When it comes to the calendar of brewing events, Oktoberfest reigns supreme. It is often considered to be the most casual father’s day celebration of the entire year.
At these gatherings, a wide variety of beer varieties are typically present, with the ironically called Märzen being the predominant style and serving as a guiding light for offers from breweries all over the world that are participating in this cereal festival. Festbier and its variants have become synonymous with Märzen as a result of the fact that this phrase provides the brewers with a bit more discretion to use lighter (cheaper) malts and inform the style rather than conforming to the heavier forerunner. This is true not just outside of Bavaria but also in other parts of the world. As a result of the fact that these beers are often aged for a considerable amount of time, the consumption of a “March” beer occurs in the early fall. The major traits and trademarks of this lineage are often darker caramel malts with sweetness levels that hover around the dry side of off-dry. Both of these qualities tend to be present. Those of us who are reliant on lupulin will find some relief in a mild Noble Hop-driven bitterness that often gives between 15 and 30 IBUs. Additionally, with an alcohol content that commonly sits around 5.8%, it is highly possible to drink for a significant amount of time in a tent with a large number of fellow citizens.
Here is an in-depth look at some of the most popular Oktoberfest beers now available on the market, including both domestic and international options, as well as our recommendations for the finest of the lot.
The people of Bavaria
The Oktoberfest in Spaten
In addition to a cameo of yellow apple and raisin, the nose is characterised by a strong hand of molasses and hints of smoke. When it comes to the palate, brioche is followed by molasses, followed by orange pith, and finally white pepper. Later on, dried apricot and some residual sugars become apparent; the flavour is off-dry. The finish is marked by a noticeable level of bitterness, which is announced by some piney resin. The abv is 5.9%.
Oktoberfest Märzen Paulaner Oktoberfest
Malt was without a doubt the primary ingredient in this brew, which was a study of caramel and roast character. To tell you the truth, it is pretty challenging to identify any characteristics that are not malt in this glass. There are traces of lemon oil perfume, and there is a very faint tinge of pine on the nose. The tale behind this beer, on the other hand, is filled with caramel, honey, raisins, and molasses; it is off-dry. The abv is 5.8%.
Festival beer from Weihenstephaner
There is a strong aroma of lemon and orange that comes out of the glass, and there are hints of clove involved. The palate is coated with cracker and light honey, which gives the impression of a larger degree of sweetness than was actually realised; the flavour is dry. There is a vegetal bitterness that predominates in the end. The abv is 5.8%.
This is the Tucher Festbier.
The smells of butterscotch and burnt orange are almost completely quiet, and they stick to the bottom of the glass. There is a hint of molasses and clove that comes after the fact, but it is sufficient to characterise its body; it is off-dry. The bitterness is not particularly noticeable, and there are traces of kombu just before the finish. The abv is 5.8%.
American Standby Brews
Octoberfest, hosted by Samuel Adam
Strong aromas of banana bread may be heard floating over the glass. Throughout the entirety of the performance, clove and pepper are present, but they remain firmly in the background, much like a stagehand who has had much training. When it comes to the tongue, caramel maintains its position as the star of the show and flirts with becoming molasses. In spite of the fact that it is not dry, it gives the impression that it may be sweet. At the very end, there are hints of Noble Hops, although they are firmly within the parameters of the style the entire time. 5.3% alcohol.
Oktoberfest hosted by Bell
Notable in fact In the glass, the Meyer lemon comes first, and then honey comes in a little while after that. Especially for the type, this beer has a fairly dry aroma and flavour. An early appearance of grassy bitterness that stays long after the final sip has been taken. The characteristics of a classic roast malt are there, although they are toned down. Although it has the intention of being a pale ale, being a pale ale is certainly a sensible move for the American market. The abv is 5.5%.
O’Fest of the Devils’ Backbone
The flavours of banana and clove, along with a touch of lemon oil, greeted my nose right away. There are some secondary cracker flavours on the tongue, but honey and clove are the dominant flavours. The hop aspects that are driven by citrus indicate that there will be some bitterness at the end of the drink, but you should put an end to the dogs and close things off with some acidity. It is dry. The abv is 5.9%.
The Oktoberfest at Von Trapp
There is a faint whiff of burned orange oil in this area, but the noise level is very low. Because the idea of cereals is very quickly overshadowed by full-on pine and grass aromas, the decision to let hop resin speak so loudly in this brew clearly borders into commentary on the style. This is because the hop resin stands out so obviously. That is not to say that it is not pleasurable by any length of the imagination; nonetheless, it does not adhere to the style. The abv is 5.6%.
The Oktoberfest of Yuengling
Brioche and pie crust are the breads that make up the nose. There is a very subtle touch of caramel and biscuit that settles into the palate, but it does not persist. The aftertaste is short and has a hint of pepper, which is consistent with the fact that this brew is quite malty. A beer that is technically sound but lacks personality in its appearance. The abv is 5.5%.
Principal Points of Interest
Fest-Marzen of the Ayinger Oktoberfest
Check to verify if Ayinger produces a typical German beer style if you want to have a complete and authentic experience with your beer. When it comes to yeast, these individuals never hesitate to let their yeast do the talking. This is by far the most fruity beer that I had out of the entire range, and it is a pleasant interpretation of the style that I am really pleased to have experienced. After beginning with a grassy green banana on the nose, the banana profile gradually progresses to banana bread in the back of the palate. The banana profile is completely huge and comprehensive. There is no doubt that clove and white pepper are there, all of which are complemented by a touch of honey. In a surprising turn of events, this beer is dry, yet it still manages to keep its powerful texture. Although there isn’t much of a bitter finish, I think that’s probably a good thing since I would have became exhausted with this beer if it had been anything other than wonderful. The abv is 5.8%.
The Oktoberfest Festbier is being produced by Sierra Nevada in collaboration with Kehrwieder Brewery.
Sierra Nevada’s autumn collaboration has been a continuous string of successes, and this year’s release is no different. As a result, this masterclass is an annual event that Sierra Nevada puts on. The first act is comprised of Meyer lemon and apricot, which are both powerful and effectively balanced. Honey can be considered the supporting column in this case; nevertheless, it does not bring any more sweetness and instead shifts to the notion of orange marmalade. Throughout the whole brew, there is a consistent theme of ghost acid, which helps to keep the beverage firmly under dry area. Considering that every aspect of this beer is intricate, it is only logical that the finish is a progression of green bitterness that transitions to resin late on and lingers for a sufficient amount of time to make you want to finish the entire can each and every time. 6% abv.
Oktoberfest Märzen Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest
Do you find yourself as a Beer Bro wandering aimlessly, bemoaning the decline of West Coast IPAs and wanting to know where everything went wrong? Same here, my friend. There is a spicy clove-driven banana fragrance that leads straight into a lemony and light body with a hint of clover honey that is exquisite and balanced, and it is decidedly dry. There is no question that this is cannabinoidally based bitterness; it is an old acquaintance. The intense, peppery resin leaves no mistake. An outstanding choice for any hop-head seeking an autumn pick. The abv is 5.8%.