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Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale
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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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Poured in to a pint glass. 1 finger, tan colored head. Clear, dark copper colored body.

Aroma was malty and bready. Mild sweetness with some light hoppyness. A bit metallic. Slightly floral.

Taste had some good malty flavor. A bit nutty and bready. Slightly buttery. Light metallic notes.Mild caramel flavors. Finishes with a light bitterness that was earthy and floral.

Mouthfeel was medium/light body with medium carb. Slightly slick mouthfeel upfront, finishes crisp.

Decent beer overall. A couple flavors I found a little off, but overall it was still enjoyable and very drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a pint glass on-tap at Indigo in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a clear body and a lazy effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Seems a bit light for an altbier, but it's still pretty attractive.

Smell: light malty aroma with a light citrusy fruitiness. Nice, but a bit on the subtle side.

Taste: sweet malt with a light toasty character. There's a nice citrusy hop flavor which seems atypical for an altbier but I think it works well. Bitterness is relatively low; overall I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a low level of carbonation; there's a light but decent creaminess.

Overall: it's a bit unorthodox, but I like the idea of a citrusy altbier.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very appropriately for a fall/October beer, it's a bright fiery orange ale. Very clear. Pours with a tan 2 inch head which quickly dissipates.

S: Initially a pleasant spicy yeasty smell, which mellows out to a sweet, simple (and slightly less pleasant) beer smell.

T: Moderately strong forward sweet and malty taste. I'm not an Octoberfest expert, but it's good.

M: Round and smooth mouthfeel, pleasant all the way down.

O: A delightful beer to drink. It goes down easy but is still substantial.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Widmer Brothers - Okto Festival Ale Bottled in Portland, Orago.

Not bad - Like so many others, I like it, but it seems uninspired. This one is a little more brown than red, but still a nice amber color. It was pretty clear color, but poured without any head.

5.3% ABV and a date of Aug 08 12 stamped on the side. I'm assuming that was the bottling date - I just got this a the last week of August and I haven't seen them in the store before then.

Another middle of the pack beer in my book - good enough that I'd go for more, but not enought that I'd seek it out again.

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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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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Orangey gold pour, pretty standard. Small white head. Doesn't really stick a whole lot.

Aroma, kind of a musty carmelly malt. Some noble type hop aromas.

Taste, good caramel and grainy bread. A slight toasted note, a little leather. That hop presence is just barely here.

To the right of light bodied, enough carbonation. Abv under control, an easy drinker for me.
Nothing mind blowing, but a really solid example of the style.

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

Not a huge fan of the Widmer Weissbiers, but I must say that this seasonal isn't too bad.... As you fill a pint glass, a beautiful reddish/copper beer appears with a nice inch head that leaves a decent amount of trails as you drink it.... The smell is that of toffee, caramel, and a bit of toast.... The taste is also toasty with caramel notes, and slightly hoppy and nutty.... It has an average to full body that leaves a pleasant aftertaste.... Overall, a pretty good brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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