don’t get too many authentic German Oktoberfestbiers around these
parts, and those that we do get I’ve already reviewed. Dinkelacker
Marzen is a new addition to my beer store, so naturally I picked it up
to give it a try. As far as I can tell it’s an exactly-to-spec
representation of the style, though there’s nothing especially unique or
memorable about it. You want a Marzen, you got one with this.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mug. It appears to have been bottled on 6/30/14 and cost $2.85 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful copper color, crystal clear with carbonation
visible. Pours to a two-finger, off-white, foamy head which mostly
dissipates and leaves no lacing, though.
Smell: Classic German lager aroma; lightly sweet with bready notes.
Taste: The first thing I noticed about Dinkelacker Marzen is how
inoffensive the palate is. Oftentimes, old beer from overseas tends to
have a tang or off-flavor to the palette, but this tastes fresh. As far
as actual flavors go, there isn’t a lot in the way of distinctiveness. I
do, however, get a general dark malty sensation. Light notes of bread
or toast, but not caramel or toffee sweetness per se. Perhaps a hint of
nuttiness and a mineral character on the finish, which is nice. Hops are
extremely subtle here, providing just a background bitterness. Overall,
it’s just a fine-tasting beer you don’t have to think about (which is
probably the goal).
Drinkability: Beers of this style were meant to be sessioned, even
though they exceed the threshold for what is generally considered
sessionable as far as ABV. At 5.7% ABV, Dinkelacker Marzen is neither a
lightweight nor a heavyweight, but falls right in the middle and it
certainly drinks as such. Actually, it drinks like a lighter beer as far
as delivery goes; the mouthfeel is thin and crisp and the beer is quite
refreshing while crossing the tongue. It leaves a clean aftertaste and
doesn’t fill me up, so it has the performance value you want in a