Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by wpstafford, Sep 3, 2021.
Knowing your influence, I can only say I'd like to hear your observations.
Well, @jonphisher I took your suggestion & did a blind side by side. Conclusion: out of three different blind samplings I picked the Paulaner Marzen (amber) as less sweet than Paulaner Oktoberfestbier (golden) each time. They seem very close, but I am surprised that the Paulaner Marzen didn't stand out. Good call sir!
For funsies, I decided to perform the blind triangle test between Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen & Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen. Wanted to see if I could distinguish the difference. After all, German beers are my favorites, I drink a lot of them, I should be an expert, right? Poured two Paulaner & one Hacker Pschorr. Made sure to move them around so I could not remember their positions. Not so fast my friends. Conclusion, I would make a lousy BJCP judge. I selected 1 out of 5 trials correctly. So, humbled, I bow to those with much more sensitive noses and palates.
To be fair, I always find these two nearly identical. After all, they're brewed under the same roof these days.
That does help my bruised ego...a little. In my head, I have always thought of Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen to be a little more distinguishable than the other German Marzens we get over here, but I was very curious to see if I could tell the difference. Nope.
Throw Spaten Okto into your experiment, you might be surprised.
I may try that later. All surprises for me at this point @steveh .
Thanks for sharing @ATL6245. Really enjoyed the read, we’re out of town this weekend. I’ll get around to mine next week and now I have some ideas, never thought to do multiple trials in one setting like that.
Funny you mention not distinguishing HP and paulaner. I remember the same thing last year and for that reason I only bought paulaner marzen this year no HP.
I'm locked and loaded for that trio, but am planning on posting it in the Oktoberfest thread when it's started this weekend.
I actually find it fun to do things like that. I always learn something from it. Given the Paulaner/H-P Marzen similarities, I looked up the price of both at my local Total Wine. Paulaner Marzen is $9.79 a six pack and H-P is $9.99. Now I know I am a $.20 wiser and will just buy the Paulaner rather than both. Cheers!
I still have to get all three every year out of deep-seated tradition.
@ATL6245 -- I usually see the Paulaner and H-P for the same price, but I'll have to pay closer attention the next time I see them.
Eyes open for that post.
I'm drinking Tucher Festbier, and it's lovely.
Note that it is a festbier, not a marzen. Paler in color, great representation of the style (though I still do somewhat prefer the exquisite Weihenstephaner festbier).
Mild sweetness subsides to a dry finish leaving you wanting another sip. Highly drinkable. Prost!
This is one I’ve seen several posts about this year and not the past few. Was hoping it would show up around me but I have not come across it. Yet…
Surprising! NJ gets great distro. Hard to find anything in VT... usually. Guess I got lucky/ craft beer cellar is a great store. Cheers!
FWIW I just saw Tucher Festbier a few days ago at my local Retail Beer Distributor. I picked up a four-pack. Not expensive so it is a great deal in that regard.
I just checked the website of our local big retailer. No Festbier, but the location I plan to hit next week has Tucher Helles -- interest piqued.
There is a store I don’t frequent and havent been to in a while, but I know they have tucher helles, weizen and dunkles weizen.
Maybe they actually have the fest now too. I think I may check next time I have a chance.