OktoberfestNovember 1, 2007 Warstein, Germany
Imported by Warsteiner Importers Agency
Founded in 1753, the Warsteiner Brewery is one of Germany’s largest private breweries.
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Some American beer fans are surprised to visit the Munich Oktoberfest and find that the beer is no longer dark, but golden. This is modern “festbier,” with a bright antique gold color and pillowy head. The aroma is full of nice malts and the palate shows a fine-tuned balance — just enough bitterness to offset the malt sweetness. Flavors are linear and reach a bready conclusion. I miss the old style and its darker malts, but this will be tasty with a spit-roasted pig.
- Garrett Oliver
A hint of red is true to style: a Märzen or March beer matured over the summer for drinking at the great autumn festival and brewed with a touch of darker malt for color and mouthfeel. The aroma is big on malt, with powerful hints of spicy hops and an old-fashioned confectionery known as barley twist. The palate is finely balanced between rich, biscuity malt and hop resins, followed by a finish that becomes dry with good hop resins developing to match the malt and candy notes. I can hear the oompah band and smell the roasting food...
- Roger Protz
nternationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the
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