Yuengling Oktoberfest | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling OktoberfestYuengling Oktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
yuengling.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yuenglings on 08-21-2011

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Ratings:
899
Reviews:
178
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with little retention and some lacing on a clear amber with golden hues body. Aroma is very simple and mostly malty with little spice or hop character to make you think of a good marzen. Flavor is a touch sour. The caramel malts do not add much sweetness. The hops are mild and there are no spices add here to make this a good one for the genre. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tastes like old amber Yuengling.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Blue & Grey Bar & Grill in Gettysburg, PA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, earth, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, nut, and burnt caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's a bit boring for an American take on the style.

Serving type: on tap.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Knapp85
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a copperish looking brown color. The head was Kind of soapy looking and cream colored. The lacing and retention was minimal. The smell of the beer has some malty aromas with a touch of spice and a lager yeast in there as well. The taste of the beer is average to, seems like just a slightly different flavor than their Traditional Lager. The mouthfeel was smooth with a good carbonation and a solid dry finish to it. Overall I wasn't too impressed, it was fun to try and I was happy I did but I wouldn't have to go after this one like I do with Samuel Adams each year.

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Photo of metter98
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear deep amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head that quickly died down, leaving only lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of toasted malts and a bit of sweetness, but the maltiness seems to be from extracts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and rather watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but the taste seems too sweet and watered down for the style.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Capitalizing on Munich celebrations- it seems that this time of year, we are all a little bit German. And with Yuengling's origins in the heart of Deutsch immigration, its no surprise that this festbier emerges.

Golden with light orange hues, the colors of fall show up in lager form. Brightly clear and exuberant- its carbonation quickly builds a loose structure of foam that lasts over half the session. Light on lace, the glass becomes dotted with receding foam.

Grainy-sweet aromas are modestly of "Grapenuts" cereal and light caramel kick things off. But trailing citrus hop character shares an uncommon scent, but it does show its Americanized influences.

Its part-malt, part-grain flavor also provides a mild caramel and husky taste. Lightly of bread crust, the lager favors a rougher grain taste than the more elegant breadiness of Bavarian versions. Its balance is less herbal and more citrusy as a sharper tone emerges from its hop profile. Finishing minerally, lightly sulfury and with a grassy, stemmy hop bite- its taste is simply not as refined as classic Oktoberfest beers.

Grainy also in texture, the malt creaminess is light and its scrubbing grain and sulfur compounds keep the beer a little rough on the throat. Its hop bitterness turns mildly astringent as the beer closes with more bite than smoothness.

Yuengling's Oktoberfest is a fine beer, but its not exactly a traditional Oktoberfest- its a Oktoberfest-inspired lager that's made with common American technique, recipe, and ingredients. A nice reinvention, albeit simplified and rugged.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 7/29/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange.copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Some light yeast fruitiness as well. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light caramel/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Minimal herbal/spicy hop and toasted malt bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Fairly clean on lager flavors; some fruitiness in the aromas, but minimal in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.45%. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very malty and flavorful for the ABV, with just enough hops for balance. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of oberon
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first O-fest beer of the year.Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear lighter bronze shade with a large fluffy slightly off white crown atop.Aromas are light and clean with a hint of caramel and toasted grain.A little watery feel to it,flavors mainly of caramel and a touch of grain.It's very average and not complex but I didn't expect it to be mind blowing.Hopefully the worst Oktoberfest beer of the year for me.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Yuengling Oktoberfest
12 oz. brown glass bottle, coded "1423131 03:36"
$1.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

It's nice to see that Yuengling is keeping up with the times by putting out new beers. They fired one of the first shots in the microbrew revolution just by keeping their porter alive when no one else did, and they then furthered that by introducing their Black & Tan and Traditional Lager. The Lord Chesterfield didn't hurt either, and as far as I can remember, that was the first all-Cascade hopped beer to come out of a large regional brewery.

The Oktoberfest, however, falls short; but at least they've opted to go for more of a Vienna-style than just a malty-sweet golden "Festbier". The appearance is good, and the aroma is OK, but the flavor is lacking. There's some caramel to it, but overall the malt fails to display any depth of character. Some lively spicy hops bring it around a bit, and there is a touch of toasty sweet bread to it as well as a light fruitiness, but it still seems a bit threadbare overall.

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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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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some faint hints of burnt orange highlights. The beer has a half finger tall off-white foamy head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet toasted malts with some light hints of caramel.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of sweetness as well as some hints of caramel. There is no perceptible hop flavor and almost no bitterness to the taste of this beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: While I prefer a more robust Oktoberfest beer personally, this beer was really popular with my relatives whom are not beer connoisseurs and was probably the best option where we stopped to grab some beers. A little sweeter than I prefer my beers in the style and a little too watery.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Dark amber-hued body, good clarity, and capped beneath a slim, white head.

Smell: Sweetish scent, fairly tame, with light notes of toasted grains and caramel flavoring.

Taste: Crisped grains with some toasty elements to it and a light hint of caramel flavoring. Faint, vaguely herbal hops, mildly bitter. Sweetish, faintly grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation with some tingle to it.

Overall: The caramel taste here, it's... it's just odd, and, maybe it's just me, but it seemed to have a falseness to it, like the added flavoring to that Saranac Caramel Porter. It's not an abhorrent beer, but it sure doesn't stack up against the better examples of the style (or even the not-so-better ones).

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Clear darkish amber hue, thin lacing. Slightly sweet nose, toasted malt, faint caramel, hint of hops, clean. Big on crispness, slightly smooth, lighter bodied, grainy, mild toasted husk, feigned sweetness, touch biscuity, light hopping, balancing bitterness, drying grassy finish.

Not half bad, drinkability is pretty high and with this beer being clean and all I'd certainly go back for more.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I tried this side by side with 3 other American made Oktoberfests, this was enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a stange.

The color is medium amber with bone white head and fine bead with very good retention and lace. The smell has a strong caramel sweet odor at first followed by diactyl which gets more noticeable as it increases in temperature until it overtakes the smell. The feel is sweet with high carbonation and low bitterness with diacetyl and quick ending semi-dry finish.

The taste has some caramelized sugar and lightly sweetened cereal type malt flavor or adjunct with husky dry taste mid palate. The slight woody earthy element comes in which is almost undescribable in an odd sweet taste. There is no bitterness to balance and odd corny diacetyl mix of tastes which overwhelm as the beer is consumed. Overall not recommended unless you are desparate to have one. The most lackluster of lagers I have tasted let alone festbiers. This is flawed in too many ways ...it seems to get worse as it goes from cold to cool and the diacetyl increases with a sweet corn-pop quality I disliked.

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ZEB89
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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