Egerer Alpenkönig Gold Märzen

Reviewed by on December 4, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Privatbrauerei Egerer

  • Origin: Grossköllnbach, Germany

  • Rated On: December 4, 2015

  • Best Before: September 1, 2016

  • ABV: 5.2%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Another brew that comes to us in North America via the 2015 Costco Beer Advent Calendar – more mountain beer from Germany, this time from the king!  Hey, it’s still autumn out there for many people in the world who aren’t myself.

This 500ml can pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some nice layered paint swath lace around the glass as it slowly blows off.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready pale and caramel malt, a twinge of charred biscuits, real vanilla, stewed apples, and a rather laid-back earthy, leafy, and herbal hoppiness. The taste is grainy, bready, and doughy caramel malt, apple and pear tarts, a further toasted biscuity thing, and adequately bitter leafy, grassy, and weedy noble hops. The carbonation is rather full and robust in its buoying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with nothing really existing here to make any sort of fuss – Teutonic orderliness, and all that. It finishes well off-dry, the malt still the big star, while the fruity and hoppy notes retreat, regroup, and rearm to fight another day.

While lacking some of the subtleties of their more renowned fellow Bavarian producers, this version comes off as worthy in its own right. Sweet, sure, but moderated well enough by a smidge of smoke and the attendant hops, and with only a wee uptick in the ABV. I would have no problem putting this stuff back amongst wurst, dirndls, and oom-pah music anywhere.

Brady White

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