GAB Oktoberfest 2011 Beer Tasting Session

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Tai See Wai, Marketing Manager of GAB, Shirley Low, Head of Trade Marketing of GAB, and Ben Ng, GAB’s Beer Connoisseur with the three limited edition Oktoberfest beers that will only be available throughout GAB’s Oktoberfest celebrations

Shirley Low, Head of Trade Marketing of GAB

I arrived just on the dot at the recent GAB Oktoberfest 2011 Beer Tasting Session at Jarrod & Rawlins, Damansara Heights. All the guests were seated to their tables and Shirley Low,Head of Trade Marketing, Guiness Anchor Berhad (GAB), gracefully started off with a short welcoming speech to introduce its wider selection of iconic beers for the month-long Oktoberfest celebration. Then came the Beer Connoisseur, Ben Ng who was our beer guide and tasting. He was awesome, very detail and knowledgeable, he truly knew his tasting, I like it.

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Ben Ng, GAB’s Beer Connoisseur

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Beer on the Test

So this year’s Oktoberfest celebration will feature GAB iconic beers Tiger, Guinness, Heineken, Anchor, Kilkenny, Strongbow and Paulaner as well as special beers from Germany – 111 Zwickl Beer, Hopf Ice Wheat Beer and the official beer of the Munich Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier.

Tasters were put to the Task

The blind tasting session was awesome, the guests were put to the taste of three special beers and were guide to recognise the based on their characteristics and tastes. I was just fantastic experience, . . . .well I did manage to learn a few tricks myself.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier

Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier – with 377 years of history, this bright yellow coloured, rich malty aroma, pleasantly taste, full-bodied beer has been regarded as a beer that is synonym with the world’s oldest drinking festival, the Munich Oktoberfest. Its alcohol content of 6% and original gravity of 13.5% makes it stronger than usual lager beer. With a hint of malty sweetness, this Oktoberfest Beer provides a perfect balance on the palate that is best paired with roast pork knuckles and also roasted chicken.

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Roasted Chicken and Pork Knuckle

Hopf Ice Wheat Beer
Hopf Ice Wheat Beer

Hopf Ice Wheat Beer is known as the ‘hip-hop’ white beer, attributed by its cool Husky logo, Hopf Ice Wheat Beer uses ice conditioned wheat where excess water from the wheat is extracted through freezing, giving more depth to the flavor and body. This process gives this celebrity beer its distinctive nice, crisp and clean taste that is refreshing, mild and invigorating at the same time. With its alcohol content of 5.5% and original gravity at 12.0%, this easy and light beer is best suited with seafood BBQ and mild cheese.

Roasted Pork, Duck Aglio Olio Hopf Ice Wheat Beer
Roasted Pork and Duck Aglio Olio

111 Zwickl
111 Zwickl

111 Zwickl Beer is a range of beer that was created in year 2000 by the master brewers of Auerbrau to celebrate their 111 years of successful brewing history. This refreshing trendy product possesses a sparkling full bodied and full flavoured characteristic and has a hint of flower and mild yeasty flavor. With 5.0% of alcohol content and 11.8% original gravity, beer lovers will love the wholesome taste that is soft on the palate. This easy drinking beer is best paired with summer salads, grilled seafood or chicken, cold platters and cheese. Packaged in a fancy cartoon label and sealed with an unusual ring pull opening, the 111 Zwickl is said to deliver great taste, exceptional design and modern packaging all in one bottle.

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Cold Cuts and Fish

Denis Rawlins introduced Jarrod and Rawlin’s Oktoberfest Dishes

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Jarrod Rawlins Oktoberfest Spiral Sausage Platter

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Shirley Low of GAB had a blast with the Oktoberfest’s Food & Drink – The Spiral Sausage Platter & Crispy Pork Knuckle and Sausage Platter

It was definitely a fun and discovery session that I learn to appreaciate the three special beers from Germany – 111 Zwickl Beer, Hopf Ice Wheat Beer and the official beer of the Munich Oktoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier . . . . just fabulous, love my pint. Sidney Kan

About Oktoberfest
In 1810, Oktoberfest started as a wedding celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Over the years it has evolved to become a festival celebrated by beer lovers all over the world as well as an occasion where friends and families get together to enjoy the best beers brewed by local breweries.

One comment

  • October 3, 2011 - 1:39 pm | Permalink

    nice beer treat…
    nikel´s last blog post ..Toast & Roast Super Charsiew @ SS2, Petaling Jaya

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