Pyramid Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 16, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

  • Origin: Seattle, WA, USA

  • Rated On: September 15, 2014

  • Best Before: December 5, 2014

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Pyramid is a chain of brewpubs and breweries up and down the U.S. west coast – this is their ‘Autumn Lager’, an apt new world descriptor for the style, but with little further info proffered on the label.

This 22oz bottle pours a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and somewhat wispy off-white head, which leaves some low rocky shoreline lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of crisply biscuity, and somewhat bready pale malt, an edgy nuttiness, wayward caramel notes, a slight metallic astringency, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more pleasantly soused bready and softened biscuity malt, a still restrained touch of caramel, fruity yeast, black pepper aerosol, some dry, flaky nut crunch breakfast cereal, a significant flinty minerality, and very tame earthy, weedy hops. The bubbles are indeed present, but kept to a low, dredging and echoing hum, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually quite smooth, no particular interruptions there, ein Freund. It finishes off-dry, the biscuit, caramel, and cereal components all coalescing to show us who really runs things around here, to the heady disapproval of the lingering booze esters.

Overall, a so-so Oktoberfest – a tasty enough malt profile, but that metallic character gets a tad tiring by about half bottle – not something that you want to hear about a style that inherently encourages repeated refills. Perhaps the West Coast, for once, suffers a bit of a lost in translation effect, being as far from München as they are.

Brady White

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