Hoss

‎12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Delighted to try this as the Marzen style is one of my favorite styles. Paradoxically, rye beers are ‎some of my LEAST favorites so the the juxtaposition should be interesting if nothing else!

Pour delivers exactly what I am looking for in the style, i.e. a completely crystal clear body with a ‎nice white head with some spotty film and lace. Super orange, golden body.

Nose gives some edgy malts and some fruity acidity. Some yeast.

Tastes continue the aroma trend. Some extra yeast (as expected) as the style demands it IMO. ‎Here’s the deal, I am delighted that the rye essentially does NOT show up – that’s GOOD for me – ‎but it seems as though its effect is to diminish the sweet malt character of the beer a little. It’s not ‎a HUGE problem since we still get plenty of Marzen like notes, but it is not quite as sweet, clear ‎and as well defined as most. Why the rye??

The truth here is that the rye doesn’t detract too much from the Marzen, but WHY have it AT all? ‎I don’t get it. The rye only serves to makes this a slightly less good Marzen than it otherwise ‎would be – confusing.

Note to GD. Take out the rye and brew the Marzen. Why not??‎

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10/27/2009
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.2 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.68
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