Friday, October 2, 2009

Spaten Oktoberfest- Friday, October 2nd (Part 1)

Ok, I've got a lot of beer to review tonight (all of them Oktoberfests, to fit in the mood) so I'm gonna keep this short and simple. First up is the Spaten Oktoberfest. Notes abound:

Pours a dull brown with a one finger pearl white head that lasts a long time. Translucent. Looks like a good black tea that's been frothed. Lots of lacing.

Smell is...interesting. Smells kinda skunked and its overwhelming. Might be very hoppy? Light maltiness. Can't really place what this smell is, but its not welcome.

Taste is very good. Thick and rich malt with very limited hops. Really beautiful malt profile. Can't really explain it. Its very good.

Perfect mouthfeel. Limited carbonation with a slightly viscous body.

Its not too bad. The taste is really delicious but the smell rivals that of the Steel Reserve. Not sure what's up with that but I'm gonna chalk it up to the fact that its in a green bottle. Sad, because if it didn't smell like utter balls, I'd rate this as a really good beer. If you can find it on tap, go for it. Its beautifully sweet and malty and a delicious Oktoberfest.

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