High strikers have been the means of choice for decades for muscle men trying to convince their beloved of their capabilities (to ring a bell).

At times, the Oktoberfest can be quite animalistic – or at least its visitors. The substantiation of this thesis needs particularly little imagination while watching the goings-on around one of the many High Strikers (Hau-den-Lukas). Not uncommonly part of the courtship behavior of suburban rednecks, it’s used to publicly display physical qualities.

But regularly, it’s not the testosterone-charged ostentations, which cause the most delight among the cheering observers. Those tend to be the loudest, when a petite female grasps the hammer with its dirndl-clad grace. Maybe, this attraction is more about esthetics after all.