Sweet, light, slight spicy (light cinnamon) notes, with a light bread aroma
Bright amber, orange tint. Picture perfect. Pours with medium head that settles with low but noticeable head retention.
This beer features a big malty body for a lager. It has several light subtle flavors. The first drink is a warm sweet toffee biscuit flavor. The beer maintains it’s sweetness all the way through and has a hint of bitterness at the end that has a noticeable dryness. It doesn’t have any big hop aroma’s and is the only thing I know for a Marzen. I hope to travel to German and try some true German examples to have a better baseline of the style.
Medium bodied, starts sweet and smooth, but finishes dry.
This beer seems to nail the style as I know it. I think the beer has wonderful flavor and picture perfect qualities.
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I hesitated to post this as a craft beer during Oktoberfest, but decided too. SABMiller has owned Leinenkugel’s since 1988, which makes me think of this beer more like Blue Moon than an interesting Oktoberfest tribute. Despite this I wanted to try this beer and get feedback on what others thought.
This Oktoberfest seems to meet the style, but is nothing special. This German Marzen pays tribute to the German Lagers that were made in March to let ferment over the summer and enjoy for Oktoberfest. This beer is a thin amber lager that seems to lack the toasty sweetness that I would expect from a Marzen.
I opted for this beer instead of Bob’s 47 by Boulevard since i hadn’t tried it, but I won’t make that mistake again. Let me know if anyone has other thoughts.