Oktoberfest is here! With more than eight Oktoberfestbiers in stock, I decided to look into what exactly Oktoberfestbier is, and how they vary.
Paulaner Brauerei (Brewery) first opened its doors in 1634, the same year that the citizens of Boston purchased (for 30 pounds!) the land that became Boston Common. To me, their Oktoberfest beer is what I expect the festival to taste like, especially when you drink it with some roasted or grilled game meats. Balance means different things on different continents, and thus, the balance of this beer is between malt and grain, without much to offer in the way of hops, which is very true to the Märzen style.
Beer buyer Eric gives us some insight into the massive party known as Oktober Fest and tells us a bit about his three beer picks for this season.