Friday, October 30, 2009
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen
This beer pours a clear dark amber with an off white head and moderate carbonation.
Interesting nose on this beer; light caramel malts, mild hop presence and that good old fashion German skunk. I still don’t know where the skunk comes from but it seems to be in a lot of German beers especially if bottled in a green bottle.
Well that German skunk is in the taste of this beer also. It starts with a nice caramel malt sweetness then a little bit of that bite starts to make itself known but it is quickly replaced with a cleansing effervescence and then, you guessed it that German Skunk along with a dry hop finish. The skunky bite stays with you longer than the hops do but it also fades to little or no final aftertaste.
This sounds a little harsh but it’s really not, I do actually like this beer. The Belgians have their “Funk” and the Germans have their “Skunk”.
The beer is warming up a bit; it is now at 64 degrees. It has gained a little more of a malt sweetness as it opens up a little.
All and all this was a good beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest but still a good beer. That German hop and skunk taste but me back just a little. I don’t mind it on a pilsner or other lighter more refreshing beers but I really didn’t care for it as much on an Oktoberfest.
Still, it was a good beer and I do recommend it to anyone that likes a caramel malt lager with that classic German bite (skunk). If I have to give a rating it would be a B.