Congrats to Victory Brewing Company, who not only produced a great beer, but were also very helpful and friendly.
Sadly I wasn’t able to track down a Great Lakes Oktoberfest single today, so I guess that’s it for the O-fests. The person at the bottle shop I called literally laughed at me when I asked if they had any singles left, which I in turn thought was funny because Kroger has a bunch (but you have to buy a build-your-own-6-pack to get it, which I didn’t want to do).
Next year I promise to plan better and have more to try, and maybe do a blind comparison. Anyway, here are the final standings, with a few brief notes.
- Victory Festbier (93/100) – Fantastic. Huge malty flavor, great mouthfeel. Easily stood out among its peers as the superior beer.
- Brooklyn Oktoberfest (90/100) – Very good, but just lacked the wow-factor of Victory’s. Definitely would drink again though.
- Weihenstephaner Festbier (81/100) – Satisfactory, but nothing remarkable. Seems to be playing it safe, which I find a bit strange for a place like Weihenstephaner.
- Hofbräu Oktoberfest (80.5/100) – Decent, drinkable. Probably suffering from the green bottle. Would like to try fresh in Munich.
- Elevator Oktoberfest (61/100) – Messy, unfocused, and even harsh at times. Elevator’s owner Dick Stevens has contacted me to discuss this review, so stay tuned for updates.
- Beck’s Oktoberfest (60/100) – Bad. Thin and harsh. Drain pour. Deservedly last. Appearance points barely saved it from the shame of an F rating.