Friday, October 4, 2013

Yuengling Oktoberfest

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (982) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It appears to have been bottled on June 27, 2013 and cost $2.25 ($0.19 per ounce).

Appearance: Pure copper color, clear, carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Pretty standard lager aroma with a little more sweetness than usual.

Taste: It’s beers like this that make me dislike the Oktoberfest style across the board. While Yuengling Oktoberfest isn’t bad at all, there’s nothing all that special or memorable about it. It doesn’t have the familiar flavor of a pale lager, nor does it have the refined sweetness and character of an amber. It’s just a mild, lightly sweetened lager. Sure, there’s a touch of caramel or toffee in here, and there’s no off-flavors or adjunct distractions. There’s nothing about it that’s repulsive, but there’s only a few characteristics that are appealing. In my experience, this is actually pretty standard for the style. It’ll do.

Drinkability: Yuengling is known for their lagers and the Oktoberfest drinks as well as the rest of the line. The mouthfeel is light to medium, lightly crisp, and refreshing while in the mouth. It goes down smooth and finishes fairly clean with just a slightly dry sensation. I’m not entirely sure of the ABV, though some sources claim it’s 5.4% which seems a little high considering how mild the palette is. If it were under 4.9% I’d say this would be a beer worthy of its intended purpose. 
Grade: 6/10