We continue our quest to try all of the commercially available Oktoberfests from Wisconsin breweries. If we can, we will try to find Oktoberfests from some of the breweries that aren't readily available here in Madison (Viking, Central Waters, Calumet, Lakefront, etc.); but we are starting with the ones that are.
The methodology is simple: blind tasting of two different Oktoberfests. In the mbr refrigerator is all of the Oktobers. One of us sets up the glasses with two random unannounced Oktobers, and another tastes without knowing which beers have been poured. Tasting notes are taken, and guesses are made as to which Oktober is being consumed. The following is those tasting notes; unedited. We try not to "rate" the beers, just to review them. Enjoy. If you have had any of these beers, please feel free to post your review in the comments.
Sample B (Leinie's)
Appearance: light amber/dark cider, head holds well
Aroma: heavy malt but not sweet, light caramel and grassy, slightly yeasty
Taste: light and fruity with a light caramel flavor; but doesn't really taste like an Oktober; hops are all aroma, no bittering;
Body: light and highly carbonated; taste dissipates quickly
Drinkability: I could drink a lot of these, which I suppose is the point, but taking my time doesn't really seem like it's even an Oktober
Notes/Summary: Seems too light to be an Oktober, though aroma was nice; seems created to please American-style beer consumers (those that like Bud/etc.)
Recommended: No; at least not if you're looking for an Oktoberfest beer