Beer: Hex Ourtoberfest
Brewery: Magic Hat Brewing Company
Style: Amber Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Dull amber body, zilch head.
Smell: Citrusy, with bold tangerine and orange aromas. There’s a hint of sweet cinnamon and spice at the end.
Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Has a menthol-like cooling effect.
Concluding Remark: With this beer (an amber ale not an Oktoberfest lager), Magic Hat went against the proverbial grain and developed a truly unique take on a festbier. Evident in its name “Ourtoberfest,” Magic Hat’s fall seasonal is solely their own. Am amalgam of the traditional and the avant-garde, it is unlike any of its Bavarian predecessors. Magic Hat combines Oktoberfest hops (Hallertau) with an odd assortment of malts (including a cherry wood smoked malt). The result is an incredible elixir that continues to bewilder with every sip. Is it an Oktoberfestbier? No. It’s not. And usually I would take that into consideration when assigning a pint glass rating. However, it would be difficult to put Ourtoberfest into any single category, so we might as well lump it in with a festive style.
Find this while you can (available until 10/15) and have Yourtoberfest.