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I love Cincinnati. I love our chili, our zoo, the way the fall air smells in my neighborhood, our wacky ineffectual city council and the endless debates over street cars. I can even pretend to love our sports teams if the need arises. I spent this weekend in my home city, so it’s only fitting that the beer of the week be a Cincinnati beer.

Christian Moerlein was a Bavarian immigrant who moved to the dominantly German Cincinnati in 1841. He made some horse shoes, brewed some beers, but the brewery was shut down by prohibition. Sixty years later, his brand was revived again when the craft beer movement hit America. Christian Moerlein became the first American beer to certifiably pass the strict Reinheitsgebot Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Now, Christian Moerlein’s Fifth and Vine Oktoberfest is my beer of the week.

Modeled after the "Genius of Water" fountain in downtown Cincinnati. Except instead of water there's beer and cute little pigs in lederhosen.

Modeled after the "Genius of Water" fountain in downtown Cincinnati. Except instead of water there's beer and cute little pigs in lederhosen.

CM’s Oktoberfest is a Marzen-style beer, which were traditionally brewed in March and kept in storage to ferment slowly until late summer. Bottles were kept to be served at Oktoberfest, an annual festival celebrating getting drunk in the month of October. This is appropriately Cincinnatian, because a) Cincinnatians love drinking, and 2) Cincinnati has one of the largest Oktoberfests west of Munich.

12 oz. of Cincinnati goodness.

12 oz. of Cincinnati goodness.

This beer has a nice light copper and amber color in the glass. It’s a little thin on the head side, but it smells like toasted sweet caramel with a small hint of grassy hops. I’ve had other Oktoberfests that are very sweet, but this one is a bit more subdued. It tastes nutty and of caramel and the hops come out a bit stronger in the flavor than the smell. There’s a very faint hint of fruitiness too that complements the floral hops. It goes down smooth, drinks easily and finishes a bit dry. It isn’t a very adventurous Oktoberfest, but it’s very accessible, and I would highly recommend it to someone interested in trying out a good Oktoberfest that won’t overwhelm you. I’d recommend eating it with spicy German food, or really any kind of pork dish. At 5.4 percent ABV, it isn’t too heavy and is good for casual drinking or for before going out.

Overall Grade: B+

Do you have a favorite hometown beers or a favorite Oktoberfest?

Don’t forget to submit names for my homebrew to win yourself a six pack!

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