volksfest. Pours bright amber with good khaki head. The aroma is merely beery. The taste is about the same. This is an AAL with some color. It has the corny, tart taste and the sorta bitter oily/buttery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, poor Oktoberfest, but ok for what it is. Better with food or friends.

Aug 04, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 2" fluffy off white head drops slowly with some mild lacing. Color is mostly clear amber and abundant streaming carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Flavor of dark toast, figs, a bit of caramel with earthy and floral hops. Overall: not bad, but not the best out there.

Aug 02, 2018
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dark amber (brown) with a rich dash of garnet. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and normal lacing.

The nose is of average quality for the style. Light caramel and a bit of bready malt provide a slightly sweet effect. Aromatic intensity is weak with no hop presence.

Light bodied with a mouthfeel similar to water. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding. Rich effervescence is provided from the middle on. The finish is finely bubbled a tickles the tongue.

The flavor profile is borderline very good. It isn't complex nor is it intense. It is extremely well balanced, world class actually. The problem is lack of contrast and complexity. What little hop flavor and bitterness that is present, is in deep background. Consequently, you get a muddied bit of caramel (no sweetness) that comes across as being slightly burnt - yet tasty. Towards the finish, the undercurrent of hops present with no significant bitterness and an earthy herbal noble hop flavor. The finish is a slow fade of weak noble hops.

Dec 08, 2017
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly good Oktoberfest from a national brewery. Better by far than most of the craft offerings for two reasons. One, it is actually a lager and they nail the drinkability and mouthfeel. (Although a little light) Two, they really didn't try to make the style their own.
While I wouldn't give it any awards, it does have a nice malt profile. Biscuity, with a touch of caramel then graininess, it is barely balanced with a hint of hops, but just enough. A soft, smooth mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation for the style. Finishes crisp and grassy.
Could be better? Of course. But it gets much worse than this with some of the Oktoberfests out there.

Oct 23, 2017
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