Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chatham Oktoberfest

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1474) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2015
I’ve never been a big fan of the Oktoberfest style since most of the beers I try tend to be mild and forgettable. I would offer up Chatham Oktoberfest as a good example of what I mean. It does have some genuine flavor and it’s not just a dark lager, but it seems like so much more could be done. I guess I’m just disappointed.

I poured a 16oz can into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.90 ($0.24 per ounce).

Appearance: Light copper/orange hue; very clear with carbonation always visible. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which mostly evaporates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Slight toasty malt character; a hint of orange citrus. Otherwise, an overtly mild, unremarkable nose.

Taste: I hate it when a beer tastes good on the first half, but then fails to deliver on the second half. On my first swig of this beer I got a pretty decent malty flavor, followed by a rather strong vegetal sensation akin to green beans. Clearly, there’s something flawed here, which is a shame because 50% of the palette is fine. Not that that first half is amazing, though. It’s a fairly standard palette for the style – genera, nondeScript amber malt with a hint of orange marmalade and a light dry bitterness. There seems to be a good here – I’m just not picking it up.

Drinkability: One thing that surprised me about Chatham Oktoberfest was how much the delivery reminded me of an ale. The mouthfeel is thicker and less carbonated than a lager. Soft and smooth on the edge, but missing the crisp bite the style should have. For a 5.5% ABV beer it’s a bit lacking on flavor intensity and complexity. A single pint – if that much – is satisfactory.

RATING: 4/10

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