Things have been crazy busy this last weekend, between me getting Migraine From Hell (TM) and work stuff I have not been keeping up with my writing. So here is a quick update that should catch me up on my daily Octoberfest experiment.
Beer #8: Erdinger Octoberfest.
This one was not what I expected at all! From the print on the label this one is actually a wheat beer, so it really isn't a true Octoberfest style beer. With all the strange takes on the style available nowadays, I'll count it.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy, light gold in color with a huge white head that lasts for days.
Aroma: Malty sweetness, spicy hop or even wheat character, some hints of lemon.
Flavor: A medium mouthfeel, ends fairly dry and lager-like. Some malty sweetness with a bit of spiciness. Not a lot going on here. Not a clean lager, not a clovey wheat beer.
Overall: Not a fantastic beer. Sj and I thought it was bleh.
Rating: 2 of 5
Beer #9: Shiner Oktoberfest.
Aroma: Strong malt aroma with a crisp lager character and a note of German hop.
Flavor: Sweet malt, but layers of flavor here that taste of warm baking bread and sticky-rolls. Some bitterness present to balance the sweet, but not overwhelming. Balance much more to the malty. Ends with an almost doughy dryness.
Overall: Quite a surprise for me! Based on Shiner's Bock not really being a bock, I didn't have high hopes for this one, but was shocked by how good it was. The complexity of flavor and mouthfeel on this was great. So far this is my favorite O-Fest this year.
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Beer #10: Two Brothers Atom Smasher.
Appearance: Nearly orange in color with a thick off-white head made of fine bubbles.
Aroma: Malty and sugary sweet. Almost like a cinnamon bun rolled around with vanilla and Smarties candies. Very subtle hop aroma.
Flavor: Like most of these beers, malty sweetness up front with a fairly full mouthfeel. Flavors of vanilla, pear and cherry pit. The malty flavor is fairly one-dimensional, lacking the layers of toast and bread I like in the best of these beers. Ends dry and nearly tannic and astringent.
Overall: This one is actually aged in large oak barrels. This technique certainly adds some interesting flavors, but I think the oak hurts the finish of this beer. Not a classic, but an unusual version of the style.
Rating: 3 of 5