It is almost fall and the seasonal beers are beginning to show up. Otter Creek's Oktoberfest was an interesting "fall" seasonal beer and does capture the essence of Autumn with bright citrus notes warmed by the malts.
Oktoberfest poured amber with a nice cream colored head that had decent retention.
The aroma was distinct with sour-citrus (lemon-orange) notes.
This was certainly a hoppy ale and very citrusy in addition to some soapy notes. The roast malt backbone of the beer was overwhelmed by the hops, however, caramel and light chocolate tempered the hops a little. Overall, I also found there to be a hollow, earthiness to the beer with notes of dried leaves and grains.
There is a tinge of hoppy flavored bitterness at the finish but really closed more with a tang.
Oktoberfest was a medium body beer and was highly carbonated.
This was a decent beer and it did seem appropriate for the season. The sour nose and tart, tangy finish of this beer was unique and may have been a little too much for my taste.