With Oktoberfest going on for a few more days over in Munich, here are a couple more Oktoberfest beers tasted on this side of the Atlantic.
Harpoon Brewing Company, Boston, MA, 5.3%abv. is slightly darker than traditional Oktoberfest beers, more of a copper color than caramel. The nose has beautiful aromas of sweet roasted malt, buttered popcorn and some clove, vanilla and allspice. The palate has that roasted malt upfront without too much sweetness. There is still buttered popcorn and some of those spices in the background lending a full round mouth feel. The Harpoon Oktoberfest is truly delicious, slightly different from a traditional Märzen, but it easy to drink and feel more than satisfied. It would go perfect with some of the bratwursts and sauerkraut served during a great German beer fest.
Paulaner, Oktoberfest Weisn, Munich, Germany, 6%abv. strays from a traditional Oktoberfest Märzen, going for wheat rather than malt. Golden yellow in color with a bright white head. Crisp aromas greet the nose, more citrusy with fresh cut hay and wild flowers and even linen sheets straight from the drier. The palate has a nice sense of those clean linen sheets with tangy lemon layered on top. The mouth feel is medium but very nice and cleansing. For those who are not a fan of sweeter maltier Oktoberfest beers this is the perfect solution. Enjoy with Weiss wurst and German potato salad.