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Tasting Oktoberfest, Day 2: Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

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In celebration of this beery month, each day this week I’m uncapping a new Oktoberfest beer brewed in the States (keep up with all five brews here). From coast to coast, we’re celebrating the annual release of this smooth, malty style.

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

For Day 2 we’re moving from the West Coast to Wisconsin to sample Leinenkugel’s seasonal märzen. This beer pours a glowing caramel hue with a wispy white head that doesn’t hold back its subdued aroma: Toasted bread scents backed by sweet, grainy notes merge for a clean bouquet. Courtesy of its lively carbonation, this beer’s effervescent, with toasted, sweet bread flavors rushing down the tongue. Hints of caramel emerge mid-sip, but not enough to throw it off-style. Spicy hops usher in well-matched bitterness, which lends a nice dry finish before this beer trails off with lingering malt sweetness and a touch of lemon rind on the tongue.

This is definitely a quaffable Oktoberfest, so drink up and let me know what you think.


Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at chris.staten@draftmag.com.


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One Comment

  • Scott M says:

    I’m a fan of what Leinie’s has to offer and was looking forward to their Octoberfest brew, but I thought it was terrible. It bordered on flavorless.

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