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.