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Yuengling OktoberfestYuengling Oktoberfest

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Fall

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Added by yuenglings on 08-21-2011

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Photo of MacMalt
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pub glass. It pours a copper color with one finger of ecru-colored head and lacing. The smell was subdued: primarily biscuit malt and nuts. The taste featured roasted malt, biscuit, nuts, and a hint of caramel. There was no discernible hop presence. It is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and super-drinkable with an ABV of 5.45%. Overall, it's a middle-of-the road Marzen; it's refreshing and would hit the spot at a Fall outdoor event. It could be better on draught. But it's not at the same level of some of its famous German peers, such as Ayinger or Paulaner. Of Pennsylvania brewers, I think Sly Fox's Oktoberfest is better.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Medium copper color with a off-white 1.5 finger head that quickly collapses into a ring around the glass.

Smell: Malty with a slightly unpleasant funk to it.

Taste: Some malts, good balance.

Feel: Medium body,moderate carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall: An OK beer, unfortunately nothing really special.

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Photo of hdf561
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Looks clear darkish amber small head that disappears quickly with lacing.

Can smell some spice, and bread but nothing very strong kinda plain.

Taste is more of the same little spice but plain. Not a bad beer by any stretch just looking for more flavor and a warm feelin from fall and winter beers and this just didn't have that. Very drinakable and minimal aftertaste no bitterness.

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Photo of Bito24
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had both bottle and draft and bottle is better. Not a bad flavor. Not bitter and no after taste. Low price and like all Yuengling products, a poor man's Sam Adams knockoff!

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Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium brown in color, with a smallish light tan head.

S: Malty with caramel, and a touch of molasses. Perhaps a touch on the cloying side, with perhaps a touch of floral hops.

T: Malty with a biscuit like flavor. Slightly floral with a hint at bitterness, and perhaps a touch of tannin, or maybe brewer's licorice.

M: Medium bodied, moderate to active carbonation, and some odd cling in the finish.

O: Overall not a great brew, but I'd be pleased if this showed up with some wurst, kraut, and mustard... I'd be more pleased with a better beer, but this one could do.

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Photo of Dzman
4.55/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing the 2016 release. This beer is surprisingly good. The color is a deep rich copper. The smell has a sweetness very close to caramel. The pour has a thick steady head that floats and laces the glass from start to finish. The taste isn't bad. Quick flavors jumps at you of malty sweet caramel much like the smell. The funny thing is it doesn't look like much carbonation but it is definitely not flat. This isn't an authentic German oktoberfest. It's quite enjoyable actually and I would have no problem getting friends to have a few of this fine beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a rather modest head.

Nose full of sweet malts, slight floral notes and a ton of caramel.

Taste is akin to the smell, some herbal notes, caramel, but it's the burned malt that steals the show. Good mouthfeel, with below average, yet noticeable, carbonation.

The BA average is 3.35, which I think is fair yet on the low-end.

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

Look - dark copper body with white head

Smell - burnt toffee, toasted caramel

Taste - similar to the aroma, slightly burnt toffee and toasted caramel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, higher level of carbonation, slightest of sweetness upfront, some bitterness on the back end that seems unbalanced

Overall - inoffensive, yet not an overly impressive iteration of the style. Worth a try

Price point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice amber color with sizable creamy head. Laces well and smells of malt, barley, and some caramel. Every thing goes south after its fine appearance. The flavor is several ticks off. Overly sweet, overly malty, balance way out of whack and finishes far from stellar. Too sweet. Looking and waiting for grass and hoppyness to right the ship, but alas they are nowhere to be found. No thanks, I'll have a different Oktoberfest.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

$11.98/12 pack.

Maltier than Premium, no discernable hops, makes me miss the roasty quality of Porter. I try it every year out of a sense of obligation but it never 'wows' me.

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Photo of singletary
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pounded a nice amber color with a nice head. Smell is malty with a bit of caramel to it. Taste is smooth with a sweetness also very easy to drink this one. One of my favorite offering from Then going.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starts off a really nice appearance but that's the best thing this beer has going for it. It is along the lines for the style. However, just not the best rendition. Yuengling usually does a good jog with various styles Porter, Hefe, etc . . . just not here

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Photo of q33jeff
1.74/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reddish brown color. Creamy white head. Aroma is stale grains, barley, yeast. Taste is straight beer, barley, hops, a bit stale. Ash aftertaste. Slightly fuller version of yuengling lager.

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Photo of Squire123
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Beautiful red-gold-amber color, light color cap with decent lacing.

Aroma: Some fairly rich malty tones with little hop presence.

Taste: Rich, toffeeish, caramely malt without much in the way of balancing hops. Flavor is inviting for just about any who like beer, too bad it doesn't last. The taste sorta thins out midpalate with a more roasted malt character emerging that lingers in the aftertaste. It's like they ran out of ideas and kinda chopped it off in the end.

Texture: Medium

Overall: A rather good tasting beer that doesn't quite hold together to the end. Still in all, it's an uncomplicated beer with fuller than average flavor that I suspect will be served very cold where the malt flavors will stand out and the disappointing finish diminished.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a dark amber color. The head is moderate, and frothy. There is no nose to this beer. The taste fairly rich. It has some maltiness to it. A nice Marzen beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Oktoberfest from Yuengling was solid....not outstanding. The beer poured a nice amber color with white head that dissipated and did not leave any lace. The scent and taste had a bready like base. Further the taste was a little dry...or at least can off the pallet dry. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Its a nice sessionable beer and fits well in the yuengling line up.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass. This decent Oktoberfest pours a nice medium dark amber with a nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick layer and very nice lacing. Nose is VERY light with light grain and sweet malts. Taste lightly exceeds the nose with toasted malts to the fore, grain notes to the middle and back, and a light subtle zesty hop note that is subtle mixing with the lager notes. Decent mouth feel with medium carbonation that finishes sweet, medium to light body, and clean with a highly session-ability. Decent brew from a very old brewery. Nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/7/2015 at Chelo’s, in East Providence, RI, served in a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, fruit, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character and lager yeast. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and honey come in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from a 12 oz bottle. It's drinkable, but did not enjoy this too much. I'd take the Lager over this. It's too much of a malty, caramel "bomb". I did not enjoy the aftertaste with these malty, bready tones.

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Photo of Marraybay
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hands down, far superior to the day-to-day Yuengling Lager, which I've never been a fan of. No wet dog smell here or the unpleasant aftertaste that I get with YL. Noticeable marzen sweetness and a cleaner finish. There are undoubtedly many better examples of the style out there, but it's a beer from Yuengling I can actually drink.

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Photo of VDJ104
4.26/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a great fall beer better than the Sam Adams version IMO. The spices are instantly recognizable and the taste while very malty is not overly sweet.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - brown color with a clear hue. No foam dome. Some lacing down the glass.

S - Dark, toasted notes at first, watered-down barley at the end.

T - Slightly toasted malt taste, but the rest is kind of like their Lager.

F - Light in body, little carbonation. Kind of tangy feel.

O - Good Oktoberfest for the money, as always with Yuengling. Certainly not a bad beer. Fans of the brewery will most definitely buy this, but you are getting what you pay for. Just adds to the credibility of Yuengling, with good reason.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased in a Wegmans mix-six pack.

This pours a medium dark amber, clear, with a one inch head, and sticky lacing.

This smells like caramel, spicing, and lager yeast.

This isn't the most expressive or interesting Oktoberfest, even from American brewers, but it's really drinkable and still quite tasty. It's got a nice fruitiness to it, from Yuengling's lager yeast. I recognize a similar flavor in their regular old lager. There's some caramel, and spicy bready flavors, too.

This is light bodied, a tiny bit watery, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is a really drinkable, nice Oktoberfest, but don't go into expecting your socks to be blown off.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color appears dark amber; thick, sticky, foamy head. Malty aroma; caramel and hints of cinnamon; toasted grains. Carmel flavor; good hop bitterness. Medium body; warm and smooth; dry finish.

Overall, a respectable Oktoberfest beer that drinks easily. It's not trendsetting nor unique, yet a solid offering.

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Photo of drtth
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear dark amber color with a 1" creamy tan head that slowly settles down to a thin layer of foam on the surface and a nice ruing of leggy lacing. Sipping creates small scattered bits of lacing.

The aroma is faint and clean with a touch of caramel breadiness from the malt.

The clean, distinct flavors include the caramel and bready character with some earthy bitterness showing up in the mix.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied with some light crispness from the persistent gentle carbonation. The finish is on the short side of medium and begins as the earthy, almost burnt bitterness moves in to temporarily displace the flavors from the malt, gradually disappear, and leave a touch of sweetness fading into dryness.

This is a nice beer from Yuengling and I'd have no trouble drinking another or relying on it during an evening out. That said, for me its a beer that would not be my first choice among O-fest beers or if there were beers available from places like Victory, Stoudts or Sly Fox.

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