Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier (2012 re-review)

It’s been a long time since I had an authentic German Oktoberfestbier, so I thought why not go with one that’s sure to be authentic - Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier. I have to say I am truly disappointed by the low quality of this brew. Blame it on the bottle I suppose since it’s not truly brown but more of an olive green and light strike has definitely affected it. Still, this is all I have to go by and what’s here isn’t very impressive. It actually makes some of the more mediocre American brews look great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (737) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2012

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into an OktoBEERfest mug.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow color with an almost crystal clear body. Forms a small, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Not quite as skunky as a Heineken, but there’s definite skunk to the nose. Smells like very cheap macro lager or malt liquor.

Taste: I haven’t had this beer in literally four years and figured I’d probably like it more now as I’ve become more of a true beer connoisseur over the years. I’m actually surprised to see I liked it a little bit better back in 2008*. If I were drinking this blind today there’s no way I’d know it’s an Oktoberfest. It’s much more reminiscent of the cheap European macro lagers that come in green bottles. A sour palate from start to finish that worsens as it warms.

There’s no off-flavors of corn or cardboard as would be found in adjunct lagers, but there’s not much here to hold my attention. I do detect a hint of caramel sweetness, but it’s quite brief and does not linger. The sourness is prominent in the finish - slightly tart like a green apple (acetaldehyde?). It’s not undrinkable or even that annoying - just enough to notice the fact there’s nothing else worth noticing. For the most part the palate is clean and neutral, but that’s not really a compliment.

Drinkability: These types of beers were meant to be drank in large quantities and if you drank this beer ice cold I could see it working as a liquid refresher. Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier is not overly fizzy like most "Popsi McLagers," and is actually quite comfortable in the mouth with a smooth finish. There’s a slightly starchy aftertaste but it’s easily tolerable. I’m surprised the beer is 5.8% ABV as it seems like something much lighter.

*NOTE: read my 2008 review here:

GRADE: 4/10

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