DB5 - Oktoberfest

23 September 2022

DB5 - Oktoberfest - 6% ABV

Available at the Tap Yard Now!

Get those lederhosen ready it's Oktoberfest time! Running from September 17th to October 3rd Oktoberfest attracts over 6 million people to Munich and we've taken the opportunity to brew a very quaffable festival style beer for you to get in the spirit.

DB5 is a smooth, clean, pale German lager with a moderately strong malty flavor and a light hop character. Balanced in strength and drinkability (German standards - 6%!), DB5 showcases elegant German malt flavours without being too heavy or filling, perfect for a long festival session.

Official "Oktoberfest" beer is brewed by the Club of Munich Brewers which includes 6 breweries: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten, & Hofbräu. Outside of these 6 breweries, this style of beer would be labelled as Wiesn (not to be confused with Weizen - no wheat here!) or Festbier.

Aroma: Moderate malty richness, with an emphasis on toasty-doughy aromatics and an impression of sweetness. Slight spicy hop aroma.

Appearance: Deep yellow to gold in colour. Bright clarity with a persistent white to off-white head.

Flavour: Medium malty flavour initially, with a lightly toasty, bread dough quality and an impression of soft malty richness. Medium bitterness but malty in the balance. Well-attenuated and crisp with a clean fermentation profile. The taste is mostly of Pilsner malt, but with slightly toasty hints.

Style Comparison: Less intense and less richly toasted than a Märzen. Stronger than a Munich Helles, with a bit more body, and hop and malt flavor. Less rich in malt intensity than a Helles Bock. The malt complexity is like a higher-gravity Czech Premium Pale Lager, although without the associated hops.

Notable Ingredients:

German grown Pilsner, Vienna & Munich malt. Noble hops

History: The original beer served at Oktoberfest would have more closely resembled a style called Märzen, the exported beer made for the United States is still mainly of this traditional amber style, as are US-produced interpretations. Paulaner Brewery first created the more modern, golden version in the mid-1970s because they thought the traditional Oktoberfest was too filling. They developed a lighter, more drinkable but still malty version that they wanted to be "more poundable" (according to the head brewer at Paulaner). Since 1990, most of the beer served at Oktoberfest in Munich has been more alkong the DB5 style.

Enjoy and Prost!

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