3.8AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yesterday, I complained about the fact I’ve been trying so many Oktoberfestbiers that they’re starting to seem alike to me. But with Erdinger Oktoberfest I’ve found a German beer that is totally different than others that incorporate the festival’s name. This beer is a hefeweizen that includes some of the properties of the Oktoberfest style. What an interesting hybrid.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This brew pours to a dark gold/light orange, extremely cloudy complexion. There is a lot of carbonation noticeable. The head is a perfectly-proportioned, creamy, bright white mass that never dissipates and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
The aroma is fairly normal, with wheat being the primary ingredient in the scent. It has a much drier, malty fragrance than most hefeweizens.
An Oktoberfest/hefeweizen hybrid – how could this possibly taste? Well, exactly as it sounds.
Since this is a wheat beer the most noticeable aspect to the palate is its grainy side. It’s very clean-tasting with only trace amounts of sweetness to the flavor. What is noticeable is the inclusion of marzen-style malts, especially caramel. It all adds up to form a really unique, although slightly dry taste.
Although the taste to Erdinger may be a little dry, it certainly finishes clean and smooth. I’ve found that most Oktoberfest beers are extremely easy to drink, no matter how complex or simple their palate. And since this is an ale its easy finish makes it much more appreciable.
It’s no surprise that an Oktoberfest beer has a higher-than-average potency, yet most of them drink like beers made for lightweights. Erdinger is 5.7% ABV, but I’m guessing its caloric content is close to 200. I drank two bottles quite far apart from each other and I could really feel the weight of both. Not that this is a bad thing, but it would have been nice to know beforehand.
I don’t think Erdinger Oktoberfest is one of the six official festival beers, but since it’s a good, innovative beer, so I have no problem with it bearing the name.
NOTE: read my 2014 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/12/erdinger-oktoberfest-2014-re-review.html