I’ll admit, I have been slacking a little bit on my reviews. But there are several good reasons for that. First, while I have had PLENTY of quality Virginia brews over the last month, most of those were at festivals, and that’s not really the time to get ‘into’ a beer for review. Secondly, we are in a seasonal change. No, I’m not getting into pumpkin beer yet, but it is Marzen/Okotberfest time and I am a sucker for Oktoberfest beer. I usually prepare for the season with some *gasp* German classics to get ready for my favorite 2 months of the beer calendar. But luckily in my first purge of the bottle store, I was able to pick up a Commonwealth Oktoberfest that somehow we missed last year. Not now though.
13.Five Ofest, Blue Mountain Brewing Company (Afton, VA)
Oktoberfest, ABV: 6.0%, IBU: 24
Presentation: Bottle pour into pint glass. Stein would have been more appropriate, but I was on vistor’s turf.
Appearance: Solid amber in color, clear, whitish head, poured little short and dissipated normally.
Aroma: Light toasted malt to caramel, bready to sweetbready. Basically a little hint of sweetness over traditional nose.
Taste: Medium light to medium in body, toasted/caramel lager body, starts sweetish malty, finishes clean and dry with slight doughy taste.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Characteristics pretty darn close to Ze German imports. Body and finish similar. Again a tad sweet. ABV in the range for the style and slightly noticeable to not noticeable. IBU faintly present, mainly for balance, which paired nicely.
Overall: A well rounded Oktoberfest Lager made right here in Virginia. I prefer that Vienna/darker/drier style of german beers, so for someone as discerning as myself in that arena, this was a good choice. Hopefully when/if it starts to cool down here in the Commonwealth, this would be a perfect addition for football tailgating season with some good BBQ. The Ofest is out til late September, so you should see it for about another solid month.