Octoberfest by Abita Brewing Company
Available at Wise Guys for $8.99 / 6pk nr
Beer Style: Octoberfest/Marzen
In the earlier days of brewing beer it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer, (due to spoilage from hotter temps) so brewing ended in March. (Marzen) This beer was refrigerated and the style was condusive to that. Lots of malt flavor.
Appearance: Light copper, with one inch-plus head
Aroma: Bread, sweet malt
Mouth-feel: Smooth, but a little dry on end
Taste: Caramel malts, standard Octoberfest hops, bread dough, slight dry toffee finish
Overall: This is Abita's first foray into the Octoberfest brew. The flavor is fairly typical for the style, heavy on the malt.
Abita dry hops the Hallertau hop, to finish the hop addition in the beer (which gives this beer a distinct flavor.) These hops are not bitter but they do linger on the finish. I think this is an interesting variation that adds to the beer. Although, it's not my favorite Octoberfest, it is a good brew.
I recommend for anyone wanting a "different" Octoberfest.
Similar Octoberfest beers - Leinenkugel, Beck's.