Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

This 6.2% ABV beer is Sierra Nevada Brewing's take on the Oktoberfest style.  It came in their fall sampler pack. They now have breweries in both Chico, California and now Mills River, North Carolina. 

The beer pours a deep, yet clear, amber in color. It has an inch of thick and creamy tan head. The aroma is nutty, grassy, a touch of celery, toasted grain, with some dark caramel. The taste follows the aromas, deep, toasted and caramelly malts, with a grassy bitterness to bring a dry finish, and that celery note again. It drinks creamy and smooth, but also with a refreshing carbonation. I’m glad I have another one of these, because I am not sure what to think of it yet. (So, tried it again, great maltiness and mouthfeel, just a bit too bitter for the style).

Left Hand Oktoberfest

This 6.6% ABV marzen lager is from Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colorado. 

The beer pours a clear and bright copper and amber in color. There is nearly an inch of light tan foam. The aroma is malty, nutty, caramel, a touch of sweet potato. The taste hits the same malty notes as the aroma, but that is immediately followed by a grassy bitterness that cuts down the malt and brings a quick finish. It has a tingling carbonation and is easy drinking. Fine, but doesn’t really stand out in any particular direction. I generally really like the Oktobefest style, but most of them were pretty blah this year for some reason.