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My plan for the remainder of this week is to check in with a final pair of Marzens before I begin transitioning into my Halloween celebration.  I happened upon my final selections in the mix-a-six section at one of my local stores.

Beer Name: Oktoberfest (2018)

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA) with Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (Bavaria, Germany)

Style: Marzen

ABV: 6.0%

Description: Partnering with “the world’s oldest brewery,” the brewers at Sierra Nevada set out to put an “American take” on the classic style.  You can get the full specs here.

Appearance: Poured a clear, light copper body with a quick to fizzle thin white head.

Smell: Sweet malts with a peppery blend of floral yeast and clean noble hops on the finish.

Taste: Started on with sweet caramel malts before turning towards more crackery notes mid-sip.  The finish went back to sweeter side of things, with notes of brown sugar, caramel malt and a clean, mild hop presence.  

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an elevated amount of carbonation.

Hype: Despite being readily available at stores across the country, there was a little bit of excitement around this release.  Sierra Nevada’s annual Oktoberfest release has been very well received in recent years and people were really interested to see how their pairing with Weihenstephan would turn out.

Overall: I thought this was really good.  The malt profile was intriguing and a little bit different than what I’d grown accustomed to after drinking this style the past few weeks.  Definitely a worthwhile pick up for a fall gathering.