OKTOBERFEST BIERS

Get to know the Biers of Oktoberfest

 

Löwenbräu Oktoberfest Bier

Style: Lager

Variety: Oktoberfest / Märzen

Colour: Pale

Filtering: Filtered

Alcohol %: 6.2

Can’t make it to Munich this October?

Not to worry – this bright, sparkling brew provides an authentic taste of Oktoberfest, & from half a world away will let you drink in the joy of the world’s greatest festival. Served at the very first Oktoberfest celebrations back in 1810, Löwenbräu is a full-bodied & malty brew with a hint of spice & a yeasty tang. So whether you choose to wear your lederhosen or dirndl or not, Löwenbräu is sure to release your inner Bavarian after the very first sip!

Bier Professor’s Thoughts: “palate full bodied, malty with a hint of spice, perfectly balanced hops and a yeasty tang”

 

Hofbräu Oktoberfest Bier

Style: Lager

Variety: Oktoberfest / Märzen

Colour: Dark

Filtering: Filtered

Alcohol %: 6.3

Think Oktoberfest is a hard-core tradition in Bavaria?

Drinking Hofbräu is even more so. Back in 1589 Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria was counting his pennies when he realised that building his own brewery would be an economical way to keep the royal court quenched. In no time at all, Hofbräuhaus was born. You mightn’t be in the royal court, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this strong & regal Bier that’s been keeping discerning Bier lovers happy for over 400 years. It’s as important as Oktoberfest itself – so let’s clink a stein to this tasty royal brew!

Bier Professor’s Thoughts: “This bier is beautifully suited to traditional Bavarian cuisine, being rich and full of character. It consists of subtle bready notes that are slightly spicy with a deliciously bitter finish”.

 

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Style: Lager

Variety: Oktoberfest / Märzen

Colour: Amber

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Alcohol %: 6.0

Following the crowd? Then start here.

Paulaner Oktoberfest bier dominates the Munich Oktoberfest – it’s so popular that over one million steins are served each year over the 16 days. It has so many fans that Paulaner is the only brewery to produce Oktoberfest bier all year round. Largered for 4 weeks to bring out the rich flavour, it was originally conjured up in a Bavarian monastery by Pauline monks. Forced to fast on bread & water during Lent the clever monks reasoned that Bier could be brewed as ‘liquid bread’. This allowed them to get sustenance without breaking their fast how’s that for a heavenly solution?

Bier Professor’s Thoughts: “This bier is highly satisfying & truly thirst quenching, it has a light honeyed malt character & elegant flowery hops aftertaste”.

 

Spaten Oktoberfest Bier

Style: Ale

Variety: Oktoberfest / Märzen

Colour: Pale

Filtering: Filtered

Alcohol %: 5.9

Fancy a Bier with the Lord Mayor of Munich? 

Then order up a Spaten – it’s the brew that kicks off Oktoberfest when Munich’s head-honcho knocks the tap into the Spaten keg & yells, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”)

A full-flavoured brew boasting a malty sweetness with hints of fruit and nuts, Spaten was first created in a small Munich ‘brew’ pub way back in 1397. Josef Sedimayr famously introduced the first amber-coloured Oktoberfestbier in the Shottenhamel tent in 1872 – it’s worth noting that the original wort has to be between 13-14%. That calls for a toast to Josef, Gabriel & the Lord Mayor...O’zapft is!

Bier Professor’s Thoughts: “Palate full flavoured malty sweetness supported by some nuttiness & fruit character. Perfectly balanced herbal hops finishing with mild bitterness.