BEER #2: OKTOBERFEST
Full-bodied with a wonderful chestnut color, the Oktoberfest dark lager has a pronounced bittersweet, malty flavor. The addition of the Saaz hops gives the beer a nice clean finish with a slightly sweet, roasty aroma.
Oktoberfest pours a deep chestnut brown. The brown is so dark that it reminded me of molasses. Very intriguing. Head starts off as 1 1/2 inches of cola foam before fading to a film. It really kinda looks like a beer stein filled with soda.
Nose is rather muted. The little bits I picked up were flat cola and hints of toffee. The nose, or lack thereof, made me really want to dive into this beer.
Oktoberfest has a dangerously smooth taste. There is a bread dough-like yeastiness with hints of toffee. I picked up caramel and dark chocolate, but I really had to “look” for them. I kept thinking about how great this beer would go with a pretzel. So I bought one. And there was much rejoicing.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with a fizziness that I wasn’t expecting. The beer practically evaporates from your mouth. By the end of the sip I could hardly tell that I even took a drink.
This was the winner of the fest for me, which was very fitting considering where we were. Oktoberfest was a little bit bigger than your average Märzen and yet the beer wasn’t any less easy drinking. Germany would be proud.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a MÄRZEN: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Paulner OKTOBERFEST-MÄRZEN, Sam Adams OKTOBERFEST, Great Lakes OKTOBERFEST,