Oktoberfest Beer | Lancaster Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oktoberfest uses seven different malts and three varieties of imported and domestic hops, as well as an authentic Bavarian lager yeast. This beer is full-bodied with a nice malt sweetness.

Added by oberon on 10-31-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Curt3
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.48/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deg
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beeryand
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date

Clear dark copper colored, cream colored head. Doughy bread aroma with some herbal earthy notes on top. Slightly sweet taste. Thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly decent American version of the classic style. There certainly is more of a hop presence, but it is folded in nicely. There are some orange peel & other citra notes mixed in with the German malt flavors. Nothing flashy but a solid beer

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Photo of thgreatrandini
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Clear orange-tinted amber color with a finger-and-a-half of dense tan-tinted head. Surprisingly roasty, burnt-caramel aroma, with just a hint of sweetness behind. Reminds me of an early malt-forward stage in the homebrewing process. This continues to the taste, although less intensely so. Moderately bitter aftertaste. Pretty light bodied considering how malty both the smell and flavor are.

This one caught me off guard. Not like any Oktoberfest I've had before. Almost like a Scotch Ale up front with an amber Marzen behind. Still trying to get my head around it. Definitely the most malt-forward festbier I've had without being too sweet. Outside on a cold fall day, it could be a winner.

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Photo of chicagoish
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wingnut93
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerCon5
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngryDutchman
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably eight months old but enjoying this on the patio at Woody's waiting for Puffchella music to start.

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Photo of Walleybeer
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer as part of a Christmas gift from a cousin and am finally getting around to it now because of the massive backlog that I have. Obviously, I don't drink a lot of these this time of the year and I wasn't expecting a lot from this but surprisingly, this beer was easy to enjoy and not as weak or watered-down as so many other Octoberfests and Marzens that I've had over the years. Quite a full feeling to this as the body was quite malty but the alcohol was spot-on and during these colder months, this wasn't a bad choice when it came to needing something to warm up with!

Good copper pour to this with a frothy head and just a bit of lacing on the side of my pint glass, that slowly slid down as I worked my way through this. Toasted and nutty malt scents in the nose with even more in the taste, as there was a nutty undertone to this. Walnut, chestnut, almond, and a bit of pecan all combined for a pleasing taste but thankfully, there wasn't any cinnamon or spice here to make this too heavy. Faint hops and a caramel undertone rounded this out as the carbonation was light and the residual taste was that of a caramel glaze that one might find on a barbecued piece of meat.

The booze was here but you'd have to dig deep to find it, which is not what one should be doing during prime Octoberfest season. As I polished this off, it grew on me and while this wouldn't win any awards, it's a beer like this that would have stood out among all of the others the flood the shelves of stores starting in the middle of August. Grab this and the Victory Octoberfest to see how the Pennsylvania brewers handle this style - both are winners guaranteed to sooth and delight long after all of the leaves have been raked up!

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear brownish-orange with 1/3 inch head. Taste is malt bomb--toasted malt and caramel with a bit of mineral. Tasty, clean, and sessionable. Nice example of the style that I will get again. I like this.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that die down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of caramel and hints of spicy hops.
T: As one would expect from the smell, the taste is a malt bomb waiting to erupt with lots of flavors of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, caramel, and bready malts and hints of spicy hops. The hops contribute little in the way of bitterness and only mask some of the malty sweetness.
M: It feels very rich and medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and malty but is still drinkable. It would make for a nice selection drinking outdoors on a crisp fall day, perhaps when tailgating before a football game.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of barneysdad
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Furley80
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Light golden brown with a small ring of lacing.
S: Lightly toasted malt.
T: Slightly sweet, very malty and bready.
F: Just right: on the thinner side but really smooth.

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Photo of JWU
4.21/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a big ol' mug.

A- a clear amber with orange hues. A nice off white head, that I wish stuck around just a tad better.

S- Clean caramelly, bready lager, with a slight bite of German hops.

T- bready up front, but quickly transitions to the smooth caramel/bready sweetness. A touch of German hops on the finish.

M- Very smooth, slightly above average carbonation.

O- One of my favorite American brewed Oktoberfests. I have some every fall.

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Photo of let8it8grow
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zekeman17
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Oktoberfest Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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