Examples: Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Oktoberfest
Serving Temp: 35°- 40°
Glassware: Pint, Mug, Seidel or Stein
Aroma: Pronounced toasted bread but no fruity esters, diacetyl or caramel. There should be no hop aroma.
Appearance: Deep gold to orangy copper, crystal clear and a thick off-white head.
Flavor: Malt forward with a toasted malt sweetness gives way to a balanced hop bitterness before the beer can become too sweet. These beers should have a clean lager finish with no fruity esters, diacetyl or caramel sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with a creamy texture.
Food Pairings: Cuisine: German or other hearty and/or spicy foods. Cheeses: with spicy (hot) peppers.
HopHeadSaid: Oktoberfests were my gateway beers from the American light lagers to the more flavorful world of imports and craft beer. I think the reason they are such great starter beers for Budmiloors drinkers is because they are smooth, well balanced beers without any fruity esters. They also pair well with foods because their toasty malt character resonates with almost any toasted, browned or cooked foods.