Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sierra Nevada/Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest

Fill date: 7/31/18

Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 6A Märzen

AROMA: Moderate continental malt base with a noticeable bread crust character due to Maillard reactions, but not sweet per se (seems well attenuated). Low spicy/herbal hop presence. Clean lager fermentation. No alcohol presence. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Clear copper hue (9-13 SRM). Large white suds mostly dissipates. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-driven palette to be sure, with classic Maillard products of bread and bread crusts, only slightly toasty. Attenuation seems to be high as overall sweetness is rather low, aside from the beginning. Hops are a bit high for the style with spicy/earthy flavors and just a touch of citrus. Clean and complete lager fermentation with slightly malty aftertaste, but otherwise dry. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderately-low carbonation. Seems a tad thin and tepid for the style. Smooth and quaffable, it is remarkably easy-drinking for a 6% ABV brew. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Mostly to-spec for the style with a few American liberties taken. Easy to drink, but far from amazing. 7/10


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