Brewery: Lancaster Brewing Company
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear golden body and a thick, dense head with superior retention. An army of angry little bubbles float to the top at a million miles per hour.
Smell: There’s a slightly irregular albeit pleasant aroma here. It smells like creme brûlée, raisins, and Martinelli’s apple cider. As it sits, it smells exactly like Martinelli’s apple cider. Overall, it’s exceptionally sweet and almost smells a little metallic, like apple cider that has been sitting in a keg for awhile.
Flavor: When describing lagers, bready/caramel/toasted are common terms that most resort to because well, that’s exactly how many lager tastes. Not this guy! It’s exceptionally balanced–at first you think it’s sweet, then the next second, you’re getting just a little bit of a bitterness that counterbalances your initial reaction. It’s fruity (of apples and raisins), nutty (walnuts), and just a little bit metallic (but you don’t really even care). Despite all of these flavors, it’s a mellow brew. All of the ingredients and flavors are harmonious and intertwine together to create a beer I actually haven’t had anything quite like before.
Feel: Medium-thin body with full carbonation. Just a bit creamy.
Concluding Remark: Okay, so this is definitely not an Oktoberfest/Märzen. I would classify it more as an amber lager, if I had to. Not to degrade the style, but Lancaster’s Oktoberfest offering has too much flavor for an Oktoberfest (n’offense, Oktoberfest). It has a complex flavor that changes with every sip, and you want to keep drinking to figure out what exactly it is that you’re drinking. I think I consumed mine in three or four glugs (yes, that’s a word). I daresay that this is THE perfect fall lager: it makes you feel a little warm inside and invokes the feeling of bonfires and crackling leaves beneath your feet. Yes, a beer can make you feel these things. Find one. You’ll see what I mean. It’s like virtual reality. Well, something like that.
And for the record, I would’ve given it 4 pint glasses if it was actually representative of the style it purports to be. Overall, it’s a rockin’ fall lager, but not an Oktoberfest.