Second in my mini-Oktoberfest-off is Widmer Brothers Okto Oktoberfest. This hearty ale has a good mix of malt and hop, coming in a bit heavier on the hop side than the previous contender, Samuel Adams Octoberfest. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing… just a matter of taste. Definitely more of a meal, Okto has a similar head, darker color and heavier body than Sam Adams. It does have a smoother finish, although no more complex. It actually leaves you with a relatively moist feeling in your mouth, not taking that with you as it falls into your gut.
Overall a beer that is well put together but the final, full package just doesn’t really do it for me. Certain parts are good to great but others are not fully developed yet and so I have to give this one a Middle of the Road. In this mini-Oktoberfest-off, Sam Adams comes out the winner in my book.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road