Currently, the 182nd Oktoberfest is being celebrated in Munich, Germany. Yes, as you drink in these words, from September 19th until October 4th, beer-lovers from across the globe are swinging and swigging from steins while singing Ein Prosit with reckless abandon. Originally the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810, this festival has continued to grown into the largest festival in the world today. So in honor of this renowned fest, I’ve drawn one of my favorite examples of the Oktoberfest beer style, Urban Chestnut’s Oachkatzlschwoaf Oktoberfest Lager. Enjoy!
(OK, I watched the pronunciation video. I tried to say it many times. I think I said it correctly, but since “Oachkatzlschwoaf ” means “tail of a squirrel” then that’s what I shall call it!)
Appearance: A vibrant copper color with bright orange highlights and a healthy, fluffy head of persistent bubbles
Aroma: Delicately floral hops and sweet sweet malt; a bit roasty and caramel-y too
Flavor: Liquid caramel, malty and raisiny sweetness, sweet raisins, a spicy hint of cinnamon lingers in this beer’s bready backbone. Hints of hazelnut, almond, and a whisper of cherry, this beer finishes super crisp and clean.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, super smooth, medium and very pleasant
Overall Impression: This deliciously malty and sweet Oktoberfest is more complex than most, with layers of flavors that reveal themselves as you sip, taste, and swallow.
p.s. If you’ll be in St. Louis this weekend (September 25–27), Oachkatzlschwoaf is the featured beer at the 5th Annual Oktoberfest St. Louis, held at Urban Chestnut’s Midtown Biergarten. Go! Go and drink this beer!