The Beer Savant

November 9, 2013

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

Filed under: German,Oktoberfest — hikingsandiego @ 5:10 pm
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ayingeroktoberfestDate: November 09, 2013
Cost: $3.49/pint bottle
Brewer: Ayinger Privatebrauerei, Aying, Germany
Alcohol content: 5.8%
Served: Cold in chilled glasses

Presented with a huge array of Oktoberfests and other seasonal beers at BevMo, my eyes lit up when I spied an Oktoberfest made by Ayinger. I am a huge fan of Ayinger’s Ur-Weisse; it’s one of my most oft-purchased and relished brews. So off to the cash register I went with my bottle of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen and a dose of high expectations.

The first warning sign was when I poured the beer and there was absolutely no foam or lacing. The pretty amber liquid laid in my chilled mug like a flat soda. Save for a slight creamy ring around the outer edges, this was the only hint of carbonation. I could smell some hop and malt action, but nothing that excited the senses. First sip…nothing that excited the senses. Subsequent sips…only a slight bitter flavor, maybe some biscuit overtones, but nothing that spoke “Oktoberfest,” “seasonal,” or even “great beer.” In fact, it was so bad, I didn’t finish it. Perhaps this was a bad bottle; perhaps my expectations were too high. But for certain, this is a one-time purchase.

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November 3, 2012

Pyramid Oktoberfest

Filed under: American,Lager,Oktoberfest — hikingsandiego @ 2:12 pm
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Pyramid OktoberfestDate:  October 2012
Cost: $7.99/6-pack at Windmill Farms
Brewer:  Pyramid Brewing Company, Seattle, Berkeley, and Portland
Alcohol content: 6.7%
Served: Cold in chilled glasses
Every year, I’m noticing new entrants on the Oktoberfest/autumn/pumpkin beer scene, which makes my heart sing but also requires me to make some choices where before that wasn’t required. Pyramid Oktoberfest was one I hadn’t tried before, so into the shopping cart it went.

Pyramid pours a nice caramel color with decent lacing. There’s plenty of carbonation. I could smell some spices blended with a nice hop aroma. Unfortunately, what I mostly tasted on first sip was bitterness. About halfway through the bottle, I began to taste more of the biscuity, malty flavors and spice, which were nice. I would have enjoyed a bit more body to it, less bitterness, and more caramel flavoring, though I found the spice balance just right. Overall, a decent Oktoberfest, but not the pick of the ever-growing litter.

October 22, 2012

You Know What Autumn Means…

Filed under: Oktoberfest,Pumpkin — hikingsandiego @ 7:12 pm
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…It’s time for Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers!

I’ve been sampling several these past three weeks and will have new reviews posted soon! In the meantime, grab a six-pack and enjoy!

November 1, 2011

Yuengling Oktoberfest

Filed under: American,Oktoberfest — hikingsandiego @ 7:40 pm
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Yuengling OktoberfestDate: October 22, 2011
Cost: NA
Brewer:  D.G. Yuengling & Son, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Alcohol content: NA
Served: By the glass at Brixx Pizza in Knoxville, TN

Yuengling had always been a treat for me when I’ve visited friends in New Jersey. Until recently, it was only distributed in a few states, mainly in the Northeast. So imagine my surprise to not only see Yuengling on the menu south of the Mason-Dixon Line, but to learn that America’s oldest brewery was now producing an Oktoberfest! Was Halloween around the corner, or Christmas?

It poured a deep orange with a slight cream head and minimal lacing. The aroma was sweet and biscuity. I tasted the underlying Yuengling lager with a hint of spice and caramel. Nice! Carbonation was appropriate.

I have to admit that I like my Oktoberfests with a bit more spice and a fuller body, but Yuengling’s was good and made a nice accompaniment with dinner. I could picture myself enjoying this beer again while sitting in front of a warm fire on a chilly, wet autumn evening. It’s not the best Oktoberfest on the market, but it’s a solid beer that’s worth trying and enjoying.

Here’s more on Yuengling’s Oktoberfest.

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