Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spaten Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest was on tap at my favorite spot for hot wings and cold beer.  It's almost that time, so why not?

Although Spaten has been brewing beer for over 600 years, Oktoberfest brewed was first brewed 1872 and is notably the world's first Oktoberfest beer. It irks me somewhat that this ancient brewery is now owned by Anheuser-Busch.  Oktoberfest is a far cry from craft beer but it's still a classic.

Oktoberfest (5.90% ABV) was served in a shaker pint. It is a deep coppery amber with a small but thick head.

The aroma is what I think of when I think what beer smells like.  It's a little bready and hints at sweet malts with a spot of hops.  A very little spot of hops.

The taste is mostly of gently roasted malts and grain. There is a gentle bite of hops that simply rounds out the flavor without taking over.  Oktoberfest is well flavored but relatively light tasting which makes it hugely quaffable.  The finish is crisp and dry.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth with soft carbonation.

Oktoberfest is a classic. It tastes like fun. Love it!

Overall: very good.

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