Ninkasi Oktoberfest Festbier Lager (2014-2015)

 
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Seasonal Release Series. To celebrate the harvest, we decided to brew a beer dedicated to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Using Pilsner malt and hops grown in the Northwest, this beer is our way of toasting to the great bounty that our area brings us. Cheers!

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3.2
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2016
[Dec 24 2015] Bottle from Clackamas Town Center, Portland OR. Nice golden body with slight head. Nose is malty, caramel with citrus. Taste is malty, caramel and floral. Dry in the finish.

2.9
Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 23, 2016
A slight sweet grain and citrusy hop aroma come from this hazy yellowy orangish brew with no head. Sweet grainy flavor and a smooth drink bring a medium body and slight bitter aftertaste.

3.4
scoth (691) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Pours clear amber with a thin beige head, very good retention. Aromas of green apple, caramel, toast, earth. Light body, good carbonation, lightly dry. Mildly sweet, mild-medium bitter finish. Non-traditionally bitter, but a nice take on the style.

3.1
slowrunner77 (13004) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2017 Breads and light hops in the nose and flavor. Toasted finish. I’d like it a little richer, but not bad.

3.4
drjay44 (3857) - Salida, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, ivory head, over a clear, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is toasted malts, with bread crust and toast notes, Pils malts, light herbal hops notes....taste is very slightly sweet, with light caramel notes, moderate Pils malts with light toasted notes, mild herbal hops on the finish, balance to the malts......mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, moderate carbonation. This is a pleasant example of the style. It is malty with light hops, but very clean. BJCP 9/3/16/5/7

3.2
Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2015
12oz bottle pours with a clear pure gold body that supports a thin white head. The aroma offers up beery lagery yeasty notes (beer-like in every way) where I get spicy hops, some floral hops, a mineral note and then a bit of pear like esters. The taste delivers bitter spicy and floral like hops and then it quickly picks up sweet Pils malts and then a modest lagery yeasty fruity ester sensation. A few more sips reveals a pretty firm hoppy bitter bite and a mineral sensation to this that isn’t pairing terribly well with the malts and estery notes.

3.2
bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Orange amber beer with a cream head. Spice and malt aroma with mineral notes. Mineral and light spice flavor with malt. Medium bodied. Light toasted malt lingers with mineral tones.

3.2
zoucrew102 (2154) - - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Sweet caramel malt aroma with bread malt and citrusy hop notes. Pours pale golden colored with a thin white head with poor retention and no lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and other bready malt. Finishes dryer than a typical marzen with grapefruit citrus and acidity that culminate into a slightly bitter and linger hop ending. Pretty good, but quite different than the style normally.

2.3
Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle.

Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow to light amber.

Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of concrete, soap, and egg.

Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky.

Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.

Vegetal/husky character and concrete ruin the nose, and of course those translate to an equally poor mouth experience. Second try with this one and just as unpleasant.

3.4
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Not too surprisingly, this is hoppier than the typical marzen. Still plenty of caramel malt and a bit of spice.


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