Being a beer drinker is always fun with new beers being released almost every week. Seasonal beers are another time to look forward to. With Oktoberfest in full swing it is time to head to your favorite retailer and pick up a sampling of this seasons offering. I recently did just that and here are my reviews of the batch I picked up this year.
Clipper City Brewing, Baltimore, MD., Heavy Seas, Treasure Fest, Oktoberfest is slightly hazy copper color with a quickly receding light tan head. The nose has rich roasted malt and hints of allspice. The palate is filled with sweet roasted milk with caramel on the medium long finish. The Treasure Fest is brewed with German malt and hops and finished with American hops. This is a solid Oktoberfest beer true to style.
Two Brothers Artisan Brewing, Warrenville, IL, Atom Smasher, Oak Aged Oktoberfest has a reddish-orange hue with virtually no head. Toasted malt and hint of oak linger in the nose. The palate is a blend of baking spices and sweet malt. The oak is present but not a dominant flavor. The oak comes in on the finish and adds a nice twist. Two Brothers have come up with nicely crafted Oktoberfest lager that is not too sweet. The will be a great choice for those who don’t crave too much sweetness in their beer.
Shiner, Marzen Style Oktoberfest, is dark golden with a quickly receding off white head. The nose is toasted malt with hints of citrus. The palate has some sweet malt with a flat aftertaste. The Shiner is ok, a little short on true Oktoberfest style.
Sierra Nevada, Oktoberfest is golden yellow with a thin ivory head. The nose has hints of lightly toasted malt and some hop citrus notes. The palate is light and crisp and citrusy. This is a very clean tasting beer without the bittering hops that is a trademark of Sierra Nevada’s usual brews. Sierra Nevada collaborates with German Brewer Mahrs Brau to create their fest bier. It is a refreshing departure from the sweeter style beers. This makes it easier to enjoy than just one or two sweeter styles.
This is just a small sampling of seasonal Oktoberfest beers, try these and don’t be afraid to experiment on you own. Prost!