Wednesday, 20 October 2010
A belated Oktoberfest at home.
This journalism work isn’t half tough some times. I had to review all these beers for my monthly column in the Northumberland Gazette’s supplement Northumberland Now. I thought since it’s October and all I would make a theme of it (even tho the actual Oktoberfest has been and gone) and maybe even get in some pretzels and chicken. But not so.
Tto tell the truth I have never really remembered trying any Oktoberfest/ Märzen style beers in the past so this made it more interesting. One of them (the Erdinger) was actually a Wheat beer, and I’m not sure why. The other three Märzens were nice strong golden malt driven lagers, but I hear the style used to be traditionally darker. But in the words of Dredgy’s more recent postings, beer styles are like ‘moving targets’ that change and evolve constantly. In that knowledge I can conclude that this tasting session has taught me little about Märzen. The highlight of the pack however was defiantly the HB which was bold and malt driven with a firm herbal hop bitterness and featured just a hint of caramelised malt. The Erdinger was also very flavourful but for me the HB would be the only one I would hunt out again.