It's time for a stein
BEER-lovers who are unable to attend Oktoberfest in Germany can still enjoy an authentic brew here in Oz.
Beer Store managing director Ben Muller said many German beers were available on the Australian market.
Mr Muller said with more people travelling to Europe and becoming aware of the world famous festival, German beers were becoming more sought-after in Australia.
"German beers are distinct in that they need to be made according to Reinheitsgebot, the Purity Law, which states that the only ingredients that can be used in the production of beer can be water, barley and hops," Mr Muller said.
"This was used until 1998, when it changed to allow the use of yeast and to allow sugar for top-fermenting beers. Generally the use of flavourings, preservatives and additives are not used."
But Mr Muller warned Aussie shoppers looking to buy beers brewed specially for Oktoberfest festivities to get in quick.
"Beers that are used for the Oktoberfest festival in Germany, must come from Munich and contain 13.5% Master Spice (Marzen)," Mr Muller said.
"The Oktoberfest beers are great but they are hard to come by."
He said there were few stores in Australia that stocked the Oktoberfest beers and if they did they generally only stocked a small supply.
For Oktoberfest celebrations that don't require a 24-hour plane trip, Mr Muller urges Aussie drinkers to try these authentic German beers.
Hofbrau Oktoberfest - Clear, golden-amber colour, with long-lasting, creamy white foam. Medium body and semi crisp, with lots of pale malt flavours, this stronger brew (6%) is one of Munich's seasonal brews.
Paulaner Oktoberfest - Pale golden colour with medium-size white head. Definitely malt on the aroma and the taste is fairly light but pleasant enough, with soft citrus fruit notes, a faint touch of spice and a short finish.
Schofferhofer Kristall - A clear wheat beer (probably pasteurised), with a bubbly, reasonably tenacious head and a nose consisting of vanilla and lemons. On the palate it is very smooth, with malt and light hops in the mouth, along with the citrus notes present in the nose and a subdued bitterness.
Warsteiner Premium Verum - A pilsner style beer with a smooth, rich-full bodied taste wrapped in a thick creamy head and a refreshing hop finish with no aftertaste.
DAB - A real Dortmunder, a symbol of German brewing culture. Bright golden colour, fine bitter taste with an elegant note of hops.
Erdinger Hefeweizen - An undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range, it is brewed using fine yeast according to a traditional recipe. Even today, the beer is still bottle-fermented in the traditional way and takes three to four weeks to mature.
Years of experience and constant quality checks guarantee the beer's unmistakable flavour.
For more information on German beers visit www.beerstore.com.au.