Westbrook? Märzen? Yes, you have my attention. Handwritten bottling date onthe label 9/17/13
The first thing that strikes me is that odd, slightly grassy, stinky malt aroma that comes with a genuine Märzen style. Nice and light in the mouth with plenty of simplistic drinkability.
A chill-hazed, mid orange/light copper color sits underneath the light, wispy head that hangs out above the beer.
This is not as sweet as some of the American märzens, and I suspect this is a little closer to authentic. There is that light rye, almost herbal quality about the beer that is more typical of the German versions of the style rather than the Americans. Obviously a huge malt forward profile which is how it should be, and the caramunich and munich malt bills dominates.
Whatever Noble hops are in the mix is difficult to discern, but frankly that’s the way that it should be.
Obviously not ‘bitter’ per se, but a decent amount of tobaccoey leatherness in the tastes. It’s pretty unsweet, if that makes sense.