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West Sixth Brewing Company
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Märzen / Oktoberfest
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Inspired by painstaking German brewing technique, the West Sixth Brewery brings a taste of this to the bluegrass with hints toward deeply rooted American influences as well.
DankeChain opens with a bright, yet slightly hazed film. Light penetrates the orange-peach-copper hue and gives the beer an appealing glow. Lightly spritzy carbonation rushes to build a head part of foam and part of fizz. With moderate retenion and light lacing, the beer struggles to retain the quentessential look of more authentic versions.
Fresh aromas of caramel and bread give a glimpse into the inviting and appetizing lager. Floral at first, the beer reins in more citrusy hop notes that edge dangerously close to pale ale status. Lightly fruity and heavy on malt sweetness- the ale flirts heavily with pale and amber ales of north America.
The dialogue of caramel and hops continue in taste. Its early palate resonates with malt sweetness while the finish is citrusy bitter. Stern acidity balances the malt while hop bitterness does more than simply keep the beer from cloying. Each make a stronger mark on taste than what I'm used to in the style.
Very zesty, the carbonation lifts the malts from the tongue and ushers in a clean acidic finish that's much more terse than you'd expect. With its increased body and ample residual sweetness, the beer further distances itself from the traditional taste of German Oktoberfestbiers.
Where I don't mind a German-inspired ale to infultrate an American recipe, I wish that I got a more elegant maltiness from Munich or Vienna malts instead of heavier caramel notes. The soft seduction of noble German hops is dwarfed by citrus and acid notes. This is a fine and tasty beer, but lacks many of the halmarks of German-brewed Oktoberfests or Marzens.
Serving type: on-tap
10-20-2012 00:33:56 |
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy deep apricot color with a half inch ivory head that dissipates into a thin film.
Aroma is grainy and malty, sweet, with nutty notes. There's a very subtle citrus character, and a floral hop finish. Somewhat lacking in melanoidins.
Flavor is far more complex. More citrusy than most oktoberfest brews. Perfumey hops lead the profile, followed by a quick burst of citrus that fades into the lightly toasted, nutty malt backbone. Floral hops again make an appearance in the finish, which is nutty, slightly dry, and slightly bitter.
Body is on the heavy side, with slightly high carbonation. It's a fairly filling brew.
Overall, an interesting take on the style. It lacks the typical malt complexity associated with the style, but there's also more hop character than in most, which keeps it interesting. Very drinkable fall beer.
Serving type: on-tap
10-07-2012 20:15:27 |
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