While in Milwaukee, we are going to take a look at one of my favorite breweries in the city north of Chicago. Milwaukee Brewing Hoptober Fest is one of their few Fall Seasonal. If you read my earlier blog on their beers, you are pretty up to speed on this brewery. If you have not, please go back and read the first part. Let us get into the beer.
This is one of their many seasonal beers and a few in the Fall Seasonal. It has a nice clear amber color with a little head on the beer. The smell is like the traditional German Oktoberfest beers. It has a sweet malty smell to the beer. The taste of the beer is a sweet carbonate malty with a nice crisp malty aftertaste. This is a perfect beer for the Fall and drinkable too.
Here is a description from their website (www.mkebrewing.com):
Our hoppy take on a classic seasonal German style lager. Brewed with pale ale, caramel, and toasted Munich malts that attribute a sweet earthy malty flavor, toasted aroma, and a bright orange hue. German Tettnanger hops add an herbal peppery flavor and nose.
One of my favorite parts about brewing this beer is that we’re participating in a seasonal brewing tradition that spans the globe. Since nearly all craft breweries take part in the Oktoberfest season, I like to try the different renditions side by side.
We use a traditional lager fermentation along side the traditional toasted Munich style malts. There are a lot of bready characters that come up during the brew. We wanted to brew a hoppier version of the brew, so we added Perle, Tettnang and Columbus hops.
The simple recipe hasn’t changed since we started brewing it in 2006.
Here is a video from Youtube (www.youtube.com):
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out, I was not expecting a true Octoberfest Marzin style. I thought it was going to be over hop amber ale or lager. Here it is your normal Octoberfest that is slightly hop. It is pretty drinkable and has a ton of flavor. This beer just became my favorite fall beer. This is a huge debate in my head between MKE Hoptober, Scharfly Pumpkin, or Brooklyn Oktoberfest. I have to say they are all tied for first place. I cannot make my mind. This is good because all these breweries that make some awesome beers. This beer I would run not walk and get some of this brew before it is all gone. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser