Every year during Oktoberfest season I keep a bottle or two back of every Oktoberfest I try and after a decent collection builds up and I have a lazy weekend day I I decide to do an Oktoberfest tasting. This year I broke it down into two groups wiesn & marzen. Before the results, a caveat... all of these beers were good. A bad finish in the rankings is still a good beer in my opinion. Results Wiesn 1. Hofbrau 2. Weihenstephaner 3. Paulaner Marzen 1. Spaten 2. Dinkel Acker 3. Hacker-Pschorr 4. Market Garden Old Zahm (tie) 4. Bell's (tie) Some thoughts on the tasting... For the wiesn and group I had a clear number 3 choice. Choices 1 and 2 were difficult. I ultimately chose Hofbrau as the best. Weihenstephaner is a little sweeter, while Hofbrau is a little drier and toastier. For the marzen group I was able to identify a clear number 1 from the get-go. I could not separate numbers four and five because each had clear flaws. The real fight was between numbers 2 and 3. Bell's was too bitter. Market Garden was too sweet. Spaten was the best overall example and very balanced. Overall I am not surprised by my findings. Most years I rank Hofbrau and Spaten at the top of my rankings. My wife participated as well. She agreed with me that Spaten was a clear number one in the marzen style. She had a different opinion however with the wiesn style. She picked picked my number 3, Paulaner, number 1. I forgot to hold back a SN this year and have not yet had an Ayinger. I may address the marzen style again later if I pick these up.