Ballast Point’s “Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager” has an aroma with a full cornucopia of roasted malt, toffee, dates, red grapes, dark fruit, pears, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar and a little banana from the yeast. The smell of this beer brings on the thought of fall and winter along with all the familiar smells and celebrations that come with the season. In fact, it was originally brewed for large celebrations.
This beer pours deep red to amber with a white head the hangs on for a little bit but does dissipate. It is on the darker side of the Marzen category and has a 6% ABV rating.
“Dead Ringer Oktoberfest” has a huge spice, clove, toffee, molasses, toasted malt flavor with a very low hop bitterness at the end. There are a lot of fall and winter flavors present; pumpkin, squash and apple. The caramel and spice, along with the thicker, syrupy, medium mouthfeel balances well and masks the slightly higher alcohol content. The beer coats the tongue and lingers, which allows different flavor components to dance a traditional barbarian dance of celebration in your mouth.
This beer would pair very well with a grilled sausage on a sourdough roll with caramelized onions (and some kettle chips on the side). This beer would be accentuated by the caramelization of the meat and onions. Together, this pair will send the palate and senses over the top to a point that is worth celebrating.
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