Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday Night Suds - Saranac Octoberfest Lager

This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac's seasonal offering - Saranac Octoberfest Lager.

People tend to favor certain types of beer depending on the season, lighter beers during the summer months, heartier beers during the cold winter months. However in the fall the breweries roll out beers specific to the month of October - the Octoberfest brews. As explained by the experts at beer advocate:

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’d keep. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies'n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains roughly 5.0-6.0% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style.

The Saranac Octoberfest presents as a slightly lighter version of the Octoberfest style. It has the deep rich color of the brew and little hop bitterness, but is not as rich as other Octoberfests and while it has a listed alcohol content of 5.4% abv, the alcohol content does not really reach the palate.

I enjoyed my Octobefest this evening with falafel and while this was certainly not the combination intended by the 16th century germanic tribes, I found the beer's clean crispness and slight bite a perfect companion to the cilantro infused chick pea sandwich.

Saranac Octoberfest is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit, as is every other brew produced by Saranac.

To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Saranac Octoberfest lager, please follow this link

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