January 09, 2008

Mendocino Autumn Seasonal Oktoberfest Lager

Bruce of Back to the Batcave sponsors this week’s beer. He gave it to me a while back, but since I was doing themed beers in December, I hadn’t touched this one. Since it was one he wanted me to review, I saved it until now. Tonight I will be reviewing Mendocino Autumn Seasonal Oktoberfest by Mendocino Brewing Company.

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The delivery package was the standard 12 oz brown bottle. The label has the name across the top with Oktoberfest in a decorative oval. The bottom of the label has a picture of the sun rising over a villa with a giant hawk sitting on top of it to one side. A limited edition lager logo is in the right lower corner. The neck label has a brief description of the beer on it.

It pours a dark amber/orange color. There is a clearness to it that lets light pass through it easily with out any sign of impurities. The thing white head that formed while pouring disappears quickly into nothing. Not even lacing is left on the side of the glass.

The smell is a mix of hops, toasted grains and caramel malts. It’s not something one would think of when smelling an Oktoberfest. Caramel malts and a good hop backbone combine to make the flavor. The taste is light and unassuming. What aftertaste there is goes away quickly.

This is a light bodied beer. It is a bit heavy on the carbonation side, yet it is still smooth to drink.

Overall this beer was more of an amber ale than an Oktoberfest. I prefer a bit more flavor to my beers, but this isn’t bad. I’d have no problem drinking another couple. Overall I give it a 4.5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at January 9, 2008 07:12 PM | TrackBack

So.... Better than Newcastle then?? good! ;)

Posted by: Richmond at January 10, 2008 05:50 PM