PerfectDraft Oktoberfest beers tasting notes
Spaten Oktoberfest, 5.9% ABV
The original Märzen, and therefore the template for Oktoberfest beers, is a darker gold than the Helles, a work-in-progress transition from dark beers to pale lagers that became a celebrated style on its own right. It has deeper caramel notes on the nose and a much fuller palate, quite sweet, but still has that dry, clean finish.
Lowenbrau Oktoberfest, 6.1% ABV
Pours a deep gold, with aromas of bread and hints of hay and peppery spice. The strongest beer here, there’s a detectable alcohol warmth on the palate, which accentuates the sweetness from the malt and creates a lager that’s fuller-bodied than most, while remaining crisp and refreshing on the finish.
Lowenbrau, 5.2% ABV
Lowenbrau have been brewing in Munich since 1310, though the styles they brew have changed a great deal over that time. This is a classic example of the Bavarian Helles that’s smoother and maltier than its pilsner-style cousin further north. The nose is reminiscent of dry crackers with a bready yeast hint. On the palate it’s bready and biscuity, with a slight sweet, fruity hint at the finish.
Spaten Münchner Hell, 5.2% ABV
The original Helles beer, created by Spaten in 1894, remains a template for what a quality blond lager should be. Shining gold, it pours with a creamy head. The aroma is bready and clean, with a hint of fresh-cut grass. On the palate it’s light and refreshing, a little toasty with a hint of sweetness, and a lovely dry, clean finish