Oktoberfest officially ends on Monday, but here in the states it seems like we take the name to heart. In the past week or so I have seen more Oktoberfest beers hit the shelves than when the festival officially started. My first Oktoberfest beer review of the year comes from Erdinger Weissbrau of, appropriately enough, Germany!
This one was a bit of a surprise coming out of the glass. You generally expect an amber colored beer with a slightly off-white head, but Erdiger Oktoberfest pours an “orange” straw color. It had a slight haze to it and a really, really fluffy head if you couldn’t tell from the pictures. The nose was exceptionally grainy. It is nice and malty, with the sweetness that you would expect from a German lager.
The beer tastes pretty close to what the nose promises. The malt is grainy and raw tasting. There is a slight fruit presence, almost estery. There were no hops in the nose, but there are some hops on the end. They really help to balance out this beer.
This beer is not what comes to mind when you hear Oktoberfest, but it is damn tasty. There is a nice balance and the unexpected fruity flavors in the background really added a lot to the beer. It comes in at 5.7% so bottoms up!