In the Tasting Room: Due South's Oktoberfest Lager
Friday's here, so it's time for beer.
Every Friday, so long as the creek don't rise, this beer enthusiast will take a look at a Florida beer that, hopefully, should be readily available in a local shop or on tap at your favorite bar.
The festival of Oktoberfest is one of, if not the, largest beer pilgrimage sites in all of the world.
Though the festival in Munich ends this Sunday, the entrance of locally brewed seasonal beers is just beginning.
For example, at Due South, which is holding their annual Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend, has taken the event to release a couple of fall styled beers, including their Isle of Magourdo pumpkin ale, and Oktoberfest marzen.
Many beer drinkers will be familiar with the Oktoberfest style from the copper-colored of Germany produced for consumption around this time. Names like Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger, and Hofbrau are known for their offerings during the season. Even Americans are known for producing some fine beers in the style, including Sam Adams' Octoberfest, Victory's Festbier, and even Goose Island's Oktoberfest.
The Beer Judge Certification Program describes the marzen style (category 3B for those following at home) as having "Rich German malt aroma... Clean lager aroma with no fruity esters or diacetyl. No hop aroma... Smooth, clean, and rather rich, with a depth of malt character."
Throughout the month of October, the tasting room will be host to many a locally-produced glass of autumn seasonals -- whether that be oktoberfest, pumpkin, maple, or any combination of flavors that will make you scream 'Fall is here!'.
This week, we're going to take a look at the recently tapped (O'zapft is!) marzen lager brewed by Boynton Beach's warehouse of beer, Due South. The beer is a rare creation from the team, as many craft breweries produce very few lagers due to space constraints. At 5.4% abv, it's on the high end of alcohol for a sessionable lager, though it fits the bill perfectly.
The beer has a wonderful orange-copper glow to it, not unlike one of our famous Floridian sunsets. The aroma comes out with a bit of noble hops, a metallic tang, and husky malty grain. Taste is crisp and effervescent upfront, which, after cascading through your mouth, gives way to the mild, but present, malt backbone. It finishes off with a crisp and light bitterness, very appropriate for the style. That slight metallic tang comes out at the end with the hops.
Overall, this is a quaffable beer to celebrate the changing of the seasons with... you know, from days of 90 degree to weather to days of 80 degrees, or if we're lucky, the high 70s.
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