Lang Bräu Spezial

Lang Bräu Märzen Spezial

Brewery: Lang Bräu
Style: Märzen
Color: golden

Head: white, thinning vs rocky & chiffon-like
malty, some grain vs more hops in the nose
Body: medium

malty, some cereal vs balanced, grainy, underlying hops
Finish: clean vs clean, semi-dry, semi-bitter

Served: from a bottle bought locally vs in Bayreuth

Impression: My hopes were high after having their very tasty Dunkles but this one poured quite light in color for the style and the head thinned out quickly. That said, it had a nice malty palate with a touch of cereal. Despite a lack of discernible hops, the finish was fairly clean and moreish, especially at 5.5%.

Take 2: I picked this up recently not realizing I’d not already had it but wasn’t impressed by it. Well, sometimes ignorance is indeed bliss. This bottle is surprisingly in better shape than the one I got at the brewery. Much better head retention and more hops in the palate as well. It’s balanced and has some malt backbone but I quite like it even if unusual for the style. It says typical of a real Franconian Märzen on the bottle and I’d be happy if this were the case though a shade towards amber would make me even happier. I’d get it again and definitely order on tap if I see it.

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