This post comes courtesy of Williams-Sonoma associate and beer enthusiast Dennis Ayles.
Oktoberfest is in full swing! Last week I shared my favorite picks for German-made Oktoberfest beers, but there are also several U.S. breweries making festive beverages in honor of the annual celebration. Here are a few I’ve tried and enjoyed:
|Samuel Adams OctoberfestThis brew is my favorite of the ones I tasted, with strong roasted caramel overtones and the same sweetness I found in German versions.
|Magic Hat Hex (Ourtoberfest)Of all the American versions I sampled, the Hex had the heaviest feel over the tongue plus a nice balanced taste. I would have liked a little more sweetness but really enjoyed the roasted finish.
|Leinenkugel’s OktoberfestThe head retention and coloring on this beer were outstanding, but I was unable to pick up much on the nose. I thought it would taste bland throughout but was happy to find the flavors developed nicely with every sip. This brew also had a pronounced bitter finish.
|Shiner OktoberfestThis selection had a slight caramel roasted flavor, but not as strong as I was expecting. I enjoyed the nice dry finish.
|Red Brick OktobeerfestThis final beer had more of a sweet, dry profile than the other brews. I did not pick up as much of the roasted taste as I would have anticipated.
Prost! Don’t forget to check out our Oktoberfest Menu for hearty sausages, German potato salad and sauerkraut to pair with your brews.
About the author: Dennis Ayles, from Inventory Management, is our resident beer expert here at Williams-Sonoma. He keeps everyone up to speed on the latest trends, his favorite brews and what we should be drinking.