Erdinger Oktoberfest

Erdinger_oktoberfestBrewer: Erdinger Weissbrau, Erding, Germany
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: Unspecified

Description: Brewed in honor of Oktoberfest, this limited release by Erdinger is a stronger, maltier variety of their regular hefeweizen. Much like your Marzens, this brew combines a darker, slightly tangy, and slightly sweet malt base with a mild hopping to create a balanced and refreshing brew.

Tasting Notes: This beer was pretty much what i was expecting from an Oktoberfest hefeweizen, which was a beer that had a rich, malty base and some grainy, minerality to it. But it also had some hints of honey and mild citrus which were quite pleasant and worked well with its clean finish.

Appearance: Straw gold, cloudy, lacy foam and good carbonation
Nose: Rich malt nose, notes of honey, citrus, minerals
Taste: Smooth, slight honey sweetness, grains, mineral tang, notes of tangerine
Aftertaste: Lingering smooth malts, clean refreshing finish
Overall: 8/10

Dead Frog Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock

deadfrog_weepingreaperBrewer: Dead Frog Brewery, Aldergrove, BC
Style: Fruit Pale Bock/Maibock
Alc/Vol: 7%

Description: This seasonal beer is offered as an alternative to the usual run of Autumn Pumpkin ales and Marzens. Appropriately, this beer is crafted from a combination of Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. It is then bittered with Norther Brewer and Hallertau hops before being infused with a dose of blood orange, giving it an extra citrus kick that balances well with its pale, rich malt.

Tasting Notes: This was certainly an interesting seasonal release, but one which is not dissimilar to the lagers – aka. Oktoberfest/Marzen lagers – that usually come with Fall. But to just to be real experimental, it comes with a fruit infusion that screams warm weather! But that’s Dead Frog for ya! The only people I know who are more unconventional are the folks at P49. In any case, this was an appealing and refreshing brew that was just out of the ordinary enough to be interesting without being inappropriate for the season.

Appearance: Orange/amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich pale malt, hint of sweetness and citrus rind
Taste: Slightly sweet malt, syrupy, good tang, hint of sweetness, citrus bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering malt sweetness and citrus rind
Overall: 8/10

Deschute Fresh Squeezed IPA

deschutes-fresh-squeezedAs the summer comes to an end, it seems fitting to get in as many seasonal beers as I can before they cease to be available. Might as well since I’m sure to have my hands full with Marzens, Browns, Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers. So I decided to start my evening with an IPA that once again comes from south of the 49th – Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA. I’ve seen it around my local beer store for many weeks now, and thanks to the endorsement from my friend at I think about beer, I finally decided to give it a try.

Though my range of sampling has been limited with Deschutes, I have come to expect a very high standard from them. My introduction came back in 2004 when I was visiting my sister and brother-in-law in Oregon and he introduced me to some of the local brews. Mirror Pond Pale Ale, their flagship production, just happens to be one of his favorites. And for me, it has come to be represent what brewing in Bend and Portland is all about, or at least a big part of it.

In any case, I found this version of an India Pale Ale to be quite faithful and very pleasant to drink. Pouring a deep orange color, the beer is clear and has a relatively good head. Citra hops are clear on the nose and come through especially well on the tongue, and the addition of the Mosaic hops add an added dimension of rich tropical flavor.

Appearance: Deep orange-amber, clear, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Good citrus and floral hop aroma, tropical fruits
Taste: Immediate hop burst, citrus and pineapple, mango and passion fruit
Aftertaste: Lingering tropical, mild sugars and sweet malt
Overall: 8.5/10

All in all, its quite the delicious beer, consistently hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Not a bad intro to the Deschutes Seasonal lineup, or their Bond Street Series. No doubt, I am going to take this as an invitation to start cruising their other products. But when did I ever NOT want to drink more of what a brewery has to offer?