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 mikeg67
2/5  rDev -40.3%

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 +5.1%
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 +41.8%

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 +3.3%
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%
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%

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 +19.4%

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 +19.4%
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%

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 +26.9%

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 +28.4%
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 -70.1%

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 +16.1%

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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%

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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Photo of utopiajane
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a soft orange copper color with a slight tan head of foam that fell to a ring and film on top. Good clarity and honey golden hues. Nose has a lot of caramel on it. A bit of popcorn. Some faint toasty bread and a good grain scent. No hops until a small sweet grass comes up as ti warms. Taste is smooth and rich. The grain is lovely and seems like it has melted into the caramel which is dominant on the palate. It has a good amount of sweetness and a bit of dry crisp malt to withstand that. It does drink a bit breaddy and with a touch of lemon in the finish and sweet grass and slight underlying hop bitter with a bit of spice. Buttery slickness in the mouthfeel .

It’s ok but very sweet.

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Photo of okiecajun
3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a good Oktoberfest beer. I picked this up while traveling through Pennsylvania. I stopped to pick up regular Yuengling and saw this next to it in the cooler. It's pretty close to Shiner Oktoberfest. I was pleasantly surprised. It's like most Oktoberfest beers. It's malty and sweet. Give it try whenever it comes around in the fall.

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant caramel with a foamy khaki head that slowly dissipates, leaving minimal lacing.

Toasted bread and light fruity notes form the initial aroma, with notes of caramel and toffee adding complexity.

The fruity esters really come through in the flavor, underlying a toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. Hop presence in minimal, slightly floral in nature. The finish is nutty and dry. That characteristic yuengling metallic note surfaces late.

Body is moderate, slightly slick, with moderate to slightly low carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

If the metallic notes and fruity esters aren't there, this would be a decent beer. It's a touch sweet but not bad. Good malt character.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.94/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

great oktoberfest. Not the best i tried but very much addictive for an oktoberfest. Honestly I like this Oktoberfest better than Sam Adams. Kudos to Yuengling for another wonderful beer. I know their beer list is small but I have liked all their brews so far except 1. but i guess that goes with any brewery.

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

The coloring is a bit dull but a crystal clear dark copper meets the eye. The head mounted well in a flood of bubbles and then ebbed back to nearly no head at all.

The aroma is sweet barley, kind of damp musty earth, with a slight roasted grain.

The grain really comes out and the barley is right there with it. The grain is a little nutty, and a little sweet. The only issue would be it needs a lot more roasted character.

The feel is easy enough and despite the load of bubbling in appearance the carbonation level is really low.

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Photo of Crafts_and_recreation
4.18/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a nice, rich orangey-amber color with a thin head that falls quickly and retains little lacing

S: prominent caramel and sweet malts, some notes of spice, clean aroma that's not too strong

T: sweetness of roasty malts and caramel with a crisp very slightly bitter lingering finish, pleasant upon exhale

M: smooth carbonated mouthfeel with a thin/medium body that finishes clean and a touch dry

O: this is a solid choice for a readily available (at least in my area) Oktoberfest that can be enjoyed as a session beer and is much more affordable than its many counterparts. A sweet and crisp selection that I won't say "no" to.

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

An amber beer, with a slight whitish head and a clear complexion. The smell is malty, and clean, but also a little subtle. I like this beer much better than the traditional yuengling lager. Medium-light in body. Medium in flavor, but not at all bad.some bread and a faint hop flavor in the finish. Smooth.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
2.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I Like Yuengling as a Brewery,and dig their Porter & Bock a lot..however I totally understand why some traditional Beer purist Slag Yuengling a lot,as much as I enjoy their Bock Beer,it is not even close to any type of traditional bock whatsoever,and I swear... to me it has a very Grapefruit like taste in the background,lol.
anyway,Yuengling "Octoberfest" is not a Bad Beer,but it is really sweet,a bit too sweet for my taste,@ least for the type of beer it is supposed to be~
it pours out a nice amber/copper color and you can smell the roasted malts right of the bat,also a bit of toffee smell in there.
the taste is pretty decent,exept for the sweetness that comes creeping in after the first swallow.
while I would have no problem drinking this Beer if someone hands me one,I personally would not buy it,or seek it out again,as I said,not a Bad Beer,but not worth looking for either,because there are so many Gr8 "Octoberfest" Beers out there.Cheers & Peace2All.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked this beer up in Totowa recently, having never had this before. I'm not the biggest fan of these but every year, I give a few of these that I haven't had before a go. Yuengling's beers never really blew me away and that turned out the be the case with this as well. While this was certainly fitting for its category, there wasn't anything memorable abut this and I had to pace myself while drinking this. It went down too clean and easily, which is not quite what I'm looking for in a beer this time of the year!

The pour to this was typical, with a nearly-clear copper hue, present head that faded quickly, and hardly any lacing to be seen. Some caramel and herbal notes in the nose, which were repeated in the taste. This was thin, not terribly carbonated, and missing the hops needed to give it a full profile. No stickiness, bitterness, or spiciness to this at all and only the creamy mouthfeel saved this from being totally unmemorable. A bit of the bread stayed around in the aftertaste, but even that faded rather easily as well.

Thankfully, the alcohol was not detectable in this and if I had another one, I'd probably kick back with it too. This is almost as mindless as a beer gets and only worth a go once if you're in the mood for near-session Octoberfest offering. Even the bottle wasn't green and not that it mattered, but I almost wanted to find something to take away from this. It's decent for enjoying the season with, but not for much else unfortunately.

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Yuengling Oktoberfest from Yuengling Brewery
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