It may only be August, but the Oktoberfest beers are rolling in. So dust off your lederhosen, toss some brats on the grill and fill a mug with one of these delicious Oktoberfestbiers. Prost!
Ayinger Oktoberfest Marzen
Considered by many to be the definitive example of the style, Ayingers Oktoberfest is hard to beat. Pouring a lovely burnished copper with frothy white foam, the nose is bready and sweet. Rich and malty, a caramel corn sweetness up front is balanced by just a touch of spicy noble hops on the finish.
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen
This interesting riff on a traditional Oktoberfest pours golden in color with a tall fluffy head. Its toasted malt character is complimented by fruity yeasty notes with touch of spicy clove on the finish.
Brewed with Hallertauer Tradition hops, Paulaner Oktoberfest features a unique earthy flavor and aroma. This rich and satisfying Marzen features a touch of leather as well as a hint of black walnut.
While most Oktoberfests are all about the malt, Spatens is one of the few that artfully showcases German noble hops. Earthy and herbaceous on the nose, it is so artfully balanced that youll quickly find yourself reaching for another. This is autumn in a glass.
Goose Island Oktoberfest
Goose Islands Oktoberfest is big and malty, featuring a sweet tanginess reminiscent of candied apples. Its smooth mouthfeel leads to a pleasant peppery finish.
Great Lakes Oktoberfest
While many breweries brew great ales, it requires a disciplined mastery of the craft to brew consistently remarkable lagers. Great Lakes does just that. Like their Dortmunder and Vienna lager, their Oktoberfest is an impeccable example of the style. Balanced, refreshing and satisfying, it is hands down one of the best Oktoberfests money can buy.
Left Hand Oktoberfest Marzen
American craft brewers are famous for amping up classic styles, and Left Hand Oktoberfest is one big bold Oktoberfest. Aromas of spun caramel and fresh baked biscuits on the nose accentuate flavors of toffee and sweet spice. This hearty brew pairs well with German classics like sauerbraten and bratwurst but also works wonders when served with a nice slice of apple strudel.
Classically trained in Germany, Victory founder and brewmaster Ron Barchet knows German beer. Imported German malts undergo decoction mashing, a labor intensive old world practice that produces layers of rich malt complexity with flavors reminiscent of roasted pecans and fresh baked pumpernickel bread. Whole flower noble hops perfectly round out this rich and savory brew.
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