Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest

A friend kept insisting that I had to try Leinenkugel's, so I did. I liked that first one so much that I tried another one. Welcome to the third in my attempt to prove a friend wrong. Happily, I was wrong, so I got some good beer. I actually hope I continue to be wrong.

It's coppery amber color with a head that hangs around a bit like it's embarrassed to be seen, and then it slinks off as if no one is looking, and it really has somewhere else to be, anyway. The aroma is biscuit malt and honey and a bunch of other stuff like toffee and flowers and caramel and ... just a lot. I can't wait to get a sip of this thing.

First sip is complex as all get-out. The overall flavor is caramel malt sweet with lots of spices and fun happening along with it. The carbonation jumps in with the rest of the crowd in this party. There's a tart tang at the end of the sip that is not entirely a bad thing - in fact, it seems to round out the sip fairly well. What will dissecting this further give us? Time for a swig.

Tip-in is mild carbonation burn with the biscuit malt lending sweetness to the whole mouth. There's a hint of some pine and floral hops as the middle approaches. The carbonation pounds the roof of the mouth as the middle gets more mellow with some lemon and grass and various grains just waltz on through with the buzzing of the carbonation happening overhead. The finish flashes the entire mouth with that tart sensation along with earth and a resurgence of the baked bread.

Bottom Line: A good, solid beverage. A fine example of what makes an Oktoberfest beer special.



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