I know what you’re going to say… you went all the way to the Oregon Brewers Festival to have a beer that’s right up the road in Wisconsin? Yes… call it peer pressure from hanging out at the festival with Oregon Folks who were looking for beers they couldn’t often try. However, I will say that I was happy with the selection.
When it was served it had a dark amber color, and a somewhat thick, creamy head on it. The aroma was malty and caramelly, but with a hint of some fruity notes to it as well.
The body was thicker than I expected – almost a solid medium body on it, but it also had a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor was all malt. It was a bit of a chewy maltyness when I first took a drink, with sweet malt flavors up front. In the aftertaste, it was a bit more caramelly.
If I had to pair this with a food, it would go perfectly with BBQ ribs or a pulled pork sandwich while tailgating before a football game. While it was a Maibock, I think it would also be a great Octoberfest beer as well. Given the surprisingly bigger body than I was expecting, I think I’d actually prefer it in the fall rather than the spring. Overall, this was a good beer, and I’m fortunate enough that I think the local store carries this one.