In search of less sweet Marzen/Oktoberfest

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  1. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Knowing your influence, I can only say I'd like to hear your observations.
     
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  2. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,143) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    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! :beers:

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    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.


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  3. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    To be fair, I always find these two nearly identical. After all, they're brewed under the same roof these days.
     
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  4. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,143) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    That does help my bruised ego...a little. :joy::joy::joy: 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.
     
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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Throw Spaten Okto into your experiment, you might be surprised.
     
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  6. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,143) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    I may try that later. All surprises for me at this point @steveh .
     
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  7. jonphisher

    jonphisher Poo-Bah (1,519) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    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.
     
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  8. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (3,001) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I'm locked and loaded for that trio, but am planning on posting it in the Oktoberfest thread when it's started this weekend.
     
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  9. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Meyvn (1,143) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    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!
     
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  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I still have to get all three every year out of deep-seated tradition. :slight_smile:

    @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.
     
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  11. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Eyes open for that post. :slight_smile:
     
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  12. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (543) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    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!
     
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  13. jonphisher

    jonphisher Poo-Bah (1,519) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    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…
     
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  14. Givemebeer

    Givemebeer Zealot (543) Apr 6, 2013 Vermont

    Surprising! NJ gets great distro. Hard to find anything in VT... usually. Guess I got lucky/ craft beer cellar is a great store. Cheers!
     
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  15. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,820) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    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.

    Cheers!

    @Givemebeer
     
  16. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,684) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    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.
     
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  17. jonphisher

    jonphisher Poo-Bah (1,519) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    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.
     
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