Egerer Winterfestbier

Reviewed by on December 30, 2015 in Winter Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Privatbrauerei Egerer

  • Origin: Grossköllnbach, Germany

  • Rated On: December 30, 2015

  • Best Before: September 1, 2016

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Winterfestbier is a ‘winter’ Oktoberfest-style brew, and part of the 2015 Costco Beer Advent Calendar in the North American market.

This 500ml can pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and sudsy ecru head, which leaves some decent layered tabletop cloud lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of grainy, lightly doughy caramel malt, a further biscuity toffee sweetness, white crackers, and some soft earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hop bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, honeyed crackers, a faint red apple fruitiness, and more tame leafy, weedy, and hay-like noble hop bitters. The carbonation is quite low and hard to really round up an example of its wan frothiness, the body on the light side of an average middleweight, and generally smooth, all that malt just gliding by as if on rails. It finishes well off-dry, that toasted bready and biscuity character showing a hint of true staying power.

Overall, not a bad brew, tasty and well-flavoured, though it could do with some additional hop off-set, but perhaps that’s the point here in the naming convention – ya know, ‘winter’ beers being all about malt and spice and fruit, and all that? A flimsy premise, to be sure, but otherwise, why have an Oktoberfest in December?

Brady White

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