St. Georgen-Bräu Gold Märzen

amber beer in pewter lidded mug with bottle
St. Georgen-Bräu Gold Märzen

Brewery: St. Georgen
Style: Märzen
Head: off-
white, creamy, rocky, chiffon-like
richly malty, some caramel, Spalter hops
Body: medium

balanced, rich malt, some caramel and biscuit, underlying hops
Finish: lingering, semi-dry, bittersweet
Served: from a bottle bought in Bayreuth

Impression: Gorgeous pour reminiscent of their relatively dark Hellerbock with a deep amber hue and rocky off-white head. Both Hallertau and Spalter hops in the nose and balanced palate. It’s certainly a classic Franconian Märzen and though the hops shine through the formidable caramel malt, the lingering finish is its weakest point but it’s not overly sticky. In the end, a nice hoppy Märzen, something I’d read about in the 90s but rarely found. My original notes from then say it was pale for the style and this is anything but.

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