Despite being the most widely consumed beer by style in the land, lagers tend to have a bit of a bad rep with Aussie craft beer drinkers; after all, lagers are what the big brewers do. And that’s partly the reason why, when Oktoberfest rolls around, few local brewers tend to make a traditional lager for the occasion. Instead they skirt around the sides, brewing all manner of Märzens, festbiers, dunkels, hefes and the like. Or, in Batch’s case, a bock.
Their Oktoberfest beer is Das Bock, a strong lager. At 7.6 percent ABV it packs a bit of punch and would probably have you in a fair bit of trouble if you were planning on downing steins of the thing while getting your knees up on a long table. However, taken in a more sensible quantity, it’ll reward you in the main with sweet caramel flavours courtesy of the local Voyager malts it’s built on, with a little spice to round things out.
Published September 29, 2017 2017-09-29 00:00:00