Red Flyer | Herkimer Pub & Brewery

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Herkimer Pub & Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tavernjef on 08-30-2003

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of mentor
2.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber obtained for my volunteer efforts at the 2006 GABF. This bottle was left over from the beer judging. Thanks a million to Herkimer and GABF for the opportunity.

Easy pour gets a three finger yellow-stained head that settles to a sticky thin layer. Cloudy dead-orange yellow liquid. Smells dry, iron, and woody dry. Munich malty with an o'fest funk.

Tastes dry, metallic, and green apple. Aftertaste gets the o'fest toasted malts I expect. A bit sour in the front and hard to forget that. Crisp dry finish wipes the pallete clean and lets the sour penetrate in the aftertaste. Not a good thing, IMO. Toasted grains are a bit astringent.

Mouthfeel is light which I think makes the flavor come across a bit thin. Also, carbonation is way too high for the style. My suggestions, as a 3 year homebrew is to increase the mouthfeel to increase the perceived sweetness. Drop the carbonation level. And get rid of whatever is causing the green apple sour (infection in fermentation or tannin extraction during the sparge).

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Photo of ZAP
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber colored...light head...aroma of light sweet maltiness..

Taste is yeasty...doughy...a little homebrewish..

Body is a little watery...tart on the finish..

Not a good example of a Marzen (and these are notes I wrote at the pub before seeing the other review on this)...tastes like a beginners homebrewed amber ale...I seriously question if this was lagered...yeast strain reminds me some of Slab City..

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Photo of tavernjef
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a clear dark amber with a small thin cream colored head that fades slowly to a skim always present and some thin sheets of lace. Smell is fresh but faint sweet malts of a fruitish nature, gives off a stale orange soda pop-likeness. Taste is too sweet for a marzen, not nearly enough roasty/toastyness, hardly any really. Fruity of very dulled down pale orange and unripe melon, some herbal hops come through in the finish giving it a bit of a kick, but not welcome, very uneven and strange. Light body feel, smooth and drinkable but misinterpreted the style by quite a bit.

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Red Flyer from Herkimer Pub & Brewery
3.14 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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