Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Total Score: 8.45/10 Honeycomb1 RedApple1 Barley1 Stein1

From “The Other SN” to “The SN” or TSN, or better yet: SN. Sierra Nevada are of course so well known that next year’s single batch will be brewed with the Sirius star system brewery as a cross galactic collaboration. This time however they’re collaborating with Brauhaus Riegele of Augsburg, a brewer I am unacquainted with. Märzens, a beer style which I imagine would have the catchphrase (if beer styles had catchphrases) “Märzens: Familiar with them?” I am. I relish a decent Märzen come Oktober. Märzen is of course German for ‘March’ the brewing start date. They’re a Lager with hefty malt kick and body. They have upwards of 6% ABV and taste more like your typical Ale than a Lager, which is probably why I like them so much (I’m definitely an Ale person).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear light golden with a white cappuccino foam 1 cm head that holds well, as far as Märzens go this is on the lighter side (they can range from a Lager gold to an Ale amber/brown IME). 8/10.

S: Sweet with a slight fruity note – honey and overripe nectarines with a touch of cider apples. So far, so excellent. 8/10.

T: As above: Honey, overripe nectarines and cider apples, très tasty! All that delightfulness, that mead-like abandon, has a not so delicate side with a granular cereal centre, however this is a side detour in what is a really, really tasty Märzen. Finish is crisp enough to make any Lederhosen wearing Bavarian a happy man [I’m not being sexist – only men wear Lederhosen]. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, with a light – almost flat (Märzens aren’t renowned for having a great amount of) carbonation. Pretty much spot-on here. 8/10.

D: I wish SN would make this a permanent addition to their line-up [Dammit SN make this a permanent addition to your line-up… evil bastards]. Overall this brew contains the Bavarian spirit of a Märzen with lecker (Google some German ppl) flavour, a crisp Helles finish and that American geist of experimentation to produce a beer that is ‘old world meets new whilst remaining true to the essence of the old’, and if you’re looking for a tagline for the next label on this brew Sierra Nevada you have my permission to use that… evil bastards. 8/10.

Food match: Insert Bavarian barbequed meats here, oder grosse wurst mit senf und brezel.

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