Märzen Lager, 6.6% ABV
Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO
By Bill Lau
Posted September 17, 2015
I’m not sure how, but it suddenly got to be time for autumn seasonal beers; Oktoberfests, harvest ales, and the oh-so-ubiquitous pumpkin beers. (Now, brief aside – the Oktoberfests started showing up way back in early August around here, which is really starting to push it as far as I’m concerned – this isn’t retail, folks, where the stores want to get that big head-start on seasonal shopping, it’s beer, so can we hold off just a few weeks, please?)
(I thought not.)
Anyway, there’s no arguing about it at this point; we are smack-dab in the middle of Oktoberfest season, and with my wife’s help I found an Oktoberfest lager I haven’t tried before to share here on the blog. Although I’m no closer to understanding how in the world it can be mid September – again – already.
Appearance (4.5/5): Happiness! Presents a beautiful, reddish-copper hue with crystal clarity, and a short-lived head of pale beige foam. The latter settles into a thin layer and collar. But the color is just what I love to see in the style.
Aroma (7.5/10): Brings a malty nose with toasted and caramelized notes and a light noble hop background.
Palate (3.5/5): About average mouthfeel – medium-bodied, lighter on the carbonation, smooth.
Taste (7/10): Delivers some clean, toasted malt with an attenuated caramel note and fairly restrained bitterness. Pretty much right down the middle of the American craft brewery interpretation of the style. No complex decocted malt character, not quite as dry as some German versions, but at least it retains the traditional color! Some earthy/herbal & slightly spicy hop late. Solid beer. Great to quaff with your seasonal celebratory fare or on game day as part of your tailgate. I would think many mainstream beer drinkers would also enjoy this one.
Overall (15/20): Great easy-drinking lager for late Summer-to-early Autumn. Where’s my schnitzel?
Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.