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Yuengling Oktoberfest | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling OktoberfestYuengling Oktoberfest

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.45%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yuenglings on 08-21-2011

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Photo of devilben02
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
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 +10.7%
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%

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 +11.6%

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 +5.1%
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 -28%
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 -3.3%

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 -3.3%

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 +33.9%

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 +5.1%
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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Photo of mikeg67
2/5  rDev -40.5%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of some hops, caramel and fruit soda. Body is medium and astringent. Astringent hops, caramel malt and some grain fill the mouth. Finish is long and unpleasant. The brew to avoid.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

Looks good, a nice amber with moderate head and retention. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes the same with more pronounced sweetness.

Smooth with decent carbonation.

Overall, it's solid but not the best of the style. Definitely a Yuengling product.

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Photo of punk_physicist
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

Yuengling makes great beer and Oktoberfest (Märzen) style beer is my favorite. If you live in the northeastern US it is very inexpensive, making it one of the best beers per dollar and my go to drink when it is in season.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No label information. Yuengling Oktoberfest is brewed in the style of an Oktoberfest beer. Available in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft as an early fall seasonal.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam biscuit white head over a medium copper body with very high clarity. Retention is above average, lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Modestly sweet, syrupy caramel malt with a light bready body matches a light husky bitterness and a mild acidity. Potency is mild. 3.25

(Taste) The balance is slightly more favorable in the flavor, with a reserved caramel malt sweetness plus a light earthy grain bitterness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is chewy, smooth and slightly dry. Carbonation generates a soft frothiness for a soft mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. Alcohol presence is low and there are no discernible off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A fairly middle-of-the-road Oktoberfest, clean and enjoyable, it falls a little heavy on the sweet side of Oktoberfests but the slight imbalance likely won't stall the drinkability of this beer for any drinker. 3.5

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: crystal-clear, tawny-colored liquid... soap-sudsy foam that actually sticks around for awhile in cap form atop, clinging up the sides of the glass - must be the hops?

S: echoing what others have said, the overall smell does resemble their flagship lager - must be similar ingredients and yeast... what sets this apart is a marginally more nutty and Munich-like maltiness - not much, not enough

T: clearly not identical to the Lager... not nearly the depth in malt richness that toastier, more gluten-y grain flavors beg for... this is nutty and is of a malt character not unlike Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (arguably)... little bit minerally with a woody hop character in the finish... wouldn't be surprised if they slightly modified their lager recipe for this

F: round, smooth... dull-ish on the palate... longing for something a bit sharper in carbonation and dryness with a fuller body

O: at the price point, not awful... got my hopes up with this, considering how well their Summer Wheat came out... this just falls well short... heaven forbid you have this with pancakes (I couldn't help myself), any subtle toasty malt character will be nullified

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Average Oktoberfest. Slight toasted malt and caramel/toffee sweetness in the nose. Flavors follow suite, grain-like and grassy. Overall, very light bodied, crisp and clean.

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Photo of Echoesofanera
4/5  rDev +19%

This beer really surprised me, I thought it was delicious and smooth, something you can sip on or even drink fast if that's what your going for, just the right amount of flavor not over the top at all like some seasonal beers can be. Over all I recommend this beer! and its a couple $ cheaper than most 6 packs as well so that's a plus!

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Photo of car2052
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a Pint glass.

A: Wonderful clear dark reddish copper color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly recedes.
S: A bit of sweet malt, with a little bit of cinnamon.
T: Slightly toasted malt with a caramel flavor. Becoming a nice sweet flavor. Minimal hop bitterness on the finish.
M: Light to Medium mouthfeel. A little bit more toasty than the Traditional Lager. Sweetness adds to the drinkability in a positive way.
O: For the great price (7 dollars a six pack!), this give you a beer with a bit more flavor than their flagship Traditional Lager. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. This would be a good go-to beer if it wasn't a seasonal.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz bottle

clear amber color, foamy white head that fades. fairly sweet aroma, all malt. taste has some biscuit flavors, a touch nutty. a little too sweet. thinner body and medium carbonation.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Yuengling Oktoberfest Brewed by Yuengling Brewery with an ABV of 5.45% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice white head. This is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. I like the color of this brew. So far this brew is ok. The smell is rich with grains and some sweetness. The taste is rich with flavor and some sweetness at the end. Oktoberfest has a nice balance to it there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Yuengling did a real nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. There is no bad aftertaste to this brew. Oktoberfest has a clean finish to it. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out 5. This brew was better than what I was expecting. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of hopmashian
4.3/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Every year about this time Oktoberfest beers appear and I try to sample as many as I can. So far Ayinger, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr are my favorites. They're all German brews that most agree are solid examples of the style. That said, there is a subset of American Oktoberfest beers that seem to pursue a slightly different iteration of Oktoberfest. This is such an offering that's right, in it's balance of malt and hops. It's mouthfeel is perfect and nothing in it is to forward or dominant. I can drink it all night but it's not thin and watery. So I'll be getting some more sixes as Oktoberfest goes on.

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Photo of demonspeed
1/5  rDev -70.2%

My palette must be completely out of whack compared to most other reviewers, but this was horrible. It was bad enough that I didn't even want to finish it. I so wanted to like it as Yuengling is my usual default when out and about.

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Photo of Milchad
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%

One of my favorite variations of Oktoberfest beers. I had it at a friend's house a couple years back and now I can't find it anywhere. Do they still make this brew or not?

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Photo of gr0g
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant copper color with a two-finger. Not much lacing to speak of. The aroma is quite pleasant: toasty malt and toffee at the forefront, plus an ever-important floral hop component to keep things from becoming bland. At this point, you'd be hard-pressed to tell this apart from Sam Adams 'fest, which, to me, is one of the best American Marzens.

Toasted grain and caramel are the primary flavors. Hop bitterness is there but kind of lifeless, and the finish is a bit bland and nondescript. The "corniness" that's apparent with Yuengling lager isn't present, and my palate can't tell whether that adjunct was used. Slick mouthfeel with restrained carbonation.

Yuengling' festbier is a pleasant surprise, kind of like a toastier version of their flagship lager. I've had worse Marzens from true craft brewers.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a nice copper color in a 16oz mason jar with a nice 2 inch head that does not hang around leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is malty. I get plenty of malts with a little bit of a yeasty smell that is textbook lager yeast smell in my opinion. No hops in the nose.

Taste is really sweet as you would expect from such a malty nose. Minimal to no hops in the taste as the nose would suspect.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side but that is ok with me on this beer. Nice carbonation to the beer.

Overall a decent beer. I was eager to taste this one since the summer wheat from yuengling was so good. This one was a little bit of a disappointment as I think I would prefer the traditional lager to this one.

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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.
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