Archive for the ‘Oktoberfest/Märzen’ Category

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Day #292 – Harpoon Octoberfest

October 20, 2011

Argh! The Rangers lost last night! Well game 2 is tonight and I expect good things. Here’s another Oktoberfest.

Harpoon Octoberfest

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Harpoon is based out of Boston, Mass. This is their Oktoberfest, spelled with the English spelling, at 5.5%.

This beer pours a clear orange color with an amber touch. Fizzy bubbles from the bottom that form a white head.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy. Malty for sure but definitely has a hop bite. Very nice! I like the smell.

Flavor is a tad bitter with hops coming through and a leafy, malty flavor as well. Not bad at all.

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Cheers!

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Day #291 – Leinenkugels Oktoberfest

October 19, 2011

Game 1 of the World Series is tonight so I’m going to be brief!

Leinenkugels Oktoberfest

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Leinenkugel Brewing Company is based in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. They were bought out by MillerCoors several years ago which now makes them not a craft company any longer. This is their oktoberfest at 5.1%.

This beer pours a clear orange amber color with a foamy white head. The beer is bubbly and foamy.

The aroma is dusty, dry and leafy with a fair bit of malts here. Slight sweetness.

Flavor is dry, slight bitter and malty. Fairly easy to drink with a bit of a fizzy feeling on the finish. Bitter on the end.

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Go Rangers!

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Day #272 – Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

September 30, 2011

Something special is up for today.

Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

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Avery came out with this gem a few years back, and it was advertised as an Imperial Oktoberfest. A few different breweries have played around with the idea of making an amped up version of the Oktoberfest style, but as the original style rarely has over 6% in alcohol, these “Imperial” versions of 9 and 10% couldn’t be true Oktoberfests. That’s why I have double labeled the style on this one; as an Oktoberfest as well as the more accurate distinction, Dunkler Bock. This beer has 10% ABClearIngs beer pours a clear orange color with a slight white head. Also has a bit of darker reddish hues to it as well.

Aroma is sweet malts with some berry type fruit. Bit of roastyness with a heavier malty backbone. Can’t really smell the alcohol but you get an impression of it’s intensity.

Flavor is sweet. Candy-like sweetness with a berry flavor and malts. No bitterness can be detected. Not bad; very different for a marzen. I definitely recommend you try this, if only to see a new twist on an old style.

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Cheers!

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Day #271 – Brooklyn Oktoberfest

September 29, 2011

My week of Oktoberfest continues with another trip to Gingerman. They’ve got a great Draught selection and always stock up on a variety of Oktoberfest beers. Today’s is from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest

Brooklyn Brewing has been doing this one since 2000. It’s an Oktoberfest beer at 5.5%.

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This beer pours a very clear reddish orange color with a nice white head.

Aroma is fairly straightforward. Malty aroma that has a touch of spice. Bit grainy and bitter.

Flavor is malty sweet, caramel notes and bitter tastes on the finish. This is pretty much what I think about when I think “Oktoberfest”.

Cheers!

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Day #270 – Franconia Oktoberfest

September 28, 2011

Quick one today.

Franconia Oktoberfest

This one’s out of Franconia; a local brewery based in McKinney. I’ve had this beer several times before and in my opinion is one of the best things they do! Unsure of the ABV; estimated around 5.5%.

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This beer pours a clear reddish orange color with nice rouge highlights. Tan type head.

Aroma is fairly sweet smelling; sweeter than I remember. Sweet caramel malts, grains and light sugar fill the nose.

Flavor matches the sweetness well. Lots of caramel malts, leafy flavors and sugary sweetness. Not too sweet but sweeter than your typical Oktoberfest. I think it works for them though.

Cheers!

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Day #269 – Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen

September 27, 2011

OK so today officially starts my week of Oktoberfest! Haha even though it’s a Tuesday, that’s just how we’re going to do things here. I’ve got an authentic German Oktoberfest beer in an authentic German Oktoberfest mug. It doesn’t get much better than this…unless I was actually AT Oktoberfest. I can dream can’t I?

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen

Hacker-Pschorr is actually brewed by Paulaner, which is a brewery in Munich, Germany. I actually remarked when I was drinking this beer tonight that it reminded me a lot of the Paulaner Oktoberfest beer, and now I know why. ABV 5.8%.

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This beer pours a fairly clear reddish brown color with a slight edge of orange. Light fizzy white head.

Aroma is very similar to the Paulaner Oktoberfest beer. Light malts, some metallic notes, bitter flavors and a bit of caramel sweetness.

Flavor is dry, bitter and malty. Slightly metallic in nature. As it warms it grows increasingly bitter. Not my FAV but a cool addition to my glassware collection no doubt.

Cheers!

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Day #266 – Rahr & Sons Oak Aged Oktoberfest

September 24, 2011

Today was an awesome day! It started off with a brisk 5K run sponsored by Fort Worth’s own local brewery, Rahr & Sons. Money that was raised for this run was donated to Habitat for Humanity. After the run we were treated to German style food, a live polka band and of course beer! The previous mayor of Fort Worth came by for the official tapping of the keg, an old German tradition used to signify the start of Oktoberfest. Rahr had on hand a large oak barrel filled with Rahr’s Oktoberfest beer. This is the first time I know of they have barrel aged their Oktoberfest, so I was very anxious to try it.

Rahr & Sons Oak Aged Oktoberfest

Unfortunately I was so excited to try this beer that I forgot to take a picture of it! However I did get a nice picture of the keg itself:

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This beer pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a maroonish hue. The head was very bubbly, almost like freshly brewed tea. Brown head.

The aroma is very woody, which I didn’t expect to be this strong as they only aged this beer in the barrel for 10 days. The wood characteristics are pretty strong but there is a fair bit of malty notes as well.

Flavor is again very woody. Lots of oak flavors that have a slight vanilla edge as well. Bit of bourbon flavor with some malty notes as well.

Very glad to have tried this, and shared it with good friends!

Cheers!