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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Ahnapee Oktoberfest by Ahnapee Brewery

October, 2019
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
5 / 6
40 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

Ahnapee Oktoberfest by Ahnapee Brewery was judged as a Märzen, BJCP Style 6A under 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

I like this beer. It pours a brilliant reddish copper under a moderate off-white foam cap as a range of bready, toasty dough aromas rise from the glass. The beer brushes your lips with a lightly sweet malty kiss that dries off by the finish with a balancing hop bitterness and a pleasant long-lasting maltiness. Lightly toasted malt flavors lead the show with a little bread crust and a range of Maillard flavors. Many U.S.-made märzens miss the boat by coming off too sweet with too much caramel malt flavor. This one does not. Its hop-malt balance hits the mark and it finishes crisp and clean. The beer loses a couple points on aroma – it’s a little low – and on appearance and head retention. The brewer hits it out of the park on flavor