Banded Horn Oktoberfest Marzen Bier

While walking Commercial Street, Val and I found a place called 1620 Brewhouse. It had a decent selection of beers and the food was also quite good. They have clam fries, which is something I’ve never heard before, but picture a plate of fries with some New England clam chowder on top of them. I was definitely questioning how good they would be, but after ordering them, I’m a believer. They also had a kale soup that was really good. Since Provincetown used to be a big Portuguese town, almost every restaurant has their take on kale soup. The soup basically consists of kale, spicy sausage, potatoes and broth. It’s my new favorite. Anyways, this was the first beer I had there.

ABV: 5.2%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Classic German-style Märzenbier. Malty notes of toffee, biscuit, caramel + timelessness.”

Random: I visited this brewery with Val years ago and loved it. They had ping pong there.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. It left a small crown as well. The body was clear and bright orange-brown with moderate carbonation. The nose was sweet with some toasted malt. There was toffee present as well. The taste was light and sweet. There was a lot of malt and toffee with some honey as well. Biscuit and grain came through next. There was a touch of pine as well. The body was crisp and medium thickness with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with toffee and biscuit. This beer went down easily, but just wasn’t my favorite of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Banded Horn Greenwarden

One of the flavors that I’m really starting to like in beer is the addition of pine or spruce tips, especially in the colder weather. I don’t know if it’s because it brings me back to a Christmas flavor or what, but when a beer utilizes the flavor well, I really enjoy it. This beer was one that I first sampled at the brewery during my vacation and absolutely fell in love with the beer.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pale ale with spruce tips added. An ale of mythical proportions – heroically brewed with Maine-foraged spruce tips. And infused with the dauntless vitality of northern trees.”

Random: I should have brought more of this beer home with me.

This brew poured with a dense, one finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a dusky straw color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had caramel malt with fresh pine needles as well. The taste was just outstanding. It started with the same sweet, caramel malt and transitioned into fresh pine and pine sap. There was an earthiness to it as well with some juniper notes at the end. The body was medium thick with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with the same pine sap. A single of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. I really liked this beer. The pine was bright and fresh and every sip made me want another. If you’re ever in Biddeford, Maine and Banded Horn has this beer, make sure you grab some.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Banded Horn Pepperell Pilsner

While I was getting ready to watch a football game, I was craving a pilsner. It’s a rare craving that I get, but when I had it, I grabbed for this beer that I first tried at the brewery in Maine. I poured it into my Maine Beer Company glass as well. Let’s see if it quenched my craving.


ABV: 4.6%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Unfiltered German Pilsener, or Keller Pils. Light and extremely drinkable. Malt is fresh and bready, with an aroma that only comes from a true lager. Hops are sharp, noble, and spicy, with a deep herbal touch. Dry, crisp, and hoppy. Perfect session beer.”

Random: I have to try some more pilsners. I’m starting to appreciate their simplicity, and the difficultly in crafting them well.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with light carbonation. The nose was light with bread and grains. There was also slight, clean hop character to it as well. The taste was clean and dry. It had the same grain and bread notes that were apparent in the nose. It had some spicy hops as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick finish with spicy, grassy hops. A single cost $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This beer did exactly what I wanted it to. It was clean and dry and had nice flavor. I would have it again, although it’s another beer that isn’t distributed to New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0