Santa Fe Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on October 9, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • 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 !

The Review

Oktoberfest may be officially over and done with in Munich, but around the world, brewers are still putting out these malty amber lagers to correspond with the namesake month, like this example from the Sante Fe Brewing Company.

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!

Brady White

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