On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead, boundless fall fest fodder (with bold 8.5% alcohol ethers) brings boozy intensity to herbal fruited entry. Syrupy nectar-honeydew glaze and sugary banana-bruised vanilla sweetness override caramelized malting. Weird botanical herbage positively affects dry-hopped fruited plain.
On tap at 381 Main, updated 2013 version of understated Vienna lager (with marzen tag appended) betters less specific Denver-based original. Autumnal leafy foliage and dewy earthiness pick up mild yellow fruiting. Sharp hop spicing tingles wispy nutty caramel malting to its honeyed wheat spine. Tertiary peach tea, dried orange and baked apple nuances fade to grey alongside wet cardboard snip. 2015 bottled version: evenly spread caramelized Vienna malting, honeyed wheat sweetness and leafy hop foliage regale tightly structured marzen (with brisker carbolic spritz). Subsidiary brown-sugared pumpkin spicing and molasses-sapped gingerbread sugaring upend astringent metallic snag.
On tap at Macaroni Grill, streamlined 2013 version layered sharply carbolic spice hop bite above pumpkin pie-sweetened fig-date-cherry conflux and dried orange nuance. Mild cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger seasoning lathers light caramel malting.
Nebulous copper-toned marzen must be better on tap. Bottled version loses autumnal gourd spicing to dry wooded hop coarsening that buries lightly toasted caramel malting until metallic soapiness sets in.
Damp aromatic foliage and leafy-hopped earthen nuttiness provide autumnal array for middling dry body. Complacent Vienna-malted cereal grain toasting, latent metallic shard and acrid phenol spicing lower appeal.
Indistinct moderate-bodied copper-toned marzen places thin maibock-like fruited souring next to soapy hop astringency. Blanched orange-tangerine-cherry tartness deadens upon impact and phenol-spiced autumnal foliage lacks resolve. Biscuit-y bottom cracks.
Upgraded 10th anniversary version of ruddy copper autumnal from 2011 stays mild, underscoring caramelized crystal malting and grassy-hopped astringency with wispy gourd spicing. Indifferent orange, apricot and apple fruiting lost alongside fragile oats-toasted breading.
Blandly mild marzen-styled autumn seasonal (not far removed from brewer’s lambasted Toasted Lager) spreads soapy diacetyl buttering atop dry herbal-hopped citrus snip and brown-sugared toffee restraint. Tranquil leafy foliage and bread-crumbed biscuit nuance lost in the shuffle.
Indistinct 2011 autumnal offering (with copper-cleared hue) fatigued by overriding phenol astringency and buttery diacetyl waver. Pumpkin-seeded gourd spicing and musty orange-dried coarsening lost amidst leafy foliage. Toasted honey nut spine and sweet chestnut egress need better resilience.
Outstandingly balanced 2011 version of autumnal Vienna-styled amber lager brings bright red-fruited spicing, dewy peat graining, and leafy red-brown-yellow foliage to biscuit-y honeyed wheat spine. Dainty cinnamon-gingerbread nicety augments juicy red grape, red apple, and red cherry fruiting. Its multitudinous flavor profile gets perfectly integrated, showing no seams. An amiable, first rate Oktoberfest crossing all boundaries.
Gruff wet-hopped autumnal ale stylistically approaches proper English Extra Bitter. Leafy hop resin drips into burnt-toasted mineral-grained rye-dried earthen fungi. Sugary cocoa sweetness, tea-like bittering and slack citric pinch lost in sea of dank-watered swill.
Nifty cocaine-sniffing moniker aside, autumnal amber-hued marzen-styled medium-bodied lager really rocks. Barley-hopped cereal-grained entry unfurls citric brown-sugared dark spicing to eye-squinting citric-soured hard-candied tartness. Caramel-malted black cherry sweetening ascends above almond-toasted pecan-pied sugared wheat spine.