Howdy beer fans,
Thought I’d screech in at the almost last minute with a post on an Oktoberfest beer that I’ve been meaning to write about for oh, say a month. Yeah, that’s right, I forgot about this one. Perhaps it was because it was buried behind other equally tasty brews or I was distracted by the cupcakes my wife was keeping in the beer fridge – which were very good and given their chocolaty goodness had to be paired with a stout. Regardless, Oktoberfest isn’t quite over and I know we’ve all got a few more rounds in us.
On deck is a Big Eddy Über-Oktoberfest from Jacob Lienenkugel. I thought “Big Eddy” was the name of the beer until I looked on Untappd and noticed they have many other brews with this name – a series perhaps – my ignorance is a bit un-snobbish. First off this beer clocks in at 8.5% ABV – that alone suggests this isn’t a normal Märzen. So, given the ABV, I picked this up from the boys out at Corks Wine and Spirits in Turkey Creek. This beer has a great color and pours with almost perfect head. On the nose caramel is pretty pronounced with a hint of some spices. First taste suggests the richness of this brew – some sweetness and some toasted maltiness. The hops are pretty evident towards the end of the taste and the ABV is pretty pronounced – boozy in fact. Most Märzen’s go down pretty quickly for me but this one causes me to pause a little more between sips – not necessarily in a bad way. This is definitely an amped up Märzen.
Final snobs: Good beer. This is certainly an “über” take on this style. If you like Märzen’s definitely give this a shot. If Oktoberfest isn’t your thing, move along, nothing to see here.