Beer Review: Around the Bend – Oktoberfiesta
Oktoberfiesta’s name is outstanding, but unfortunately that’s where the praise for this Around The Bend beer ends.
Alright, first of all, this beer has a fantastic name. That and the artwork on the can are what first grabbed my attention. Next was the description, “a Marzen lager with pasilla chili and epazote.” I’ll be honest, I don’t know what those are but I was figuring it was going to be some blend of Oktoberfest with Mexican spices. Sounds amazing.
This is an amazing looking beer. It pours a bright red-orange with a solid inch or so of head on top. Really A+ on the look alone. Now the bad news. I was very disappointed in the taste. To me, this tastes like any other Oktoberfest, maybe even a little lighter. I decided to look into the specific ingredients. First, epazote is a tea leaf. I think that explains a lot. That could easily be toning down the beer by making it lighter and sweeter. As for pasilla chili, it’s a mild-to-hot rich flavored pepper. I am not getting any kind of heat with this beer, so I am not exactly sure what they were trying to accomplish here.
In the end, I would not say this is a bad beer, but I was hoping for something a bit different. It’s smooth, light, and sweet. Try it if you want and maybe someone else can pick up on these ingredients, but it didn’t do anything for me.