2018 Fall Seasonal Sightings???

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by beeragent, Jul 21, 2018.

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  1. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    I know, it's the middle of the summer, but that doesn't stop breweries/distributors from placing Fall seasonals on the shelf. Whether your excited (like me) or not, its that time of year again. Last year it started with Shiner Oktoberfest on July 15th. This year its started with Blue Moon's Harvest Pumpkin which I found on the shelf today. I also read in another thread on BeerAdvocate, that Warsteiner's Oktoberfest has also hit the shelf. So what have you seen?
     
  2. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Bring on the Oktoberfest and kill the pumpkins!!!
     
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  3. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,414) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Sante Fe's Oktoberfest has been released.
     
  4. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    I know its not the best, and only mediocre at best, but Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest is now on the shelf. Supposedly Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest is also on its way!
     
  5. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (159) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Spec's downtown has the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn.
     
  6. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Isn’t Paulaner and Spaten brewed year round?
     
  7. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (159) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Not the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn.

    The Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is a year-round offering, 2 different beers.
     
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  8. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    D&Q posted Karbachtoberfest and St. Arnold Oktoberfest has arrived.
     
  9. Oeddytex

    Oeddytex Initiate (15) Jul 5, 2018 Texas

    I found a case of Real Ales Sisyphus Barleywine at the Specs off Eastchase parkway in Fort Worth.
     
  10. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    I found the Paulaner Oktoberfest Weisen (and every year it just blows me away), but still waiting for the Saint Arnold and Karbach. Anyone seen them in the San Antonio area yet?
     
  11. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    So Saint Arnold and Karbach are now in San Antonio. Now just waiting for Sierra Nevada's, Ballast Point, and Hofbrau's to land, and I'll be all set. Which Fall beers are you looking for?
     
  12. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas


    Ayinger
    Avery Kaiser
     
  13. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    And they're releasing Kaiser in cans!!! Ayinger is also a top priority (somehow left that one out).
     
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  14. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    I’m excited for it. After I saw the lane approval, in that thread, I sent Avery a FB msg and they responded they were before it came out. Made my Oktoberfest season. It’s my favorite Oktoberfest.
     
  15. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    It really bummed me when I heard they were discontinuing the Kaiser (now I can't remember where I read that) and I was planning on brewing the homebrew recipe they have listed on their web site, then I saw the label approval and that changed everything!
     
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  16. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Sam Adams Octoberfest is now on the shelf. I know it's not widely appreciated, and definitely not like a traditional Oktoberfest, but it's still unique in its flavor. I'll drink a sixer at least (plus the two included in the Sam Adams Fall pack).
     
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  17. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Word in the Rocky Mountain forum is the recipe has been tweaked and is not the same. It clocks in at 8% as opposed to the 9.3% from the bombers.
     
  18. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Just grabbed a case of Hofbrau Oktoberfest at Total Wine. Aside from the Paulaner Weisen, I can easily say its my favorite of the Festbier style!
     
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  19. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    I plan on having a liter or 2 of it at Kings Biergarten tomorrow.
     
  20. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    So the Sam Adams Fall variety just landed in San Antonio. It also looks like, according to the Sierra Nevada web site, that the SN Oktoberfest has arrived in Austin. I'm wondering how long it'll take to get to SA, but I know it wont be soon enough!
     
  21. BDCannon

    BDCannon Disciple (379) Feb 24, 2015 Texas
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    Confirming SN Oktoberfest in Austin picked up at Total Wine
     
  22. DamianX13

    DamianX13 Initiate (100) Sep 18, 2012 Texas

    Has anybody seen the Sierra Nevada Fall Pack in Austin yet?
     
  23. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    According to the Sierra Nevada beer finder on their web site, the Fall Variety is available at several places in Austin.
     
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  24. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (159) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Just picked up the SN and HB Oktoberfests at Total Wine in Houston. Some of the other German ones were there too.
     
  25. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    I just picked up a couple sixers of the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest in SA. I must say, IMO, it is amazing! Great flavor, and smooth and light enough to have several Maß of it!
     
  26. DamianX13

    DamianX13 Initiate (100) Sep 18, 2012 Texas

    Picked up the SN Fall Pack. That Vienna Lager is sooooo good. It was great to drink tumbler and Ruthless too.
     
  27. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Hofbrau Hause Oktoberfest on tap at King’s Biergarten! Prosit!
     
  28. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    As far as local goes, Alamo and 903 both have their Oktoberfest's on the shelf. Still waiting for Ballast Points to make it to SA!
     
  29. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    I'm working on a six pack of the Shiner Okto right now. Not bad but not as complex as others. Just bready maltiness. A bit sweet.

    I also had Saint Arnold and Rahr and Sons Oktoberfests on tap recently.
    I liked the Rahr the most out of the three. It had the maltiness with the bitterness backing it up.

    Saint Arnold was my least favorite of these three. It was sweet but I didn't get the breadiness I love in a good marzen. Just a bit bland.

    I've also seen SN, and a bunch of German imports in stores but I haven't gotten around to buying them yet.
     
  30. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    Have you tried either of those (Alamo or 903)? After trying a handful of Alamo beers they all seemed to be just trying to be as inoffensive as possible. Not much flavor. But I wonder how their oktoberfest will be.

    On the other hand the 903 Okto I had last year was way too sweet and caramelly.
     
  31. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (479) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Not impressed with Saint Arnold’s Oktoberfest this year. Waiting on Ayinger, Avery Kaiser and Rumpkin. Hofbrau on tap was light on flavor but enjoyable.
     
  32. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    So, not sure how many people actually read the Saint Arnold web site description of their Oktoberfest. If you read it, and look at the awards that it has won, you'll see that their Oktoberfest isn't a marzen, but actually a Scottish ale, which means it will be a lot sweeter and more caramel forward than a marzen, and an ale. That aside, I love it!
     
  33. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Alamo's Oktoberfest isn't bad, but compared to what else is available, its not one that I search out. I will say that its great for cooking some brats though. 903 wasn't bad either, but again, my tastes send me to other examples.
     
  34. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    It appears its officially Oktoberfest season (well, not really official until September 22nd), but the store shelves say otherwise. Finally picked up Ayinger Oktoberfest and Dogfish Head Punk'n! Still waiting to find/try the new version of Avery Kaiser and the always fabulous Live Oak Oaktoberfest.
     
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  35. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Just got the New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin. It was a favorite last year, and I must say, I think it's my favorite pumpkin ale that we get around here!
     
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  36. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    For those of you in the Hill Country, or those that just want a nice drive, Cibolo Creek Brewing has a collaboration Oktoberfest on tap, brewed between Cibolo Creek, Kinematic, Boerne Brewing, and Dodging Duck. Its more traditional German style, meaning its not overly sweet or a caramel bomb like some American versions. Aside from Live Oak's, I would say it's the closest to a traditional Marzen style Oktoberfest.
     
  37. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    I don't think there's any way I'm going to come across Cibolo Creek's Oktoberfest... But last year my wife and I did blind taste testings of Oktoberfest beers. One tasting day of märzens and one day of pale festbiers (There weren't many here but I wanted to compare Weihenstephan and Paulaner, and I had Legal Draft here... maybe something else?)

    I was unable to pick out the german examples from the Texas examples. Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Spaten are much sweeter than people give them credit for. Rahr, Real Ale, Live Oak, Southern Star, even sometimes Shiner have all been in the same range as the German versions.

    Generally I think this is one of the few areas that we are lucky in Texas... It's easier to find a decent Oktoberfest than it sounds like it is in other parts of the country.

    I'm still trying to figure out which is my favorite local(ish) Oktoberfest. I've just bought Pegasus City Brewing and OHB's versions. I'm waiting for them to cool down before giving them a good taste. Hopefully I'll be able to get an example or two from Austin next weekend.
     
  38. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    What Austin area Oktoberfests are on the shelves by now?

    Is Live Oak Oaktoberfest out?

    What about Austin Beerworks version?
    I think I saw Altstadt was fermenting one at one point. Is it available or just for their opening?

    Are there any others?
    Well Real Ale but I can always buy that here in North Texas.

    What about others?
     
  39. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,006) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    I just picked up Live Oaks Oaktoberfest at HEB in the San Antonio area yesterday, so I'm assuming it's all over Austin by now. As for the others you mentioned, I haven't seen them around here yet.
     
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  40. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Initiate (187) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    @beeragent Thanks. Hopefully my parents will be able to bring me some Oaktoberfest.

    Do any other breweries make Oktoberfests in Austin?
    H&G? They make a few lagers.
    St. Elmo's?
     
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