- Beer Advocate: 3.83/5
- Untappd: 3.53/5
"A timeless copper lager with sensational hop-malt balance. Notes of toffee, caramel, and biscuit mingle to celebrate the season. Classically brewed with German Munich, Heidelberg, and crystal malts, and German Hersbrucker hops."
Pours deep copper in color with a transparent body and a finger of off-white head.
The aroma is packed with sweeter caramel notes and pipe tobacco. Some wet hay is also tossed in as is a tiny bit of sweet orange.
The taste has a pine tree and wood character that I did not get on the aroma. For even more complexity it also has hints of maple and smoke. Like the aroma, the taste yields some sweeter malts which seems to stay with me at every stage and that tobacco taste has also returned. I'm also getting a taste of honey...not the song...but that would be interesting...ok, I'll stop. Also in here are some mossy, earthy notes with moments of spicy hop goodness. It's pretty complex for the style.
Mouthfeel is light-to-medium. but not too robust. Those woody and smokey flavors stick to my tongue after each sip and this one drinks rather easy.
Banded Horn has produced a terrific Oktoberfest that is more complex than most I have come across. I was surprised by the range of flavors for the style and at 5.2%, this goes down easily and just goes to show that a low abv Markzen can still be savory and unique.