Maker: Rochester Mills, Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA
Style: “Oktoberfest” lager.
Purchased for $11/4 pint cans
Appearance: Amber with a big foamy head.
Nose: Sweet malt with a slightly sour, yeasty aroma.
Palate: Medium bodied. Dark malt,
Finish: Lightly roasted malt with a nice hit of hoppy bitterness on the back end.
Parting words: I know Oktoberfest season is coming to an end, but I’m a slow beer drinker. This beer is a fine example of the style and is very food friendly, as it should be. Went well with fromage fort, pretzels with mustard and even pecan wood smoked baby back ribs. The price could be lower, but it’s a tasty seasonal beer and I’m a big fan of craft pint cans. Rochester Mills Celebration Lager is recommended.
A good friend works for a beer distributor that handles this brewery’s products. They wanted to know what he thought of these beers and he was gracious enough to share his sample cans with me. These are my notes slightly amplified.
Style: Amber lager (“German Style”)
ABV: 5% (or somewhere in there)
Notes: Made with Munich malt and German hops. Sessionable, malty and only slightly sweet. Hops balance it out nicely. Fairly dry. Pleasantly bitter finish. Octoberfest-ish. Recommended
Michigan Maple Brown Ale
Style: Brown Ale (with maple flavor? Or maybe not.)
ABV: 6-7% (?)
Notes: The label says this beer was inspired by and intended for people out collecting tree sap for making maple syrup. Alrighty then. Nose is slightly sweet and malty. In the mouth, a bit of maple, but mostly reminded my friend and me of Honey Brown. Slightly toasty. Finish was very mild and a bit underwhelming. Good enough, but not especially interesting. Mild recommendation.
Thanks again to Oscar for sharing!