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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
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
203
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
18.08%
 
 
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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 203
Photo of dedrinker
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber color, moderate off white head. Fairly tame with some mild grainy malt and a little hint of caramel. Very smooth and drinkable - somewhere between a classic marzen and the lighter versions produced by the Munich breweries for the Octoberfest. It probably falls more on the commercial side of mass-market Octoberfest, but it is unfair of me to compare it to the cream of the crop. Do it if the price is right.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster- Oktoberfest

Picked up a single at Capone's- Norristown, PA

A- Golden copper brown with a frothy white head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
S- Strong caramel malt with a light earthy hop aroma.
T- Big strong caramel, butterscotch malt. Sligth touch of vanilla and woddsy hop.
M- Creamy and sweet. Malt dominates throughout.

Overall- Delicious beer, could become cloying after a few but otherwise total session beer here. 1 of the best Oktoberfests I've had this Autumn.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A mix of a light amber / dark copper color, with a good amount of fast-rising carbonation visible. This beer pours with about an inch of smooth head that falls down fairly swiftly yet leaves a spotty layer atop the beer. It leaves a very thin layer of lacing on the glass that slides back into the beer after a minute.
S: Warm and sweet caramel malts are quite strong, with an underlying earthiness/fruitiness to it that really fills the nose. The smell is sweetish and pleasant, but finishes somewhat plain and weak.
T: Sweet up front with a hint of buttery breadiness. The middle is slightly more fruity but without any hop bitterness. Finish is soft and sweet as well with some interesting floral tastes.
M: Soft and manageable for the most part, but it leaves an odd tingle in the side of the mouth during the finish.
D: Really good. Pretty tasty and easy to swallow. I could easily drink a few of these in a row.
Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Nothing is truly outstanding, but it's a good solid example of this style that features a smooth malt character with a tiny hop taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish copper with an off-white head that soon descends to a slowly disappearing thin cover.

The smell is of caramel and graininess. Slight spiciness in the back.

The taste is of carmelized grain. Slightly nutty, it has a malty character with a touch of spicy hops. Malty sweetness in the finish. Simple, but tasty. Robust.

It's medium-to-full-bodied. Smooth.

This is a nice O-fest. Malt-accented and smooth, it is a well-crafted brew that hits the style with exceptional authenticity. Very quaffable. (Could use better head retention, though.) A good one to put in a line-up of O-fests!

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For those of us locals who endured LBC's "Oktoberfest" offerings in the past, this is a remarkable and welcome change. Bill has kegged a really nice beer that has some complexity and balance. It's a sweet beer, make no mistake; you might have to watch out for yellow jackets if drinking it outside. It looks pretty nice in the glass with a fluffy, large bubbled head on top of deep amber. I liked the fresh malty nose. I wouldn't say it's the best 'Fest I ever had but it's very good. Somewhat evocative of this year's Steg Fest. LBC's assimilation of the Franklinfest has been kinda wierd since Bill resurrected the beer, three different names for the same stuff gets folks confused. He told me the O-fest on right now is the Franklin and I said thanks. Check this one out soon.

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Photo of matty
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with average aroma.The taste is sweet with an aftertaste of what I think is pumpkin.No bitterness and nothing to offend any of the senses.I would buy this product again and recommend this to all my friends.I am eager to try other beers from this brewery!!

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Photo of shertz
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a fresh growler that was just filled within the hour at the Brewery. For $7/growler, can't beat it. I'm becoming a big fan of Oktoberfest beers. Let's see how this one line's up while watching College Football.

A-No head whatsoever. Golden color with a hint of red throughout.

S- Not a whole lot of nose on this one. Some sweet caramel malts and a little spice. A few citrus hops also.

T- Taste is a lot more complex than the Apperance and Smell. Some sweet malts, spices, and apricot aftertaste. Has a nice floral hops taste in the middle. Very good and different than other Fest beers I have had lately.

M- I think this is a little thin. It might have lost a little carbonation after filling the growler. Nothing special in the mouthfeel.

D- The website says 6.5% though I don't notice any alcohol. Very drinkable in my book. Not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, but for the price and availability for me, can't beat a growler. It does have quite a bit of difference than Stoudt's or SA's, which is nice.

Cheers Friends,
Scott

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Photo of kernalklink
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This seasonal was well done. A great color out of the tap, nice carbonation and a biting mouth. The flavors are well segregated on the tongue- nice sweet caramel malt with a slight hop in the back- very clean. I usually like more flavor in an Oktoberfest, but this brew was as refreshing without the more pronounced profile. A good choice from a brewery that hasn't disappointed me yet.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.
Served as a deep copper color beer with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is malty with some caramel notes present.
Taste is appropriate for the style, with the presence of roasted malt, caramel and toffee found.
Finish is light, for this style of beer, and very refreshing.
A very middle-of the-road example of the style. Great drinkability,

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Photo of HossMcGraw
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a little disappointing to me as I love this brewery and I love O-Fests. The color was the normal dark amber, very little head, no lacing. Smell was quite hoppy with a little malt in the background.

The initial taste was quite hoppy with a little bit of malt base. Seems too hoppy for the style. Very clean and simple. Actually tasted very similar to another one of their beers, the Red Rose Ale. Maybe they could switch up their hop varieties or something.

Mouthfeel was thin, but drinkability was pretty high. Overall, worth a shot.

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Photo of Phatz
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 Oktoberfest - fresh as it gets straight from the source.

This is not a bad Oktoberfest but as much I look forward to the flavorful creamy festbiers of the season I am a bit disappointed with Lancaster Brewing Company inventiveness in this years brew. It is a straightforward representation of the minimum requirements to meat the style, IMO.


Appearance: Served in a large mug a dark amber copper color with moderate lacing and decent clarity through the translucent beer.

Smell: Clean and lightly malty with a hint of grain and German malts but very little spiciness.

Taste: Very simple flavor of German malts and grain with a splash of caramel and the slightest hint of spice. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Very crisp, almost too crisp, but pleasant.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sessionable poundable guzzler beer built for the masses but 'complex and interesting', maybe a question. It may be partly due to the fact that they serve the beer far too cold and I actually did not have time to let it sit for an hour. We'll give it another shot but, from time to time a guzzler is appropriate and for that time ...

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap just the other night at Ale Mary's in Baltimore. Poured the expected nutty brown with a decent half finger of off white foam. Light malt aroma.
Nice chewy malty brew, not overly complex and virtually nonexistent hops. Finished clean and a little dry. Went well with several different foods.

This made it quite drinkable. Though not on par with the Germans overall, it was still worth several.

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Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

...This is now being offered as the year round Marzen at the brewery.

Appears a red brown color with nice 1 inch head that sticks around for a minute and solid levels of lacing and medium carbonation. The smell is of nice, German malts and a fruity sweetness mixed with aromatic crisp hops.
Taste is smooth with nice rounded malts and a pleasant, mild hoppiness that compliments the beer well. This is one of the smoothest versions of this style you will have.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, not much to this early, on-tap/draft review, but I am leaving it and the original scores in place for posterity.

This has a decent, but not thick, white head that lingers for a good while. There is a good, malty nose and a beautiful copper color to it. It has a very smooth mouthfeel with an extremely malty finish. This is one of those rare seasonals that I honestly wish would be brewed year-'round. Drinkable? Hell, yeah!

Today is M, 24 Oct 2016 & I am involved in the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & since I have not previously reviewed this beer from a bottle format, I am going to do so now.

From the bottle: "Thank you for supporting Lancaster Brewing Co. ~ Cheers"; "Seven malts three varieties of hops and authentic Bavarian lager yeast, [sic] go into making our Oktoberfest an incredible lager drinking experience."

I take some measure of joy in the Pop!ping of a cap & that is how I begin this and every bottle review. I gave it a pretty heavy-handed pour, causing it to bring forth two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a bready sweetness along with a light grassiness. Mouthfeel was medium, but soft on the tongue. The taste was on the upper end of the sweet spectrum as far as my enjoyment is concerned. I also got an odd apple flavor, but not green apple, which usually signifies that something is off. Instead, it made me think of Red Delicious apples, which given that it is Fall 2016, I do not totally mind. Finish had a mild grassiness to accompany the apple flavor. It was not the best example of an Oktoberfest that I have drank this year, but neither was it the worst. Me = damning with faint praise.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at the brewpub I noticed many customers ordering this. Clear bronze in color with a short 1/4" head. No noticeable lacing. The aroma is of malt and mildly nutty. The flavor is large on roasted malt, while nut, caramel, with very little bitterness bring up the rear. As the beer warmed I noticed a hint of spiciness coming through.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start with a crisp finish were the malt and caramel lasted long on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable and I guess others felt so as several other customers kept ordering these one after another.

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Photo of bmills1608
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Drafting Room Exton.

Deep red/brown color, even a bit dark by American Oktoberfest standards. Finger thick head fizzles away rather fast. Nose is a little muted, but some aromas of dark malts, fudge and fruit. Flavor was very full, pleasing, with a lot of mouth filling richness. Lots of chewy malt and actually quite a bit of fruity flavors as well. I was surprised at how fruity and spiced tasting this O-fest was, I almost thought they crossed the tap lines with a "Brewery name escapes me" Winter ale that was right next to the Lancaster tap handle. Quite a full bodied, rich O-fest overall. Mouthfeel was fine and malty slick with moderate to low carbonation (nice!).

Finished with residual malt sweetness and pumpkin pie spice. Overall - I somewhat stylized version of your typical O-fest, but in a good way. Really nice richness and malt punch dominate this well crafted brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Drafting Room in Spring House, pours a deep copper with a pretty large head that leaves pretty quickly,aroma is sweet and a little grainy.The taste is pretty well rounded lightly sweet with some soft bittering with light toasted malt flavors.A solid beer with no spectacular qualities but still pretty good.

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Oktoberfest Beer from Lancaster Brewing Company
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