Ring a ding ding, bring a Yuengling. That is the sound of me ringing the bell for the beer wench to bring me another of these surprisingly good seasonal martzens.
I have only recently begun to admire a good Octoberfest beer. That probably sounds weird for a lover of traditional beer. I never disliked them by definition. I just did not pay too much attention to them. The main reason is that traditional octoberfest brews are very limited in what they can use in their recipe. I am not going to get into this…just use Bing and type in German purity laws. Regardless, most October genre beers taste similar and a lot of them come off too sweet or too bland. Yuengling avoided those traps and produced a delicious martzen.
Yuengling's Octoberfest has a very delectable sweetness. There is something about it that really makes me happy. The color is caramel and the khaki colored head lasts and lasts. The aroma is light and fresh. There is a nice hop presence here that compliments the sweetness and creates a really nice balance.
Yuengling Octoberfest starts out crisp and carbonated. The hops becomes immediately apparent and it sits on the back of the tongue. The middle takes on a sweetness but the beer never becomes thick tasting or rich. It is a nice roasted sweetness, not sugary and with light caramel. The finish continues the semi-sweet trend and the hops creeps back in, cleaning the pallet. In the end, the delivery is not complex but certainly pleasing.
Certainly one of the best Octoberfest beers I have had in a while. It is drinkable, balanced, and simply tastes really good. When confroted with the decision of which Octoberfest to put in the fridge, this will be the front runner next year.
Full Brewery Name: Yuengling & Son Brewery
Brewery Location: Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Alcohol by Volume(ABV): 5.45
Drinkability: High - No Problem Putting These Down