Monday, May 9, 2011

Oktoberfest Marzen Style Beer

Purchased within Points Craft Pack while I was working at Binny's in Highland park. Tasted with some homemade Indian food while reviewing for my political philosophy final presentation tomorrow.

Appearance: Basic amber in color with a huge and overwhelming carbonation profile from the looks of it. As if it were a soda with the accumulation of bubbles on the side of the glass. Head was extremely minimal only amounting to a thin film at the beginning and then dissipating to nothing. Some chill haze is present.
Aroma: Crisp with a toasted malt bill and an accompanying fruitiness in the form of pears and plums. In fact the fruitiness and the malt sweetness are predominating characteristic. A little viney.
Taste: Sweet with toasted barley and caramel malt sweetness. Again a fruity element parallels but is balanced by a mild finish with a crisp hop bitterness. Some grainy element is present in the end along with a tart flavor. However it remains extremely refreshing. Overall there is an underlying spice to this beer that melds very well with the general flavor of the beer. Aftertaste is resinous, but not overwhelming
Mouthfeel: Light body with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to brace the tongue and comfort it, especially underneath and along the sides. Finishes clean but with a touch of dryness.
Overall Impression: Actually this was a very drinkable beer with a uniquely incorporated hop profile. It maintained an interesting spicing that didn't conflict with any of the basic components of the beer itself. There is space between the flavor!


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