Monday, October 15, 2012

Warsteiner Oktoberfest

I find most German marzens to be off-putting, frankly, but Warsteiner Oktoberfest is just plain neutral. While the palate isn’t impressive at all, the beer is highly drinkable though.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (741) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2012
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 completely.

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 these.
 Grade: 5/10