Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dinkelacker Oktoberfestbier Marzen (2014 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1198) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2014
We 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 Marzen. 
Grade: 7/10

NOTE: See my 2017 re-review to BJCP specs here: