When I went to Friar Tuck to find more pumpkin beers and Oktoberfests, I managed to find this one. I assume that since it was out this time of year, and is simply called “Fest Seasonal Beer,” that it is an Oktoberfest beer. As you can tell, I’m starting to struggle to find beers that qualify for my Oktoberfest Challenge, so if anyone here in town sees anything that would qualify, please let me know. The bottle says this one is 5.6% ABV.
It has a slightly hazy orange color and no head. However, it appears to have plenty of carbonation in it. The aroma was a little strange, as it is sort of a stale smell with a little bit of sweet maltiness.
It was very light bodied, and it was crisp from the carbonation in it. There was a fruity and slightly earthy/English hop bitterness up front, with a little bit fruity and citrusy flavors coming through in the middle. There was a little bit of a dry finish with a hint of English style hop bitterness.
I would pair this with a pork tenderloin, as I think the fruity, earthy, and citrusy flavors would add to the light complexity of a seasoned tenderloin. Both the meat and the beer are light enough that they would easily go well together.
I was surprised by the lightness, fruitiness, and hoppiness of this Oktoberfest beer. I was expecting something a little more malt forward, and instead this was a bit more hop character. Overall, I thought this was a very drinkable beer that was a nice change from the standard Oktoberfest marzens.