Sunday, September 6, 2009

Ha ha ha! Oktoberfest!

Oh September. As mentioned in last week's blog, I said that cider is my second favorite thing about the fall. My first is, as the title suggests, Oktoberfest. A merry event celebrating the marriage of a German king long ago, it rolls out some spectacular beer: the Marzen. Originally brewed in March (hence the Marzen, or March in German) for the festivities in September (not October, actually), it is a very heady brew strong in malts. And I am a malt fiend. Om nom nom. Below are the notes for the first of many Octoberfests that I have sitting in my fridge, taking a small nap before ending up in my rotund belly. This Oktoberfest is the Saranac Octoberfest:

Pours a caramel brown with a one finger head that disappears really quickly. No lacing at all as the pint gets drained.

Smells of burley tobacco, light milk chocolate, and whole wheat crackers. Slightly roasted smell, like the beginning stages of roasting coffee beans or peanuts.

Taste is roasted malts. Very biscuity/bread dough like. Minimal bitterness and floral notes from the hops. Mainly malt predominant. Slight fruit sweetness, almost like banana but not with the banana ester, followed by a very malty bready goodness.

Mouthfeel is slightly watery but with good carbonation.

It's alright. There's a bunch out there that I certainly enjoy more *cough*SamAdamsOktoberfest*cough*. Other than that, it was pretty delicious.

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