Octoberfest officially ended this weekend but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good marzen (the official name of Octoberfest beers) for a few more weeks.
I like to hold off on my pumpkin beers until mid October and continue until Thanksgiving. To me, that's fall.
Also, I've been wanting to try this from Widmer Brothers. I'm a big fan of their beers and am not going to let something as trivial as a detox prevent me from sampling their marzen.
Look-Copper in color. It resmembles a leaf that has fallen from the tree in autumn. That's deep.
Smell-There's a pleasing malty sweetness in the nose.
Taste-a subdued malt explosion if that makes sense. The sweetness of the malt invades every part of my mouth. I may be laying it on a bit too thick at this point.
Mouth-Medium bodied. Hearty in the mouth with a dry finish.
Overall-Not sure if this is a down the middle example of a marzen. It's very good and I love the malt forward flavor. Having said that, nothing really pops. It's pleasing but not especially memorable.
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