Saturday, October 13, 2012

Brown's Oktoberfest (2012 re-review)

I think Brown’s Oktoberfest might just be the epitome of the American take on the Marzen style. Light malty sweetness with a hint of hops but a noticeable lager character overall. It’s highly drinkable too, which is nice. Though nothing amazing it’s worth trying a pint - especially on tap with food at the brewpub.

NOTE: watch my 2009 video review of this beer at:

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (739) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2012
I received a 16oz tap pour in a shaker glass at the brewpub.

Appearance: Beautiful shade of light ruby red/copper/mahogany (my photo really doesn’t do it justice). Not much head, though this isn’t surprising considering it’s a tap pour into a shaker glass. Though it did leave a noticeable amount of lacing.

Smell: Quite a faint nose with trace malty sweetness. Mostly a familiar lager aroma, but nothing off-putting.

Taste: Brown’s Oktoberfest really doesn’t break any new ground as far as the American Marzen style goes. It’s mild up front with a hint of caramel and toffee sweetness. Through the middle comes a bit of spicy hops and a noticeable dryness. More light sweetness on the finish with a fairly clean aftertaste. It seems to actually be a bit more robust as the beginning and the palate apparently homogenizes quickly. Nothing about this is particularly delicious or exciting but at the same time I can find no flaws. This is pretty much what I’ve come to expect in an American Oktoberfest these days.

Drinkability: Brown’s Oktoberfest feels and drinks like a lager with a cold, wet mouthfeel. It’s surprisingly tepid though, which at least makes it highly quaffable and rather refreshing while in the mouth. The 5.5% ABV weight seems right on the money if not even a tad high. I think anyone could throw back several pints no problem.
 Grade: 7/10

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