Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager - Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
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3.93/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
There is plenty to marvel at in this otherwise simple, ordinary looking beer. For one, its honey colour hits the light with a copper sheen and seems to glimmer. Like its highlights, transparency remains intact despite a soft-pressing haziness. Curiously, bubbles and strings of white foam are found bountifully on the glass but almost nowhere on the beer's surface.
The aroma may be subtle on first impression, but it conceals a wealth of aromatics. Notes of toasted walnuts and toffee brittle coverup for a pungently earthy, grassy bitterness. Curiously, it's neither markedly sweet nor bitter. The hops have a spicy but lemony combination like something off a Thai-food menu, yet they have a distinctly continental European profile. This is hoppy enough that I'm starting to think of it as a Kellerbier.
A few sips confirm that the brewer used a) the right variety of malts, and b) the right amount of malt. Only a combination of Vienna, Carapils, and Munich makes for a beer with this brand of rich, chewy, toasted nut flavour. A dry, pungently earthy, but also somewhat spicy bitterness reveals that the proper variety of hops were also used. Given how long that earthiness rings out on the finish, I'd say the right amount too.
Lagers such as these necessitate colder and longer fermentation, meaning precision and patience. Fortunately good things come to those who wait. This lager is clean as a whistle (no yeasty or alcohol esters) and drinks with wholesomeness. The malts are rich and thick enough to warrant chewing; just as every drop of sweet liquid was extracted from the grain, so too I want to extract every last drop from this bottle.
Chewy, caramelized malts and grassy, citrusy hops would make Homecoming King and Queen at just about any beer prom I'd host. This combination (in the shape of Kellerbiers or some variations of Märzens, like this one) is often avoided because it demands a degree of technically difficulty and quality of ingredients that, frankly, many brewers don't possess. Newport Storm, however, obviously does. Fantastic job, guys!
Serving type: bottle
11-01-2012 04:59:01 | More by biegaman
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 7, courtesy of ShogoKawada. Poured into a pint glass.
A - Not-quite-crystal clear golden amber, with around a finger of head that quickly drops, but it leaves a sheet of lacing down the glass.
S - Nice caramelly malts, maybe a touch of esters or phenols or something that seems like it comes from the yeast. There's also something a little off, but I can't place it. Maybe diacetyl? It is a little buttery. The more I smell the more I notice whatever that slightly unpleasant off-flavor is.
T - Slightly sticky, tasty, caramel malt, barely any hops to speak of. It might be a märzen. That poorly-described "off flavor" that I smelled is also present in the taste just a little, but I still can't tell what it is. It reminds me of some pumpkin ale which I didn't particularly like, but I might be totally making that up.
M - Kinda thin, but nice and smooth. There is carbonation, but it just nibbles playfully.
Overall, it's okay, but not great. Guessing it's an oktoberfest.
This was definitely recognizable as an oktoberfest, but it's a relatively average one.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 23:01:17 | More by abraxel
Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager from Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.