Oktoberfest Beer | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest BeerOktoberfest Beer

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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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 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 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 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 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 TopherBreski
2.44/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very light color for a Marzen and a bunch of carbonation. Smell is average; good malts and caramel - nothing special. Beer tastes ok but is too light and carbonated for me. I love Marzens and this is sub standard.

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Photo of DavidU
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Look: Massive foamy head, about 3 fingers, which lasts a long time and will leave a nice lacing on the glass. The color is a light amber with plenty of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: This one was tricky for me, but I managed to pick up a smell usually found in a lager

Taste: The start is roasted malts and/or caramel, but the finish is where this one gets interesting. I'm getting an apricot taste which is probably from the floral hops. Speaking of hops, a nice spicy backbone is in the finish as well.

Feel: It goes down smooth, and isn't overly syrupy.

Overall: I've tried quiet a few Oktoberfest's and this one is unique among the others. I've had better, yes, but overall this is one that will be a must have for me this fall. Cheers everyone!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Golden amber with a short head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Caramel, brown bread, toast, and hazelnut.

Caramel with lighter notes of brown bread and lightly toasted malts. A slight kiss of spicy, floral hops in the finish.

Medium bodied, sweet, crisp, and clean.

Fairly light on flavor and aroma. Easy drinking and refreshing but could benefit from being a bit more hearty.

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color. Bready nose but there is also a touch of tartness.

The flavor profile follows the nose - at least as far as the breadiness. The finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light copper color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades super-fast leaving just a tiny bit of foamy lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a caramel and bready smell with some notes of toasted malt and a bit of a grainy smell. Along with these aromas comes some lighter smells of a grainy and light earthy floral and nutty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt taste as well as a decent bready taste. Along with these flavors are a rather decent showing of a caramel and toffee sweetness with a decent showing of spice flavors of a more nutmeg and coriander nature. The sweeter caramel and toffee grow stronger to the end with a little bit of a fruity flavor of an apple nature also joining the profile. The roasted flavors fade a bit all while a more grainy and light floral flavor comes to the tongue, and with an increase in the spice flavors of the brew, one is left with a rather sweet, almost cloyingly so, and moderately spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side overall. The thicker body really accentuated the quite sweet flavors of the brew and while traditionally good for the style was a bit much for the mix of cloying and spice flavors.

Overall – Not really an all that fantastic Oktoberfest. Too cloyingly sweet and just not balanced at all.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4/5  rDev +13%

Looks and smells like the type of O'fests I DIG! Nose highlights the classic Munich malt profile giving off toffee/caramel sweetness with a touch of herbal hop pop. Flavor is dead on in my book. Munich malts flavors really shine. Toasted malts with caramel sweetness, nice herbal/grassy hop bitterness...the combo makes it very tea-like, nothing over the top....and ends with a nutty finish. Great balance. Clean. Great offering of the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

DATE TASTED: September 7, 2014... GLASSWARE: Saranac willibecker...OCCASION: PSU-Akron--too close for comfort... APPEARANCE: beautiful copper brown body; teeming with miniature bubbles; creamy off-white head--looks great before it label... AROMA: lush, creamy malts--hazelnut, fresh bread and sweet mats make for a welcome invitation... PALATE: medium-bodied and meaningful, substantial as it vacates the mouth; properly scaled with a nicely timed aftertaste...TASTE: intense caramel ad sweet malts overwhelm with flavor; hops are subtle; as fall as it gets!...OVERALL: true to form, Lancaster delivers on a sweet, crisp football pairing--as per the style, reasonably big and malty but sessionable...alcohol is balanced and patient...distinguishable from other marzens? not so sure...

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Photo of delta490
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. Poured a clear amber with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma is simple, with malty notes of biscuit and a little bit of fruit. Taste is about the same. Not much depth to it. A little hint of carbonation and a thinner mouthfeel. Not bad, but unexciting when compared to its German counterparts.

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Photo of jak3676
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lancaster Brewing - Oktoberfest

Overall - another mediocre märzen. This one may have been past it's prime too - I got medium head with an agressive pour, but it faded quickly without any lacing. The beer did have have a nice redish-copper color, and it poured perfectly clear. Taste was OK - a bit malty, but slightly off somehow I don't know how to describe. Not bad, but I won't seek it out again - I'd probably prefer a Sam Adams which is generally my idea of a middle of the road Oktoberfest.

Bottle says Wilkes-Barre, PA (I'm assuming that's near Lancaster?) There's no sign of an ABV on the bottle or cap. The bottle has a few stamps on it - 20512, 14960K+ and 15/21/174/12/11.38/S - not sure if anyone can get a bottling date out of that or not.

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

A - Slightly hazed copper body, white head has some retention and lacing.

S/T - Toasted grains, baked bread, nothing in the way of hops, just a touch of bitterness on the back end.

M - Medium/light body, medium carbonation, finishes clean, smooth going down.

O - Easy drinker, but there are other marzens out there with a deeper flavor/aroma profile.

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

I poured this one into a pint glass, it had a nice 2' white head on top of a nice copper/amber color body. The smell has a nice malt aroma and that is about all i get out of it. The taste is very nice, it has a good sweet malt flavor to it, then a little hop come in. This beer is very well balanced, the mouth feel is really good, rolls off the tongue nice with no aftertaste. Overall this is a good octoberfest beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber with a very thin white head

S-creamy caramel. Smells more like an amber lager than an Oktoberfest. Some butter. 

T-comes in with a creamy taste of caramel and autumn spices. Has a matching after-taste. Decent flavors and strength. Not an Oktoberfest.

M-medium crisp carbonation with a crisp finish

O-well this isn't an Oktoberfest. I don't think lancaster was trying to brew a beer for people who like the style. I think it was their goal to brew a beer that reminds the locals of their colorful autumn. As a random autumn beer, it's not too bad. 

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Photo of emsroth
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

App: Great orange-amber. Not much head, but I try not to deduct for that.

Smell: Toasted caramel with mineral undertones. Sweet, herbal hops.

Taste: Mineral hop and grain flavor at start. Ends with clean, not cloying caramel with slight herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Light medium munich body with a crisp, dry finish. Tight carbonation that cuts through the chewy caramel.

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Photo of mooseo
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass.

A - Clear deep amber with a titanic white head.

S - Toasted sweet malt, light floral hops, hints of caramel and nuttiness.

T - Sweet, bready caramel malt throughout, slightly nutty. Earthy hops add a touch of bitterness. Finishes with a nice roasted wood flavor.

M - Extra smooth, light-medium body, crisp carbonation.

O - Decent octoberfest. A little watery, but it has good flavor and balance.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery gold color. About a half-inch of a dry, settled head. Almost static surface. 3.5

Toasted malts, rolled oats, whole grains, and some very light candied fruitiness. Nicely kilned and very fresh. 4.0

Brute malts with husks, roast, and metallic flavors. Tandem hop and roast bitterness. Very dry with a wheat bran-like flavor. Bitter and tangy in the finish with steely notes and overall crispness. 4.0

Well-carbonated with some palate-breaching effervescence. The thinner body has trouble keeping up. 3.0

Pretty solid American Oktoberfest. I would recommend it as such. 3.5

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a distinct amber brown color with a great amount of head. Not very distinct to most of the style.

S - Smells of caramel malt, Toasted malt, a distinct hop presence and some toffee.

T - Don't want to say it's the best oktoberfest but is has a nice sweet flavor, middle ground is loaded with toasted malts, and the hops has a clean lager taste.

M - Light to medium very good beer.

Overall Lancaster makes good beer and this is no Oktoberfest to pass over, Great beer overall.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last beer of Augustfest. 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a lighter copper color. Not much head, it starts off as a one finger offwhite color, before fading to a thin collar in no time. Not impressive looking.

S: A bit hoppy; it's a little earthy and grassy, suggesting a healthy bill of noble hops. The toasted, caramel malts are typical, but there's a touch of nuttiness to the aroma I find myself enjoying.

T: Less caramel-y than other marzens, this eschews the typical profile for more of a nutty toffee presence. The hops only come through as a grassy crispness on the finish. It's OK, but not as enjoyably drinkable as others in the style, likely due it's flavor profile being somewhat buttery.

M: Typical of a marzen, this has a neutral, nondescript finish and a bit of lingering sweetness. Could be a little less heavy on the palate, though. Well carbonated.

O: Probably my least favorite of the five, though it's not terrible - just uninteresting. Nor does it have the drinkability I expect from a good marzen, either. I like it better than Heavy Seas' version, for what it's worth.

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