Your Top Oktoberfest Beers

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  1. TheStoutHound

    TheStoutHound Devotee (485) Mar 3, 2012 Wisconsin

    #1 Spaten
    #2 Hacker-Pschorr
    #3 Staghorn
    #4 Paulaner
    #5 Capitol
  2. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (3,001) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Looks like I'm going to have to try and get some Staghorn this year...
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  3. surfcaster

    surfcaster Zealot (526) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina

    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)

    SA Octoberfest
    Great Lakes
    Not an Octoberfest but fall is my favorite time of year for a Dead Guy
  4. shawnp

    shawnp Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Minnesota

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  5. bud914

    bud914 Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2008 New York

    i used to love Petes Wicked when it was around
  6. nova73

    nova73 Initiate (129) Jun 7, 2006 New York


    Great Lakes
    Left Hand
    Samuel Adams
  7. HappyHrHero

    HappyHrHero Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2012 Indiana

    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.
  8. DWheeler379

    DWheeler379 Initiate (180) Jun 15, 2012 Colorado

    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).
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  9. RedAleMan

    RedAleMan Disciple (364) Apr 27, 2009 Canada (ON)

    Serie Signature Oktoberfest
    Sam Adams Octoberfest
    Paulaner Oktoberfest
    Mill Street Oktoberfest
    Walkerville Premium Lager
  10. memory

    memory Aspirant (231) Oct 2, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Great lakes
    Flying fish
  11. Iamstryker

    Iamstryker Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2012 New Jersey

    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...

    Sam Adams
  12. stonesean

    stonesean Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2009 District of Columbia

    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:

    1. Augustiner
    2. Hacker-Pschorr
    3. Paulaner
    4. Spaten
    5. Hofbrau

    (You know, the five ACTUAL Oktoberfest beers..)

    Oooop...wait...forgot about about six favorites?
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  13. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Poo-Bah (9,649) Dec 25, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Avery Kaiser
    Avery Kaiser
    Avery Kaiser
    Avery Kaiser
    Avery Kaiser

    No joke, I love it.
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  14. Chickenhawk9932

    Chickenhawk9932 Poo-Bah (1,872) Jul 19, 2010 Pennsylvania

    1 Great Lakes
    2 Elliotcottville
    3 Victory
    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.
  15. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,911) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Leo's is just canning the Pilsner for now.
  16. jkane101

    jkane101 Devotee (406) Sep 22, 2007 New Jersey

  17. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (539) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    Great Lakes
  18. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,819) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    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:
    1. Ayinger
    2. Left Hand
    3. Paulaner
    4. Great Lakes
    5. Spaten
  19. SerialTicker

    SerialTicker Initiate (0) Jun 18, 2012 Michigan

    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
  20. iwutitan49

    iwutitan49 Initiate (0) May 30, 2010 Illinois

    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?
  21. vette2006c5r

    vette2006c5r Poo-Bah (4,484) Oct 14, 2009 Minnesota

    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.
  22. audioserf

    audioserf Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Berkshire Brewing Co's Oktoberfest has been my favorite since I first tried it. I also really enjoy Victory's Festbier.
  23. T-RO

    T-RO Initiate (127) Nov 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    BBC webpage notes that their Oktoberfest is on hiatus for 2013
  24. audioserf

    audioserf Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    Then I guess I am on hiatus from drinking one of my favorite beers. :slight_frown:
  25. Jeffreysan

    Jeffreysan Savant (912) Apr 12, 2013 Virginia

    I LOVE this style of beer and the fall is my favorite season for beer, because of them! And the proliferation of pumpkin beers!

    Sam Adams
    Spoetzl (Shiner)
    Gordon Biersch (oddly enough. Especially with some southwest eggrolls and a burger!)


    Ones I need to try this year:
    Great Lakes
    Left Hand

    Hopefully the Mid-Atlantic will get some these this year.
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  26. MarvinTheMarzen

    MarvinTheMarzen Aspirant (235) Jan 20, 2009 Iowa

    Samuel Adams
    Avery Kaiser (does this count as two?)
    Great Lakes
    ...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...
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  27. Bradystraps

    Bradystraps Initiate (105) Jan 24, 2013 Connecticut

    I like Sam Oktoberfest but want to try some other solid ones. Any faves you have?
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  28. Snowdog

    Snowdog Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    I'm not sure how readily available it is but Ayinger is my #1. Weihenstephaner's is also top notch.
  29. vshay

    vshay Initiate (0) Jun 23, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Ppl will disagree but Sam Adams Oktoberfest is good.
  30. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (3,001) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    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.
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  31. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,819) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    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.
  32. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    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.
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  33. bigdeuce

    bigdeuce Savant (996) May 24, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Ayinger is the best but is very expensive. Paulaner and Penn are my next two favorites. Hacker-Pschorr is great too!
  34. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Poo-Bah (6,802) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio

    Readily available ones that haven't been mentioned yet, I think Bell's, Brooklyn, Victory and Great Lakes all make good ones.
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  35. ArlVABeerGuy

    ArlVABeerGuy Disciple (391) Feb 23, 2012 Virginia
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    +1 on both Great Lakes and Bell's, although Bell's may be draft-only again this year.
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  36. jus10savestheday

    jus10savestheday Initiate (49) Dec 23, 2011 South Carolina

    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.
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  37. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (276) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    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.
  38. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,997) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    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.
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  39. HeyitsMainey

    HeyitsMainey Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2013 New York

    I Usually prefer either Great lakes, Ayinger or Left hand. But im usually switching over to heavier beers when they start to come out.
  40. Onenote81

    Onenote81 Initiate (0) May 27, 2008 North Carolina

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