Review: Oktoberfest, Pyramid Brewing

Pyramid Brewing Co. — Portland, OR

  • Style:  Autumn Lager
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV:  6.7%  
  • Malts:  Pilsner, Munich, Carapils, Carared, Caramel
  • Hops:  Nugget and Mt. Hood
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle

Description: "A strong malt backbone is delicately balanced with hop bitterness to create an Oktoberfest with a deep amber color and rich caramel flavor.  The perfect beer to celebrate the fall season." — Pyramid Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Oktoberfest is a new release that replaced Juggernaut as Pyramid's fall seasonal. The real Oktoberfest (in Munich, Germany) kicked off this past Saturday. I'm participating in the world's biggest beer bash in absentia by drinking this beer. This is part of my series on fall seasonal brews.

The tasting:  Copper in color (perfect for fall), clear, with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel and toasted malt, spicy hops, and a hint of smoke. It's definitely a malt-forward beer. The flavors (and proportions of each) are similar to aroma. A mild malt sweetness emerges in the middle. Oktoberfest is light to medium bodied, softly carbonated, and finishes with toasted malt and a light spicy hop bitterness.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. Most of us probably won't be able to party in Munich under the Oktoberfest tents this fall. Instead, pick up this beer and have your own Oktoberfest!

Have you tasted Oktoberfest? What's your favorite fall seasonal?

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  1. I used to really like Samuel Adams Octoberfest, but tried it again last year and wasn't a huge fan anymore. I guess I should try out some new ones. I usually like Octoberfest beers more than Pumpkin.

  2. Have you tried Widmer's Okto?

  3. I think I did in 2009 when I visited the brewery, but I don't remember what I thought. Do you recommend it?

  4. I profiled Okto two years ago, and wasn't crazy about it at the time. I should re-taste it as I've found my tastes have changed.


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