It’s Oktoberfest season and you’re gonna need the right seasonal lagers. And here are six serious Oktoberfest beers that you definitely need to check out before you kick it…Prost!
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
The Great Lakes region is home to one of America’s largest German immigrant populations, so it should come as no surprise that Cleveland, Ohio’s Great Lakes Brewing brews an exceptional award-winning Märzen that has already taken four medals at the World Beer Championships.
With Its uber-smooth, almost silken mouthfeel, Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a much stronger lager at 6.5% ABV than most traditional Oktoberfest releases.
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Any serious discussion of Oktoberfest beers needs to return to the land where it all started and cities like Aying, Germany, home to Brauerei Aying.
From its rich amber-golden color to its sweet malty nose, Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen is a 5.8% medium-bodied lager that’s considered by many to be one the best Oktoberfest beer in the world.
Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Surly Brewing is home to many a great beer and their Oktoberfest seasonal is most definitely one of them.
Crafted with a smart blend of Pilsner, Munich, Vienna and Carafoam hops, Surly Oktoberfest is a 6% Märzen Lager that acknowledges its German traditions with a touch of the Midwest thrown in.
Bell’s Oktoberfest Beer
Bell’s Brewery has always excelled at brewing lagers so it shouldn’t surprise that the Comstock, Michigan headquartered brewery makes one of the best Oktoberfest beers in the nation.
Crafted using slightly toasted malt that lends body without too much sweetness, Bell’s Oktoberfest Beer is a 5.5% ABV Märzen with rich German malt flavors and crisp hop aromas.
Neshaminy Creek Young Pumpkinstein
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company is an award-winning craft brewery and taproom located just north of Philadelphia. And they’ve a playful new fall seasonal, that melds the character and mouthfeel of a traditional Oktoberfest lager with the instincts and spicing more commonly associated with pumpkin ales.
Brewed with classic Herkules and Hallertauer German hops, Neshaminy Creek Young Pumpkinstein is a medium-bodied 5.2% ABV Märzen-Style Lager with a toasty malt character and the less traditional allspice, candied ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg spicing. If you’re looking for an adventurous Oktoberfest beer alternative, look no further.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a St Louis, Missouri-based brewery would understand the art of crafting lagers better than most. And Schlafly Beer’s fall seasonal is uber-authentic in its execution and evocation of heritage.
Brewed with rich Munich malt and bright German hops, Schlafly Oktoberfest is a 5.5% ABV Märzen that, in keeping with the lager’s Bavarian roots, was fermented for several months.