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I recently took a quick cruise through my beer cellar and stumbled across this accidentally forgotten bottle of Oktoberfest beer that a friend have me during a recent visit. Time to pop some caps.

Schlafly Oktoberfest

Schlafly Oktoberfest

Schlafly Oktoberfest

Tasted February 3, 2013

Tasted non blind. Served from 12 oz bottle. Bottled September 10, 2012. ABV 5.5%. IBU 25.

Dark amber color with an orange twing, a tiny bit of cloudiness, both probably due to age. Nose of toast, malt and an unusual component I can’t quite identify. Flavors of lemon, malted meal and a bit of something else on the clipped finish. I don’t know if this is the normal profile for this beer or if it is over the hill and fading. Frankly, I think this beer is over the hill already. No rating as a result.

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  • 2005 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard – USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (12/23/2012)
    WIML93

    Tasted non blind. Opened and decanted one hour before serving.

    Garnet to dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of birch, rose petals, black berries and black cherries. Flavors of black berries, black cherries and a bit of boysenberry jam. Medium acidity, medium tannins, full bodied. Drink over the next 2 to 5 years and start with a brief decant. (93 points)

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Capital Brewing Oktoberfest

Capital Brewing Oktoberfest

Tasted non blind on October 23, 2012. Served from 12 oz bottle. 5.5% ABV.

Amber to gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout with a short yet fairly retentive head. Nose of malt, mild berries and light hops. Flavors of malt, berries, a hint of sorghum and light hops on the finish. Clean and crisp with good weight on the palate. Good to very good. Let’s call this one three and a half stars out of five.

Additional information from the brewery website:

The mother of all seasonal beers has a firey amber hue with rich malty overtones that dominate the flavor.

HOPS – Liberty
MALTS – Brewers, Munich, Caramel & Aromatic
OG 14%
IBU 24
ABV 5.5%

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Mother Old School Oktoberfest

Mother Old School Oktoberfest

Tasted non blind on October 22, 2012. Served from Pint sized bottle. 5.5% ABV.

Amber color in the glass, clear looking throughout with a short, somewhat quick head. Nose of malt, wet stones and a bit of spice. Flavors of malt, bread, a dash of sweet red cherry and a little hops on the finish. Pretty crisp on the palate with a clean finish. Good body, easy drinking beer. Good to very good. Let’s call this one three and a half stars out of five.

Notes from brewery website:

Old School Oktoberfest is a traditional amber lager brewed to celebrate the fall harvest. Extended aging creates a medium bodied beer with a smooth malty flavor and just the faintest touch of hops. Pull up your lederhosen, raise a stein, Ein Prosit!

Body: Medium
ABV: 5.5%
IBUs: 20
Plato: X
PKG: 6-pack bottles, Draft

BREWMASTER’S ORIGINAL NOTES*
20 ibus, mild clean bitterness, german spalter hops, subtle hop flavor – malt focused, but balanced. lots of munich, some pils, melanoidin, honey, caramel? danish lager, german lager yeast- 6-8 week residence time ferment @ 48-50 F, lager in horizontal aging tanks @ 32 F, light copper to orange 5.3-5.7% abv

* Recipe evolved from these original notes

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Sprecher Oktoberfest

Sprecher Oktoberfest

Tasted non blind on October 21, 2012. Served from 16oz Pint bottle. 6.0% ABV.

Copper color in the glass, slightly opaque looking with a short, non retentive head. Nose of mahogany, caramel and malt. Flavors of spice, malt and nougat on the slightly clipped finish. Fairly clean, light and refreshing on the palate. Good. Let’s call this one three out of five stars.

More information from the Sprecher website:

Traditionally brewed to celebrate the harvest season, this reddish-brown lager has a rich caramel character and a long flavorful finish. Its delicious malty sweetness is nicely accented by a slighty fruity bouquet and a mild hop flavor.

Oktoberfest Facts
Available Jul through Dec
Alcohol by Volume: 5.75%
Degrees Plato (Initial Gravity): 14P
Weeks Aged: 6
Bitterness Units: 15 IBU
Year First Brewed: 1986
Serving Temperature: 45°
Malts: Caramel, Munich, Pale
Hops: Hallertau, Mt. Hood
Sizes: 1/4 and 1/2 Barrels, 16oz Bottles

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

Tasted non blind on September 9, 2012. Tasted from 330ml bottle.

  • Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

The Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier is yellow color in the glass, slightly cloudy looking with a good, pretty retentive head. Nose of flowers, yellow pears and wet stones. Flavors of yellow pears, citrus notes and a hint of breadiness on the short to medium finish. Pretty clean on the palate. Good to very good. Let’s call this one three and a half stars out of fives stars.

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Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Tasted non blind on September 9, 2012. Served from 330ml bottle.

  • Hofbrau Oktoberfest

The Hofbrau Oktoberfest is a light gold color in the glass, clear looking throughout with virtually no head. The nose consists of aromas of heavy hops, malt and spices. Flavors of malts, spices and a hint of breadiness on the medium finish. Clean and refreshing on the palate. Comes across more like a pilsner or ale than a Marzen which most Oktoberfest beers come across as Marzen beers. Still, I like it for the cleaness and change of pace. I will also admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Let’s call this one three and half stars out of five. I would go four stars but it just doesn’t have enough wow factor on both the nose and palate to warrant a full extra star.

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