Stegmaier Oktoberfest comes from the Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Stegmaier is one of two brands the Lion Brewery makes for themselves. The other is the Lions Head, or really cheap college beer. When I was in school you could get a case of Lions Head for $9. The Lion Brewery does a lot of contract brewing and their facility is massive. I had no idea that this Oktoberfest was made by the Lion Brewery when I purchased it, I thought it was from Germany.
This beer pours a golden amber color and has a thin off-white head. It is perfectly clear as expected. The nose is slightly maltly, but it is not very distinct. There are some yummy toasty notes in there along with some slight heat. It smells like an Oktoberfest, with a nice balance of components. On my first sip, I thought it tasted exactly like the nose. Slight malt, with some graininess and toasty notes. There is some slight heat on the back-end along with a light hop bite. Overall it was very enjoyable.
I think this is a pretty straightforward Oktoberfest. It isn’t fancy and delivers on what it promises. There are better ones out there, but I think this would be a good example of a traditional Oktoberfest. It comes in at 6.0% ABV so you could have a few without fear. I would get this again and I would suggest that you try it. This beer could be a gauge for how other Oktoberfest beers measure up.