I poured an 11.2oz bottle into my OktoBEERfest mug.
Appearance: Beautiful clear shade of pure copper/amber. Forms a large,
off-white, soapy head which fizzles away a bit quickly, but not
Smell: Since the bottle isn’t truly brown it’s not surprising there’s a
skunky odor as soon as I pop the cap. It’s not as bad as a Heineken (or
even Weihenstephaner’s Oktoberfestbier for that matter), but it’s not
inviting. Mostly it’s a generic lager smell.
Taste: If I had to boil down my description of Warsteiner Oktoberfest to
one word, it would be "mild." Whereas a lot of European imported lagers
are skunky and sour by the time they get here, this one is blandness on
the edge of turning bad. It’s hard to describe any individual flavors
in particular. It’s basically a slightly darker, slightly sweeter German
lager without the overt generic flavor. Very minute hints of toffee
and a quick burst of (presumably) noble hop spiciness. Mostly I’m
indifferent to this presentation, and considering this is a
disappointing experience, that’s practically a compliment.
Drinkability: Though not very tasty, I was able to drink this beer with
the greatest of ease. Not overly fizzy like most lagers, Warsteiner
Oktoberfest has its carbonation under control. The mouthfeel is
comfortable and it slides down the gullet extremely smooth. It’s
refreshing and the clean aftertaste is helpful. I’m surprised it’s 5.9%
ABV as it does not seem to have the body of something that "big," but I
don’t think any drinker would have any problem throwing back several of