Sunday, September 23, 2018

Cigar City Oktoberfest

Fill date: 7/24/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 6A Märzen

AROMA: Moderate Continental malt with classic Maillard character of slightly toasted bread and crusts. Faint herbal hops. Clean lager fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful copper hue (13-17 SRM) with clear body. Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready malt base with implied sweetness, though not rich per se. Attenuation seems to be rather high. Maillard reactions impart a bread crust character. Bitterness is moderate with a light spicy/herbal taste towards the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter for a moment, but malts re-emerge for slight sweetness. Clean lager fermentation. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and comfortable mouthfeel; somewhat refreshing. Tempting to session even at 5.8% ABV. Drinkability is no challenge. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: One of the few major American offerings that's truly to-spec for the style. Plus it's a fun beer to drink. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

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