An interesting take on the classic Oktoberfest beer returns for the fall season once again from Firestone Walker Brewing. Its Oaktoberfest is an oak-inspired homage to the iconic festbiers that are synonymous with Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest celebration.
The 2023 edition of Oaktoberfest Oak Aged Lager will be distributed to all Firestone Walker markets this week in 6-pack, 12-oz cans and on draft. The name Oaktoberfest is a riff on Firestone Walker’s longtime commitment to brewing beer in oak barrels.
“Oaktoberfest is a beer that has stood the test of time,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “In fact, I believe that more and more craft drinkers are yearning for beers like Oaktoberfest. There’s a certain nostalgia to the style—smooth, sessionable, flavorful and malt-forward. It’s the kind of beer that you naturally crave as summer turns to fall.”
Oaktoberfest has been a seasonal staple at Firestone Walker dating back to the inaugural release in 2006. The recipe has evolved over the years, but recent tweaks have taken the beer to new heights.
A portion of the beer is lagered in French oak barrels inherited from one of Napa Valley’s top cult wineries. The barrels are stored at a temperature of 3°C for optimal lagering conditions. Meanwhile, the ingredients are decidedly German: Weyermann Vienna malt, Weyermann pilsner malt, noble German hops (Tradition and Spalter Select) and classic 34/70 Weihenstephan lager yeast.
Oaktoberfest’s light amber color foreshadows its toasty, biscuity flavor. The oak-barrel lagering allows for an even smoother texture, all while remaining true to the beer’s crisp malt profile and hints of noble hops for a beer that sits at 5.2% ABV.
“Oaktoberfest is rich in flavor but also light-bodied and easy to drink,” Brynildson said. “Which makes it enjoyable on warm and cool days alike.”
To locate Oaktoberfest, use the Firestone Walker Beer Finder.