Bif (1298) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On-tap at Maggie’s on the River in Watertown, NY. Served a copper color with a small head and some lacing. Mild caramel aroma with some fresh grain and a bit of spice. Has a mild caramel sweetness with some biscuit. A light bitterness with a fairly clean finish. Fairly medium body, crisp and quite smooth. Easy drinker, nice seasonal beer.
Foxbush (1217) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle This is good looking beer with complex flavors. The beer poured a clear copper-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly to a white collar. No lacing down the glass. The aroma of caramel malts. The mouthfeel is brisk and balanced, with soft malt flavors and a flash of hops bitterness that lingers. The medium body beer had average carbonation. The finish was clean with a slightly toasty ending. One of the better marzen style beers this year. this marks my 1100 rated beer.
Block (1210) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-orange pour with an off white head. Aroma is of caramel, pale malts and some spice. Pretty mild with a light amount of spice coming through the tame caramel flavor. Not bad.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head that stays around a while. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells mostly like caramel and toasted malt, along with a little bit of toffee. It tastes like toasted and caramel malt, and also some earthy/grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with moderate carbonation. It’s easy enough to drink! I think it’s a solid Oktoberfest brew, and it’s priced right at $6.99 a six-pack.
Nejhleader (1183) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice standard marzen. has a amber slight smoke flavor, crisp amber body, a nice brew from PA’s finest
hershiser2 (1175) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Kroger, CHO. Pours an amber brown with a large frothy off-white head. Smells of roasted nuts, leaves, and malts. Tastes lightly nutty and earthy.
jsmerig (1143) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of sourdough bread and mildly syrupy malt. Taste is mildly sweet up front mixed with a mild bitterness that balances out the sweetness. It then turns a bit smokey and finishes crisp with a hint of cocoa.
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JDBaker11058 (1131) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: pour is a tad watery--color is traditional amber and orange, short, half-hearted light tan head. Aroma: caramel, cereal, bit of mineral water and wet cardboard. Taste: light flavors--mainly slightly sweetened, toasted cereal grains, with a bit of caramel. Finish: clean and gone before you know it. Notes: Similar to, but not as good as, their amber lager. I almost think they took their regular amber, added some orange coloring and upped the toasted malts a titch. Barely ok.
Onslow (1099) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear brownish / amber color with generous white head. MIld aroma of caramel hops and a little grass / earth. Some metal or slightly off element in the aroma. Taste is mild sweet caramel, hint of toast, and a somewhat under-hopped grassy finish. Tastes like Yeungling Amber Lager with a little more malt but no more hops. Nice enough.
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It appears to have been bottled on June 27, 2013 and cost $2.25 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure copper color, clear, carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Pretty standard lager aroma with a little more sweetness than usual.
Taste: It’s beers like this that make me dislike the Oktoberfest style across the board. While Yuengling Oktoberfest isn’t bad at all, there’s nothing all that special or memorable about it. It doesn’t have the familiar flavor of a pale lager, nor does it have the refined sweetness and character of an amber. It’s just a mild, lightly sweetened lager. Sure, there’s a touch of caramel or toffee in here, and there’s no off-flavors or adjunct distractions. There’s nothing about it that’s repulsive, but there’s only a few characteristics that are appealing. In my experience, this is actually pretty standard for the style. It’ll do.
Drinkability: Yuengling is known for their lagers and the Oktoberfest drinks as well as the rest of the line. The mouthfeel is light to medium, lightly crisp, and refreshing while in the mouth. It goes down smooth and finishes fairly clean with just a slightly dry sensation. I’m not entirely sure of the ABV, though some sources claim it’s 5.4% which seems a little high considering how mild the palette is. If it were under 4.9% I’d say this would be a beer worthy of its intended purpose.