Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Game Day Beer Review: Penn Brewing Oktoberfest Marzen
Continuing our Autmn beer theme, we move onto the Marzens, and just in the nick of time to celebrate the last gasp of Oktoberfest. With the first offering we travel a long way in terms of miles from the old country, but just a short bit in terms of spirit: Penn Brewing's marzen is a pretty good domestic take on a German Fall classic.
Poured froam 12 ounce bottle into a chalice, Penn Oktoberfest is a stunningly clear caramel-tinged color with a whitish head that quickly fades into yesterday's news. This marzen is very mild smelling, maybe a bit malty, but in truth there's not alot there that I can detect. On drinking, I'm getting relatively simple malts and some slight breadiness in a very straight-forward rendition of the style. It's nothing spectacular, but eminently drinkable. Prost!: B