We had an incredible weekend in Columbia, MO, back at Mizzou for homecoming. With ESPN Gameday, homecoming activities, and a huge upset over #1 Oklahoma, we had a tremendous time. The only bad thing about the day was that I couldn’t find an Oktoberfest seasonal to drink for my Oktoberfest Challenge. I’m bummed, but I’m going to continue to try to finish off the month strong. The bottle says “Erdinger is brewed all-naturally, using traditional bottle-fermentation, never pasteurized. 5.7%ABV.”
It was a slightly hazy straw gold color, and there was a soapy head which fell pretty quickly. There appeared to be a lot of carbonation in it. It was light and spritzy smelling with a slightly bready and lemony aroma.
The body was pretty light, and it was smooth drinking, yet crisp. There was a light wheaty flavor up front giving way to a bit more wheat and bready flavor. Most of the flavors were light, and reminded me quite a bit of a wheat beer.
The light bready and wheaty flavors in this beer would go very nicely as a starting beer with Thanksgiving dinner. The flavors would pair well with the light flavors of turkey, mashed potatos, gravy, and croissants.
It was a bit different from the other Oktoberfests I’ve been having. The others have been malty and carmelly marzens, while this one was more like a conditioned wheat beer. Overall, I found it to be a good, warmer weather Oktoberfest beer. It was very drinkable, and goes perfectly with the fall work out in the yard – raking leaves and cutting down my hop vines.