Beer: Oktoberfest Beer
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Hazy light orange body with a small white head.
Smell: Simple syrup note; it’s straight up sugar, not caramelized like other lagers. It smells like dunking your head in a bag of sugar. There’s a faint hint of bread and wheat.
Taste: Nothing at all like the smell. There’s a bright fruit note–a little pineapple, a little melon. There’s also a sour funk taste like that of a witbier. The aftertaste is a freshly baked biscuit with a little butter
Feel: Effervescent. It feels airy and light, almost as if it had been whipped.
Concluding Remark: Overall, Schlafly’s Oktoberfest is confusing. While an interesting experience–the flavors are solid and the mouthfeel is incredible–there is little resemblance to an Oktoberfest. While not a typical German or American Oktoberfest, it’s refreshing to be surprised and this festbier is even more refreshing to drink.