Hello my thirsty friends,
I’ve got to come right out and admit it, I’ve fallen off of the Oktoberfest wagon these last few weeks. While I do enjoy these brews I’m not a huge lager guy and lately I’ve had a few stouts, pale ales, an amber ale, and IPAs that keep clamoring for my attention when I open the door of the beer fridge. Regardless, there is one last Oktoberfest I wanted to write up; Paulaner Oktoberfest.
Now, I touched on this brew back in August after a tasting at The Market @ Washington & High. It’s also what spurred me to grab a bunch of these to write about. Thus, I saved it for last in hopes of not skewing my ranking anymore than I’ve already done so. However, let’s review our standings, shall we?
Paulaner Oktoberfest for many is the gold standard when it comes to these brews and I can’t deny that – it’s a great example. This particular bottle comes from our friends at Leaf & Ale – if you haven’t checked them out all you need to know is this; top notch beer, top notch cigars, one stop – you won’t be sorry. On to the beer! This brew pours with an amberish golden tint and a decent head that fades fast. On the nose you get the malts, yeast, a hint of hops. On the tongue this brew feels thin, easy to drink but there is a breadiness to it with a nice hint of spice. This isn’t a sipping beer – it goes down quick and nice, finishes dry and as it has warmed up a little since I poured it, the spice note are opening up a bit more.
Final snobs: I’m not going to lie, I had a feeling this would be somewhere in the top when I bought it. If I was going to Oktoberfest and knew I was in for a long day of Märzen-style lagers, this would definitely be one of my top choices. However, I must say, Ayinger is still my favorite but Paulaner – you’re a close second.