Favorite Oktoberfest beers

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  1. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I am enjoying a Dead Ringer from Ballast Point and I've got to say that it is pretty good. Got me in the mood to seek out more Oktoberfest style beers. It looks as though I haven't had too many beers from this style, and since it 'tis the season (well, almost), I was wondering what everyone else's personal favorites were...

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  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,708) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    It's that time of year, isn't it?

    Spaten, Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, new Sierra Nevada.

    Those documented, I haven't had the chance to try some of my usual favorites yet this year: Sprecher, Lakefront, Hofbrau, Summit, Schell's...

    I also hear that Kirby Nelson has finally brewed a new Okto at his new haunt, Wisconsin Brewing, but I haven't seen it yet.
     
  3. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,335) Jun 4, 2012 Greenland

    GLBC Oktoberfest hands down
     
  4. breadwinner

    breadwinner Meyvn (1,217) Mar 6, 2014 California
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    Had the freshest Hofbrau (7+ wks) I've ever had, and it was stupendous. Big Weihenstephaner fan, as I tend to prefer the paler wies'n style, though I also dig Ayinger's take, which is amber.

    This year's SN is definitely nice too.
     
  5. ncusatis

    ncusatis Initiate (146) Dec 22, 2014 Wisconsin
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    Summit makes a kick ass Oktoberfest.

    Milwaukee Brewing Co's Hoptoberfest is pretty awesome as well.
     
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  6. beersnobraven

    beersnobraven Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2014 Illinois

    I actually really enjoy the Sam Adams Oktoberfest.
     
  7. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,335) Jun 4, 2012 Greenland

    I can attest to that. Really impressed me.

    But I'm one of those crazies who prefer the American counterparts to most any foreign style
     
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  8. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I will definitely be trying this. Great Lakes can do no wrong in my book
     
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  9. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,834) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    Ayinger, no doubt...but the Sierra Nevada offering was pretty solid
     
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  10. torihf

    torihf Initiate (0) Apr 21, 2015 Minnesota

    If you can get Millstream, they make a fantastic Oktoberfest. 2nd in my book to Ayinger. I definitely love the Summit Oktoberfest and Spaten. Mmmm. I'm actually really happy this year about these beers coming out early(and by early I mean in summer when it's still hot out).
     
  11. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,655) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    My favorite Oktoberfest/Marzen of this season (and past seasons) is Sly Fox Oktoberfest. I even prefer it to my German brewed favorites of Ayinger, Weihenstephan and others.

    Cheers!
     
  12. Raime

    Raime Meyvn (1,335) Jun 4, 2012 Greenland

    Agreed. I've been finding some of their leftovers from the Spring pack for .79 a single and they are still phenomenal despite being slightly past date
     
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  13. crazycatcouple

    crazycatcouple Initiate (0) Mar 26, 2015 Arizona

    sam adams kills it with their octoberfest. boil brats in it while smashing it right out of the bottle, haters go drink swill.
     
  14. WestcoastMichigander

    WestcoastMichigander Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2015 California

    I'm interested in the new SN Okto that has been mentioned here, they are contracting with a German brewery correct?
     
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  15. Beast089

    Beast089 Initiate (0) Mar 28, 2014 New York

    Brooklyn makes a good one.
     
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  16. BryanReed

    BryanReed Initiate (0) Apr 7, 2015 Idaho

    Basically. They worked with Brauhaus Riegele this year. They work with a different German brewer every year.
     
  17. hoosier222002

    hoosier222002 Zealot (552) May 23, 2008 Illinois
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    Love the style. New Glarus Staghorn is probably my favorite.
     
  18. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,798) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I think it can definitely hang with the big boys (something that not many American brewers can claim), but my tasting last year had it just under them in terms of preference. I still will probably get some this year, because the cans are certainly handy that time of year.

    That all depends on how much Hofbrau, Spaten and Sierra Nevada I eventually wind up with. Hofbrau is my #1 overall as well as fave in the pale style, and Spaten is my fave in the amber style. I can't get enough of either of those guys.
     
  19. LloydDobler

    LloydDobler Champion (846) Jul 25, 2014 Indiana
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    Great Lakes makes my favorite to date, and I can't really imagine a better/more enjoyable example of the style. Sierra has that collabo this year, which I'm very curious about. They all should be hitting the shelves soon!!!
     
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  20. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Aspirant (220) Jul 28, 2009 Illinois

    Two Brothers Atom Smasher
     
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  21. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,394) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Ayinger
    Hacker Pschorr
    Spaten (on draft, I won't touch the stuff in green bottles)
     
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  22. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (5,876) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Great Lakes is also my favorite. One of my favorite beers in any style.
     
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  23. SCW

    SCW Poo-Bah (1,692) Jul 25, 2004 New York

    Paulaner is my fave:

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  24. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (567) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    OMB Mectoberfest and Ayinger

    Add in some college football on a crisp Saturday and some grill action >>>>>>perfection.
     
  25. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,798) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Now you got me drooling over here...
     
  26. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (6,197) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    Like New Glarus Staghorn and Schells
     
  27. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (473) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    I really enjoyed the Marzen style in Germany. My favorite wasn't at Oktoberfest, but at the Hofbrauhaus in Munchen the night before Oktoberfest.

    I still to this day wonder if I was just "caught up in the moment" when I had that beer or if we rarely get high quality and fresh marzens here in the U.S?

    Based solely on the BA rating of Hofbrau's Marzen (which is just above awful), it would seem there really is a difference having it fresh at the source.
     
  28. lambpasty

    lambpasty Devotee (426) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    I agree with so many of the above and I'm going to toss one in that surprised me:

    Naragansett "Fest". It's a bit on the sweeter side with this slightly floral-honey aftertaste, and overall a pretty well balanced example at an excellent price point of ~$1.25 or less per pint (its usually about $7/sixer by me). I bought a 6 pack a couple years ago with low expectations and have probably purchased at least 2-3 dozen cans since. Definitely an above average 8/10 brew IMO.
     
  29. MVP09

    MVP09 Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts

    Sixpoint Autumnation. Liked how they changed hopps every year. But I don't remember seeing it last year. They pull off a hoppy fest beer very well. Foolproof has attempts it last years was ok. Have not tried this year's.
     
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  30. Ironcityblackand

    Ironcityblackand Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest is another great Oktoberfest.
     
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  31. vette2006c5r

    vette2006c5r Poo-Bah (3,489) Oct 14, 2009 Minnesota
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    I don't know if SurlyFest counts, if not Sam Adams's Octoberfest is great, but New Glarus's Staghorn is out of this world.
     
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  32. BeerForMuscle

    BeerForMuscle Poo-Bah (2,464) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey
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    Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Great Lakes.
     
  33. LancetherealLeader

    LancetherealLeader Disciple (379) Jul 12, 2013 South Carolina
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    I'm not a big fan of this style, but OMB Mecktoberfest and COAST Oktoberfest are really good!
     
  34. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    Same as last year

    Paulaner
    Ayinger
    Victory
    Weihenstephaner
    HP
     
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  35. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Defender (622) Nov 22, 2012 Illinois
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    Left Handed, Munsterfest and the Germans especially Ayinger.
     
  36. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    Incorrect
     
  37. Yargamo

    Yargamo Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2015 New York

    That beer was an IPA if anything
     
  38. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (124) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan
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    Frankenmuth Brewing has traditionally made a very good Oktoberfest. Not sure if this year's will be different now that they have a new brewer.

    Sam Adams Oktoberfest is top-notch. Brooklyn's is solid, also.
     
  39. Kevin67

    Kevin67 Disciple (361) Feb 8, 2015 Arkansas
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    I like many, but the one that stands out was the draft I had at the Cologne Christmas Market the last time I was in Germany. As good as it was, the fresh Weihenstephaner Hefe was the most amazing beer I've ever had.
     
  40. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (124) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan
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    I did a tasting last year that had three German Oktoberfests and three American Oktoberfests. There definitely was a difference in freshness between the two countries. The German ones were also lighter in color and heaviness.

    Weihenstephaner was my favorite German one. I can't imagine how much better a truly fresh one would be.
     
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