Profiled by Maria Devan
Saranac Oktoberfest. Original and quite to style. Color is perfect. Bright clear beer with a cream colored head that was on the fast side to fall but left some spots and streaks of lace. Clean nose with a slight malty aroma. Taste it soft creamy malt. The hops in this one show only a swift cool breath of herbal as they finish the beer . On the nose though the perle shows off a hint of spice. There is a tiny balancing bitterness. A touch thinner than some other oktoberfests in the finish. Saphir hops show you a pleasant moment of citrus juiciness in the swallow but they do not outdo themselves or the beer with it.
The reason I was a bit stingy in the taste category and overall is because there is a touch of hops bitter that finishes this beer. It’s not that much but it does make it appear thinner. Also that citrus taste brought the rating a touch lower.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
MAAAAAAARIA……………. THERE ONCE WAS A BEER REVIEWER NAMED “Maria!”