In this 400th blog post, we are going to get into new fall seasonal from Goose Island. It is the return of their Oktoberfest after six years absence. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this Chicago craft brewery. If you have not, please, read those beer blogs to get to know this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a clear amber copper color without a head on the beer. The smell is caramel. The taste is a heavy sweet creamy caramel without an aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.gooseisland.com):
Brewed in the traditional Märzen style our Oktoberfest pours a brilliant copper over rose color with a bone white head. Notes of toffee and burnt sugar in the aroma and flavors of sweet dried apricots are delivered in a dry malty body with the mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops.
Style: Märzen Alcohol by Volume: 6.4% International Bitterness Units: 17 Color: Copper Hops: Hallertau Malts: 2-Row, Carapils, Munich 10, C-20, C-40, C-120
Seasonal Bottles: 6pks Draft: 1/6 & 1/2bbl
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In closing, over the years, I have grown to start to dislike fall beers. It just seems like they disappointment me every year to year. I was happy to hear that Goose Island brought back their Oktoberfest in package. This beer does not have that Goose Island taste like the rest of their beers. This beer is a little different. It is little bit more hoppier than the normal Oktoberfest. This beer is not my favorite but it is really good brew. It also gives me hope for all the fall seasonals again. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser