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Abita Octoberfest Märzen

October, 2015
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

This Märzen smells bready, spicy, and very clean. It has a low malty richness and sweetness that become apparent as it warms. This beer tastes malty, but is also decidedly dry. The malt flavor is predominately pils-like, which is surprising considering its orange-amber color. Balancing the malt is a moderate spicy and floral noble hop flavor -- higher than normal for the style -- which masks any malt richness. Underneath are light grainy and toasted malt flavors. This beer has a medium body and moderately high carbonation, making it simultaneously crisp and smooth. Very drinkable and clean, this example offers an interesting spin and still manages to capture the spirit of the Märzen style.