Style: Oktoberfest bier
In my eyes, there are only a few perfect breweries. These top-level companies produce winner after winner and are at the top of the brewing game. Weihenstephan is one of these breweries. I’ve never had a bad beer from these German masters, and I’ve tried everything I can find! It’s the reason that this is the 4th beer I’ve had in my tastings from these guys and I would have had more if I could. This is their Oktoberfest style beer, a pale lager brewed especially for the festival after the original amber märzen style fell from popularity in the 1970s.
Bright golden in colour with medium carbonation and a large head that faded rather quickly, this looked liked the epitome of a German pilsner. The aroma was light but fragrant, with lovely cracker, caramel and earthy tones. As I took my first sip, the rather thick body coated the mouth well. Biscuit, hay and fresh grass tones were all present, and enveloped the tongue in a very pleasant blend of flavours. The aftertaste was quite short but did leave a slight bitterness to round off the gulp.
This was clean, fresh and rather sweet but absolutely delicious. I can understand why this style has now taken over at Oktoberfest, as it would be easy to drink a stein or three of this! I can understand that some people might think it’s not the most exciting beer in the world, but it is very well-made and extremely on point for the style. Another winner from the guys at Weihenstephan!