Remember how I thought I was done with Oktoberfests until 2011? I was wrong. I have two more, the Warsteiner and the Schlafly. We’ll start with the Warsteiner today:
Origin: Warsteiner Brauerei
IBU: not listed
I drank this: on tap at Old Chicago, Olathe
Compared to a lot of the Oktoberfests I’ve had this year, the Warsteiner is one of the lightest. It’s still an amber, but a lighter amber, with light carbonation and a rim of foam that hangs out around the edge of the glass.
Like most other Oktoberfests, this falls into the “smells like beer” category – not too hoppy, not too malty, just a mid-range beer. And, well, it tastes like an Oktoberfest. It’s medium malt flavors with overtones of biscuits and breads, light hop overtones that don’t so much demand attention as add a slight sharpness to the mouthfeel, and a slight “lager” taste coming from the type of yeasts used and the brewing method.
Basically, this beer is your standard Oktoberfest. I wouldn’t even really consider it worthy of reviewing as I’ve already done so very many Oktoberfests recently, but it differs from the others in one specific way: it has pretty much no aftertaste. Nothing too sour, nothing off and bitter, nothing bad at all. Given most of my Oktoberfest-aftertaste experiences have been bad dba abd BAD, this is a firm plus. It’s also a compulsively drinkable beer. There aren’t any drawbacks to it that I can find (other than that I’m sick to death of Oktoberfests right now!)*. It’s just good beer.
For my money, this was the second best beer on the Old Chicago Oktoberfest minitour (behind the Paulaner) – if you’re sitting at OC anytime soon and want an German-made Oktoberfest but don’t know which one, I’d throw my support firmly behind this one. Enjoy!
* The awesome thing about doing this via blog is that I can admit that my review may not sound as positive as I think it should because I’m sick to death of the style of beer. Because the Warsteiner was one of my favorites from this year’s Oktoberfests (whatever beeradvocate might say – they gave it a C+). But really, people, I think if I see another Oktoberfest before mid-September 2011, I’m going to “accidentally” spill the beer so that I can have anything else.