Celebrating Oktoberfest in the Bull City
A Review of Stierstadt Octoberfest by Bull City Burger and Brewery
Posted on 10/6/2011 by Chops
                   
Great
In building up to the World Beer Festival in Durham, NC this Saturday, my co-founder and I decided to tour the breweries around the area. It's been a great deal of fun getting to meet the local brewers and owners. There is a passion in this area that you can literally taste in every beer. Last night we stopped by Bull City Burger and Brewery to sample several of their offerings, one of which was their Stierstadt Octoberfest.

In the glass, this beer has that classic rich amber coloration that borders on a burnt orange. There is a thick and sweet maltiness to the aroma that comes across like a concentrated standard amber. It's quite nice actually, considering that most Oktoberfest beers tend to be somewhat light on the nose. This beer definitely has a welcoming intro.

That first sip teaches you very quickly that Stierstadt is not your average Oktoberfest. This little beauty has some bite. That sweet malt flavor comes at you first with rich caramel goodness, but is quickly balanced with a crisp hop profile. There are also some spicy characters swimming around that give the beer a very unique character. In all honesty, it reminds me of a muted West Coast style IPA with those savory clean hops. The body is decently smooth without being overpowered by hop bitterness. The finish is sweet and malty with a mild hop bite that exits dry.

Overall, Bull City Burger and Brewery's Stierstadt Octoberfest is a delicious interpretation of the Oktoberfest style. It's heavier and hoppier than most, but that's not a bad thing. I can recommend Stierstadt to any level of beer fan. Novices will find it to be an interesting contrast between sweet and bitter flavors. Seasoned beer drinkers will find it to be a delightful variation on a historic tradition. So if you find yourself in the Durham area, be sure to stop into Bull City Burger and Brewery for a burger and a pint. You'll be glad you did.

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