Oktoberfest Celebration Lager

Maker: Rochester Mills, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USAwpid-20141020_183329.jpg

Style: “Oktoberfest” lager.

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased for $11/4 pint cans

Appearance: Amber with a big foamy head.

Nose: Sweet malt with a slightly sour, yeasty aroma.

Palate: Medium bodied. Dark malt,

Finish: Lightly roasted malt with a nice hit of hoppy bitterness on the back end.

Parting words: I know Oktoberfest season is coming to an end, but I’m a slow beer drinker. This beer is a fine example of the style and is very food friendly, as it should be. Went well with fromage fort, pretzels with mustard and even pecan wood smoked baby back ribs. The price could be lower, but it’s a tasty seasonal beer and I’m a big fan of craft pint cans. Rochester Mills Celebration Lager is recommended.

Noble Chaos Oktoberfest

Maker: Short’s, Bellaire, Michigan, USA

Style: Amber Ale (Marzen)

ABV: 5.75%

Appearance: Auburn with a clingy, foamy head.

Nose: Sweet, malty, slightly fruity

On the palate: medium-bodied, with a lot of sweetness and spicy hops on initial entry. Lots of malt, hoops, sweetness, whole wheat toast and a whiff of smoke. Not particularly complex but well-balanced and goes well with my lunch of saltines and summer sausage.

Finish: Long, hoppy and bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

Parting Words: This is a very well-executed edition of the classic malty Bavarian Oktoberfest-type beer. It’s more aggressive than most beers of the same style, but that’s not a bad thing. Recommended.