Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

498 Ratings
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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3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 10-21-3-JUL 29 13. Sampled on September 17, 2013.

The pour is medium caramel amber with a lacing-leaving off-white head. A slight chill haze perhaps.

The aroma is not in your face but it does have a toasted malt character, vaguely earth notes, and butter. Got to be the yeast.

The body is creamy and around medium.

The taste was more bitter than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Some mildly sweet malts up front but slight lingering note at the end.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red amber with a small white head. Rings and spots of lacing.
Smell is malt forward with some earthy hops.
Taste is also malt forward, some caramel . Hops catch up quickly and ad some spicey earth tones.
Mouthfeel is good enough a bit dry but not too much. Carbonation is slightly low which makes this an easy drinker.
Overall a tasty fall brew. Brewed on date Aug.12, 2013. About one month old.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This offering from Widmer is, as advertised, slightly different from some "octoberfest" beers in that the focus on the malt side of the beer seems less than others. The beer is actually even

The appearance is amber, clear, with average head characteristics, without any distinctive aroma. It starts out with a combination of malt and bitter, giving way to a mild bitterness not expected. There is also a little fall-spice (i.e. slightly reminiscent of a pumpkin ale) in the background as the taste gives way to the bitter hops side. The not-too-heavy malt does actually hold on a little in the background, however, leading to a balanced beer than might not quite meet the normal octoberfest standards, but is not a bad beer overall.

I think this beer might suffer from not quite meeting octoberfest standards and not quite having anything distinctive about it (balanced). As such, I would guess most raters are going to put this dead in the middle, no high ratings, no low ratings, lots of average ones.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep auburn –copper color with a two finger foamy off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time as big bubbles pop within the foam, leaving a tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel notes. Along with these smells are some light aromas of roasted nut, apple, and a bit of spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp roasted and slightly bready taste. Upfront there is some caramel sweetness and a little bit of a spice. As the taste advances it temporarily sweetens up a decent sum as flavors of apple join the caramel. Soon the caramel fades as the apple maintains it strength drying out the brew once again. While this occurs the roasted flavors grow stronger and are joined by a light toasted nut taste. With more spice flavors and a light floral taste coming to the tongue at the end, a rather crisp and lightly roasted flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to lighter side with the carbonation level begins just a tad above normal. Both accentuate the lighter fruit and caramel flavors all while creating a more crisp feel that is very good for the style.

Overall – A rather crisp and enjoyable brew overall with a nice blend of roasted flavors, light sweeter flavors, and spice flavors which overall create an easy drinker.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a short head that leaves large blotches of lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Strong malt presence with caramel and maybe some brown sugar.

Taste: Again, sweet, with heavy malt, caramel, nut, and a touch of hops in the end. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Pretty good, but seems to be missing something. There's not too much there to get excited about.

Mouthfeel: The label on the bottle calls it a "full bodied" beer but the mouthfeel is on the thinner side, at least relative to the boldness of the malt and caramel. The beer is crisp.

Overall: A decent beer that could use greater hop inclusion or some other flavors to make it more interesting.

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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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