In 1810, the crown prince of Bavaria, Germany, Ludwig I, hosted the most memorable beer party ever—in honor of his wedding. This party, observed annually in Munich ever since, became the world-famous Oktoberfest.
Baderbräu Chicago Oktoberfest
Chicago, a melting pot with a healthy dose of German ancestry, naturally looks forward to this big party each September as the Bavarians do. And as makers of Chicago beer derived from German traditions, it’s fitting that our second offering is an Oktoberfest to celebrate a traditional Bavarian pairing of great flavor and harvest season right here in the Windy City.
Our Oktoberfest is an amber-colored, easy drinking lager with a rich, malty flavor. Raise a glass and toast with us. Prost!
DrnkMcDermott (2911) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber color with a fizzy head. Smell is malty, a little bit sweet, and a slight note of bitter hops around the edge. The taste delivers on some Vienna, or maybe even crystal malts. Sweetness is just held in check by a German hop note. This is not made with the same soft water profile as the Baderbrau Pilsener (though I haven’t had the Stevens Point iteration yet), so nothing gets in the way of its nice malty character. Not over-filling, so you can have a few, as if you were at Oktoberfest as well.
Niko100 (2277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, some caramel, & light fruit; Flavor of slight sweet malt, caramel, and some hops; Somewhat bland - but decent.
Narnad (1504) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clean amber in color with a very low off white, bubbly head. Aroma is very light with a faint malty sweetness with a touch of raisin at the finish. Flavor is a sweet munich/vienna malt combo with a touch of apple and raisin fruitiness in it. with some light grainy notes at the very end. Hops is almost absent as you would expect in the style. Body is light/modest with almost no carbonation. Not sure if the carbonation is due to it being over chilled due to the raters error or under carbonated due to the brewer. Overall a solid, simple oktoberfest.
crossovert (9468) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hard to call it a maerzen or orktoberfest, what it is is a fruity and slightly caramel lager.
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