Oktoberfest time! While there’s a fine October beer drinking scene here on the west coast of the US, nothing can hope to hold a candle to the Munich original, and so to help lighten the load of our German brothers who have to get through about 15 million pints in three weeks (if my math is right), I thought I’d put my shoulder to the wheel and down a few German Oktoberfest ales in their honour.
First out of the hopper comes this bottle of Hacker-Pschorr‘s Original Oktoberfest, a rich amber Märzen-style beer, lagered for fifteen weeks after brewing which allows it to develop a deep brown pour and an amiable edge to it’s hoppy flavour.
Hacker-Pschorr are, of course, one of Bavaria’s pre-eminent breweries, having been in existence since the fifteenth century. By virtue of their position as one of the Big Six brewers within the city limits of Munich, they’re one of the “true” producers of Oktoberfest beer (along with Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner, Hofbräu, and Paulaner) – so of course, this beer’s going to be great, right?
Turns out the first couple sips didn’t do a lot for me… not a great start. But as the beer warms and starts to release some of it’s flavour, I get to really enjoying it. All of a sudden, it’s full of malt and with a good strong bitter side to it’s character, it develops into an incredibly well-balanced brew and brings with it a vibrant warmth that lingers long after the last drop’s finished.
So – head out to the shops, pick up one of the Oktoberfests, and raise a glass in honour of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, whose wedding in 1810 we’re celebrating. This Hacker-Pschorr will do as well as any I’ve tried so far. Enjoy!
JBB6 Rating: For the Win