Oktoberfest Beers Rolling In

Oktoberfest beer is beginning to hit our shelves, with Great Lakes and the new to Binny’s Kostritzer Oktoberfest leading the pack as the first two released. Last year Great Lakes Oktoberfest was one of the first to sell out, due to it being limited in production and high in demand. Kostritzer Octoberfest debuted at Binny’s this week, and is a very economical buy at $7.99 a 6-pack.


A huge misconception regarding Oktoberfest beers is that they are actually around in the month of October. While some are still left over during the month they are named after, several of the more popular ones will be long gone by the time the 10th month rolls around. The Germans start celebrating Oktoberfest in mid September, and the world’s largest fair always ends on the first Sunday in October (although the last Sunday is no doubt a mega celebration). This year Oktoberfest will be celebrated from September 19th October 4th.


Oktoberfest beers are lagers, and were traditionally brewed in spring for consumption in the fall. They are usually rich and malty with an ABV around 5-6%. Malt characteristics include roasted, toasted, burnt, and caramel. These brews are usually regarded as light and refreshing, and are swell session beers.


Besides the already released Great Lakes and Kostritzer Oktoberfest beers, many additional Oktoberfest Beers will be unleashed in the coming weeks. While there is too many brews to list the entire Oktoberfest portfolio, be sure to keep an eye out at Binny’s for the following Oktoberfest brews:


Weihenstephaner Festbier
Beck’s Oktoberfest
Ayinger Oktoberfest
Spaten Oktoberfestbier
Paulaner Oktoberfest
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest
Warsteiner Oktoberfest


Sam Adams Octoberfest
Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest
Victory Festbier
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
Left Hand Oktoberfest
Three Floyd’s Munsterfest


Chances are that just about every beer lover will be indulging in at least one Oktoberfest brew in the upcoming weeks. What will be filling your boot?

4 thoughts on “Oktoberfest Beers Rolling In

  1. The Oktoberfest bier style is my favorite; I live for this time of the year. I was in one of your stores last weekend, and asked the beer guy about the Ayinger Oktoberfest on the shelf, as I thought it was a little earlier than usual.He told me it was last year’s still on the shelf, and that you’d not be getting any fresh Ayinger this year. Is that true? If so, that’s a shame; it’s one of the better of the style.

  2. The Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen is considered to be of the most traditional and authentic for a classic representation of the Oktoberfest beers. Every year it is released early in August slightly “green” or leaning toward the sweet side. With time as it lagers, it becomes noticably more dry, crisp, and malty. Due to the limited availability often retailers will purchase large quantities so they can hold back product to release as a vintage the following year. It is a rare and fun opportunity when you can enjoy a Traditional Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen along with it’s previous years vintange. I look forward to hearing other comments of personal experiences with this phenomenal beer.Prost!Brian

  3. Kyle, any listing on the web site of what table/party kegs of Oktoberfest brew is available? I glanced and saw some at the Skokie store, but I wouldn’t mind planning out my home Oktoberfest libations in advance of my next trip. It’d be also nice to know if the different stores have different kinds…I’m willing to travel, so long as I have good information. Thanks!!

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