Review: Oktoberfest, Full Sail Brewing

LTD 07 Oktoberfest
Full Sail Brewing Co. — Hood River, OR.

  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 26 IBU
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • Malts: Two-Row Pale, Vienna, Caramel, Munich
  • Hops: Czech Saaz, Yakima Sterling
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  Why fly to Munich for a genuine Oktoberfest Lager when this one's inches from your lips? This three time gold medal winner is a smooth, malty lager brewed in the true Bavarian Style, using Two-row Pale, Vienna, Caramel and imported roasted Munich malts, moderately hopped with imported Czech Saaz and Yakima Sterling hops. Flavors reminiscent of honey, nougat and roasted nuts. Complex and beautifully balanced. Prosit!  —  Full Sail Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I originally tasted Oktoberfest during Full Sail's hop harvest tour at Sodbuster Farms. The fall beer season is very short and this beer flew off the shelves in a few short weeks. I'm drinking Full Sail's LTD 07 Oktoberfest as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Bottle stamped with an enjoy by date of January 8, 2014. Deep amber in color, clear, with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma of caramel, biscuit, and earthy hops. From the first sip, the flavors of caramel, bread, and toasted malts fill the mouth. In the middle, spicy hop bitterness emerges. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or flavor. Overall hop bitterness is low, allowing the malts to take center stage. Oktoberfest is medium bodied, has a crisp mouth feel, and finishes with lingering caramel and spicy hops.

Rating:  4 star.  Really Good! I want this again!  Full Sail's Oktoberfest is a great fall beer. Its delicious malty flavors serve as a nice bridge to the heavier beers of winter. Unfortunately, Oktoberfest is long gone. While that provides no consolation at this moment, be sure to pick it up as soon as you see it when it returns late next summer!
Have you tasted Full Sail's Oktoberfest? 

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