In celebration of this beery month, each day this week I’m uncapping a new Oktoberfest beer brewed in the States (keep up with all five brews here). From coast to coast, we’re celebrating the annual release of this smooth, malty style.
For Day 2 we’re moving from the West Coast to Wisconsin to sample Leinenkugel’s seasonal märzen. This beer pours a glowing caramel hue with a wispy white head that doesn’t hold back its subdued aroma: Toasted bread scents backed by sweet, grainy notes merge for a clean bouquet. Courtesy of its lively carbonation, this beer’s effervescent, with toasted, sweet bread flavors rushing down the tongue. Hints of caramel emerge mid-sip, but not enough to throw it off-style. Spicy hops usher in well-matched bitterness, which lends a nice dry finish before this beer trails off with lingering malt sweetness and a touch of lemon rind on the tongue.
This is definitely a quaffable Oktoberfest, so drink up and let me know what you think.