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SOQ3 2021: Oktoberfest

This Q3 we will feature two German lagers that are heavily consumed during the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest beer denotes two distinct beer styles that are known for being highly drinkable by the liter: a traditional Märzen lager and a paler Festbier that is now more commonly served. Commercial Oktoberfest beers found in the US are generally of the Märzen style.

Because this SOQ features lager beers, we announced a month early (June) and will close the competition a month late (October 31).

6A: Märzen
An elegant, malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavor, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish that encourages another drink. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy.

4B: Festbier
A smooth, clean, pale German lager with a moderately strong malty flavor and a light hop character. Deftly balances strength and drinkability, with a palate impression and finish that encourages drinking. Showcases elegant German malt flavors without becoming too heavy or filling.

Slides about these styles forthcoming from the July 8 technical talk with Paul L of East Brother Beer Co.

Have fun making this style in Q3. If you feel like submitting the beer for our friendly, internal competition and/or constructive feedback, please submit 2 clean, unmarked bottles labeled with the BJCP bottle ID form affixed to either Ian’s bottle-share box or OakBarrel by the end of October.

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SOQ1 = New England IPAs

And the winners are:
1st = Ian Carswell, Hazy Lady
2nd = Randy Guerrero, New England IPA
3rd = Nick Facciola, Pineapple Express

Special thanks to our remote judges, Robert Ayasse and Adam Bradley!

The first SOQ of 2021, get into some new brew science on a making juicy, hazy, smooth NEIPA.

See Jason Davis’ slideshow on his guidance for making a beer in this style according to BJCP guidelines and other best practices.

BJCP provisional style 21B lists the “official” observations to be found in this style here: https://dev.bjcp.org/beer-styles/21b-specialty-ipa-new-england-ipa/

Have fun making this style in Q1. If you feel like submitting the beer for our friendly, internal competition, please submit 2 bottles to Ian’s bottle box or OakBarrel by March 31, 2021.


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