Guys and gals, I must first apologize that for the absence I’ve had the last couple week’s blogging. As is a pretty well-known fact around my friends, I am moving back to Denver this weekend! I am super excited, but have had a literal “shit-ton” of things to do and haven’t been able to sit down and enjoy a beer with you all. But that’s about to change! I am drinking a seasonal that I didn’t even know existed until last week, Cigar City OktoberFest. I am a big fan of this brewery, and a big fan of this style, so let’s hope the combo is something delicious!
First things first, the label on this beer is pretty awesome, as a German myself, I love a little Bavarian flag action, and love that a brewery with Spanish roots is doing a German Bier fest inspired brew! I usually think that breweries that use a sticker on their cans look kinda crappy, but I was impressed with how well done Cigar city has done theirs, they lay nice on the can and its honestly hard to even tell it’s a sticker and not just a smaller graphic!
I poured the beer into my Biscayne Bay Brewing shaker pint glass (Sorry it’s not more unique, all my others are packed!!). And since I am an expert at photography, check out the nice German Stein that I acquired in Germany, a full liter of deliciousness. OktoberFest pours a nice clear brown orange with a nice little rocky white hat. Märzens are a German style lager that took off in Bavaria probably before the 16th century. A lot of people mistake a lager as a pee colored fizzy water beer, and think that is all that a lager can ever be… and that is totally false! The only real difference between ales and lagers is the fermentation temperature of the yeast, which of course is a large reason any beer tastes how it does! On the nose the beer is fairly light, sweet and malty, a little bit of caramel and bready all around. The palate shows it as very malty up front, with a little bit of toastyness., fading into nice floral hop notes giving a clean finish. It is very true to the style.
The Märzen style is a style that follows German purity law, so that alone tells you that you won’t get a lot of unexpected flavors. I’d say this is right on for a Märzen, and is something that I’d buy again (given the opportunity). It isn’t particularly exciting, but I think it’d be a great football beer if you choose to drink something with some flavor. If you can get your hands on it, check it out!!
Prost! (German Cheers!)