As mentioned in the October 9, 2011 SNS which reviewed Shiner's Oktoberfest (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2011/10/sunday-night-suds-shiner-oktoberfest.html), over the course of the three plus years that I have been blogging KB, I have had the pleasure and/or the privilege or perhaps just the pride to blog on various Oktoberfest beers such as Brooklyn Brewery's in October 2008 (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/10/sunday-night-suds-brooklyn-brewery.html); Saranac Brewery's in October 2009 (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-night-suds-saranac-octoberfest.html); New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/09/sunday-night-suds-new-belgium-hoptober.html) and Joseph's Brau's Oktoberfest in 2010(http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-night-suds-josephs-brau_31.html).
As the calendar is telling me that October is nearing its conclusion, there is time for just one last Oktoberfest review - Leinenkugel's Marzen Oktoberfest.
The Leinenkugel version of Oktobefest is unlike many other beers of this variety. The beer poured a very light orange with a small amount of foam. The malts in the Oktoberfest were prevalent, but there was very little else to the beer. The beer lacked any whisper of hops and had very little body. I guess that if there was a light version of Oktoberfest, this would qualify, but the brew is not even true to this moniker either. The Leinenkugel Oktoberfest has 170 calories and is 5.1 %abv, so it truly would not qualify as a light beer, but it seems like they just removed the taste from the beer and left the calories and alcohol.
I tried the Leinenkugel Oktoberfest with sushi and (Mrs KB made) Chinese food and the beer was simply not strong enough to stand up to these mild flavors. By this I mean, the alcohol and malt came through the food, but there was no melding of the beer with the various flavors of the food.
Leinenkugel Oktoberfest is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, although the product currently in the marketplace does not yet have an OU on the label. If you would like a copy of the LOC please contact me via email.
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