Our second Oktoberfest comes all the way from Lancaster, PA (only an hour’s drive from where I currently live). I went to college out near Lancaster, and I gained a love of Lancaster Brewing Company. Almost two years ago I visited their location in Lancaster. I believe their bottled beers are actually brewed by the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I’ve had their Oktoberfest a few too many times, and three years ago, something was just off with it. I haven’t tried it since, but when I saw it at the store this year, I decided to grab it.
It pours a nice amber color with a thin off-white head that quickly fades. It is clear, as expected. The nose is malty, with some sweetness, but it is not as sweet as Brooklyn’s Oktoberfest. There are some notable bread aromas in there as well. On the first taste I really noticed how dry it was. There is a sweetness upfront, but the dryness kicks in and cuts it off. The toasty and bready notes do follow through-out the beer. There is a slightly sulfury aftertaste, but it wasn’t terrible. There is also a bit of heat to comes in at the end as the beer is drying out.
It is a decent Oktoberfest, but not my favorite. There is just something about the beer that doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe it was the sulfur and dry combination, but it didn’t compare to other Oktoberfest beers that I’ve had. It does kick up the ABV compared to some other beers as well and comes in at a lovely 6.5%. Try it if you see it, but know that there are betters out there.