Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ellicottville Oktoberfest

Hops aren’t something you tend to find a lot of in Oktoberfestbiers, which makes an even remotely hoppy brew of the style stand out. That’s certainly the case with Ellicottville Oktoberfest - an otherwise by-the-book marzen with real hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (742) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into my OktoBEERfest mug.

Appearance: Attractive clear shade of dark amber/copper. Forms a small, beige, sudsy head which evaporates quickly and almost completely.

Smell: Typical American lager aroma but with a subtle floral scent.

Taste: I would not describe Ellicottville Oktoberfest as robust and complex, but I would say it has a rather unique palate for an American Oktoberfest. Mild sweetness throughout the entire first half of the palate - mostly amber grain but nothing particularly confectionary. Right as it starts to finish there’s a crackle of sharp hoppy bitterness. More dry than a spicy, with even the faintest trace of citrus. It’s really quite prominent consider the beer is only 28 IBUs (according to the brewery’s website). This drinks more like an amber ale as it has no generic lager taste at all. Though not absolutely delicious, there’s nothing boring about this palate at all. It’s a nice change of pace for sure.

Drinkability: This is exactly what you want out of an Oktoberfest: plenty of flavor but no massive girth. Ellicottville Oktoberfest has an energetic, but comfortable mouthfeel. It goes down smooth and is fairly clean, though the hops do create for a slightly dry aftertaste. The 5.6% ABV is perfect for the size.
 Grade: 7/10

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