Ah, fall! Multicolored leaves, cooler temperatures, bonfires, and all that crap–but more importantly craft beers that encompass the best beer flavor profile: roasty, toasty, and a strong malt backbone! Even better, with an average ABV content of 4.0-6.5% most are all very drinkable. This weekend’s fall seasonal is one that I look forward to every year. This weekend Left Hand Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest Märzen Lager is What’s on Tap!
Left Hand Brewing’s genesis goes back to 1990 and was born out of the ultimate beer company start-up, a home brewing kit. Since they have been offering unique and delicious brews while championing the nitro-style kegged beers. Their fall seasonal, brewed in the spring and then aged to perfection gives off a classic, copper and amberish, fall appearance. Though märzens are considered middle of the road when it comes to flavor impact, Left Hand’s Oktoberfest certainly does not lack mouth-feel or aroma. Before each sip, as you bring the glass to your lips, you notice the malty sweetness notes of the beer. Like all classic märzens, Left Hand’s is full of roasted bready malt flavors with a finish that is incredibly clean and crisp. Yes, there is a slight hop presence and an even milder bitterness to the backend of the beer but the caramel sweetness and bready malt flavors are what Left Hand’s Oktoberfest is all about.
I am enjoying this Oktoberfest with pork braised tacos. I am using a bottle of Okotberfest to marinate and slow cook the pork. Included with the pork is some habanero peppers to give it some kick. This meal, and beer, will be perfect for watching football all weekend!
Style: Märzen Lager
Color: Copper / Amberish
SRM: 21 SRM
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.6%
Bitterness (IBU’s): 24
Malt: Munich and Pilsner
Hops: CTZ and Hallertau Mittelfrüh
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