Oktoberfest - Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
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3.81/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Its not really fall until one-liter steins and bratwurst hit the dinner table. Blue Stallion introduces this sweetish lager with a heafty dosing of savory toast flavor and its refined drinkability.
The beer plops upon the ridiculously high bar top with a medium bronze and copper color, highlighted by its crystal clarity. Capped with a strong ivory froth, the beer's head endures the extended session with slowly receding creaminess and interspersed lace.
Muted aromas are malty with light honey, pecans, medium toast and a hearty sweetness that approaches caramel. Lightly herbal, the beer's hop contributions are slim- ample enough to support the malt but without claiming any undue attention.
Sweeter than most, the fresh malt flavor of Oktoberfest shines. Light caramel and honey leading the way, complementary tastes of light toast, nuttiness and fresh-kilned grain rise to meet the sweetness in support. Lightly tea-like in finish, the beer's hops are mildly spicy and offers just enough balance to keep the beer from cloying.
Along with sweeter taste, the beer's body is medium-light with a creamy-sweet upstart. The beer quickly fades to a malty-dry finish and clean aftertaste. The beer is absolutely effortless to drink and hearty enough to stand up to all the bratwurst you want.
Blue Stallion's Oktoberfest is a welcome libation to this fall's celebration of all things German culture. Its added sweetness and body is noticeable but not distracting. Promoting a higher rate of attenuation would bring the beer better into balance as it would reduce the malt sweetness and void covering up the hops. And the extra alcohol would also be a welcome- perhaps a character flaw on my part.
Serving type: on-tap
10-04-2013 18:50:27 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Deep and rich brown, auburn and copper coloring allowed a fizzy, highly carbonated head that solidified near the top center.
The scent was dry with a lot of grains, malt and nuttiness. All of these scents are roasted with a bit of smokiness.
The flavor is a little different than most Oktoberfest beers but it blends some Red elements that I really like. A kilned barley is strong on the palate with a dry nutty finish. Not a lot of hops this is certainly malt forward with a roasted, smokey aftertaste. There is an underpinning of caramel malt sweetness but it's a little tempered.
I really like this example of the style but the feel is abrasive. The carbonation is so strong that the bubbles can hurt the throat and fill the chest with air. My thought is that it needs a week or two to settle and the second weekend this will be at its best.
Edit: I tried this a second time and found the carbonation to have settled, making this much easier on the throat.
Serving type: on-tap
09-30-2013 02:08:21 | More by KYGunner
Oktoberfest from Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.