Well, it’s officially fall. Football is in full swing, baseball playoffs are almost upon us, and fall beers are dominating the shelves at the beer store. I went local last week with the Port City Oktoberfest, but decided to go national this week with Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest.
I’m a huge fan of the Leinenkugel Summer Shandy, and rank it up there as one of my favorite summer beers, so I had high hopes for the Oktoberfest. The pour started out great, with a dark copper color, very clear with a light foam crown that dissipated quickly. The aroma is pure fall seasonal – very malty and sweet.
That sweetness carries through to the flavor, so much so that it’s actually a bit sweeter than your typical Oktoberfest. It starts off with medium malts, before blending into a sweet roasted malt flavor and ending with a honey-tinged long endnote. Unlike many sweet brews, this is quite crisp and it doesn’t have a ton of mouthfeel. It’s also pretty light, at just 5.1% ABV.
Overall, this is a good not great brew. I’d definitely recommend picking up a sixer for a fall barbecue or a tailgate, but probably not for dedicated beer drinking at home.