I don't know, maybe it's me but I've had beers and not been impressed then had it again different time and place and enjoyed it. Not sure if it's a consistently by the brewer, age in the bottle or just my mood. I'd have to do a side by side to really judge
I loved the first evil twin molotov cocktail i had.....but not the one that was 4 months old
Unfortunately I think it's hard to judge SN's Oktoberfest side by side this time. Last years was more a traditional Marzen and this year a Festbier. Both were really good IMHO.
I had Ballast Point Dead Ringer Octoberfest the other day on tap and it was very good. Had never heard of it before. First thing I was thinking of was the Dead Ringer kit from NB that I have bottled up right now! Still have to try to find the Ballast Point in bottles. I would recommend it.
I think the Sierra Nevada 2016 Oktoberfest (collaboration with Mahrs Brau in Bamberg http://www.mahrs.de/en/) is pretty darn good. I recommended it to a Bavarian friend of mine who happened to have a friend from Bamberg in town, and they were quite surprised -- the collaboration brewpub is relatively small and they hadn't expected anyone outside of Bamberg to know about it.
Got hofbrauhaus and left hand and somebody else tonight......looking forward to tomorrow night.
I continue to enjoy Leinie's and also Capital. Not terribly impressed with Schell or a half dozen others. Oktillion by Ale Asylum is a great pale yellow festbier style if you want something a little more modern.
Today I had bottle 2 and 3 of the Capital Brewery Oktoberfest purchased last week. They did not have the same sweet stick to your teeth after taste the first bottle seemed to have. I really liked it. Will buy it again. Could the first bottle have been to fresh or just an anomaly?
Oddly enough Dave I love Lienie's OFest offering. Haven't had a Capital in years as I'm often in the Madison area in spring/summer. Maybe a trip needs to be planned for next fall?!?!
My perceptions change from day to day and even minute to minute. The different bottles were probably exactly the same; your perception has just changed and you noticed different things at different times.
Same with the 2016 SN Oktoberfest. First bottle of the six was meh.....however finishing off the sixpack this weekend after yardwork, tasted much better!
or I was thirstier?
The off taste may have resulted from the two White Castle cheese burgers I had a couple hours earlier.
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I picked up some Leinie's Oktoberfest this afternoon. All on @dmtaylo2 saying that it is good. I still drink Leinie's regular lager, but after a taste of their shandy was hesitant to try any of their other specials.
Leinie's Oktoberfest is a very good Oktoberfest. Sampled three this afternoon.
Lake Superior brewing from Duluth Mn., Octoberfest. I believe one of the "old" original brewers did some training there, and tries to be as true to that as ingredients will allow. Sneezles61
I was able to find Central Waters Oktoberfest. Leinie's Oktoberfest still comes out on top even though none of the others were objectionable.
I was able to finally locate the Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest in bottles and have been drinking that. But I also agree that the Leinenkugels Oktoberfest is an awesome brew too. That's is a lot easier to find. I also enjoy the Sam Adams.
I'm not a fan of Ballast Point Dead Ringer at all, or any other BP for that matter. Tasted like metallic dead yeast slurry to me.
Cant say I like all the BP beers, in fact the first one I tried I did not like at all but cant remember which one it was. Wouldn't have tried the DR if it had not been on tap at the tavern I go to but I do like it on tap and bottles. I guess taste preference is in the buds of the beer holder.