I don’t know about you, but to me – one of the signs of Fall is Paulaner Oktoberfest! I know I’ve posted about this beer before – but it’s such a classic, it deserves many posts and many cap pictures!
A malty smoothness that many have tried to duplicate, but few (if any) have cloned, Paulner is the Oktoberfest to top all Oktoberfests. I mean, the Germans had to be doing something right when they created a beer with flavor that you can actually stand drinking liters of!
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi!
Okay, so it doesn’t REALLY translate into “Good Beer”, but you get the point. Gordon Biersch may sound like a German brewery, and they are known for making German style Ales, but their breweries/beer are actually found here in the U.S. – lucky us!
The Germans have a brewing law, that was initiated in 1516, called the Reinheitsgebot, which was sometimes called the “German Beer Purity Law”. This law states you can only brew German beer using four ingredients: water, barley, hops and yeast. Gordon Biersch remains true to German beer and its culture by also following this “law” and even using yeast from Germany.
My favorite beer from this brewery is their Märzen. If you’re not familiar with the Märzen style, it’s a little lighter than the Oktoberfest, but still rich and flavorful. It has an awesome maltiness that I love, and while there is a great hop flavor, the little hint of caramel and sweetness mellow that out.
Gordon Biersch makes a large variety of other beers that are equally delicious: the Maibock, Winterbock and Festbier, just to name a few. Cheers!