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Oktoberfest | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Wasatch on 08-24-2012

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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 126
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy caramel and a slight grassy hop.

The taste was dominated by roasted malts, a touch of burnt sugar and a touch of grass.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty brawny malt bomb.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an amber-brown brew with a full and off-white head. Mostly clear...maybe just slightly hazy. The smell is grainy...wet hay and some hops. A bit of alcohol and malt in the smell as well. The taste is malty and sweet in front, with a full hop presence in the mid-taste. It is well balanced, and aggressively hopped for an Oktoberfest. Full in body, with a lingering sweetness and bitter hop flavor. All in all, I though it was respectably good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear copper colored lager with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells malty and perfumed well with floral hops. Toasted grain and some burnt sugar with grassy yet flowery hops.

Starts out malty with a solid bitter snap in the finish. Tastes much like it smells. Some toasted grain and a caramel flavor. But it has the taste of a generic Marzen.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is pretty generic Marzen. Wouldn't do much for another but I will be finishing them all with no complaints.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown with a hint of red. Low white head that made a sticky ring around the glass. Only lightly carbonated.

S: Barley and malt. Sweet with honey and molasses and brown sugar. Caramel and a touch of smokiness.

T: Similarly to the smell, malt and molasses, though, the taste is much more acidic and tannin with charred oak and vanilla reminiscent of a bourbon, maybe even some nutmeg. Woodiness continues with a fresh wet cedar and some hazelnut. Finishes slightly crisp with lemon and a touch of grapefruit. I heard some bad things about this, but it hits a nice variety of flavor profiles that appreciate.

M: Medium dry, but. Not overpowering. Not too chewy considering the flavor profile. Slight hay, dried grass and dried leaf aftertaste from the obvious dry hopping. Though, it does not feel too strong, the dry hop was balanced nicely with the other flavors. The aftertaste also has a sweetness to it, but I can forgive it for the full was of the other notes.

O: Fuller flavor than I expect from a okto. I heard some bad stuff about this one, but I disagree. As an Oktoberfest, it may be a bit much, but as a brown ale (or even an stronger amber), this is a solid choice if you enjoy a strong hop backbone.

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Photo of Spikester
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber almost brown with one finger of off white head. Head departs after about 5 minutes leaving a tiny bubble dense curtain of lace.
Smell is toasted malt with a small amount of earthy hops.
Taste is rich roasted malt flavor with just enough earthy hops to keep this from being overly sweet. Malts dominate for sure but there is a good hop backing that makes it more like a dark chocolate effect on the tongue.
Mouthfeel is chewy with the carbonation adding some spicy zing.
Overall this is a very nice beer and would be a good cross over beer for the mostly timid. Great value beer as well.

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Photo of jesseejames
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer for its class. It has a nice nose and a wonderful malty taste. It seems to lack a head but perhaps that was because it was poured in a hurry into the glass. I was served this beer and did not pour it myself. I liked the wonderful fruity aroma of this beer and will drink more of it when it is available.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Everything that should be in an “autumn lager” is there, but they just didn’t get the subtly nor the complexity into it that the better brews have. Plenty of caramel malts, with hints of pumpkin and hops for balance. Very sweet.

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Photo of riored4v
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured in to a tulip. 1 finger, frothy off-white head. Clear, burnt copper/amber colored body. Good lacing.

Aroma was a bit earthy and metallic. Some bitterness with a mellow maltiness. A bit chocolatey.

Taste was floral upfront that faded to a earthy bitterness. Some light malty sweetness. Hints of chocolate. Slightly roasty. Mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium/light body with medium carb. Crisp finish.

Okay for an oktoberfest. Needed more body and maltiness and little less bitterness.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Clear amber pour, about a half finger of white head. Retained pretty well.

Aroma, caramel, malt, yellow raisin. Not real potent though.

Taste, malt, much more toasty. Toffee and toasted malt, a little bitter chocolate. Some herbally bitter hops.

About mid bodied, correct carbonation. Drinks very easy.

Maybe a little sharp with the bitter, but overall this was pretty nice.

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, light brown color. Crystal clear. Off white, dense head. Leaves some raised ringed lace after the initial sips.

"Deep" toasted caramel malt, slightly sweet.

The flavor is dryer than the smell. Nearly no hop. The finish is mildly sour. Plenty of biscuit and toasted bread to the flavor. Rich body with a low carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat clear, reddish copper with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Very little in the way of lace. Spotty, at best.

Smell - Bread and honey at the forefront. Sitting beneath is subtle caramel and just a touch sour.

Taste - Bready character to start, with hints of honey and caramel. Finishes with a hop presence that's grassy and earthy in bitterness, and just a touch of sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. A touch of buttery smoothness, goes down fairly easy. Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall - A fairly good Oktoberfest. Drinkable, and somewhat enjoyable, but it's not a must have.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: A rustic autumn orange pour is a translucent amber in the vessel accompanied by a bready-frothy light tan head of 1 finge statue. Light to medium rise of effervesce with a modest lacing that was spongy and speckled in coverage. Nice amber color, modest head and a strong carbonation with some lacing earns a tick above average here.

S: Toasty caramel, some nobel green hops of light intentions. nothing much else here.

T: Flavor was a bit of sour caramel twang, metallic and tinny with some moldy hops. Flavor seems a bit off, toasted but very tinny.

M: Highly carbonated soda syrup, a bit of sour twang on the tongue, tinny some caramel greenery.

O: Overall flavor was disjustice to style, a return to the old ways of pyramid, cannot recommend and not impressed. Off flavor, tinny sour stingent malt and a pass/drain pour before middrink.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep rusty garnet with a thin foamy white cap. Mild lace left behind. The nose is sweet and bready. Notes of caramel, coffee cake, light mineral aromas. Decent body. Moderate heft with ample carbonation. Light bubble play on the tongue.

This beer is a bounty of sweet malts, as expected with this style. The flavors are all pronounced, rather than muted as many of this genre can be. Big flavors of toffee, biscuits, and a mild fruity quality closes it out. The flavors all work together, making this a well-balanced beer. A good Marzen that I'd get again for sure.

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Photo of xnicknj
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip

Pours a slightly hazed caramel color with some beige head resting on top. Spotty lacing dots the glass while drinking.

Earthy, leafy hops in the nose with some toasted bread crust. Malty and slightly sweet with some caramel.

Light leafy hoppiness up front washed away by a wave of roasted malts. Bread crust, biscuit and caramel with soft sweetness. A hint of pumpkin and spice. Finishes with malty sweetness.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, bubbly and crisp on the palate. This is a great example of a completely average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of isualum12
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smmoth beer.
smell- hoppy with a burn smell coming off
color- copper yellow fire color
taste- combo of lager and hoppy.
mouthfeel- smooth and dry
overall- I like this beer. It honestly didn't start well but this beer grew on me in the 8 oz pour I had. I really liked it....

Keep up the good work Pyramid....

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, an 'Autumn Lager', with little further info proffered on the label.

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat wispy off-white head, which leaves some low rocky shoreline lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of crisply biscuity, and somewhat bready pale malt, an edgy nuttiness, wayward caramel notes, a slight metallic astringency, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more pleasantly soused bready and softened biscuity malt, a still restrained touch of caramel, fruity yeast, black pepper aerosol, some dry, flaky nut crunch breakfast cereal, a significant flinty minerality, and very tame earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are indeed present, but kept to a low, dredging and echoing hum, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, no particular interruptions there, ein Freund. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit, caramel, and cereal components all coalescing to show us who really runs things around here, to the heady disapproval of the lingering booze esters.

Overall, a so-so Oktoberfest - a tasty enough malt profile, but that metallic character gets a tad tiring by about half bottle - not something that you want to hear about a style that inherently encourages repeated refills. Perhaps the West Coast, for once, suffers a bit of a lost in translation effect, being as far from München as they are.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mammoser's in Hamburg,NY.Poured into a standard pint glass a clear lighter copper color with 1/2 finger white head that left a broken ring of lace as it settled.Alot of caramel in the nose with some underlying toastiness,as with many American versions of the style caramel sweetness dominates.The caramel is pretty big on the palate but maybe just a little more subdued than alot of the before mentioned American versions,there is a grainy and toasted element to the flavors of the beer as well.Not to complex and a tad sweet but I have had worse O-fest beers than this,not something to seek out but I wouldn't pass it up either.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white heads dies down to a thin lacing above an almost clear amber copper colored beer with a bunch of sediment hanging with in.

A lightly roasted caramel malt accented with a slight sour grain and citrus hops aroma.

Sweet caramelized grain malts with some light sour hops tagging along in the taste of this Oktoberfest.

A dry aftertaste with some of the sweet caramel grain malts sneaking in and staying around on this medium bodied beer.

A decent Oktoberfest beer but not quite enough there, I would like the taste within this beer to be a little bolder and fuller, then this would be a real winner.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, I'm glad Pyramid ditched those stupid sport labels, going back to basics,

A: Pours amber with a mild white head. Poor head retention, no lace. Good enough colour.

S: Toffee, cracked barley, cereal.

T: Nice taste of Munich malt and cereal. Bit of cloying sugar. Heavily malt oriented.

M: Medium-bodied, very frothy, creamy feel.

O: It's rare enough to find a new Oktoberfest beer in the Southland so I picked this up. The flavours are good and sometimes Pyramid can be found for $4.99/6er so this could be a great play at that price.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the Pyramid Autumn 12 pack tonight at the 16th st Albertsons... on sale this was $12... not bad!! Poured into my slim tulip... thin white head.. the brew is clear orange.

the nose is toasty fairly clean maltiness.. some minor spicy hopiness...

Flavor is about the same... toasty/slightly nutty malt is the only real player.. just enough hoppiness to make things come around to balanced..

seems pretty ordinary... but sometimes ordinary is great when it is cheap.

This brew is NEVER going to play on the same field as the Continental examples... but it is pretty okay for what it is.... Don't Hate.


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Photo of RJLarse
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Pyramid Oktoberfest in a grocery store. Poured in to my Odessa Deutsches Fest mug.

Pours a deep copper/bromze color, clear with a creamy off-white head.

Smell is faint and generally non-descript. A faint sweet malt aroma perhaps.

The taste is pretty good, a sweet malt and vegetable flavor. perhaps a hint of pumpkin or squash on the flavor. Mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly cloying. All in keeping with the style.

Overall a drinkable autumn lager. I think there are better Oktoberfests out there, but I would not turn this down.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 9, 2012 (purchased at Vons in Mission Gorge (San Diego, Calif.) for a variety 12-pack price of $14.99 on Sept. 9, 2012). Finger of head. Poured a dark caramel, amber with off-white head. Very bubbly. Retention was frothy on the top, none on the sides.

Smelled roasty nuts, lots of malts, toffee, slight caramel and slight chocolate.

Taste wasn’t what I thought it was going to be like. Got smoky ash tray, fire, smoother than I thought, toffee, light roasted nuts. It bit plain at the end.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Went back and forth on this beer, but ended up settling on these ratings. Better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest I’ve had in the past.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09/09/2014 update: Has nobody tasted this yet this fall? I was again surprised how flavorful and quaffable this is. Just malty enough with a hint of sweet caramel and a brambly aftertaste. $3.19 fo 22 oz at the Fred Meyer supermarket. Such a deal!

Lovely dark amber in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Fine, creamy carbonation with nice lacing down the glass. A pleasant woodsy aroma. Sudsy with a full mouthfeel.

Caramel taste but cut with a bitter flavor. Bitter and tangy from the start, which counters the malty sweetness. Taste bigger and richer to go with the fairtly robust alcohol. Bitterness all the way through the flavors, but not at all the flowery IPA sort. More earthy and woody.

Outstanding example of this often-insipid style. From the 12 oz bottle bought at the new Ralph's supermarket in San Clemente, which has quite a few 12 oz singles.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 120112.

A: Pours a clear dark copper ruby with a 1 finger off white head. Fizzles away after a minute. A little bit of visible carbonation. No lacing.

S: A little bit of dark fruit from the malt. Slight carmel.

T: Pretty nice malt forward taste. Hits all sides of your taste buds. A smooth carmel characteristic. Pretty well balanced out with hops at the end.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky feel. Low carbonation

Overall not a bad new oktoberfest. Lacks a little oomph but pulls through in taste.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Fred Meyers N.Salem store. $2.79 Dark copper coloured ale with a large thick frothy eggshell head. Deep surprisingly pleasing malty aromas...caramel, nutty etc Taste is all malts deep and satisfying to begin with then gets a tad too sweet . Slightly cloying palate but not too bad.Average Oktoberfest

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