Monday, October 04, 2010

2010 RedRock Oktoberfest

Well it's officially Oktoberfest time. And with it come great German Lagers. If your looking for some great - award winning - locally made examples of German Beers I highly recommend that you head over to RedRock Brewing Co. and check out their selection of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.

Some styles are familiar to most, like a classic German Pils. While others like the Latzenbier may be new to many. RedRock's Oktoberfest runs from October 2-20.

Here's what is on tap for RedRock's Oktoberfest.

The Pilsner beer was first brewed in Bohemia, a German-speaking province in the old Austrian Empire. Pilsner is one of the most popular styles of lager beers in Germany, and in many other countries. It’s often spelled as “Pilsener”, and at times abbreviated, or spoken in slang, as “Pils.” Classic German Pilsners are very light straw to golden in color. Head should be dense and rich. Red Rock’s version is well-hopped, brewed using Noble hops such as Saaz, Hallertauer and Tettnanger. Lagered for five weeks and filtered bright.

A rather old, rare, and unique German beer style, Kellerbiers are unfiltered and unpasteurized lagers that date back to at least the Middle Ages. The beer is lagered. The final product is a mooth, naturally cloudy beer that's rich in vitamins (from the yeast). Hop bitterness is a compliment to the soft malt character. Made with organic malt from Wyermann Malting Company, and organic, whole-leaf Hallertau hops.

An old friend of Bavaria, Munich Dunkels are smooth, rich and complex, but without being heady or heavy. They boast brilliant ruby hues from the large amounts of Munich malts used, and these malts also lend a fuller-bodied beer. Bitterness is often moderate, with just enough to balance out any sweetness. Hop varieties used are German noble varieties, Tetnang and Hallertau. Lagered for five weeks and filtered bright

A darker seasonal variation of the traditional Alt Bier. Red Rock's Latzenbier is full bodied and well hopped, with a surprising balance between bitterness and nutty malt sweetness. And is accented by a subtle chocolate taste.

Haile's Helles is a filtered pale golden lager beer with a well attenuated body, highlighted by a noble hop bitterness. This style of lager was originally developed in the 19th century. It's dry, crisp, clean taste has helped it become one of the world's most popular beer styles.

German style dark lager, very smooth, medium body, low hop bitterness. Eight different malts and thirty-five days of lagering give this classic Schwarz-style beer it’s unusually dark color and remarkably smooth flavor. Not a big beer, but more of a black session lager. Gold Medal Winner at this years Great American Beer Festival.

Prost!

9 comments:

kent said...

I do love a good Dunkel. I'll have to get over there this week and try some (all) of these out.

Carlos said...

I love the Munich dunkel so damn much. The others are great overall. My fiancee and i tried a few of them this weekend. Autumn fest and latzenbier were really good.

Steve said...

Latzenbier is gooood. Nice balance, this is what Alt's are supposed to taste like, I spent two years in Germany around Dusseldorf and Cologne, so I know.

Anonymous said...

They also have a lager called Autumnfest.. a Marzen?

Douglas said...

Latzenbier is a new name for the Dusseldorf Alt right?

Kev said...

Old name for a new brew is more like it, Doogey Block. Let the tongue do the talking, not the head...No,seems like a whole different beer to me but what the hell do I know.
Chunks, your palate is blown. but like you say, "what's new?"
-Kevin Bott

Douglas said...

^ Thanks for clearing that up.......I'm confused.

matt said...

Doug, it's a total diff formulation.its a pre industrial revolution alt.

Quite a bit more bitter than the D Alt, darker too.
Hope that clarifies things.

Douglas said...

Thanks! I'm heading down to try it soon. RR has the most informative site in terms of Utah brewers (Epic and Squatters are good as well).