Frenchies Festbier "Party Lager" 2019

Frenchies Bistro & Brewery

Published October 11, 2019

I don’t know about you, but when I think about the marriage of King Ludwig I to Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, which, if I’m honest, isn’t as often as it used to be, I think about Sydney’s premier French bistro and brewery.

Frenchies have gone all out in their usual fashion for their 2019 Oktoberfeast event and brewed a pitch perfect German festbier that head brewer, Vincent De Soyres, has rather more aptly named, a Party Lager.

There’s great news for the dozens of Reinheitsgebot fans out there, too: the Party Lager is an all-German affair with malt from Bamberg, hops from Hallertau and a Munich yeast. For all the normal people who don’t give a shit about an idiotic “law” that’s been amended roughly six million times since its inception, all you need to know is that this is a delicious beer, made from good quality ingredients (regardless of what they are) by a brewer who knows what he’s doing.

But enough about that. The Party Lager is one seriously crispy boi. As with most festbiers, it’s a fine balance between being a bit more malt forward and stronger than a Pilsner or Helles whilst still being drinkable enough that the punters are going to want to drink litres of it. Vince has added a bit of light and dark Munich to the base Pilsner malt to achieve just that. A healthy dose of Hallertau gives the classic noble hop floral and spice while keeping the bitterness on the lower end of the scale.

All in all, you’ve got a clean and crispy 5.6 percent ABV German lager that practically demands you squeeze yourself into a long table amidst a horde of drunken Australians and positively saturate your insides with beer and bratwurst. Just like in Munich!

Judd Owen

Party Lager

Best enjoyed at Frenchies Oktoberfeast (but in cans too)

Frenchies Bistro & Brewery

The Cannery
6 / 61-71 Mentmore Avenue
NSW 2018

02 8964 3171
Regular events

Midweek mussels:
Dinner every Wed; lunch and dinner on Thurs. Mussels, fries and a beer or house red/white wine – $35pp
Bottomless lunches every Sat & Sun:
Unlimited beers or mimosas for two hours, and a shared feast for $85pp

Open Hours

Wednesday: 2pm to 10pm
Thurs to Sat: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 4pm