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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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of jrutigs
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an irish pint glass.

The beer is a deep rich caramel/copper color. A cream colored head slowly recedes to the proverbial wisp of bubbles, while light sticky lacing leaves random rings on the glass.

The aroma is purely sweet caramel and malts, just spot-on for an Oktoberfest.

The taste is exceptional. It's not overly-spiced as some Oktoberfests are, it's just perfectly balanced caramel sweetness. A touch of balance comes in the hops with a bright, clean finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and crisp.

Overall, my favorite Oktoberfest bier of 2012. It's just exactly as I like them.

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Photo of mercatonero
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ditto, especially the first review of this beer. This was tasted next to a Paulaner Oktoberfest. I just removed hot, roasted pumpkin seeds out of the oven.

There is a floral brightness in the nose, reminiscent of rain, grass and honey. A thin "rancio" caramel flavor greets the palate and brings suggestions of bananas sauteed in butter and brown sugar (perhaps lit up with the help of a little Anejo).

The flavors are structured and colored as a Maerzen should be. Generous, medium-bodied and agile. The flavor development is symmetrical and is focused on fresh, lemon/lime hop flavors. Everything else revolves out from there: pecans, caramel, salt, wood...

The finish is a tad abrupt, with the hops pulling the rug out from under the sweetness. Still, one drink follows another. Glad to be home.

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Photo of TiMX
4.45/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really am not a big fan of Widmer brewing. However this Oktoberfest is a beer that I will buy every year when it comes out.

It is very malty with a dry finnish. Great crystal clear brown/amber color. Very nice looking beer.

This beer is a crowd pleaser. If you can pick some up.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this one (one of my favorite styles!) & believe this sample stacked up against most if not all I had in Germany.

Pours a white fluffy monster head with intersting combos of big & small bubbles in attendance. Head retention was average. Copper colored with no hint of haziness.

Smells of biscuits, malt& peppery hops on the edges.

Tastes of hop bitterness on the tounge& corners of the throat that also compete with maltiness and some hints of nuts

A great balance, slightly under carbinated

Could drink this all the time, yum

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Photo of Midwestbrew18
4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jessica509
4.36/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of echoes
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a stormy brownish-amber but settles to cloudy amber. Thick head that dissipates very slowly and leaves moderate lacing. Has a little bit of carbonation.

S: Sharp hops, caramel smell. Maybe smells slightly "fruity". Maybe a hint of lemon as well.

T: Hops & caramel taste. Starts out with the hops, then is rich in the middle with caramel, and ends lightly & smoothly. Might be a bit of lemon in there as well.

M: Feels nice in the mouth. Smooth and a bit light at points but not to a fault. Not much bubbly feel to it.

D: Could easily have another. Crispness helps with that I feel. Flavor would have me coming back as well.

Great oktoberfest/altbier for the autumn/winter. Fits very well for this type of seasonal beer. Will be returning to this one in the future.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Total Wine. Bottlecap says, "Praise Oregon Brewers Festival." Maybe it's an omen. Eh, I was probably going to go again this year anyhow.

A - Pours auburn-orange with two fingered off-white head. Nay more, of an orangish colored head. Dissipates slowly, with nice lacing. Very impressive.

S - Caramel, honey and peppery spices.

T - Caramel, honey, creamy and toffee.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a complimentary, filling mouthfeel. Slighlty dry, very impressed though. Definitely could have a few more and would really enjoy purchasing at least a six.

D - 2nd favorite oktoberfest style beer. Real good.

Update 12/8/08: After e-mailing Widmer bros., Okto is made using an alt yeast and then lagered.

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Photo of rhinonau
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A brilliant orange gold pour builds a 1” persistent cream colored foam collar while unleashing rich bread and spicy bread crust aromas. This is a malt driven beer with rich bread and bread crust flavors and a light finishing hop earthy bitterness. There is an initial sweetness that dries out on the finish. Clean and smooth, the beer has a medium body and slightly below average carbonation. A very good Alt style beer brewed with an Oktoberfest grain bill and a clean ale yeast.

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Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of michele97394
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Callan911
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Skramer
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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 Kc4shore
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy Dark-Amber w/ a nice white med lace head

Smell: Decent hop aroma up front along with some sweet citrus. Strong caramel malt. Some subtle fall essences coming in from the back burner

Taste: Nice smooth bitterness. Very prevelant malt flavor. Spectacular long finish. As the beer warmed in the session, the fall air come through more and more.

Mouth: Awsome full body, very mild carbonation.

Overall: This Oktoberfest really got me excited. From the first sniff when I got that rush of malt and fruit, i knew there was a great deal of balance ahead of me. This beer has a great deal of toastiness that makes this great New England fall weather seem somehow MORE like fall. I will be seeing this bottle again real soon!

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Photo of Vashtar
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

QUE RICO! This has very full flavor. It's nice and thick, too. I want to buy a pack now. Somehow, it manages to be thick without being slimy.

It reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, except it doesn't have that cheap, artificial taste that I dislike. The label has also been improved.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 10/15/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty burnt orange in color with a 1-finger off white head that hangs around for a while. Good lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of some caramel, spice and hops. Very nice! The taste was the same and much better than other "Oktober" brews I have tried. Very smooth actually and went down easy.

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Photo of hyuga
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Beautiful amber, pours a nice head but it doesn't retain well. Characteristic märzen bready/grainy malt aroma, but with more hop character than some others. Very tasty, grainy sweet malt mingles with slight hop bitterness for a crisp, refreshing bite. Slightly spicy and tingly mouthfeel. Not as much sour breadiness as others in this style. Overall it's very tasty and would be a wonderful session beer, as a märzen should be.

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Photo of gpogo
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear copper amber body with a nice off white head that dissipates to a foam ring. Light lacing.

A- Dark sweet fruit, piney hops, and a bit of sweet caramel malt. Something else that I can't put my finger on.

T- Very interesting flavor. Very full malt profile, a thick sweetness, yet dry and roasty. Light bitterness throughout.

M- Medium body with moderate to light carbonation. Smooth drinking.

D- Not a typical Oktoberfest. I'd agree with the altbier classification. Worth a try, very interesting flavor.

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Photo of wac9
4.06/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

what can i say i dont normally buy widmer but i like the color of the bottle wow very nice beer with a little hop to it but that ok all i can say it s a good tasting beer for a octerber fest so if your looking a beer that crisp with a hop this is a beer for , good color good taste little hop enjoy

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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