Oktoberfest 2022 Beers on Tap

Photo Courtesy Mary Jane Bent

Früh Kölsch

Kölsch is a style of ale distinctive to Cologne, Germany.

The name Kölsch is protected by law so that only beers that meet a certain criterion can bear the name.

It is pale in color, cool fermented with top-fermenting yeast, then conditioned at cold temperatures like a lager. It is an extremely drinkable beer with an unsurpassed balance of malt and soft, delicate hops. Früh continues to be brewed using the original recipe from 1904 that has been passed down through five generations. ABV 4.8%

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen

Forbidden as it was to brew in summer, a stronger beer–the Märzen–was brewed earlier in March. It would finally be served at the Oktoberfest, under the “Heaven of Bavaria.”

We have returned once again to the age-old recipe and recreated that gloriously smooth, honey-colored piece of history from times gone by. And all is brewed with due reverence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4-inch head. Taste is big white and wheat bready malt and a touch of honey. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet. Makes for an excellent, sessionable, clean lager. ABV: 5.8%

Hacker-Pschorr Weissebier

Centuries-old German wheat beer from Bavaria that offers a very refreshing taste. This unfiltered beer’s cloudy appearance is due to yeast that is retained for flavor and contribution to mouth feel.

The silky shine and intense golden yellow hue is topped off with a compact and creamy head of froth; a truly magnificent sight. The yeast evolves gently to deliver a refreshing fruity and citrus note accompanied by a fine sparkling hint of acidity. The light sweetness of bananas and honey melt on the tongue and mingle with subtle and slightly more bitter notes of nutmeg. Only the best ingredients are used in this unfiltered Weissbier–brewer’s wheat grown in the Champagne Region and selected certified hops from the Hallertauregion. ABV: 5.5%

Kostritzer Black Beer

Schwarzbiermeans “black beer” in German. It is a medium-bodied, malt-accented dark brew, very opaque anddeep-sepia in color, with a chewy texture and a firm, creamy, long-lasting head.

 In spite of its dark color, it comes across as a soft and elegant brew that is rich, mild, and surprisingly balanced. It never tastes harsh, toasty or acrid. Schwarzbier produces very mild, almost bittersweet, notes of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Like most traditional German lagers, Schwarzbier has a malty middle, but the sweetness is never cloying or overpowering. ABV: 4.8%