Review: Oktoberfest, Ninkasi Brewing

Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager

Ninkasi Brewing Co. — Eugene, OR

  • Style:  Oktoberfest
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 5.1%
  • Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell, Adidulated
  • Hops: German Magnum, German Hersbrucker
  • Sampled:  12 oz bottle

Description:  Highly drinkable and with a slight malty sweetness, Dortmund-style lagers were first brewed in 19th century Dortmund, Germany and were favored by the city’s industrial workers. Ours is golden in color with a clean balance, perfect for enjoying after a hard day’s work or anytime. Cheers! — Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  Huh? If you look closely at the label, Ninkasi uses the words Oktoberfest and Dortmund-Style Lager to describe this. Those are actually two distinct styles of beer. So what's up? I'll direct you to Jeff Alworth for a lesson in beer. I'm drinking Ninkasi's Oktoberfest as part of my series on non-gourd fall seasonals

The tasting:  Golden in color, clear, with a white head that dissipates slowly. Aroma of bready malt, corn, and a touch of citrus. Taste starts with biscuit malt. In the middle, light lemon and spicy hops emerge. Alcohol is not present in aroma or flavor and hop bitterness is low. Oktoberfest is light bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a dry finish.

Rating:  3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  Oktoberfests tend to be darker in color and have pronounced malt flavors. If I bought a full six-pack, I would have been very disappointed. Ninkaski’s Oktoberfest tastes like a pilsner to me. Overall, I enjoyed the beer. However, I bought this beer expecting something else.
Have you tasted Ninkasi's Oktoberfest Dortmund-Style Lager? How did you like it?

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