Our third monthly get together was held on Tuesday with the beer style being a prelude to the upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations.
We tasted German 'celebration beers'. In particular, Samuel Adams Boston Lager (a multi award winning Vienna Lager from the states), Weinstephan Festbier (from the oldest brewery in the world, a traditional festival beer brewed in March to be in peak condition in time for Oktoberfest), Erdinger Oktoberfest Weisbier (a festival hefeweizen), and probably the most interesting beer I've ever tasted - Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen (a smoked marzen from Bavarian brewery Heller Trum). This last beer had everyone talking due mainly to its incredible smoky character which was unlike anything many of us had tasted before.
Shandy was expecting this beer to polarise opinions but interestingly only one in the group disapproved - it goes to show Ale Stars are always on the search for bigger and bolder flavours as well as characteristics that really set a beer apart from the pack.
Great to see so many familiar faces again - and even better to see those familiar face bringing along some new ones. We're looking forward to seeing you all again on October 21st for the farmhouse ales session.
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