Loaded Question Brewing Co. Hochzeit Bier
What the brewers say
Classic, dry Octoberfest with a big bready character and a light hop aroma.
What our panel thought
Clear, orangeish to light amber in appearance with a frothy off-white head. The nose features a fruity dankness normally associated with an experimental IPA, along with caramel and dried fruit akin to a fruit roll-up. Heavy toast up front, then sweet, light caramel in the middle, while a hint of noble bitterness just keeps things in balance into the medium dry finish. Hops evolve with an earthy quality on subsequent sips.
What our editors thought
Dry and nutty on the nose with a soft oak note. The sip is, perhaps, a touch more exuberant than the refined forebears of the style, but the woody bitterness keeps the bigger malt in check.