Sunday, September 28, 2014

Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1186) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Despite the name, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest is in no way oak-aged. It has something to do with the brewery’s city’s Spanish name. That’s kind of disappointing, because I know this brewery can do well with oak-aged beers, but what they have here is a pretty standard dark lager. Marketed as an Oktoberfest, it’s probably more accurately consider an amber or Vienna lager. It’s not bad, but it’s not especially unique.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 7/17/14 and cost $2.85 ($0.24 per ounce).

Appearance: Light amber/dark gold color on a clear body with persistent carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Pretty standard lager aroma, but with a slight floral characteristic.

Taste: Most Oktoberfest beers tend to be sweet and have nutty/confectionery character. This beer has a sweetness derived from lighter malts, so there’s more of a honey character than anything in the caramel or toffee range. Though spiced with German Hallertau hops, it seems to have a strong floral component to the taste. A lightly spicy and dry bitterness on the back end, with a mild residual starchy character on the finish and aftertaste. Otherwise, it has a generic lager composure, which makes it interesting, but not all that memorable.

Drinkability: With a crisp, clean body and medium mouthfeel, Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest is a breeze to drink. Slightly refreshing while in the mouth, though it does leave a slightly dry aftertaste. At only 5% ABV it’s a little big to be considered a session beer, though the palate is drinker-friendly enough to give it some versatility. Enjoy it with food or on its own. 
Grade: 7/10

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