Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn 6% ABV
I pour my Paulaner Oktoberfest into a Berghoff mug that my brother provided me. It has a light color to it, almost the same color as an American lager. The light color of the beer resembles the light crisp initial taste of the brew. That first impression is followed by a nice character and rich aftertaste. Its finish is even more flavorful, with just enough bite to keep you coming back for more. It’s incredibly easy to drink for a beer with 6% ABV. I now understand why novices at Oktoberfest in Munich commonly get drunk enough to pass out. Not to worry, there are plenty of volunteer medics on hand to help these poor inexperienced souls. As I expected from an authentic Oktoberfest brew, this is much better than the Sam Adams Octoberfest I reviewed yesterday. Paulaner also puts out an Oktoberfest Marzen, as opposed to this Oktoberfest Wiesn. The difference between the two, which I tracked down after a bit of research, is that the Marzen is sold strictly in the US. Also the Wiesn has a 0.2% higher ABV. You can understand why I chose the Wiesn. Make your own choice accordingly.
I would recommend picking up a 6 or a 12 pack to bring and share at an autumn party. I have in mind “Kraftoberfest” (trademark pending) for said party. My friend Brandon Kraft’s birthday is in mid October and he comes from hearty German stock, hence the great new term. I unfortunately will not be able to make this year’s “Kraftoberfest”, as I am out of state, but with every sip of this Paulaner it makes me think of that great celebration. Cheers, Kraft!
I’m currently drinking this beer without any accompanying food. It can stand alone but, boy oh boy, a soft pretzel would really go great with this brew. In fact this brew has given me a new bucket list item. I now want to journey to Oktoberfest in Munich and drink this beer, in-between bites of a soft pretzel dipped in hot mustard. And I hate mustard. It’s amazing what a great beer will do.
I’m almost done with this wonderful brew and my only consoling thought is tomorrow I get to taste and review another authentic Oktoberfest beer, Spaten’s. Tomorrow can’t come soon enough.
If you’d like to read my brief synopsis of Oktoberfest, click here.