Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest
Brewed by: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Lager
- Variation: Märzen
- Seasonal: Fall
- ABV: 5%
- IBU: 24
Brewer’s Notes and Ingedients
Inspired by our home town of Paso Robles (Pass of the Oaks). A proper German Märzen bier. Traditional imported malts offer subtle honey-like aromas with hints of Noble hop spice. The stars of this brew are the imported Pilsner and Vienna malts that offer malty sweetness that carry through to the end. German Hallertau hops add rich Noble hop character to balance this exceptional Märzen. True to Oktoberfest custom, this beer only makes its debut in September and October to celebrate the age-old German tradition.
Malts: Pilsner and Vienna
More Oaktoberfest Images
Artwork: Follows the Firestone Walker branding, only crest is filled with German checker pattern displaying an oak tree.
Color: Brilliant copper.
Aroma: Bananas and caramel.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Tall Pilsner Glass
Last year we blew it, and didn’t review a single Oktoberfest beer. We redeemed ourselves this time around, and stumbled upon a 4 pack of this special fall release from Firestone Walker, Oaktoberfest a “Paso Märzen Bier.”
We don’t like to cloud our judgement by reading other reviews before we post our own, but since buying this, we learned Oaktoberfest made the top 20 cut of Paste Magazine’s Oktoberfest beers. If Jim Vorel and his crack team of blind tasters enjoyed it that much, it only heightened our expectations.
Our tall pilsner glasses aren’t the sexy hot ticket when it comes to craft beer glassware, but they really help enhance enjoyment of lagers and pils. The tall vessel really caught the light, and helped accentuate this beer’s vibrant copper toned body.
We were especially mesmerized by its onslaught of hyperactive effervescence. Oaktoberfest showed off a porous, off-white colored head at first. Soon this lager was left with a thin sheet of creamy froth, which helped calm down its snappy, crisp body.
With the first few sips of Oaktoberfest, we soon realized it was a more complex lager than most. It started off with a very refreshing crispness from the traditional German Noble hops. The middle showcased the banana-y yeast profile, followed by its drying, yet sweet red apple finish.
We wanted to get this review posted in time for the kick-off of Oktoberfest, and we might have to grab a few more packs to enjoy within its 90 day freshness window, after fall truly arrives.
Final Score: 3.5/5
We were expecting Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest to be on the maltier side, not so bright and lively! This festbier was very well balanced, with just enough malt sweetness to counter its hoppy bite. Prost!