Ballast Point Dead Ringer Oktoberfest Lager Beer Review
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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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I'm Alex I am currently taking the SDSU Business of Craft beer in pursuit of becoming a cicerone. I currently have been home brewing for 3 years now. My love of beer did not have a good start, I work for Sea world and it used to be owned by Anheuser-Busch. When S.W got bought out I no longer had brand loyalty this is when I started to broaden my beer tastes. 3 years ago one of my friend got me a beer "kit" and from that point I started to homebrew. It started as a 1 gallon batch every few months to a 5 gallon keg pretty much every month. I have been married for 4 years now and have brought my wife through this beer process. She hated beer and over the years she had come to the point where she enjoys beers. I hope to continue to grow with beer knowledge and get to share my love of beer with my new Daughter Adelaide.

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