Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale
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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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1.12/5  rDev -67.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -56.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks, Dan. Strange that this is listed as an altbier. I suppose I should have poured into a stange glass, but whatever. Poured into a pint glass out of a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed as "08/12/13."

Pours an amber copper color with a very modest, off-white head that seems to settle as soon as I pour it into the glass. Amazingly, in spite of its fizzy consistency, it remains as a light right around the glass, thanks to the enormous amount of bubbles and carbonation that make themselves visible as they rise to the top. Leaves no stickiness, and lacing is pretty much inexistent. No idea how to rate this to style, but I'm sure it could look better.

The aroma reveals some caramel, toffee, light pine, grass... And that's about it. There's a brief green apple and acetone aroma that rises at the finish and coats the graininess and sweetness from the caramel, which is unpleasant. There's also some undeniable squash flavors lurking beneath. What's up with these flavors? They're strangely appealing (as in, begging to be paired with holiday related food), but it's kind of a jumbled mess. Quite poor, especially by this brewery's standards.

The flavor is brief venture into the caramel/toffee territory that it was going towards, and then in come the veggie notes. Squash, pumpkin, and cabbage permeate, with some light melon notes and acrid grassiness from the hops. Apparently this wasn't brewed with any adjuncts, but at this point, why didn't they just rebrand it as a "pumpkin beer" in light of the issue? Tastes stale and anemic, especially with the raspy grainy flavor and faded hop profile. Also, I can't help but notice this diacetyl texture that continues to waft its way through with each additional sip, which made this buttery, funky, and simply wrong.

Horrible stuff - I realize this is an older bottle but it should have held up better than this. Alas, I'm reviewing this because I feel that even in its freshest stages does it retain these off flavors throughout. Am I crazy, or did I get a bad bottle or something? Not anything I'd want to revist again - and I could definitely say the same for most of Widmer's beers at this point.

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Hunter
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: Deep, dark amber brew topped by a wimpy head of thin white bubbles. No visible carbonation or lacing.

aroma: Very, very thin malt, faint notes of floral undertones.

taste: Not much different than iced tea. Aftertaste has some bit of hop to it, but this is bland all around.

mouthfeel: Sharp and light.

drinkability: certainly drinkable, but with the abundance of quality seasonal ales out there this time of year, why settle?

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Photo of chezztone
2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I love Widmer Brewery and I love Oktoberfest beers. And Widmer being a German-style brewer, you'd think they'd do a bang-up job with their Oktoberfest, eh? Alas, no. This is a big, round, strong, heavy beer. Like a Northwest ale without the hops. Completely misses the flavor and body of an Oktoberfest. Just kind of the blimp of beers. Pass.

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2.24/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of beertaster13
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden dark orange/yellow with a little white inch thick head that falls flat. Lacing is horrible, nothing to speak of. The smell is of grain, slight lime hints, very grainy, clean otherwise. Taste is lacing definition, the grain, wheat is detectible, malt is of watered down sugar, no hop content to speak of, medium bodied but doesn't offer that pizazz. Won't drink again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An Oktoberfest ale?
I bought a bottle of this in a mixed six pack of Oktoberfests:

Poured a nice, ahem, amber and the head was pleasing and somewhat persistant.

The smell was fairly strong but I couldn't say it was malty or hoppy...it's vegetal?

The taste almost reminded me of cinnamon but that would have been a welcomed note at this point. I'm not the biggest fan of the style but this is one that I'm sure that I won't try again.

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2.36/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Surprising found this at Chameleon's in Mount Vernon, IA. "Pours a clear amber with a thin white head that disappears immediately. Smell of sweet malts, with just a hint of hops. A little watered down. Taste has malt, caramel, and some hops with just a tad of bitterness. I would say this would be a very average Octoberfest; nothing stands out.

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2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long day of watching Night Ranger and some other old school rock bands in the sun! Time to cool off...Pours a slightly cloudy reddish amber, no real head to speak of and not much, if any, lacing. Lightly carbonated also, so I'm guessing above average sweetness and chewy mouthfeel. Very faint aromas - maybe some maltiness and caramel, but not much. Flavor is thin and front-loaded with barley, in the middle, and on the finish it thins out to be hardly discernible. Not much hop character to balance it all out. Kind of too much malt. Actually, there is some hops in there now that I have a couple more sips: some right in the beginning, and right at the end, but it's faint, like that high school girl you crushed on...When you first met her you didn't think you had a chance, and then as a senior you decided to give it a go...and neither time worked out for you. Overall a disappointment and there isn't a lot going on here. Well priced six-pak brings up drinkability, but only slightly.

What I like Most: The color and price.

What I like Least: The thin flavor in the middle and finish.

Verdict: probably worth the price, but you get what you pay for.

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2.44/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Bottle dated September 07, 2011. Poured fairly aggressively. Has one finger of off-white head. The head is bubbly and doesn't stick around long. Appears a dark copper color. Fairly clear.

Nose is pretty muted, but has notes of sweet caramel and lots of bready malts. No balance here. All sweet from what little aroma there is. Taste is very bready as well. Some spiciness, but mostly sweet. A decen tbalance in the taste, but again pretty bland.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, average carbonation. The lack of taste and feel makes this go down so easiliy. Overall, a pretty boring beer. Not interesting or enticing at all, just something that goes down easy.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear amber with a fluffy tan head that fades quickly, and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet carmel malt, not much else.

Body is thin and watery.

Flavor is sweet, almost syrupy and has a little metalic quality in the finish.

I’ll finish the sixer, because it’s there, and I’d drink one if someone gave me, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of livingregret
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a lovely orange colour w/ nice clarity. Plenty of lacing makes for a nice looking brew

Smell: Some floral w/ a lot of malt and lemony smell.

Taste: Hmmm not what I was expecting. Tasted much like a IPA than a Oktoberfest. If you sip the beer you get some sweet malt and a strong lemon/grapefruit flavour. When taking a big mouthful it doesn't change a whole lot but you get a touch more of the malt. The beer does go down easy enough but a bit thin.

Drinkability: I'm not a huge fan of IPA's...and that's what this beer reminds me of

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

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2.52/5  rDev -26.7%

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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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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