Saturday, October 23rd 2010
Santa Fe Oktoberfest
(Santa Fe Brewing Company)
One of three canned Oktoberfests to hit the market this year. Last year there were NONE! Santa Fe has now canned a trio of beers and this one is their second of four canned seasonals they plan to release. Prosit!
From the Santa Fe Brewing site:
"Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while dancing to polka music and wearing your lederhosen, you will find this lager's unbridled festivity difficult to resist. This ode to Germany's classic fall lagers is as clean, clear, and quaffable as any that has ever weighed down the table of a German Beer garden. The crisp maltiness of classic Munich malt compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops gives this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of the summer.."
Here we go...
Pour - dark golden in color with some nice little bubbles streaming upwards making a thin white head. This settles pretty quickly with a ring of white and some lacy webbing.
Aroma - brown bread, bread dough, malt, caramel and hints of dark fruit.
Taste - very crisp and quite refreshing on the palate. The sweet maltiness that you can expect from this style is nicely balanced by the dry finish and the carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel are left on the tongue but fade quickly which makes your brain tell your hand to quickly replenish your mouth with more beer!
Overall - not an easy style to work with and yet Santa Fe has pulled it off nicely. Great flavor and very easy drinking. A six-pack of these would get you through a few sing-a-longs in good fashion that is for sure. Prosit!
Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. A very drinkable dark lager with plenty of character but not too heavy. I'd love to have easier access to this brewery's canned beers.
Note - Along with their Oktoberfest, Santa Fe plans to can three other seasonal offerings; an already canned "Freestyle Pilsner", a "Java Stout" and their "Viszolay Belgian". Look for their Java Stout in February.
Posted by Russ
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