Nose: Malty, mild, faint hint of chocolate
Mouth: Medium body, crisp, malty. Smooth but not creamy. Finishes malty as well with a slight metallic tinge, like it came from a copper tap.
This is Weyerbacher’s takes on an Oktoberfest style. Like most Oktoberfest beers, it’s rich but not overly heavy and very focused on the malts. There are several in this one and they blend well together. At only about 5.4% ABV though, it’s not as strong as other Oktoberfests. I think that helps with the drinkability though.
This is definitely a fall brew. Like Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this encompasses fall in a bottle. However, unlike the stormy and brisk, in-your-face Pumpkin Ale, this Autumnfest is much more laid back. It’s mellow and easy to drink. This is more of an early fall evening, leaves are raked, the last mowing of the season is done, dinner has been eaten and now it’s time to sit next to the fire and bitch and moan about how much you hurt and how tired you are. This is the beer you should have when you are sitting by the fire, bitching and moaning.
Not to get too flowery with words but this beer very much reminds me of a cool, fall, evening breeze. It’s refreshing but at the same time ominous, like something else is coming and you need to prepare for its arrival. There is a distinct lack of intereference. Just like there are no mosquitoes after that first cold snap. This has no overly hopped profile, no overly sour profile, no nothing. Just malts with a slight hint of fruity hops that are closer to earthy stuff like grapes or figs. I think that’s what makes this beer.
It’s refreshing ’cause of the clean and hearty malty flavor profile. The malts are front and center like they should be in an Oktoberfest. The lack of other flavoring agents is the other shoe that falls. It’s so lacking, it’s noticable. In todays market where it seems more brewers thing hops, hops and more hops is the way to go, the lack of hops here is what is noticable. That’s awesome.
My leaves are all raked. I probably have at least one more mowing to be done this season but I think it’s a good night for a fire. I’ll be out back, burning things, with my Autumnfest in hand. You’re welcome to stop by and enjoy the evening with me. Stop at the fridge on your way back and grab an Autumnfest for yourself. Know what? Grab me another one while you’re at it.