Okto Festival Ale | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Okto Festival AleOkto Festival Ale
499 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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Photo of Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of jsprain1
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Red-copper. Head istwo finger off white. Great retention, just a wisp of lacing.
S- Aroma tends toward mild and sweet with toffee, caramel (though it's more like dark caramel, not caramel candies) and toast.
T- A bit of sweetness, toffee and brown sugar up front. Did not expect this, but they managed to get a nice hop level to it. Just a touch of bitter herbal flavor in the finish that is very nice.
M- Body is just a touch lighter than I'd like. Just a bit sticky though. Good carbonation on the whole.
O- This is a good beer. Nothing flashy or surprising, but well rounded with no glaring flaws.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The ingredients listed on the website for the 2012 bottle do not match those above: hops include their "Alchemy" blend and Willamette. ABV is listed at 5.3% and IBUs at 28.

To mid-afternoon sunlight it has a clear, dark amber color and with a 1-finger head the color of the Dark Helmet's desert gear. It retains for a few minutes and then settles to a splotchy covering.

The crystal malt is apparent in the aroma, mild toffee or caramel; some toasted/sugary notes join dark bread and some faint fruit and floral hops.

The flavor is malt-forward, with toasted grain/bread and light caramel. It has mild bitterness and some estery fruit. Hop flavor is noticeable but takes a back seat; floral. Body is medium and somewhat sweet on finish, despite balancing bitterness that gains prominence as the beer approaches room temperature. I would probably pick it out as an amber ale if I weren't told anything about it.

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Photo of FunkyAbsinthe
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Vinmar
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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

Altbier and Oktoberfest are NOT similar enough to be substituted styles, but the label on my bottle says oktoberfest style, so that's the way I'm rating it.

Pours a clear copper brown color with a solid half inch cream head that slowly dissipates into a layer of foam, leaving spotty lacing.

Caramel malt, toasted bread, and floral hops comprise the initial aroma, with caramelized sugar and a hint of resiny hops adding complexity deeper in the scent.

Flavor reveals more of a bready backbone, with toasted crust lingering throughout. Light caramel notes are slightly sweet, and floral hops surface toward the finish, which is fairly dry and a touch bitter. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Nuttiness emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate to slightly full, with moderate to low carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a decent beer, but it lacks the malt complexity that is typical for the style. The caramel notes are too light, and melanoidin flavors are absent.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured out a dark copper color with a very thick off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: The smell is very light. It is mostly light toasted malt and earthy bread with a hint of caramel.

T: The taste is mostly sweet malt with an ever so slight slight earthy hop bitter finish. The bitter finish is a nice balance to the sweetness. It also has notes of caramel and roasted/tea flavor.

M: A medium body mouth feel with a medium-low amount of smooth carbonation. It has a nice sticky texture that feels like it coats the tongue.

O: A solid Oktoberfest offering. Nothing stands out as spectacular but has a nice overall character. It definitely leans toward the sweet side but has just enough bitterness for balance which makes it interesting.

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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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Photo of droomyster
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper body with one inch of foam with decent retention. The aromas are reminscent of bread crust and baked biscuits. The front palate has a light earthy hoppiness, with breadier, more biscuity flavors dominating the middle. Medium to full bodied, finishes crisp. This is my first Oktoberfest of 2012, and I like it a lot.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown longneck from a 6pack "okto festival ale"

A: very enticing copper color, very clear, with 1 finger khaki colored head. Head fell to an average cap with a thick ring.

S: almost smells like pineapple, sweet malty profile and noble hops. Most of the smell is fruity though. Smells good but odd.

T: super malty and rich. A little toasty and bready. Quite sweet. A little hop character at the end that finishes well.

M: rich and chewy. very smooth. I really like this.

O: quite good, I am a fan of alts in general. I do not regret this 6 pack at all!

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Photo of CoryR
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep amber colored ale with a smallish tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a little Lemon in tea and grass in it. Toffee candy and a little toasted grain.

Starts out malty and mild. Sweet and malty with nuts and a little hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall not a bad beer. Probably won't buy again though.

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a fall beer, vibrant copper with a thin head of foam that drops some lace. Thick, steely caramel with warm toasted bread maltiness. Hops are clean and herbal. Balance is about even. Clean fermentation profile, lager-like even if it is technically an ale. Nothing spectacular, but another solid beer to have in the cooler during football season.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Pretzels
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Davekim_md
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of switzer
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Okto Festival Ale from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 499 ratings