Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ragnarok88, Jul 26, 2013.
Looks like I'm going to have to try and get some Staghorn this year...
I am not a big SA fan but their Octoberfest is one of their best offerings. This list puts it in the avoid category which really baffles me. The also have the Post Road as one of the better pumpkin offerings which might have been the worst beer I had last year.
Nods to: (no order)
Not an Octoberfest but fall is my favorite time of year for a Dead Guy
i used to love Petes Wicked when it was around
Can't say I've tried much of the style, but I really look forward to SA Octoberfest as fall rolls in every year. Really fits fall, the greatest time of year.
Others I have tried:
Dundee - (Very) Pleasantly surprised. Last year was the first time I tried it, close competitor with SA. Tasted exactly like my memory of my first SA from ~5 years ago, which SA has not come close to since. Although the very malty, little hops is probably not the style, I love it out of nostalgia as SA Oct. was one of my fav. in H.S. Also nice change of pace from the heavy hopped beers I usually enjoy.
Becks - Bought it really cheap once or twice in college. Nothing bad, step up from the usual pbr (or at least change of taste). Taste like beck's with a slight malt. Usually lasted a couple weekends, cause I couldn't drink more than a couple in a night before switching to another beer.
Sorry, but Hoss is not a Marzen. It is a rye lager - pretty sure rye isn't a proper German beer ingredient (by that old school law).
Serie Signature Oktoberfest
Sam Adams Octoberfest
Mill Street Oktoberfest
Walkerville Premium Lager
SA Octoberfest is like that itch that just fells great to scratch about this time of year, this time also being around Labor day weekend, not "now" when it's on shelf. That being said...
Totally agree. I have yet to find an American brewer that can make a Helles as perfect as Augustiner or Weihenstephaner......subtlety and balance is not something US brewers are very interested in....I like Stone and Dogfish as much as the next guy, but man cannot live on palate blasting IPA's and Imperial Stouts alone....
The smart-ass in me wants to write:
(You know, the five ACTUAL Oktoberfest beers..)
Oooop...wait...forgot about Lowenbrau....uh....how about six favorites?
No joke, I love it.
1 Great Lakes
4 Sly Fox
5 Sam Adams
This is one of my favorite styles. I recently tried 2X Steam and thought it was great - the malt & caramel characteristics reminded me of an Octoberfest, minus the roasted malt flavor profile which greatly separates and enhances the Octoberfest.
Leo's is just canning the Pilsner for now.
Really outstanding NJ product
Even though they're pretty uncommon over in Munich, I prefer the amber versions that most brewers over here tend to make (and the Munich brewers export for us).
I think my absolute faves are from Dry Dock and Prost, but neither are packaged. Here are my favorites that make the rounds:
2. Left Hand
4. Great Lakes
I've only had 3, apparently. Well. I had Bell's Octoberfest, but I don't remember it because I was so damn full from food that I had ordered.
1.) Atwater Bloktoberfest
2.) Sam Adams Octoberfest = Bell's Octoberfest (if I remember correctly)
3.) Shiner Octoberfest
I've really enjoyed Bell's Oktoberfest in the past. Does anyone know for sure whether or not they plan to go back to bottling it? I thought the reason they didn't last year was because they were expanding the brewhouse?
His pils was pretty good, I bet he cans his Oktoberfest, he said it was his best seller, although when he changes the name to Marzen, he can't sell any.
Berkshire Brewing Co's Oktoberfest has been my favorite since I first tried it. I also really enjoy Victory's Festbier.
BBC webpage notes that their Oktoberfest is on hiatus for 2013
Then I guess I am on hiatus from drinking one of my favorite beers.
I LOVE this style of beer and the fall is my favorite season for beer, because of them! And the proliferation of pumpkin beers!
Gordon Biersch (oddly enough. Especially with some southwest eggrolls and a burger!)
Ones I need to try this year:
Hopefully the Mid-Atlantic will get some these this year.
Avery Kaiser (does this count as two?)
...but I'm still researching.
I would love to try the Augustiner but I'm not sure is makes it state-side. I wonder if Andechs does a marzen...
I like Sam Oktoberfest but want to try some other solid ones. Any faves you have?
I'm not sure how readily available it is but Ayinger is my #1. Weihenstephaner's is also top notch.
Ppl will disagree but Sam Adams Oktoberfest is good.
For the pale Weis'n style Hoffbrau makes a good one but you have to get it from a sealed case (green bottles). I usually just pick up a case as soon as I see the display.
If you like the amber ones, many US breweries actually do a pretty good job making those. I think Left Hand's is as good as most German examples, although Ayinger's might be my overall favorite.
You don't see many US pale maerzens, so you'll have to go the import route for those. HB and Weihenstephan make excellent ones. Those new Paulaner 1L cans are good, too.
I like the Germans, but honestly, Sam Adams makes a very good example of the style. Folks here knock it, but Shiner Octoberfest is good too.
Ayinger is the best but is very expensive. Paulaner and Penn are my next two favorites. Hacker-Pschorr is great too!
Readily available ones that haven't been mentioned yet, I think Bell's, Brooklyn, Victory and Great Lakes all make good ones.
+1 on both Great Lakes and Bell's, although Bell's may be draft-only again this year.
If you would have asked me three or four years ago, I would have said SA Octoberfest was one of my favorite beers, regardless of style. Every one I had last year just didn't do it for me. I had it in bottle and on top and could barely put it down. I guess my palate has changed a lot since then. I'm going to give it a try again this year and I hope for a different result.
Anyone a fan of Avery's Kaiser? I thought it was pretty good. I was not a fan of Westbrook's Marzenbier.
Oktoberfest for me is a style that American breweries a lot of times dont get right. I remember having a bunch last fall and not being impressed by any of them. Ditto for pumpkin beer. I guess Im not a "fall beer" kind of guy.
Just popped in to toss another vote for Ayinger. There's many great examples of the style, but do yourself a favor and track this one down.
I Usually prefer either Great lakes, Ayinger or Left hand. But im usually switching over to heavier beers when they start to come out.