German-Style Beers – Oktoberfest is a yearly celebration that takes place in Munich, Germany. It lasts for two weeks and ends on the first Sunday in October. The first Oktoberfest was held on October 12, 1810, to commemorate the union of Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen and Crown Prince Louis of Bavaria, who would eventually become King Louis I.
Numerous American communities, especially those with substantial German American populations, host Oktoberfest celebrations that are based on the Munich festival. These popular celebrations, which include beer and German cuisine, aim to mimic the Bavarian spirit of cordiality known as gemütlichkeit.
Feel like enjoying a German-style beer? BFF has several that will satiate your craving!
Just because we don’t serve German food, doesn’t mean you can’t activate your inner German for Oktoberfest! We have several beers that will do the trick.
There are two types of authentic all-malt pilsner: Czech (sometimes known as Bohemian) and German. Both are light yellow in color and have a spicy, floral bitterness to them in the end. Compared to their Czech counterparts, German styles are typically lighter in body, drier, and slightly more bitter.
Helles was created as an early German pilsner alternative. Helles is a more malt-driven type that frequently veers toward the sweeter end of the range and is less hop-forward than its Czech cousin.
4.8% ABV | Warsteiner | Warstein, Nordrhein-Westfalen
A refreshing, pale golden pilsener with a clean taste perfectly balanced with hints of barley malt, subtle bottom fermenting yeast tones, and mild hoppy bitterness.
Germany is most known for its wheat beers. The most popular is hefeweizen, a hazy southern German specialty that is all about the yeast and is served in tall, vase-like cups.
The German word hefeweizen means “yeast wheat.” The peculiar yeast strain that is crucial to producing this traditional type is what gives the beer its foggy appearance and strong banana and clove-like aromas. Stronger varieties are known as weizenbock, while darker variants are known as dunkelweizen (“dark wheat”). Weizenbocks are like hefeweizens and dunkelweizens on steroids—stronger and more tasty in every way. Dunkelweizens take on a caramelly, dark-fruit flavor that some have compared to liquid banana bread.
Wheat Beer – Hefeweizen
5% ABV | Munich, Bayern
This copper golden wheat beer unfolds with an aromatic fragrance and harmonious banana and citrus fruits.
Wheat Beer – Hefeweizen
5.4% ABV | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan | Freising, Bayern
Smells of cloves and impresses the tongue with its refreshing banana flavor. It is full-bodied and with a smooth yeast taste.
The fermenting procedure for Kölsch is peculiar. The yeast creates a subtle, subdued flavor profile that is slightly warmer than altbier’s fermentation temperature (but still cooler than most other ales). This pairs with a more subdued pale malt character and a somewhat robust hop profile from those spicy, herbal German hops. It has an ABV of around 5% and is a lovely, simple beer.
4.8% ABV | Altstadt Brewery | Fredericksburg, TX
A German-style brew that has a clean, crisp flavor that finishes with a subtle hop aroma.
Of course, there are many great German beers out there. These should give you a sample of the most popular styles that Americans are fond of. We also carry seasonal Oktoberfest beers for you to enjoy.
Not into German beers? That’s cool. BFF Asian Grill has over 80 beers from around the world!