Yesterday, I had the Dinkel Acker CD-Pils and today, for my final day off before going back to work tomorrow, I’m having the Dinkel Acker Oktoberfestbier Marzen. Upon my first sip, the very first thought that came to mind was that it tasted like a pumpkin ale. Now what type of pumpkin ale, you ask? Well, it’s not a craft brew kind of pumpkin ale where the flavors are magnified all around. If I had to say it, this tastes like a mild version of a number of pumpkin ales out there. And let’s be clear, there aren’t that many pumpkin ales out there precisely because pumpkin ale in general isn’t all that popular with the masses.
Don’t take this the wrong way though. I don’t hate pumpkin ales. I just don’t really have a preference for it. It tastes fines, it goes down easy, but the pumpkin taste is not really something I look for when drinking beer. And it’s not even that it’s “sweet-tasting” because if you’ve been keeping up with my blog, I like sweet tasting drinks and food. I love it, actually. I just can’t have it very frequently for health reasons.
The carbonation like any imported beer is definitely on the light side. And this beer came out of a can too. Usually cans tend to keep the carbonation in a lot longer than beers in bottle but hey, that’s just me. There’s not much a malt taste to this one, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
The number one thing I like about this beer is the ABV. The ABV is rated at a whopping 5.7% per can! Holy moly! I can dig that. And…and…despite it being relatively high for an imported beer that isn’t a craft brew, the classic “bite” from this high of an ABV for a beer is practically non-existent! That demands some mad respect there. I like the bite for certain beers but I think it’d be kind of weird if this pumpkin tasting beer called Oktoberfestbier Marzen had a bite to it but again, that’s just me.
I don’t associate pumpkin ale with “bite.” Or maybe they should? I don’t know. I have yet to try a pumpkin ale that has bite to it. Usually, the flavors are fairly balanced, even if craft brewed. And that’s with the flavor of pumpkin being the primary flavor profile throughout the entire sip and when it goes down the gullet.
Nevertheless, despite me not being very partial to pumpkin tasting beer, I like this one enough, just based on its ABV and how easy it goes down, that I can safely say that I’d recommend it. I just wish this beer was sold at a cheaper price. The sale price for this at the Bevmo in Pasadena was $1.99 a can! Cheap! Well, I mean, cheap for imported beer. Domestic beer definitely beats that price by a landslide.
I like the artwork on this can. It has a beautiful blonde with big tits holding a big mug of beer. The colors on the can itself is “Meh” but it did do the job of catching my attention because I was originally going to buy some other English beer or Russian beer that I haven’t tried yet.
All in all, for its sale price of $1.99, I’d say that you should give this beer a try.