Oktoberfest suffered its second cancellation due to Covid-19 in as many years, and while this must be a crushing disappointment for the Bavarians, there’s actually a silver lining in it for us. With so much of the Oktoberfest beer going un-drunk in Germany, more seems to be finding its way into bottles and onto our shelves. It’s a special style called Märzen, which is very close to a typical German helles, but stronger and hoppier. This example from Spaten has a clean, smooth aroma with a slight creaminess and a distinct Hallertau hop character of grass and mild spice. The palate is full and rounded with a sweet, bready malt flavour and smooth texture that lingers into the mildly bitter finish. A fairly simplistic drop, but an exceptionally drinkable one, which is no doubt important when it would ideally be served by the litre.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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