491. Pennsylvania Brewing Co – Oktoberfest Lager

Pennsylvania Brewing Co - Oktoberfest LagerAs I’ve mentioned in my last few reviews of Penn beers (Penn Weizen and Penn Overlook IPA), my dad and sister brought several beers back for me from a recent trip to Pittsburgh. Since there’s only a few days left in the month of October, I thought I’d better have the Oktoberfest beer they brought me.

Location: Poured into a large tulip shaped pint glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5.5% ABV, 25 IBUs, 12.8 Plato OG, 2.5 Plato FG, ~ 180 Calories

Ingredients: Malt:  Two-row, Caramel, Dextrin, Vienna, Black Malt. Hops:  Perle.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s clear and perfectly amber in color, with almost no head – only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. It’s got a nice caramel malty, and slightly grainy aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is light-medium and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth.  It’s almost watery up front with little flavor.  However, in the middle, a light maltiness comes in and grows through finish. It’s got a bready and light maltiness in the finish, which sits in aftertaste for a brief time.

Food Pairing: This beer is very clean and very drinkable, and since it’s pretty light in flavor, it would go with almost anything. Since so light, I’d pair with a big thick German meal of sausage or wurst.  The beer would help wash it down and wouldn’t fill you up as fast as the food.

Overall Impression: I thought this was a very clean, drinkable beer.  It had some very light flavors and it went down quick and easy.  If you’re going to drink a liter of an Oktoberfestbier, this one would be easy to do it with.  The subtle flavors were just right with caramel maltiness, graininess, and bready flavors.  Overall, a very good, light, Oktoberfest beer.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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