The best time of year for beer is here! (I didn’t plan for that to rhyme)
Oktoberfest, Pumpkin Ales, Caramel Apple Spiced Ales – they are all back!
I tried two Oktoberfest beers this week and I was highly impressed with both of them. As always, if you have any suggestions on beer I should try – send them my way!
See my Sip Score breakdown here if you haven’t yet.
A great Minnesota beer with a long history. Schells dates back to 1860 when founder August Schell “laid his first brick”.
If Schells can make it through prohibition and still brew beer in 2014 – it’s a beer worth drinking.
So, they have this Oktoberfest beer they have been brewing every year – and it’s pretty amazing. Just saying.
Here’s my review:
A slight sweetness but with full flavor. It’s crisp, malty and perfect for cool autumn days. It’s incredibly smooth with an earthy finish (stole the word “earthy” from another review – but I totally agree with it)
Here is how Schell describes it:
“The use of Munich and Vienna malts give the beer its toasty malt backbone, and melanoidin-rich flavor and aroma. It has a soft malt sweetness, pleasant mouthfeel and a slight spiciness. Hop character is subdued, as the malt takes center stage with this beer.”
I, of course, had to set the mood and light a pumpkin spice candle as I enjoyed this tasty beer! 🙂
Another validation of why Minnesota is great to live in 🙂
I got this beer on tap about a week ago, but never had the chance to take a photo, so I got a sampler pack and made sure to get this one again.
Here’s my review:
This beer is outstanding. My favorite thus far in my fall beer explorations. Spicy, medium-bodied, very flavorful. Notes of pumpkin and nut towards the end.
Here’s how Summit describes it:
“Brewed in the classic Märzen style with Northern Brewer hops from Germany. Rich, toffee malt flavors up front with a clean hop finish as crisp as the autumn air.”
Sip Score: 5 sips out of 5
Fall comes and goes so quickly. I need to get in all of the seasonal beer sampling why I can. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come next: