Persephone Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 27, 2018 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • 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 !!

The Review

Wow, it’s nice to have an Oktoberfest brew, when, ya know, the actual Oktoberfest is going on – jawohl!

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!

Brady White

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