Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Classified as a German Altbier by the Widmer Brothers; brewed with an (ale) Alt yeast strain.

availability: early Aug. - late Oct.
bitterness : 28 IBU
original gravity: 13.5° PLATO

Added by hyuga on 10-29-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
498
Reviews:
184
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
13.95%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
36
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dull orange pour, 1/2" off white head. Average retention. Aroma was mild sweetened malt grain stuff.

Taste was smooth, hopping low, mild nuttiness. A little bit of caramel mouthfeel.

Slow smooth ride on this one, nothing jumping, nothing off flavored.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

My first beer in Support of New Beer Sunday (Week 573) will be another from the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. I am actually starting to make real, noticeable progress; bottles are getting recycled; caps are being saved for art projects; 4- & 6-pack carriers are being emptied & returned. It is a glorious time!

From the bottle: "Loosen your lederhosen. Our full-bodied Okto Festival Ale is inspired by Bavarian Oktoberfest. [undersigned] Kurt [&] Rob"; "We pay fitting tribute with its distinctive malt flavors, mild floral character and crisp, clean finish. Prost! to the land of Prost!"

A Pop! of the cap & the Festival was underway! I utilized a gentle pour in deference to its relative age and then gave it a vigorous swirl in the glass. This produced a finger of foamy, tawny head with decent retention that slowly fell to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was oddly vegetal, like cooked cabbage, underlain by a biscuit maltiness. I read the style description for an Altbier, but even with the style's quirks and oddities, this does not seem right. Mouthfeel was medium to-full, not quite creamy. The taste was MUCH better than the nose had led me to expect! It was actually quite sweet, very much of caramel or crème brulee. Again, I am not sure that such is stylistically correct, nor would I ever mistake this for an Oktoberfest/Marzen. The sweetness made it more like a dessert beer for me. It was drinkable, certainly, and the finish was only semi-sweet, perhaps as a testament to the yeast having thoroughly done its job. The caramel flavor lingered well after the finish. For me, one was plenty.

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Photo of Zylod
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TravisMason
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barneysdad
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hotdogtornados
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
2.52/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

rated on RateBeer as an amber, here listed as an alt, but they were probably trying pull of a marzen. What a mess! Bland and unmemorable, watery, generic tasting. Very faint aroma and flavors, no finish.

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Photo of tjmiller718
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NickSMpls
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured on Oct. 12th, bottled on July 24th. What's up with this one, Widmer? Pours a weak cloudy pale red with no head to speak of. Weak, indistinct aroma. It has an odd taste for a lager and a soapy aftertaste. We've enjoyed others, so maybe we got a skunked one.

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Photo of FinkMeister
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kerrie
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JPowell712
4.19/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan4120
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap. Served in a lager glass. Pours a clear orange/brown with a thin head that faded fast and elft some spotty lacing.
The aroma is malt-forward with lots of bread and biscuit on the nose with a little floral and spice hiding in there as well.
Taste is pretty good. Malt forward, sweet and bready with some floral notes and a pleasant finishing bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fairly thin but almost smooth.
Overall, refreshing enough but lacking anything really distinctive.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.3% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark copper orange with a two finger head of a faintly brown tint, quick to dissipate. Moderatly hazy.

Smell- Caramel, baked bread, orange citrus.

Taste- Toasty malt, semi sweet. Chewy nut flavor mixes in with a subtle citric hop flavor of orange coming through as well. Finish is sharp and comes on fast, finishing more malty than hoppy by far.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with medium carbonation as well. Smooth.

Overall- Kind of like an Oktoberfest but not really as this is an Altbier. Definitely mixes up the Fall seasonal thing. Not a sweet malts and a very crisp clean flavor profile. Well suited for the season.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Nitty703
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 498 ratings.
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