Sadly, I think my Marzen quest is over. The winter ale season is upon us now. Sure I could probably scoop up some Oktoberfest beers on the cheap as they clear them out but who wants to drink old beer? I still think that was the problem with the Beck's Oktoberfest. It sat around too long and got skunky.
Thinking ahead to winter ales, I did try one the other week. Bells Winter White Ale. Very good. They merged a Belgian White into a winter ale and pulled it off. Very well done.
Drinking a sample of winter ales won't be easy. At least that is how I perceive it. I know Capital Brewing makes a good one, Skal. Sprecher makes a decent winter brew. But beyond that I am not too familiar with any others. Looks like I may have to do a search for this style.