Oktoberfest is the largest 16-day beer festival held annually in Munich, running from mid September till the first weekend of October. For a quick lesson on German beers, we spoke to drinks expert Roel Quimba, co-owner of sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse.
Sitting by the riverside, we were introduced to three of sQue’s most sought-after German beers on tap: Weihenstephan (lager), Benediktiner (weissbier) and Scheneider Weisse Blonde Tap 1 (hefeweizen). Distinct in colour, smell and serving glass, the beers are truly different when tasted side by side, which helped us identify characteristics of each.
Weihenstephan ($12.50 for 1/2 pint, $18 for 1 pint), Benediktiner ($12.80 for 1/2 pint, $19 for 1 pint), Schneider Weisse Blonde Tap 1 ($14.50 for 1/2 pint, $20 for 1 pint).
The oldest brand, Weihenstephan, exudes a Bavarian laid-back style; we have one word for it–clean. It’s an everyday thirst-quencher, nice with chicken wings or a salad. A lager is
Heineiken-ish which appeals to most Europeans. Roel added, “Wine’s slightly more pretentious, meanwhile anyone can chill with a glass of lager!”
Schneider Weisse’s the oldest in producing hefeweizen–original, non-filtered and cloudy. With a slight and surprising note of banana, it is best paired with a full-bodied meal such as lamb stew or chicken steak. Meanwhile, Weissbier‘s the most popular, easy-to-drink fruity drink.
Roel explained, “We used to organise our huge beer list by country as drinkers were not as familiar with the names of the beer. But now, customers are more educated and will order lager or weissbier by name right away.”
For the ideal food pairing, sQue will be offering the Oktoberfest platter ($69) of thick-cut fries dipped in truffle mayo and must-have crispy sQue pork knuckle guaranteed to have you drinking and eating your way through the fest. We say Prost to that!
sQue Rotisserie & Alehouse, #01-70 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6222 1887
3 MORE BEERS (BOTTLED)
|>> Oktoberfest Bier
Price: $13 (0.5L), $25 (1.0L)
Available at: All Brotzeit outlets
Unique: Paulaner is one of the six breweries for Oktoberfest, the German beer festival dating from 1810
Style of beer: Bock (a strong lager)
Best paired with: Brotzeit Oktoberfest Platter (price
unavailable at press time)
|>> Alpirsbacher Klosterbrau Pilsner
Price: $16 (0.5L)
Available at: Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Cafe, #01-01 Rendezvous Hotel Gallery, 9 Bras Basah Road. Tel:
Unique: Awarded World Beer Awards/ Best Lager
Pils/Pilsner 2010, and brewed between the green hills and the forest of the Black Forest.
Style of beer: Pilsner (a pale lager)
Best paired with: Signature crispy pork knuckles ($19.80) and specialty sausages ($19.80)
|>> Flensburger Dunkel
Price: $8 at Bratworks (330ml)
Available at: #01-01 Altez, 16 Enggor Street and #B1-
18 One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place
Unique: Uses Scandinavian glacier water and ingredients are regionally-grown around the brewery, also the distinctive cork cap bottling.
Style of beer: Dunkel, a dark lager
Best paired with: Original currywurst ($10)