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Beer Man: Shiner Oktoberfest a true treat for the season

12:53 PM, Sep. 18, 2013
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It's that time of year when numerous breweries release seasonal Oktoberfest beers, and it is a good time to examine what makes the style different.

Another term for the style is marzen, and the beers are usually marked by having extra Vienna or Munich malts, which taste different from the caramel or light-colored barley malts used for lagers.

What I look for in an Oktoberfest beer is the taste of the specialty malts. If the malt flavor is not there, there is no point in even calling it an Oktoberfest beer. Many breweries make the mistake - or maybe take the lazy way out - of merely adding a little extra ...

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