Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

This is the 5.8% ABV amber marzen Oktoberfest beer from Hacker-Pschorr brewery of Munich, Germany. They are also one of the handful of brewers who serve at the original Oktoberfest celebration. Check out their website and read the descriptions of their various "beer tents" and if it doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.

The beer pours a deep amber and copper in color. There is about an inch of off-white to extremely light tan head, thick and foamy. The aroma is malty, nutty, brown sugar, dark fruits, grassy, roasted malts.  The taste follows the aromas, the malts hit about every malt note you can get in an amber beer except for sweet potato, with a nice, smooth cereal maltiness and a touch of fresh and clean straw. The sweetness of the malt is immediately moderated by a grassy bitterness that brings it to a dry finish. It has a crisp, yet smooth, carbonation that is very refreshing and highly drinkable. Very solid, I liked it better than the Spaten.

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