Thursday, September 14th 2011
One of the biggest cans of beer around! Paulaner's Oktoberfest Wiesen Bier was released in 1-liter cans as limited edition beer brewed to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Munich's Oktoberfest. Cans were sold individually and in gift packs that included a 1-liter Paulaner stein so you could celebrate Oktoberfest like they do in Munich! Prosit!
From the Paulaner site:
"The majestic deep golden color is the first hint that one must try this beer. Earthy aromas of barley and yeast eases you into the centuries old art of German brewing. True to its Oktoberfest tradition it is quite refereshing and sessionable. Low bodied with a nice mouthfeel there is an overwhelming sweetness, more so than other German Blonde Lagers. Highly drinkable and once only available in the tents of the Munich Oktoberfest one can now enjoy the tradtiion of Oktoberfest in their own home."
Here we go...
Pour - nice dark, golden color with a big, frothy, pancake batter like head on top. Clean and clear in appearance with nice carbonation and lits of tiny bubbles streaming upwards. Plenty of lacing in this big liter-size mug.
Aroma - sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and caramel. Not a whole lot else going on. Smells very much like what it is, a darker, sweeter lager.
Taste - honey wheat flavor on the tongue with some caramel flavors coming in the back. Very solid malt flavors with decent carbonation on the tongue and a dry finish. The more sips of this I take the more I realize why this is they type of beer that folks are drinking at Oktoberfest. It's pretty straightforward with no palate killing flavors. Just a smooth, slightly sweet yet balanced lager. Certainly not an easy style of beer to brew but one that will appeal to a good many people in times of revelry.
Overall - easy drinking lager with a touch of honey-like sweetness in the finish of every sip. The hardest part of drinking this beer is lifting this huge liter-sized glass mug over and over again! Thankfully it keeps getting lighter with each gulp. Prosit!
Note - Paulaner also cans their Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat, the largest selling of their brands, in 11.2 oz. cans that come in 8-packs. It was first released during the summer of 2011.
Posted by Russ