From Bomber Brewing in East Vancouver in collaboration other members of the with BC Craft Brewers Guild comes their “BC Craft Brewers Guild Oktoberfest” a Marzen lager well placed for this time of year. The beer pours a deep amber colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of toffee, caramel, fruity and a bit of sweetness in the finish. The flavour is of caramel, toffee, nuts, sweetness and some minor hops. The alcohol content comes in at 6.2% with an IBU of 25. This beer delivers on exactly what it should. Its got the malts and the crispness of the Marzen or Oktoberfest style beer. This can is the launch of the new BC Independent Owned BC Beer seal.
Commercial Description: OKTOBERFEST BC BEER COLLABORATION: Early in September, BC Craft Brewers Guild members gathered at Bomber to create a celebratory brew in honour of the 6th anniversary of BC Craft Beer Month, an annual campaign to promote and raise awareness of independently owned and operated BC craft breweries. Using a recipe collaboratively designed by various Guild member head brewers, this golden, medium-bodied Oktoberfest is eminently drinkable and refreshing. The BC Craft Brewers Guild would like to thank the following companies for their very generous support of this project: West Coast Canning, IMS (labels), and BSG Canada (malts).
From Cervecería Artesanal La Paz in Cuenca Equador comes their “Latitud Cero° Sierra Negra”. The Marzen pours a deep copper colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of mild roasted malts, caramel, fruit and a semi sweet finish. The flavour is of caramel, bread, grain, fruit and some mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 4.8%. This beer is a bit one dimensional but it is tasty and would be a much better choice than the standard South American lager!
Commercial Description: Color: Amber mahogany dark, characteristic of its kind. AROMA: highlights of dark malts, coffee and chocolate aromas. Jam of black fruit, caramel and a hint of sweet vanilla. FLAVOUR: of good structure, with weight in mouth and a bitterness pleasant to the palate. Lingering finish that stands out toasted notes. (Translated from Spanish)
Foamer’s Folly Brewing in Pitt Meadows, BC gives us their Middle Man Marzen.
The beer is a deep red-amber, very clear with light carbonation bubbles visible. The head is light tan and dense.
The nose is heavy on malt with that distinct German “beer-y” smell of mashed grains with a slight boozy backbone. No hops are detectable on the nose but the malt aromas are deep and inviting.
Hops are much more distinct on the first sip with an herbaceous, celery bitterness pairing against subtly sweet malt and toasted biscuit flavours. The hop flavours hang on forever while the malt fades fairly quickly.
Crisp and fresh this makes a good sipper. The hops linger too long to session this Marzen but with a good bratwurst or salty pretzel this would be perfect.
From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Märzen” a full bodied lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, citrus, maybe a hint of apples and a sweet finish. The flavour is of caramel malts, citrus and a hint of apple with sweetness and a light bittering. The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 32. If you are into a full flavoured lager then this would be a good one to pick up.
Commercial Description: This is a lager beer brewed with a Bavarian lager yeast. This style originated in the 16th century and is now most common in Salzburg, Vienna and Munich.
From Russell Brewing out for Surrey BC comes their “Marzen” an Octoberfest style dark lager part of their Brewmaster Series. The colour of the beer is deep copper with an off white head. The beer smells of roasted malts, fresh cut grass, sweetness and a mild hops aroma. The beer has the taste of roasted malts, biscuit, spice, grain and a very mild hops bitterness. This Marzen or Lager is a very full flavoured beer! The beer has an alcohol content of 5.5% and an IBU of 35.
Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Bratwurst, a classic roast dinner, sushi