12 oz single from Total Wine, Perimeter, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Poured into the Tücher Weizen glass (not pictured, rather the picture shown is from 08/15/21) , the color is alarmingly light for the style, IF we were talking a Märzen (we’re not, BTW!). Here’s the explanation for the hue which comes six years after my original notes on this beer.
The pour is largely a macro yellow color and lacks the kind of extra added orange, amber depth that one would expect to find in a Märzen. Strike one (although, see updated notes on Festbiers).
There is some nice carbonation with plenty of streaming bubbles and some decent head, but the lace and retention are only average.
Tastes are a little corny and little too sweet, malt liquor-like for my liking. It lacks much depth or character and there is a distinct absence of those high quality sweet malts that one would normally expect from the style. I need a touch more Bock-like notes (greater and higher quality malt depth) – once again, see this. Having said that I quite enjoyed drinking it, BUT I think that was because I was really craving a beer when I drank it.
Very surprised to be so disappointed in this. It wasn’t “bad” as such, but I was looking for much more malt depth and a darker color.
EDIT: Festbier added to the style list to reflect post 2015 BJCP changes.