Fernie The Professor Märzen

Reviewed by on October 18, 2017 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Fernie Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Fernie, BC, CA

  • Rated On: October 18, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

The Professor Märzen is an ode to former head brewer Gord Demaniuk, who died last year. The beer was developed from notes in his recipe book by the new head brewer, who also happens to be his son, Jeff.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some decent tacky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a minor pome-forward fruitiness, white toast, and some plain leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some nice even toastiness, and more understated earthy, weedy, and floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and gently teasing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a touch of wet ash maybe tickling the wrong tastebud the wrong way. It finishes off-dry, the big malt not about to go anywhere just yet.

Overall, this comes across as a well-made and very enjoyable version of the style – nice and malty and biscuity and with just a soupcon of hop bitterness. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has or will say it, and it’s hardly my place, but I’m sure Gord would have been proud of this offering.

Brady White

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