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History runs deep in Germany’s beer industry and seeing as Oktoberfest is over this weekend, go out in style with some of Germany’s oldest breweries and oldest versions on the Oktoberfest style. All the breweries below brew to the Bavarian Purity Law standards which was introduced in 1516 by Duke Wilhelm IV. The law allows for only water, barley, hops, and yeast to be used in the production of beer. And for over 500 years, it has reigned, followed by all of Germany’s amber brewing fellowships. Since Oktoberfest is tradition and Germany loves tradition, why not play along with the tradition? Drink some of the original Festbiers to complete your Oktoberfest attire.

– Tyler

And Now, the Brews


 

Weihenstephaner | Festbier
Weihenstephaner Festbier
Considered one of the oldest breweries in the world, dating back to 1040 (before Munich was even a thing), Weihenstephaner has been brewing beer long enough to see the expansion of the modern world, participate in the royal wedding Oktoberfest was created from, and make world-renowned beers over and over again. Their Festbier easily shows the expert level of brewing and quality Weihenstephaner has been able to develop over the many years. Rich aromas of bready, straw, and toasted malts along with a tinge of spicy hops. With a clean taste featuring biscuit, a small amount of cider, a fair noble hop spice, and a low amount of bitterness. Truly the perfect beer to celebrate Oktoberfest with. Easy to drink and ready for all the celebrations of the season. A mouthwatering salty pretzel can only be washed down with this, it’s a rule.
6 pk Bottles | 5.8% ABV | 26 IBUs

 


 

Hofbräu | Oktoberfest
hofbrau-oktoberfest Over 400 years ago (1589 to be exact), the Duke of Bavaria, William the Fifth, found the beer brewed in his court to be of a poor quality. Filled with outrage, he founded Hofbräuhaus. Following the Bavarian Purity Law, Hofbräu only uses hops, water, malts, yeast, and nothing else to make their beer. Being a state-run brewery, they also have an obligation to follow EU environmental laws resulting in a sustainable-focused brewery. Their Oktoberfest is a lighter representation of the traditional version, but the nose is fragrant with crusty bread, grass, spicy noble hops, and mild caramel sweetness. The flavor is eerily similar to the nose with a little bit earthier noble hop characteristic. With a mild sweetness up front, this is a balanced beer that is incredibly easy to drink, as it should be. Cut the spiciness of a good brat with this one, you can.
6 pk Bottles | 6.3% ABV | 26 IBU

 


 

Spaten | Oktoberfest
spaten-oktoberfest-2018 Founded in 1397 (over 600 years old) Spaten, much like the other breweries on this shortlist, has a huge amount of history behind its brand. They were the first to brew a light beer, the only brewery to earn a medal at the World’s fair, and in 1871 they first released this here Oktoberfestbier, which is considered the oldest version of the style. Since 1397 a lot has changed in regard to the brewery including ownership (currently owned by AB InBev), but one thing has remained constant, brewing to the standards of the Bavarian Purity Law. The floral spice of the hops is balanced out with a toasted malt character followed by an effervescent aroma of sweet candied malts. Much like the nose, this Oktoberfest displays a masterful balance of hop spice and toasted malt flavors. A slight bitterness is combatted against caramel and a minor showing of lemon and thyme. If you’re looking for a quality Oktoberfest, why not reach for the first one? If anything, it’s just so that you can say you’ve had it, but it still shouldn’t be dismissed, regardless of the ownership.
6 pk Bottles | 5.9% ABV | 23 IBUs

 


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