Oktoberfest has become one of the most wildly popular beer festivals and is celebrated around the world. The original was held in Munich, Germany, two hundred years ago, and the festival has taken place ever since (although 24 of the events have been canceled due to war or other disasters). The style of beer associated with the celebration is a Märzen (now almost synonymous with the Oktoberfest-style) which is a medium or heavy-bodied lager. Interested in trying it out? Already have your faves? Below we list a selection of Oktoberfest beers you can expect to find in bars and stores this time of year.
Avery Kaiser: With its high alcohol content, Avery’s take has more of a kick than many others of this style. The Colorado-brewed beer is relatively thick, but still presents the subtle sweetness typical of Oktoberfest (10% ABV).
Flying Fish OktoberFish: This New Jersey brewery produces a relatively standard Oktoberfest brew, with a light to medium-bodied and a deep coppery orange color (5.5% ABV).
Hofbräu Festbier: One of the official beers served at Oktoberfest in Germany, Munich-based Hofbräu puts out a lager with an earthy flavor, spiced by notes of caramel, fruitiness and heavy malt (6% ABV).
Köstritzer Oktoberfest: From another German brewhouse comes this easily drinkable, medium-bodied, refreshing orange-hued quaff, great for sipping outdoors in late summer or early autumn (5.6% ABV).
Sam Adams Oktoberfest: Even people who eschew Boston-based Sam Adams’ regular products (as too corporate) enjoy their Oktoberfest each fall. It’s nothing spectacular, but has served as a template for what an American version of festival beer should be (5.3% ABV).
Sly Fox Oktoberfest: This Pennsylvania brewery’s lager has hints of apple and a bit of spice that make it ideal for fall weather. The flavor and smooth body make it almost too easy to drink (5.8% ABV).
Spaten Oktoberfest: First brewed in Munich in 1872, this is the original Oktoberfest beer, the world’s first. Hops and malt combine to provide an underlying sweetness and an easy-drinking glass (5.9% ABV).
Victory Festbier: The smooth, medium-bodied lager from this Pennsylvania brewery is made with all-German malts and European hops, for an authentic seasonal sip (5.6% ABV)
Consider this your Philly brewery bucket list. We've listed the best breweries around the Philadelphia area....read more ›
This installment of Behind the Bar is focused on Trevor Schneider, the US brand ambassador for the Icelandic Reyka Vodka....read more ›
Can drinking wine actually be beneficial to your health? A professor of neuroscience at Yale may have found an answer....read more ›
A company called Forty Ounce Wines is now selling this warm-weather wine in forties, giving drinkers a whole new way to drink 'rose all day.'...read more ›
Ever feel inspired by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's world travels? Wish you could trace his steps and go o...read more ›
Oak barrels are an essential part of what makes bourbon bourbon. For one, there's a legal requirement that bourbon be aged in newly charred oak contai...read more ›
New York based brewery Southern Tier has announced their latest spring release - 'Thick Mint,' an imperial stout brewed with chocolate and mint. ...read more ›
Have you ever dreamt of trying a cocktail only seen before in a cartoon, like the 'Flaming Homer' from The Sim...read more ›
In this installment of Behind the Bar, we were lucky enough to interview Madame St. Germain herself, Camille V...read more ›
If you're the kind of alcoholic who needs to have booze on your person at all times, Groupon has just the product for you: prosecco-flavored nail poli...read more ›
A recent IndieGoGo campaign has resulted in a coffee table with everything you could want: the Sobro Refrigera...read more ›
Soon, you'll be able to enjoy cold brew coffee with the alcohol percentage of a strong beer with Bad Larry's Cold Hard Coffee. ...read more ›