One of the great things about drinking local beer is the amazing charitable work that so many local breweries do in their communities. It is impossible to highlight every instance of this, but I am going to make an additional effort to give props to breweries supporting good causes, especially when the causes have a personal connection. My buddy Truc immigrated to Portland from Vietnam when he was a child and his family is a great example of the real American dream, coming to this country with nearly nothing and finding success. This summer he biked across Maine with a friend, spoke to people along the way about his life and raised money for a number of charitable causes that helped his family when they first came to Maine. You can read more about his story and donate on his website. One of the donors is Banded Brewing out of Biddeford, and as soon as I saw their name on the site I knew I needed to pick up some of their beers and give them a shout-out. One of the beers I grabbed was Banded’s Oktoberfest Lager, a traditional German-style marzen sold every fall on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
Banded Brewing Oktoberfest Lager pours deep orange with a solid off-white head. The aroma features some toasted malts and old school hops. The flavor is malt forward, notes of toffee, bread crust, and roasted nuts along with a hint of late sweetness. The hops add some balance along with touches of herbs and grass. Banded Oktoberfest is medium-bodied and easy-drinking, at 5.4% it is on the light side for the style. The finish is very clean, this is obviously a lager, with just a hint of lingering malt flavor. Overall Banded Brewing Oktoberfest is a really nice beer, perfect for the season! Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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