Beer Review: Karbachtoberfest

So I’ve been cooking out today fixing a German affair of food so I figured why not get some quaffable but flavorful Oktoberfest to enjoy with cigars and the aroma of bratwurst smoking on the grill? Hence I chose this Oktoberfest by Karbach brewing in Houston, Texas. It’s a relative lightweight (at least compared to the beers I typically gravitate toward) at 5.5% ABV, 25 IBU and Karbach is nice enough to provide the OG: 13.5 plato.

Pour is a medium amber color with a thin ring of head that dissipates quickly. Fairly straightforward on the nose with some caramel malt and generic sugar sweetness. Palate follows with pale and caramel malt sweetness with a slight pumpkin undertone (note this is not a pumpkin beer but it has a flavor reminscent of it) and a soft iced tea bitterness. Light body and high carbonation – this beer is absolutely chuggable.

While not my absolute favorite beer, it did serve its purpose as a cookout beer and paired very well with the Macanudo Cafe cigars I was smoking (a mild bodied and sweet/creamy cigar – not my favorite but inexpensive and suited the situation also). Rating: 3.5/5

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