Brew Review – Oktoberfest by 26 Degree Brewing

It’s time. It’s just time.

To be honest with you, it’s always time for an Oktoberfest.

I am firmly aware of the fact that in the US, saying ‘Oktoberfest’ means you’re either going to get a Festbier or a Martzen, but I want the actual event. Beers, sausages, the whole nine yards.

I usually can’t get that, so at least I can get the beer. And those beers are a part of my heart. I simply need that malty goodness on a regular basis to enjoy what craft beer can be. Sure, there are all sorts of other great styles, but gosh darn it I do love the beautiful beers that come out this time of year.

I’m especially fond of the Martzen, which is what 26 Degree Brewing’s Oktoberfest (Martzen, 6.3% ABV, 15 IBU) is.

This caramel happiness pours a beautifully deep reddish-brown hue with aromas of bread, brown sugar, and caramel. The flavor is smooth and light, with a touch of malt sweetness that carries a delicate and almost fruity flavor without diving into anything specific. It’s a unique but incredibly refreshing flavor profile that is nice perfectly reminiscent of the changing colors and crisp autumn air that Florida never receives.

I’m rambling a bit, but forgive me as this is my first Martzen of the season and that makes me incredibly happy to get. Hopefully it will not be the last.

Drink Florida Craft,

Dave
@floridabeerblog
floridabeerblog@gmail.com

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