As 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.