Happy October Drinkers!
Now I realize that it’s a bit late to be celebrating Oktoberfest but I figure better late than never. And if we’re going to be honoring this great beer drinking tradition, we’re going to do it right by drinking one of the preeminent Oktoberfest beers, Spaten. Spaten, along with Paulaner, is one of the most common beers associated with the actual Oktoberfest in Munich, the setting of tonight’s film Beerfest.
And what better way to celebrate a national treasure like Oktoberfest than to watch a horribly low-brow, college-humor comedy about a bunch of Coloradans drinking to excess. This 2006 film was made by the comedy group Broken Lizard which is responsible for such classics as Club Dread and Super Troopers. For those who are unfamiliar with their pedigree, Broken Lizard is not known for its thoughtful or clever comedy. Rather, they do bawdy, hyperbolic and boob-filled movies that are best watched with a group guys and a lot of beers. Not say that Beerfest isn’t funny (it’s hilarious), you just simply have to know what you’re getting in to. The jokes are a bit stupid, the gags filled with slapstick and the narrative is soaked in enough beer to warrant an actual health warning at the film’s beginning. Okay, so maybe Beerfest isn’t the most appropriate way to celebrate Oktoberfest, but it does advertise a love of beer and you can’t really argue with that.
So what were our American beer-heros drinking at Oktoberfest? Well, there’s a good chance they got to try Spaten’s Oktoberfestbier as the brewery’s flag and logo can be seen throughout the film (you can even see it in the picture above). This beer pours a rich head about three fingers thick (because drinkers don’t use rulers), has a distinct, malty aroma and is bronze in color. And while this beer looks and smells pretty, it didn’t do much beyond that. That malty aroma translates readily into its taste but it does not go far beyond that. Yes it was crisp and refreshing but it was not a particularly complex beer. But then again, if the idea is to drink stein after stein of beer, you don’t necessarily want something too heavy or complicated. Rather, I think you’d want something that is light in body but can hold its own when it comes to flavor.
So how was Oktoberfest? Well, I was a little late to the party but I think I still got to enjoy myself. I tasted a little bit of German culture and I got to watch Americans utterly crush it with B Grade humor. But it was all in good fun.
So keep drinking my friends. But don’t drink like the guys from Beerfest, they’re professionals.
Tonight’s Tasting Notes:
Das Boot! (translation: Simple, sophomoric humor)
Das Boot! (translation: Surprisingly recognizable cast)
Das Boot! (translation: Das Boot!)