To wash down sausages, sauerkraut, and pretzels, Oktoberfest beer must flow like a dinner wine: "Worthy of attention without demanding to be the center of attention," writes Eric Asimov in the New York Times. And with festive consumption measured in liters, it must also be "poundable." Asimov and a tasting panel sampled 24 Oktoberfest beers, judging them on their traditional Bavarian style. Some standouts:
- Octoberfest from Thomas Hooker: "Beautifully balanced with each flavor component melding into a delicious, refreshing whole."
- Festbier from Victory: "Similarly balanced with a barely noticeable touch of licorice among the flavors."
- Dogtoberfest Marzen from Flying Dog: "A trifle more assertive, without overdoing it."
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