Seasonal Beer Tasting

It's Fall Beer season and cold weather swept Chicago with a vengence last weekend. We decided this was the perfect time to host a mini-Oktoberfest of sorts, thus our 1st Annual Seasonal Beer Taste Off was born. 

Fall Beer

Let me start off by saying that I am a wine girl. I have spent most of my adult life avoiding beer. Recently, I had an amazing experience at Lakeshore Beverage's Don't Fear Your Beer event and I fell in love with a beer named Sofie. With visions of beer pairing dinners dancing in my head, I was eager to find more beers I could love. 

We began our quest with a trip to Binny's to gather some seasonal beer candidates. Brett, a very nice employee, assisted us with our selections. After a lively discussion and lots of walking around the store, we decided to try some popular brews as well as a couple "sleepers." With a full cart, we thanked Brett for his help and checked out.

Michael was so excited to fill his beer fridge that he was practically skipping to the car. As we loaded the trunk, it occurred to me that we had a LOT of beer to try and a Yoga Class to attend the next day. We called my brother, Bob, for reinforcements.

Gathered around the table with crackers and a notebook, the tasting officially began.

 

BACKGROUND ON THE JUDGES: 

BOB

Drinks beer regularly. 

KATIE

Drinks beer only by force. 

MICHAEL

Drinks beer occasionally, but is drinking more wine these days. 

Oktoberfest Beer

First up were the Oktoberfest beers. 

Goose Island Oktoberfest

Smooth and creamy, this beer drinks lighter than it looks. It has a slightly hoppy finish, but that dissipates quickly. This beer is easy drinking; meaning you could drink a lot of them and not get tired of it. 

Scores: 

BOB: 6.5 out of 10

KATIE: 7 out of 10  

MICHAEL: 8 out of 10

 

Two Brothers Atom Crusher Oktoberfest 

Cocoa and caramel on the nose, this beer has a dry hoppy finish.  Michael thought it was easy drinking but didn't have much flavor.

Scores:  

BOB: 6.5 out of 10

KATIE: 6 out of 10

MICHAEL: 7 out of 10

 

Metropolitan Brewing After Burner Oktoberfest  

A smooth, smoky beer with hints of caramel and a lager-like finish. Bob said this reminded him of a light Sam Adams. 

Scores: 

BOB: 8 out of 10

KATIE: 6 out of 10

MICHAEL: 6 out of 10

 

Sam Adams Oktoberfest (not pictured because this was added last minute by Bob)

This beer had a sweet aroma, like maple syrup. Bob thought it was easy drinking and Michael thought it was plain. 

Scores: 

BOB: 8 out of 10

KATIE: 6 out of 10

MICHAEL: 6 out of 10

Pumpkin Beer

Spiteful Brewing Jack-Ass-O-Lantern Pumpkin Ale

Ugh. This beer. Bob said it had flavors of carmelized coffee, Mike said it was sharp, dry, and had no finish, and I said it was nasty. 

Scores:

BOB: 5 out of 10

KATIE: 3 out of 10*

MICHAEL: 5 out of 10

 *FULL DISCLOSURE: My Original score was 1 out of 10. Bob and Mike made me change it because in their opinions, I've never had a beer that was a 1. Whatever.

 

Southern Tier Brewing Company Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale

This beer smells like pumpkin bread. It's smooth, light bodied, and has lots of flavor. It's exactly what I imagined a pumkin beer would taste like.  

Scores: 

BOB: 8 out of 10

KATIE: 6 out of 10

MICHAEL: 6 out of 10

Day of the Dead Beer

The last beer we tasted was Rogue Dead Guy Ale, which is a brew dedicated to The Day of the Dead.  It's smooth with medium hops and it has a metallic nose.

Scores:  

BOB: 7 out of 10

KATIE: 7 out of 10

MICHAEL: 7 out of 10

 

THE RESULTS ARE IN! 

Bob

Bob chose the Metropolitan Brewing After Burner Oktoberfest as his #1 choice. He also really loves the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. 

Katie

My #1 selection is the Goose Island Oktoberfest. It wasn't love at first sip like Sofie, but I could drink it.

Michael

Michael chose the Rogue Dead Guy Ale for #1. He stated the Two Brothers Atom Crusher and the Goose Island Oktoberfest were close seconds. 

Our 1st Annual Seasonal Beer Taste Off was a success. I will probably stick to Sofie for now but Michael will be happily chipping away at his new seasonal beer collection throughout October. 

Do you have any Fall beers to recommend? Share them in the comments below. And for more beer goodness, check back tomorrow for my review of Yoga + Brewery Tour with Penrose Brewing.

 Prost!

 

xo Katie