I brought home another locally brewed Oktoberfest beer yesterday to enjoy with dinner. This time it was the Oktoberfest from Richmond's Legend Brewery. Legend Oktoberfest pours a deep, reddish-copper color. An easy pour creates a thick, creamy, beige, and very long-lasting head. The aroma is mild and malty, with faint caramel notes. The flavor consists mainly of the expected, slightly sweet malt. There are also hints of caramel and a light roastiness. Some hop bitterness is also detectable. The mouthfeel is smooth with little noticeable carbonation. The finish is clean and slightly bitter with a short lived sweet malt aftertaste.
We enjoyed the Oktoberfest with a somewhat decadent 4-meat pizza topped with sausage, bacon, pepperoni, and canadian bacon. The slight roasted flavor and bitterness of the beer matched the meat flavors well and the clean finish allowed the food flavors to be enjoyed. I found the Legend Oktoberfest to be an easy drinking and enjoyable beer. I have another bottle of this beer in the refrigerator and look forward to opening it soon. To compare this one to the Blue & Gray Oktoberfest we had recently, I found the Blue & Gray beer to have a bolder flavor profile, which I personally preferred. Of course, your mileage (and tastes) may vary.