Friday, May 18, 2012
Bobcat Marzen Auf Holz
Alcohol Content: 4.9%
Price: $3.50/ Half; $6.50/ Full
Medium: 8oz sample/ water glass
Aroma: Moderately rich malty aroma of Vienna and/or Munich malt with a distinct toasted quality and deep malty sweetness. Very restrained fruity esters and no diacetyl representing a clean lager. Perhaps a light sulfur note but I'm not sure because I can't quite put a word to this aroma. It's unlikely from malts, hops, or yeast fermentation.
Appearance: I was sipping it next to the window with a bright sunlight to present this deep amber, brilliantly clear lager. Slow and steady carbonation persists while a white-ish head retains for many minutes into the session.
Flavor: Rich maltiness with a toasted dry grain character gaining momentum into the finish and lingering slightly into the aftertaste. Initial malt sweetness rounds off with just enough contributing bitterness to give a lightly dry finish. Although fairly bitter, hop flavors remain in the background. Some spicy notes but more of a hop character in the mouthfeel than flavor. I get a very light hint of fruity ester like a dried raisin or pomegranate. Perhaps this is more of a maple syrup character.
Mouthfeel: Moderately bodied with a light creamy texture heightened by a moderately high carbonation. Smooth with a relatively fuller malt profile. Perhaps a little more attenuation from the lager yeast would make it less viscous but nonetheless an easy drinking beer/ style.
Overall Impression: The maple syrup slipped past my detection but most likely contributed to the color and provided a little alcohol or complex sweetness to the malt profile. Staying true to the style, this one favors the big malty character with enough bitterness to help support a crisp, well rounded beer. Although I felt it was approaching a cloying sweetness with subsequent sips. Very characterful.