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Oktoberfest Season

08-21-2015

 

What is an Oktoberfest style beer? Well, the Marzenbier is a deep amber color with highlights of copper, a near brilliant clarity and full-bodied malt profile accented by a brisk hopping and crisp finish. Beyond the style description, the beer has a rich history. The legendary story behind the brew includes a German duke who initiated the Oktoberfest celebrations by serving the beer during his wedding. The actual name does not denote that the beer should to be drunk in October; rather the beer is traditionally enjoyed during the month of September, with an extended seasonal period due to its current popularity.  Traditionally, these beers are brewed in late winter and early spring with the remaining hops from the previous season. By September, or even a bit earlier, the beer is ready to be consumed and is done so with gusto while it lasts. Typically, peak condition for drinking Oktoberfest biers lasts until the end of October, when it would begin to mellow. To truly appreciate the Oktoberfest style, below are some options currently available in the Grand Rapids market.

 

Goose Island Oktoberfest

Toffee and burnt sugar ruminate throughout the aroma while mild and earthy bitterness mingles with toasted malt and dried apricot flavor. 6.4% ABV

 

Rochester Mills Oktoberfest

With moderate hop bitterness captured within a medium body, this copper-toned lager finishes on a crisp and satisfying note. 6.2% ABV

 

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Pouring a a rich amber color, Octoberfest is supremely smooth and features a hearty malt flavor with a refreshing breathe of hop bitterness. 5.3% ABV

 

Spaten Oktoberfest

A classic German-style Oktoberfest that pours a deep copper with a thick, white head. Sweet malt flavor is accented by a bite of hop bitterness. 5.9% ABV

 

Shiner Oktoberfest

Raise a stein to this Oktoberfest! Brewed with German malts, this Marzen-style beer showcases full-on malt flavor that is perfectly balanced with a moderate backing of hops. 5.7% ABV

 

Summit Oktoberfest

The first sip lambasts the palate with toffee malt flavors, quickly followed by a clean, brisk hopping and a crisp and dry finish. 7.1% ABV

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