Oktoberfest Tasting Notes, Part 2
Even more Oktoberfest beers have arrived at The Hop Yard since our last update. To keep you up to date on your Oktoberfest options at The Hop Yard, we sat down and tried the latest arrivals. Fill up your glass and read on.
Southern Pines Oktoberfest
About The Beer: Prost! Brewed with Munich's water profile, made with German Vienna and Munich malts, hopped with Hallertau Mittelfrüh, and fermented with a Bavarian lager yeast strain, SouthernPines' Oktoberfest is as authentic of a Märzen as we can make in the Sandhills. Get your lederhosen and dirndls out!5.4% ABV, 24 IBU, 11 SRM
What We Tasted: Malt-forward with freshly baked biscuit, toasted bread, and a caramel-honey sweetness balanced by a moderate, soft bitterness and an ever-present noble hop flavor.
Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest
About The Beer: Centuries of tradition and brewing expertise play equal roles in the making of this beer. Our Märzen spoils the nose with fruity notes of cassis and earthy tones reminiscent of cedar.
A beer with a distinctive, unique character – but still very mild and a joy to drink. Every sip a taste of Bavaria’s joy of life. Barley from the region is used to produce this unique beer, a grain famous for its very rich soil. 5.8% ABV
What We Tasted: Currants and raisins in the aroma along with an impression of honey sweetness. Flavor-wise, the dried fruit notes are joined by earthy hops and a dash of spice.
Oak & Dagger Festbier
About The Beer: Prost! Medium bodied, caramel colored, malty, smooth finish. Centerpiece of the Oktoberfest season. 5.9% ABV
What We Tasted: Firm bitterness, bready malts with a touch of bittersweet chocolate and a smooth finish.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
About The Beer: A German-American collaboration on the classic festival beer.
Each year, we partner with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, we’re collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style we’ve long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.
OG: 14.1° plato
FG: 3.0° plato
YEAST: Lager yeast
BITTERING HOPS: German Magnum
FINISHING HOPS: German Select, Tettnanger, Spalter
MALTS: Two-row Pale, Steffi, Pilsner, Munich
What We Tasted: Moderate bitterness, biscuit and cracker maltiness, low dried fruit. Prevalent noble hops.
"About This Beer" information sourced directly from brewery websites, where applicable. Tasting notes courtesy of Brian Johnson (Owner - The Hop Yard, Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and BJCP Certified Judge) and Kevin Reed (Avid Patron - The Hop Yard, talented hockey player, All Around Cool Dude)