It’s Saturday night and my wife went out with her friends and I’ve got the kiddos. In addition, I started a new diet, which only lets me have beer one day a week. So after having a Hop Slam and a Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter, I had this beer. It’s one of the beers my sister brought me from her trip to Cincinnati. The can says, “an untraditional Oktoberfest bier, with rich and nutty Munich and Vienna malts paramount.”
Location: Poured into a TEKU glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 5.4% ABV, 20 IBUs, ~140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s orange-amber in color an fairly hazy. The head was white and pillowy, but fell to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is grainy and malty.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The flavor up front is a little grainy and bready-malty behind the carbonation crispness. In the middle, the bready-malty sweetness comes out of the crispness. In the finish, there’s a little bit of spicy-earthy bitterness that tries to balance out the sweetness. The aftertaste is mostly bready-malty sweetness with a bit of spicy hop dryness.
Food Pairing: This beer has a good amount of bready-malty sweetness that needs to be balanced out a bit. Therefore, I’d probably pair this with something savory like a meatloaf or steak.
Overall Impression: I think this Oktoberfest is made for beginning craft beer drinkers. It’s light and crisp and the flavors are mostly sweet bready-malt. It’s not a bad beer, it’s just a little crisp and sweet for me. Overall, it’s an OK beer that may be a good transition beer for macro-beer drinkers.