Brewery: Real Ale Brewing Company
Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
Character: Brewed with the highest quality German malt, hops, and yeast using traditional Bavarian brewing methods.
Metal Connection: LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR – Let’s Kill these Motherfuckers
Here is a Texas born Oktoberfest or Märzen beer that my girl and I look forward to each year. Real Ale will always be one of my favorite local breweries from right up the highway in Blanco, TX. Everythngi from their basic brown ale to their special released Mysterium Verum series are top notch in my opinion. Don’t believe me, well then try them for yourself! For the past few years, their Oktoberfest is always welcomed to the BeerMetalDude Headquarters with open arms, and thirsty mouths!
Using my collectible pint glass for the TV series, The Walking Dead for this one, as I drank this one right around this season’s premier, right before Halloween. This Oktoberfest poured a clear copper color, topped with a thick frothy cream colored head. There was nice streams of rising carbonation bubbles in the glass. There was good head retention, leaving a thick foamy lacing down the glass. It made the zombie on the glass look like it was in a cloud of unholy goodness!
The aroma is chock full of dark malts, caramel, bread-like smells. There is a slight sweetness to the nose, which was pleasing as it complimented the malts very well. Faintly in the end and lingering aroma, there is a crisp pine, light fruit aroma, surely from the hops. Balanced smell, and very inviting.
The taste is something I really like from this Oktoberfest; it has a nice sweetness to it that hits your lips and tongue, leaving you wanting more. The malt flavors really pop out at first, hitting my palate with some caramel, dark roasted malts. There is a bready backbone here, and the finishing touches on the drink is the sweetness that even sticks to your lips afterwards. This is like eating a good candy! There is a lingering bitter after taste, which also has a very faint boozy burn to it.
This has a medium body, good carbonation, and has a smooth, oily mouthfeel. It has a mild chewiness at the end of the drink.
These Texans sure do know how to brew a traditional German style beer! I will say this again, I look forward to the release of this beer every year, and as long as this recipe does not change, I will remain a loyal fan. Some people might think it’s too sweet for an Oktoberfest, but it’s this characteristic that I really enjoy, as that is what makes this one different than most other Oktoberfest style beers out there. (I wonder if my fiance knows that I am drinking the rest of this six pack?)
Metal Connection: After becoming friends with Real Ale’s brewmaster, Erik Ogershok based on a lot of similar interests like love for craft beer and Metal, I knew I would have to find a band that we both found appealing. I believe I have accomplished that by choosing the Chicago based band, Lair of the Minotaur. I chose one of my favorite tracks from these guys called “Let’s Kill these Motherfuckers” from their 2010 full length album, Evil Power. Back in my booking days, I was very close to booking these guys to come to San Antonio, but plans fell through at the last minute. I was very disappointing by this, as this band was one band I was, and still am very interesting in seeing live! One of these days! Enjoy the tune, and the brew! Cheers!