Paige Latham Didora
the Oktober-Off recap
Happy first day of October!
It’s my absolute favorite month and I am elated it is here, and not because of the accompanying candy — because of the beer!
My friends and I tasted seven Oktoberfests in a series of rounds and I am here to present the results! If you didn’t read through any of the rounds, consider this a summary.
In Victory v Shiner, Victory was a clear winner. Between Widmer and Left Hand, the close match up went to Left Hand. Finally, Brooklyn bested Central Waters with the bonus beer, Sam Adams, falling somewhere in between the two.
Each beer had its own merit, though, so if you are looking for specifics, read on!
Best Beer Overall (or best not-quite-Oktoberfest) is given to the Victory Festbier for the intriguing caramel notes, nuttiness, and pleasant depth of malt. If you haven’t tried this, please do. And you’ll want to stock up…October doesn’t last long.
The best finish easily goes to Widmer’s Okto and the best body belongs to Brooklyn. Most appropriate use of hops belongs to Left Hand.
Additionally, the Okto and the Samuel Adams both offered some unique fall flavors including slight green apple which feels so appropriate with the cooler temps.
What are your favorite Oktoberfests? Do you disagree with any of the match-ups? Oktoberfest is such a popular style with many craft breweries producing this classic lager, and while many peak in September, October has just arrived!