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Oktoberfest

Craft Brewed Oktoberfest Beers

 

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Oktoberfest beers are crisp and clean with flavors of toasted malts and mild sweetness. Spicy noble type hops provide some balance with moderate bitterness in the finish.

Oktoberfests are typically brewed with German Pilsner, Munich, and Vienna malts with some breweries adding small additions of crystal malt. They are bottom-fermented with lager yeast, with the best versions undergoing long periods of cold-aging to smooth out all the flavors.

Oktoberfests are a very popular fall seasonal beer release for craft breweries, though a few breweries offer the style year round. Some breweries brew Imperial versions with stronger alcohol levels.

Rated A-, Great

Avery The Kaiser (9.5%) | Imperial Oktoberfest brewed with Vienna and Munich malts. | Boulder, CO 

 

Georgetown Brewing Tomtoberfest (6.4%, 36 IBUs) | Brewed with German Pils and Munich malts. Hopped with German Hallertau hops. Smooth and well-balanced. | Seattle, WA 

 

Karbach Karbachtoberfest (5.5%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with Vienna and Munich malts. Hopped with Hallertauer and Tettnang hops. | Houston, TX 

 

Left Hand Oktoberfest (6.6%, 24 IBUs) | Brewed with German Pilsner and Munich malts. | Longmont, CO 

 

Three Floyds Munster Fest (6%, 30 IBUs) | Crisp and smooth with toasted malt flavors. | Munster, IN 

 
Rated B+, Very Good

Brooklyn Oktoberfest (5.5%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with German malts and hops. | Brooklyn, NY

 

Cigar City Oktoberfest (5.5%) | Crisp and clean malty flavors with moderate bitterness. | Tampa, FL 

 

Fat Head’s Oktoberfest (5.7%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with German malts and hops. | Cleveland, OH 

 

Firestone Walker Oaktoberfest (5%, 24 IBUs) | Brewed with German Pilsner, Munich, Vienna, CaraHell, and CaraRed malts. Hopped with German Hallertau. | Paso Robles, CA 

 

Foothills Brewing Oktoberfest (6.2%, 29 IBUs) | Smooth and malty with light caramel flavors. | Winston-Salem, NC 

 

Goodfellow’s WheneverFest! Ale (6.5%) | Available year-round. | Lakeville, MA 

 

Hangar 24 Oktoberfest (5.7%, 23 IBUs) | Crisp and malty with toasted malt flavors. | Redlands, CA

 

Heavy Seas AARGHtoberfest (6%, 33 IBUs) | Brewed with Pale 2-row, Vienna, Munich, and Crystal malts. | Halethorpe, MD 

 

Jack’s Abby Copper Legend (5.9%, 22 IBUs) | Smooth and malty with moderate hop bitterness. | Framingham, MA 

 

KelSo Kellerfest (6%, 34 IBUs) | Brewed with German malts and hops. Seasonal Fall release. | Brooklyn, NY 

 

Live Oak Oaktoberfest | Brewed with German malts and hops. | Austin, TX 

 

Noble Rey Hoppily Ever After (5.5%, 28 IBUs) | Available year-round. | Dallas, TX 

 

Rahr Oktoberfest (7.5%, 24 IBUs) | Brewed with 2-row, Vienna, CaraMunich, and Melanoidin malts. | Fort Worth, TX 

 

Real Ale Oktoberfest (5.7%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with Munich and Vienna malts. | Austin, TX 

 

Revolution Oktoberfest (5.7%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops. | Chicago, IL 

 

Schlafly Oktoberfest (5.5%, 25 IBUs) | Brewed with Munich, Caramel, and Aromatic malts. September release. | St. Louis, MO 

 

Summit Oktoberfest (6.6%, 25 IBUs) | Malty and crisp with flavors of toasted malts, caramel, and noble hops. Seasonal Fall release. | St. Paul, MN 

 

Tyranena Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest (5.5%, 22 IBUs) | Seasonal August release. | Lake Mills, WI

 

Upland Brewing Oktoberfest Lager (6.5%, 16 IBUs) | Brewed with German malts and hops. | Bloomington, IN 

 
Rated B, Good

Abita Fall Fest (5.4%, 20 IBUs) | Seasonal September release. | Abita Springs, LA

 

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen (5.6%, 30 IBUs) | Seasonal Fall release. | Frederick, MD

 

Harpoon Oktoberfest (5.3%, 32 IBUs) | Widely available August – November. | Boston, MA 

 

Highland Brewing Clawhammer Oktoberfest (5%, 25 IBUs) | Seasonal fall release. | Asheville, NC 

 

Lakefront Oktoberfest (5.8%, 12 IBUs) | Sweet and malty with very low bitterness. | Milwaukee, WI 

 

SanTan Oktoberfest (5.5%, 30 IBUs) | Seasonal September release. | Chandler, AZ

 

Silver City Oktoberfest (6.2%, 21 IBUs) | Seasonal release. | Bremerton, WA

 

Star Hill Festie (4.8%, 12 IBUs) | Available year-round. | Charlottesville, VA

 

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