I’m seeing UCBC’s O-Katz back on shelves and it’s wonderful

I simply love Fall beers. I love drinking them outside, back in my comfortable dad jeans, wearing my old, torn v-neck sweater that Leigh keeps threatening to throw away. “You can’t wear that outside,” she’ll scream at me. But little does she know, I’ve now designated that 20-year-old black sweater from The Gap, as my official Oktoberfest sweater.

It cannot be harmed.

O-Katz is now an Oktoberfest Classic

Sorry Smuckers, but this beer’s name has got you beat, and because of it, I have to say: With a name like Oachkatzlschwoaf, it’s got to be good.”

Pronounced “oh-khut-zel-schvoaf” but you can call it “O-Katz.” Translated as “tail of a squirrel”…I hear it’s just a little Bavarian humor.  This malty yet well-balanced Märzen (Oktoberfest Lager) is one of the most mentioned beers, on many best beers of St. Louis lists. To me, it’s a fall staple in the beer fridge and has become a local classic in just 4 years

O-Katz pours pretty clear with golden amber in color. I got a nice frothy head on top.  On the nose, you’ll get some nice malt, roasted and sweet as advertised, but not overly sweet.  I’m not getting the floral as much as I was told, but maybe you will.  On the palate, it is a nicely carbonated beer, medium-to-full body in the mouth, and smooth and kind of creamy.

It’s a flavorful beer for sure. It has subtle toasty, caramel notes but a dry, clean finish. It pays homage to the traditional Marzen styles dating back hundreds of years. And the recipe was developed by a Bavarian, Urban Chestnut’s Brewmaster Florian Kuplent who brings nearly two and half decades of artisan brewing experience to every beer.

For those new to Marzen styles, this beer represents.

Originally brewed for the annual 2016 Oktoberfest celebration.  It’s malty yet well balanced like the bier traditionally served at Oktoberfest in Munich.

I saw it recently on the shelves at The Wine And Cheese Place, but I’m sure you’ll find it at your favorite grocery store of bottleshop.

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