Santa Fe Oktoberfest
Reviewed by Brady White on October 9, 2014 in Autumn Guide
- Brewery: Santa Fe Brewing Company
- Origin: Santa Fe, NM, US
- Rated On: October 7, 2014
- Best Before: January 1, 2015
- ABV: 6.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
- Rating: GOOD !
This 12oz can pours a clear, pale copper amber hue, with four flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some well-spaced runic script lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.
It smells of crisp, crackery, and sort of biscuity caramel malt, a muddled oily nuttiness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, and lightly biscuity pale and caramel malt, an astringent and almost stale nuttiness, weedy, leafy, and slightly floral hops, and the suggestion of an uptick in alcohol presence. The carbonation is active in a sort of baiting frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a small lilting creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes off-dry, the bready, and still laudably biscuity caramel malt starting to trample over the lingering noble hops.
A decent enough rendering of this (extended) seasonal style, one of the few that I have yet come across in this (easily transportable) packaging format. Malty, understatedly hoppy, and a little sassy – good stuff!