Yuengling Oktoberfest | Yuengling Brewery

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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 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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Photo of schwansmantr
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look- Dark"burnt" copper with a 2 finger off white head with light to moderate retention.

smell- Aroma of toasted caramel malts. Faint hops are noticed, and something that reminds me bread crust in the oven just before my wife makes stuffing.

taste- Early malt sweetness and flavor is surprisingly full bodied despite the lightness on the feel. Toast, caramel, Very clean a crisp

Feel- is light to maybe medium and is very drinkable with a crisp bitterness at the end with a fast dispersal.

overall- This is a great beer especially for the price as with all Yuengling beers. A great value without the loss of quality in taste and I would recommend it to any one.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Superbly balanced. Wonderful full taste. I believe they need to put all their beer in brown bottles. I do not believe green bottles do anything good to any beer I have tried. This Octoberfest was tasted alongside several German Octoberfest versions. I will not say which ones. It held its own, to my taste. A very good and very good tasting beer. Wonderful. Thanks Yuengling!

9/3/2016 update - good taste, especially since I just endured the "octoberfest" offering from Sam Adams. This Octoberfest from Yuengling has a very good, but not overpowering taste. I like my beer VERY COLD. But, I realize German beers might be best a little warmer. As THIS beer warms, the hops become more noticeable, but not bad. The malt is there, very little hops, to my taste, and a very good finish. Very good!! Thanks!

10/2016 - real bad news - they use GMO corn in their brew. Sorry, I cant go for that, regardless of the reason(s) they give. Corporations say GMO is "not bad". Sure, I believe them, remember how cigarette companies said cigarettes werent bad for us???

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Photo of Urk1127
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-Dark brown. Darkest Oktoberfest I've seen to date
-Big roasted malt, like a burnt pretzel dough, some grain
-Sweet caramelized sugar, heavy roasted grains but not overly sweet but at the same time has a bite to it. Nothing crazy
-A bit dry, medium feel, like i said wasnt overly sweet but left a grainy feeling

-very solid Oktoberfest. Ive youve had other options from yuengling, you could tell they made this one too

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from that packie across the border.
Deep golden color smallish white head. Smells a bit like the regular stuff, but maybe a bit sweeter. Nothing to go out of your way for here.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling Oktoberfest - A pretty decent brew. It's got a great caramel color and frothy head, but no staying power and no lacing. I didn't find anything distinctive about the smell and was only marginally impressed with the taste. The mouthfeel was better than most and overall it's better than good, but I've had some better o-fest beers. I'm a fan of Yuengling's offering, just not so much on this one.

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

Pours a nice head that dissipates quickly. Beer itself is a fairly dark amber. Smell and taste have a very nice caramel malt note but not much in the way of hops. The taste is the best part of the beer even though it needs more hop character. Still tastes better than the regular version. The feel is medium bodied but lacks some character in that it has weight but not thickness. Overall, one of Yuengling's better offerings.

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

Third bottle from the six-pack; can't find a bottling date or best-by, though on closer inspection I did find a long string of incomprehensible numbers hidden away in black print on the bottom of the bottle. Weird.

Speaking of the bottle, it's got a pretty nice label. The beer itself looks pretty nice as well -- pours orangey in color, settling into somewhere in the range between orange and brown once in the glass, with a decent bit of light tan foam on top. Foam hangs around much better than the standard Yuengling lager, which always seems to have a head that vanishes really quick -- not this one, there's still a decently thick layer on top even after I've taken the time to take a picture, upload it, post it on "What Beer Are You Drinking Now?", and start to type this review. It's pretty clear, and there's a good number of rising bubbles coming from the bottom. As I drink more, I notice that it's leaving a pretty nice set of trails on the sides of the glass as it goes.

The smell, like the appearance, is a lot like an upgraded version of the standard Yuengling lager -- a lot less of that weird "hair salon" type smell, and a lot more nice maltiness going on. It's bready, a bit sweet, and almost caramel-y on the end.

Taste matches the smell pretty well -- lots of maltiness going on for sure. The "hair salon" smell's influence on the flavor is so slight as to be almost nonexistent; it's just barely noticeable at first but quickly gives way to malt before it can overstay its welcome. Very bready, a bit sweet, and I think I'm picking up just a bit of a dry spiciness at the end that makes me think of European hops (which would be the appropriate kind for an Oktoberfest beer, I'd imagine.) Flavors are sweeter at first and in the middle, but shifting more toward dry at the end as the bread/grain sorts of flavors and slight spice take over, which is interesting and seems to work pretty well.

Feel is pretty good overall, too. Not amazing like the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest I had earlier in the season, but still good. Easy to drink pretty big gulps of this one, while at the same time not feeling *too* thin or approaching watery. A pretty nice balance there.

Overall, this is probably my second-favorite Yuengling beer so far, just short of the Summer Wheat. While this one doesn't really stand up to Sierra Nevada's collaboration Oktoberfest, it's still definitely good enough to be worth a try if you see it around; I'm glad I picked some up. For $7.40ish a six-pack, it's certainly worth the price -- a nice step up from the regular Yuengling lager, while not being so drastically different that fans of Yuengling's regular lineup won't be able to appreciate it. Here's hoping the new winter seasonal IPL keeps up the pattern of really tasty but also really affordable seasonal beers from this brewery!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nothing is going to supplant their Lord Chet in a CAN for me, but this is a really good second, even if it does come in a bottle. I CAN't really say that I am sorry to see the Bock go away, either.

It comes in a screw-top bottle, so it was simply Twist! and let fly with a heavy-handed pour. I was a bit aggressive as evidenced by the sudden appearance of three-plus fingers of fluffy, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet, but not cloying. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching, but not quite achieving, creaminess. Taste was very caramel-like, with a breadiness that held the sweetness in check. Finish was semi-sweet with a lingering caramel flavor. I could drink this all during the fall, and as proof, this is my fifth since it hit the market at the beginning of the month (today is M, 14 Sept 2015).

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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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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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Photo of BranfordBound
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First Okto of 2015, poured into a pint. Comes out a clear light amber with a quick head that fades, minimal lacing. Smell is pretty sweet, mostly malts and toffee. Basic blast of sweetness on the tongue, a touch caramel, finishes wet and a little bitter. Grain husk in the middle when warm. Easy to drink but I passed on having another, wasn't expecting much from Yuengling but I think I would take this over their standard Lager.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Red-orange color. Rocky off-white head retains well and leaves small clumps of lacing on the glass. Good clarity.

S: Malty sweet, light toast and crust, drizzle of treacle, faint fruit skins, very clean.

T: Early malt sweetness and flavor is surprisingly developed. Toast, caramel, treacle, grain, vague fruit skin. Very clean. Grassy/metallic hops peek out too. Drying finish goes grainy.

M: Medium-light body with a bit of syrupy/firm malt texture. Highly effervescent with a deep crispness that aids drinkability.

O: There's a bit more to it than I was expecting, but this is still pretty no-frills and simple. It is easily crushable, so it has that going for it. For the price and availability you could do worse. But you could also spend an extra buck or two and do a lot better. Put it this way: I would not seek it out, but I wouldn't mind it in a pinch.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice copper color. Decent head retention.

Aroma of toasted caramel malts. Faint hops are noticed, and something that reminds me a bit of hard well water.

Sweet and lightly toasted up front in the flavor, with a quick flash of hop taste that fades out to a long-lasting bready flavor. Smooth and soft on the palate while still remaining nicely carbonated.

This Octoberfest is not going to knock your socks off, but its worth a try.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours crystal clear light copper with a bubbly head that recedes quickly. Smells of honey, grain, stale, stinky hop bite. Taste is corn and malt graininess with some honey and caramel sweetness. Dry bitter finish. Fizzy and watery, a little light-textured for the style. Decent brew. A bit easier drinking than most craft oktoberfests.

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Photo of devilben02
2.64/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I grew up in Yuengling country, but I never tried the Oktoberfest until this past fall upon a friend's recommendation. It pours from the bottle with a nice, rich, red-brown color, although there is only a thin soapy head. The aroma is a faint combination of toasted bread and light, lemony hops. The flavor is definitely malt-forward as is to be expected, with notes of caramel and bread dominating, although there is also some musty and lemony hops to balance. The texture is a bit unpleasantly watery, with a fine, prickly carbonation.

Admittedly, this isn't my favorite style, and this one certainly isn't going to change my perspective, but it is similar to many other Yuengling products: solid and inoffensive, but a bit boring and unexciting.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.72/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish amber color with a head with light to moderate retention and has a slight tannish hue to it.

Smell- Caramel malt, biscuit aroma, sweet.

Taste- Has a strong prescence of caramel as it should from the malt. Sweet just as in the nose. Very smooth with just a hint of bitterness on the back end.

Mouthfeel- Very thin but a fair amount of taste. Easy drinking and super smooth.

Overall- I was surprised since this is a very good O-fest and is from a macro brewer. Definitely these would go by fast as they are thin, inviting, and agreeable to all.

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Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Pours a soapy, white head. Spicy/yeasty aroma. Lovely copper color. Starts with an interesting spicy hop maltiness. Builds into a really nice biscuit flavor. Finish is spicy hops over smooth malt.

Oh, this is very nice. The initial flavor is an interesting blend of hop and malt, but it grew on me VERY quickly as the great malt profile swells. I really like this one.

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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 57md
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this tonight at a birthday party.

Bright copper in color. Light for the style but still pretty malty. Not the best example of the style but not bad either.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.42/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I bought Yuengling Oktoberfest at a local bar/eatery in my hometown. It was on tap, so that to me is always a good sign. Then I drank it. Sigh.

I'm from Pennsylvania, but I show no real loyalty to Yuengling. It is omnipresent in this state. Every pub, bar, and local eating establishment has Yuengling on tap. It is not a special beer to me. It is certainly not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination. Sorry, fellow PA advocates. That's just how I feel about it.

But still, I wanted to try the Oktoberfest. Hey, something different! Maybe it won't suck!

Color: Dark amber, catches the light well. Off white head about three finger widths, dissipating slowly into a thin lace around the rim of the glass. Okay, so far, so good.

Aroma: Surprisingly I smell almost nothing here. Maybe a little malt. Very bland. Not really aromatic at all.

Taste: Watery! That is NOT what I was hoping for. This stuff is on tap too! Tastes faintly of malt. I guess that caramel taste is in there somewhere. Hello, anybody home? No, not really. It's very, very weak stuff.

Mouthfeel: Light, watery, and not very pleasant. Not the worst dreck I've ever tasted, but definitely not good either. Leaves a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Overall: Yuengling Oktoberfest sadly underwhelmed me. I hoped it would be at least somewhat satisfying. It wasn't. I drank Warsteiner Oktoberfest when I got home. It made the Yuengling taste like stale bread mashed into dirty water. That is all.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -3%

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a creamy, clinging off-white head.
S: Somewhat muted aromas of caramel, dark bread, cream, roasted nuts, and grassy, lemony hops are apparent on the nose.
T: Notes of caramel, nougat, dark bread, roasted chestnut, hazelnut, black walnut, hickory, cream, lemon rind, herbs, and grass fill the mouth. The finish is long and rather oily, presenting lasting notes of walnut, chestnut, hickory, lemon, and caramel.
M: This brew is light-to-medium in body, marking it as much lighter and less filling than traditional Bavarian Oktoberfestbiers, though this is increasingly becoming the norm with U.S. interpretations of the style. Carbonation is crisp, but somewhat delicate, though it still makes its presence known.
O: I am not a Yuengling fan in the least, but this brew really is not bad. It does not make me want to rethink my opinion of most of this brewery's products, it does not really challenge my indifferent attitude toward this style, and it does not make me want to rush out and buy a case, but I would not turn this beer down if it were offered to me again.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Pours a dark orange with a slight foamy head that dissipates rather quickly leaving just a thin layer of bubbles throughout. The smell is malty, sweet, a subtle hint of caramel. The taste is malty, with a slight hint of sweet fruit. Pretty standard stuff. Not much kick to this, but enjoyable nonetheless and can be purchased as a six pack for just about $7. Fair alternative to some more pricier oktoberfests, but you get what you pay for.

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Photo of JR88
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

For one this being very affordable wins out.

And despite how many say this is a bad brew or just ok.....rather opposite....its very well into the good range, yes it is rather light and very sweet/less malty vs others/big names of this style but still its very drinkable.

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Photo of ordybill
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Nice malt and hop aroma
Appearance- Traditional color and minimal head
Taste- more of a Vienna style not bad but there are better out there
Palate- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall- Ok brew, I prefer their lager but this isn't terrible

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