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Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#41,882
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
498
pDev:
13.95%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber with a 1 inch light tan head that fades to an oily cap on the top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains and some slight caramel notes. Really a very subdued smell on this one. Taste is of malt/grain, caramel, and some citrus zest. A slightly bitter taste lingers on the palate after each sip. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer from Widmer but nothing that special.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not bad, but really not special at all. generic, even for these guys, who usually do pretty well with flavor in conventional styles. this one is a bit watered down for me, not a whole lot of the rich caramel german malt i like in the style, and its not lagered, yet i think it has a pretty similar grain base to the marzen beers of the season. usually i would be all for that, but it just has not much flavor, and it finishes with a strange metallic tang that obviously doesnt belong. i do get a hint of citrus there, and then the bittering hops on top of the grain, but the whole thing is just too light for my tastes, especially this time of year. carbonation is on point, but it has no body and that hurts it for me. the ale yeast adds nothing, and im left pretty underwhelmed on the whole.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, copper color with a small, white head. Little to no lacing.

S - It smelled malty, grassy and slightly earthy.

T - It tasted of bready malts, some fruitiness, grassy hops and a slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth.

D - This was a solid alt.

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3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small off white to light tan head quickly recedes to a thinning lacing above a clear bright copper colored beer.

Bready to sweet caramel malts aroma with just a slight sour hint, maybe some citrus hops sneaking in.

A light sweet malt bordering on caramel, maybe a slight bread yeastiness in the lighter than expected taste.

A light dry aspect to the aftertaste without much or any lingering tastes on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty light Oktoberfest style makes this a very easy beer to put down, but all the time wishing it had more to it.

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with very sweet flavors of fruit, caramel and spices. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful but too sweet for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, whether it’s a true O-fest or not there are better alternatives that are similar.

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3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

An interesting take on an Oktoberfest beer, as it's an altbier rather than a typical marzen. Poured a coppery orange with a creamy white head that left a nice bit of lacing. Caramel malts on the nose, light fruity tones, and some leafy hops. Similar taste: sweet malts, light indistinct fruits, and subdued hops make for a light, not overly flavorful or interesting, but well-balanced drink. Not quite medium-bodied. Sessionable.

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2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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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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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Autumn leaves orange with Sunkist highlights and a lovely looking crown of toast colored foam that filled almost half the glass on the pour. As the head slowly shrinks, fine sheets of torn lace are beginning to appear.

The aroma could be more powerful, but is otherwise as expected. It's toasted and earthy with caramel malt underpinnings. Even if the ingredients weren't listed above, pretty good guesses could have been made by anyone with a functioning nose.

Okto is an Oktoberfest, not an altbier. It says so on the label and on the Widmer website. Not to mention the fact that it looks, smells, tastes, feels and drinks like an Oktoberfest. Okay, now that that's settled, on with the review.

The beer is considerably more malty sweet than hoppy bitter, which is par for the style course. It's also six months old (but doesn't taste or feel like it), which means that the starting 25 IBUs are probably about half that now. It's on the simple side, but is pretty good beer in the end.

Specifics include toffee-caramel, a little brown breadiness, sugared pecans, and a hint of earthy tobacco and tea. Drinkability is good. A big stein of Okto alongside a sausage and peppers sandwich and some German potato salad would be outstanding.

The mouthfeel falls just short of medium for the style and could use more bubbles. It doesn't miss the next highest score by much, however.

Widmer Brothers releases some pretty impressive beer on occasion. Most notably, Drifter Pale Ale and Brrr. Okto isn't quite that good, but my opinion might be colored by the fact that I don't like Oktoberfests as much as APAs and winter warmers. Worth a single and maybe even a sixer.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear orange amber hue, sticky suds all around

SMELL: Bready, toasted grain, clean, caramel, slightly grassy, hint of floral hop

TASTE: Crisp, medium body, very malty, toasty, faintly biscuity, balance hop bitterness, mild caramel, dried grass, nutty, kiss of alcohol, clean, malty semi-dry finish

Definitely the Altbier that they have talked about the past, some minor tweaks over the years and ends up being a solid brew. A good pick for a fall seasonal, happy to see this one back.

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Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 498 ratings
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