Florida Beer: Floridafest Octoberfest-Style Lager With Coconut From Concrete Beach Brewery
The brewery graciously provided a bomber for a preview. Isn't it stylish?
This week, I'm taking a look at the
First, the vitals: This Märzen is brewed with Europils, Dark Munich, Melanoidin, and Carapils malts as well as Hallertau and Tettnang hops. The brewery is keeping things distinctly European with this brew, at least until the part where they add coconut. It comes in at 5.7 percent alcohol by volume.
So how does this beer play out?
A cascadingly rocky top of foam caps the beer when poured. It's an incredibly deep-amber-hued beverage, crystal-clear and inviting. The aromas are typical of an amber: slightly sweet, bread-like with a caramel note. Doot. Flavors are immediately charged in the malty camp, with an upfront sweetness that moves from toffee to toasted vanilla to white chocolate in nature. The Melanoidin malts aid in promoting Floridafest's bigger mouthfeel. Coconut here is subtly applied and hooks into the middle and ends of this beer so as to give that extra boost toward the end. The hop profile is very mild, and fans of hoppier Märzen beers won't find that going on here.
For those who travel to distinguished
The brewery graciously provided a bomber for a preview.
Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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