|Alexander Fest Lager:|
Malt aromas and
bready, toasty flavors.
The new beer from the Alexander Brewery in Emek Hefer is called Fest Lager. It is described as a Festbier, the most-served style at the gigantic Oktoberfest, held every September in Munich. The label promises a "nostalgic flashback" to all those who have ever attended the Oktoberfest.
Most Festbiers are in the lager family which includes Märzens and Munich Helles styles, and the Alexander Fest Lager is right in there. In fact, when Alexander first brought out this beer, ten years ago, it was called a Helles Bock or Maibock, another lager style which is a little darker but similar.
I had the new Fest Lager with my IBAV Tasters Oded, Bat Sheva and Batya.
The color was a clear mid-amber – right in the middle, I would say, of the Oktoberfest lagers. The aromas brought spice and malty bread. Oded also smelled some hay. The taste was moderately sweet (malt forward) but well balanced by the hops. We all thought the flavor of toasted bread was the strongest, while Batya also tasted lemon. The body was light to mid, with a clean, dry finish. Alcohol by volume is 5%.
All of the Tasters gave Fest Lager a big thumbs up. A very drinkable beer, good with food, good with snacks. Even though none of us have ever been to the Oktoberfest, we enjoyed the good memories that this beer gave us.