So I wasn't going to drink an Oktoberfest style beer for another week or so, but there was a lot of slander from some jabronis (added to the dictionary yesterday) on Twitter recently that I just cannot stand for. I wanted to wait until the temperature dropped a little bit more consistently, luckily it was cloudy, rainy, and only about 70 degrees yesterday so I figured, why not? It was very much fall-type weather. Plus, Oktoberfest actually starts in September anyway so I decided to give myself the green light. I love the style but it sits heavy in the gut, hence why I like it when the weather cools down. It's not pleasant when it's 95 degrees outside.
So let's jump into the beer. I decided to go with a couple of tried and true breweries for my first Märzen styles of the year with the first one being Half Acre. First of all, let's admire the artwork on the can. Everything about it screams Oktoberfest to me. I love the old-style font, the knights, the crest looks, the colors, everything.
With this one of course I have to go with the stein. These are full-bodied beers that you need to let breathe and fill up a big glass. Poured perfectly, it gives two inches of off white head. It has a gorgeous see-through copper color to it. The base for most Oktoberfest style beers is a sweet bready malt flavor. Lager Town nails that down but also seems to add a little hoppy bitterness to it. Overall, it's a sweet, bready, almost-amber lager with just a touch of hops to it -- a nice representation of the style.
Half Acre set the bar high with this one. In my mind, I will be comparing the upcoming Oktoberfest beers to this one. These are wonderful beers no matter what some people think. They warm you up, fill you up, pair well with food, and taste great. Another plus is they are cheaper than other beers. Usually, you find these in a six-pack for $10 or less. The alcohol content might be less, but they are heavier so you're not going to be slamming these anyway. They are also a great way to change up beer styles if you have been having a lot of IPAs and they are starting to blend together. Try having one of these then following up with an IPA and the taste and both styles really start to pop. Give it a try!