Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.1/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The time of the year where you drag out your lederhosen, 1 liter masskrug and slap your knee in time to bad Bavarian folk music is indeed upon us: Oktoberfest! And in the spirit of said fest I will be drinking litres of the finest German brews beginning with my old favourite: Weihenstephaner. Coincidentally the oldest established brewer still in production (seit 1040 AD), Weihenstephaner Weissbier's have the combination of banana/clove characters that make wheat beer a fascinating taste diversion from other varieties.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml stein.
A: Pours a clear golden body, typical of a Marzen, with a 1cm cappuccino white head.
S: Front of the nose is bread-like yeast, wheat grains and sweet malt base. There is little to no hop presence (also a Marzen characteristic). Expecting a heavy-bodied, yeast and grain based flavour with a long dry finish. One last thing noted - this Marzen smells very clean and fresh, almost like it was racked a month ago (when in actual fact it was March, which is where the name of the style is derived).
T: Sweet upfront... quite sweet actually. With a full bread and grain body thanks to the yeast and wheat, finishing with a touch of bitterness and that expected long dry taste. There's something very cake-like about this brew; the sugar flavour, the heavy use of yeast and the reasonably thick body for what looks like a Lager is what makes the Marzen style interesting - put a glass of this and a glass of Lager next to it and most people would be hard-pressed to tell the difference until they take that first sip.
M: Mid to heavy body and light but dense carbonation gives this brew a heady feel to it. Then you take a measured gulp and find that it's also quite slick too.
D: Quite a good beer, not Weihenstephaner's best (still think their Hefe is the best), but it definitely works better than other Marzen's I've tried, and I definitely want another (but dammit I only bought one!). Wait until Oktoberfest has long gone and you can usually get left over Marzen's real cheap at the local bottle shop's (trying to sell off the out of date stock), case in point: I now have 5 Paulaner masskrugs (starting to run out of room for the bloody things!).
Food match: Again "Deutsches bier geht mit Deutsche küche", but aside from the norm I can see this brew complementing dainty desserts, such as; praline pear Danish, Dutch Moorkoppen, petit four, and pain au chocolat would all go well (although it could appear odd having a masskrug of Marzen along with a tiny dessert).
Serving type: bottle
10-01-2012 09:28:20 | More by doktorhops
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