Oktoberfest - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
I am both purging and divesting myself of bottles, but I seem to always find one or two loosey goosies (sorry) in single-o coolers around town. It does not hurt that The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop is such an enabler, either! Why leave with just one or two when you can Mix-a-Six?
From the bottle: "Holiday Release"; "Traditional Marzen"; "Prized Hallertau hops provide earthy bitterness to a malty body with pleasant hints of dried apricot and toffee aroma."; "Serve in a stein".
Another great pseudo-cascade following a mighty pour! It drives #TheOldLady nuts when I do it, but I like the head formation, the release of esters, and the visual aspect of it. I got just over a finger of foamy, tawny head that quickly fell to wisps. I usually do not get hung on clarity one way or the other, but this had NE-plus quality clarity! I could see through the walls into the neighbor's house, I could see into the future, I could see France, I could see your underpants! I am going to describe the magnificent color as somewhere between Deep Amber/Light Copper and Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). I definitely got the toffee and earthy aromas on the nose. I do not like sweet beers, so if they held the mats in check, I am really going to like this beer. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full with its carbonation. I will buy both dried apricot and certainly toffee as flavors, and there was a very earthy grassy quality also, but I did not perceive any of it as "bitter", or what I think of as bitter. IBU = 17. Come on! I apologize for drinking it from a shaker glass as opposed to a stein (German for "stone"), but I need to see it in order to review it. Man, this was a mellow beer. The tastes just kind of swirled around in my mouth and on my tongue and time passed pleasantly by. Finish was semi-dry, lightly fruity, slightly grassy. Yum.
08-16-2014 15:30:48 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev +9.3%
I poured this into a pint glass which produced a nice head of tan foam. Color is a clear copper. Aroma was very pleasant, malty. Taste is very pleasant, malt, caramel and vanilla. The low side of medium bodied. Low carbonation, the foam dissipates completely after a few minutes.
While it's not as good as the now retired GI Harvest Ale, this is a nice Oktoberfest that I could drink all night if I were so inclined. I would buy it again. This years label (2014) is blue and white which are the traditional colors of Oktoberfest.
08-23-2014 23:18:15 | More by riverlen
Oktoberfest from Goose Island Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.