Today has seriously been the most glorious, beautiful day in D.C. – a crispness is in the air and it finally feels like Fall is coming. The perfect day for an Oktoberfest beer!
I’ve made no bones about the fact that I am a devotee of Alexandria, VA’s own Port City brewery – to date I’ve reviewed four of their beers, and I was pretty psyched to pick up a growler of their latest seasonal, the Oktoberfest, on a beer run to their brewery yesterday afternoon.
Port City’s version is a traditional German-style Marzen lager, characterized by medium body, malty flavor, and a dry finish – and it definitely doesn’t disappoint. To start, it pours an unfiltered-looking golden amber color with just a touch of a creamy foam crown. It definitely smells the part of a Marzen, full of roasted malts.
Taste-wise, this is pretty much exactly what I expected. The brew started off with sweet bready flavors before blending into a deep roasted malt sweetness. Toward the end, I picked up some hoppiness, but it’s much more an accent than a dominant flavor. The malts stick around on the aftertaste, and I was left wanting another sip. Good thing, then, that the 6% ABV doesn’t pack too much of a punch.
Overall, another excellent brew by Port City, and I highly recommend it if you’re in the D.C. metro area or lucky enough to find it in your area.