Our first beer comes from the Summit Brewing Company with their Oktoberfest style beer. The aroma starts off with a fairly strong Munich & toffee malt sweetness which is backed up by a nice floral hop profile which rests on the back end of the nose.
The flavor, likewise, starts out very Munich & toffee malt upfront with the floral hops providing that much needed balance on the back end of the palate. As for the aftertaste, it's a mixture of bitter floral hoppiness and toffee sweetness…
Next up on our list comes from our neighbors across the bridge at Thirsty Pagan Brewing located in Superior, Wisconsin with their Oktoberfest. The aroma on this one starts out with some Munich and Toffee malts along with a chocolate-like scent, which gives this a slight roasty scent, along with some mild floral hoppiness which reside on the tail end of the nose. The flavor has some Munich and Caramel maltiness but it's got a distinct roasty quality which makes itself known on the backend of the palate, along with some floral hoppiness. Interestingly enough, the aftertaste is surprisingly dry with no lingering flavors to speak of.
Making our way down south once again, we come across an Oktoberfest beer courtesy of the August Schell Brewing Company. The aroma has Munich & Toffee maltiness although it's more subtle. However the hoppiness is a bit more prevalent here then normal, which gives it a nice balance.
The flavor is fairly identical to the aroma, it's got a nice Munich & toffee maltiness with some relatively strong floral hoppiness with a bitter floral hop aftertaste.
As we work our way back north, we have Surly Brewing's Oktoberfest seasonal aptly named SurlyFest, which I had on tap at 7 West Taphouse. The aroma on this one starts out with a strong citrus hoppiness with some caramel maltiness and subtle rye notes. The flavor is fairly caramel malt forward with some citra hops and a more prevalent but still mild rye profile.
For our final beer, we make our way back up to Duluth for Lake Superior Brewing's Oktoberfest. The aroma on this one is pure toffee & caramel malts with only a slight bit of hoppiness. Much like the nose, the flavor is very malt forward with some caramel and Munich malts with a more prevalent floral hoppiness. It is worth noting that the aftertaste is mainly bitter floral hops. A little side note, this beer won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championship!
I hope this post will encourage our readers to try these out. Enjoy the fall seasonals and remember to support your local breweries!