Hinterland Oktoberfest

This excellent seasonal brew shows strong Bavarian roots in the traditional Vienna/Märzen/festbier lager style.

Hinterland Oktoberfest

Brewed by Green Bay Brewing Company of Green Bay, WI

I’ve been a fan of Oktoberfest beers for a long time now, specifically the traditional copper/amber style having Märzen bier roots. American craft brewers have for some time now been the unofficial keepers of this style, as German brewers have generally shifted their versions to a lighter color brew lacking any of the Vienna malt character I’m personally fond of.

I was fortunate to stumble across a Hinterland beer tasting at the Springboro Dorothy Lane Market a little over a month ago, and this was one of the beers I sampled. I was suitably impressed and grabbed a 4-pack of 16 ounce bottles.

A dimple mug seemed apropos for this one (and was appropriately sized at a half liter). The beer pours out a beautiful copper-amber hue, crystal clear, topped by about two fingers’ width of pale beige foam. The head gradually settles down to a quarter inch or so.

Aroma is appropriately malt-heavy, with toasty and caramelized Vienna malt foremost; crisp and appetizing.

Medium body and mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation, giving the beer a smooth texture.

Delicious Vienna malt character up front, with toasted and caramel malt and a dryish edge. A fairly significant bitterness gradually builds in the middle and leads into a lengthy finish, joined by some earthy-spicy noble hop notes late. Clean and refreshing. Definitely shows off some old-school Old World roots, but with a New World flair. I like the above-average bitterness and late hop character. Tasty and drinkable, I hated to reach the bottom of the mug! Highly recommended.

Food pairings: wurst, schnitzel, Reubens, cabbage rolls, pizza, and even Buffalo wings and nachos!

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