I generally prefer the pale helles Festbier style to the amber Marzen style of Oktoberfest beers, particularly early in the season when it's still quite warm. And IMO, German brewers just do these styles better. But this year, my three favorites are noticably absent from shelves near me. Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier and Weinstephaner Festbier are completely MIA, while Paulaner Wiesn is only available in the overpriced gift packs with the 32oz can (worth one purchase, but don't want/need a giant mug every time I buy the beer). All three breweries have their standard offerings well distributed in this area. The dark side has always been more popular, or so it seems. The amber Marzens are everywhere, both german and American. In fact, I've only found one helles Festbier for sale near me this year, and it's from Brewdog. Is anyone else experiencing the same issue? I'm in Central Michigan, fwiw.