Reviewed by Brady White on September 27, 2018 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Persephone Brewing
- Origin: Gibsons, BC, CA
- Rated On: September 27, 2018
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.8%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
- Rating: GREAT !!
This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three zaftig fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of stringy and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly retreats.
It smells of bready and biscuity caramel malt, a hint of earthy smokiness, some rustic picnic table-top nuts, and plain leafy, floral, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, an ephemeral free-range ashiness, wet breakfast biscuits, an oily nuttiness, some mild pome fruity notes, and more understated herbal, weedy, and floral hoppiness. The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really getting in the way of a rocking good time here. It finishes trending dry, the sneaky hop character showing the most lingering moxie.
Overall – this comes off rather well in its attempt to emulate the real deal, with the biscuity malt, gentle off-setting bitterness, and just north of average alcohol content. Maybe I should have procured two of these, so that I could fill one of my dusty 1L steins, but I suppose I am just as happy with what I have left in front of me. Prost!