Willkommen to Devils Backbone's virtual Oktoberfest celebration!

Just because Oktoberfest is canceled doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate! Devils Backbone is providing everything you need for a virtual Oktoberfest (you’ll have to buy the beer yourself).  Our very own brewers will walk you through how to taste beers like a pro.  After, you can test your knowledge and compare your notes to our brewers.  You can even download a tasting guide to follow along.

Here is a checklist of all the things you’ll want for your own “Best of the Fest” Oktoberfest Experience:

(Need help finding our beers?  Our BEER FINDER here will point you in the right direction!)

  • Devils Backbone’s Best of the Fest Beers, of course!
    Vienna Lager
    O’Fest
    München on Hops 
  • Clean glassware. For a true Oktoberfest experience, grab a stein–but any clean glass will do
  • A pen and paper to take notes the old-fashioned way or just record your answers under each video.  Look for the + mark to expand the header.
  • If you want the full experience download the Best of the Fest Tasting Guide (PDF)
  • Pretzel necklace (in case you get hungry)

“Need-to-know” dates in Oktoberfest History

  • How to Taste Bier Like a Pro
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    There’s a lot more to drinking beer than…just drinking it. To really appreciate the craft behind the beers you’re about to enjoy, here is how we suggest tasting each one.

    GLOSSARY OF BEER TERMS

    Mouthfeel: Incorporates the body as well as textural components, such as the silky perception, dryness, and carbonation.
    Balance: The interaction between the hoppy and bitter characters, the malty and sweet characters, the fermentation flavors, the alcohol warming effects, and the body of the beer.
    Roasty: Having flavors of roasted grains, including coffee, chocolate, and char.
    Head: The qualities of the foam on the beer. Can be fluffy, meringue-like, dense, or possibly rapidly dissipating. Color can be white to brown.
    Nitro/Nitrogenated: A beer that uses a large amount of nitrogen gas in addition to carbon dioxide to achieve a unique mouthfeel with a cascading effect when poured.
  • Step-by-Step
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    STEP 1

    The first step of tasting a beer is assessing its appearance.  What color is it? Is it light straw, deep gold, amber, or black? How much foam forms as it’s poured and what is the color and texture of that foam? Is it clear and bright, or does the liquid have hazy glow?  These are all questions to consider while judging the appearance of your beer.

    STEP 2

    Next, we move on to the aroma. As the main driver of flavor, the aroma has a lot to do with how we perceive the beer. Bring your nose to the glass and take a few short sniffs.  Next, cover the glass with your hand while lightly swirling the beer to release the aroma.  Take your hand off the glass and take a deep inhale.  What do you smell?

    STEP 3

    Finally, sip and evaluate the texture and body of the beer as it contacts all parts of your mouth. Note the flavors that come forth. Keep the aftertaste in mind as the flavors linger or diminish.

  • Keep these characteristics in mind
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    COLOR, BODY, FLAVOR, and ROMANCE are the four characteristics our brewers like to consider while sampling each beer.

    If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll have an opportunity after each video to test your tasting skills and compare your CBFR notes to the notes of our brewers!

    After all this prep, we think you’re ready to crack open your first beer!

If you’re following along with our tasting, first up is Vienna Lager.  Vienna is inspired by the amber-hued Vienna-style lagers from Austria.  True to style and easy-drinking, it’s a “must-have” to celebrate Oktoberfest.

If you’d like to jot down some notes while you sample and watch the video, go ahead and click the + sign below to expand the “notes section.”  When you click “Complete,” you can compare your notes to our brewer’s notes!

  • Compare your CBFR tasting notes for Vienna Lager! →
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    Color:

    Body:

    Flavor:

    Romance:

    Your data is not saved or submitted. Completing your notes reveals the corresponding tasting notes from one of our brewers.

    Color:

    Bright amber, white head

    Body:

    Medium

    Flavor:

    Toasty and caramel malty flavors with a smooth, mild finish

    Romance:

    Oktoberfest beers were darker before the advent of Vienna Lagers that inspired the brewers of Munich to brew the amber beers we typically think of as Oktoberfest.

    Aaron Reilly

    DB Head Brewer

    Aaron Reilly

    Brewer’s CBFR Notes

    Complete your own tasting notes to reveal tasting notes from one of our brewers.

Oktoberfest-style beers premiered in the 1870s and they’re still going strong today for good reason—they are mighty tasty!  They have evolved from their amber cousin, Vienna-style lagers, to a more golden color.  Crack open an O’Fest to sample the latest evolution of this style while noting the malty and bready aromas Oktoberfest beers are known for.

  • Compare your CBFR tasting notes for O'Fest! →
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    Color:

    Body:

    Flavor:

    Romance:

    Your data is not saved or submitted. Completing your notes reveals the corresponding tasting notes from one of our brewers.

    Color:

    Clear gold, white head

    Body:

    Medium

    Flavor:

    Rich bready aroma, light herbal hop notes, crisp smooth lager finish

    Romance:

    This is our take on the modern Oktoberfest beers served in Germany. As tastes have changed over time this style has evolved from amber to golden in color.

    Jason Oliver

    DB Founding Brewmaster

    Jason Oliver

    Brewer’s CBFR Notes

    Complete your own tasting notes to reveal tasting notes from one of our brewers.

Oh man, we are excited for you to taste this one!  We collaborated with Spaten, the granddaddy of Oktoberfest breweries to create München on Hops, a Bavarian IPA. Abiding by the Bavarian Purity Law, we used all German ingredients for this brew but gave it some American flair with extra hops straight from the source.  This beer is the perfect combination of old school and new school—we hope you enjoy it!

  • COMPARE YOUR CBFR TASTING NOTES FOR MüNCHEN ON HOPS! →
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    Color:

    Body:

    Flavor:

    Romance:

    Your data is not saved or submitted. Completing your notes reveals the corresponding tasting notes from one of our brewers.

    Color:

    Clear gold, white head

    Body:

    Medium

    Flavor:

    Honeydew, apple, apricot, grapefruit juice, clean malt backbone

    Romance:

    This IPA showcases some of the newest German hop varieties. Hop harvest in Germany is shortly before Oktoberfest time, why not celebrate both?

    Erik Filep

    DB Brewer/Head Cellarman

    Erik Filep

    Brewer’s CBFR Notes

    Complete your own tasting notes to reveal tasting notes from one of our brewers.

Danke for joining us!

We hope that you have enjoyed yourself as much as we have during this virtual tasting. Now, go out into the world and share your expertise with your friends and family. Don’t forget to bring the DB beer with you! Come back anytime, we’ll be doing this virtual tasting all Oktoberfest season! Auf Wiedersehen and Prost!