This German lager from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a clear golden-copper colour with a moderate, frothy white head that hangs around as a thin collar after leaving spotty lace. Traditionally brewed for Oktoberfest celebrations, Night Märzen smells mostly of fresh grains and rich, roasted malts. There is a strong earthy character along with floral, honey, chocolate and spicy notes.
Night Märzen has a deep roasted malt taste that starts out crisp, but gives way to a distinct sweetness. Flavours of grains, fatty nuts and a mild soapy accent round it out. The lager is surprisingly thin-bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a solid dryness and moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly crisp and clean with mild earth and grain notes.
The packaging of Night Märzen uses the same simple template as the other regularly-produced beers that come out of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, this time printed in orange and brown. You will find an ingredients list and freshness dating on the back label and the included tag has a detailed description of the beer and the image of a large orange harvest moon.
Night Märzen is a hearty, yet quaffable and refreshing lager that does well on its own or paired with fall and German-style fare such as roasted meats, game and vegetables, sausage and soft pretzels.
You can find Night Märzen in select LCBO stores beginning every September. You can also order it through the BYBO service, visit the brewery seven days a week, or you can attend the annual Oktoberfest events in the lovely town of Vankleek Hill to try it in its intended environment.