Best Oktoberfest & German-Style Beers | Fall 2022
A list of some of the best Oktoberfest-style beers produced by German brewers, American brewers, and other breweries around the world.
Oktoberfest Style Beers from U.S. Breweries
Feierzeit (Second Wind Brewing Company)
The doughy malt helps balance a crisp finish.
Oktoberfest (Burke's Alewerks)
Oktoberfest (Sierra Nevada)
Available in 12oz cans, Sierra Nevada's Amber Marzen is strong enough to pipe some zest into your bloodstream while not being overly expressive in alcohol content with its 5.5% ABV rating.
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Facts
- Malts: Black, Munich, Pilsner, Special Roast
- Hops: Hersbrucker, Tradition
- Yeast: Lager Yeast
- 5.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 19 Bitterness Units
- 13.5° Original Gravity
- 3.1° Finishing Gravity
Oktoberfest (Summit Brewing Company)
A full-bodied beer that's made for Autumn weekends, Summit Brewing's Märzen-style Oktoberfest is brewed with a mix of Northern Brewer, Tettnanger and Saaz hops. It's been enjoyed in Minnesota for two decades worth of Fall seasons with no signs of let up. Grab a sixer or 12-pack of cans and bottles, or, find it on tap at the local bar. Be careful, Summit's brew inspires folks to grab the nearest accordion and get jamming.
Summit Brewing Company Oktoberfest Facts
- Alcohol by Volume: 6.5%
- IBUs: 30
- Original Gravity: 15.0° P
- Color, (deg. L.): Bronze, 13° L
- Hops Utilized: Northern Brewer, Tettnanger, Saaz
- Malts Utilized: Moravian 37, Crystal, Munich, 2-Row Pale
- Yeast: Lager
- Established: 2001
Oktoberfest (Timberyard Brewing Company)
Pilsner (Von Trapp Brewing)
Vienna (Von Trapp Brewing)
Oktoberfest-related Beers to Drink
Alexandr (Schilling Beer Company)
Belknap Pils (Twin Barns Brewing Company)
This German-Style Pilsner is brewed with Saaz and Hallertau-Mittelfruh hops. Belknap Pils has some notes of bread, a bit of toasted biscuit, and a touch of hoppiness. This light golden ale fits perfectly into those last weeks of Summer, when the wind starts to shift and the first hint of a change in leave color is brought in by those September days.
Das Weizen (Springdale Beer Company)
Das Weizen is brewed by Springdale, a spinoff from lager-only Jack's Abby Brewing. This is one delicious Hefeweizen, let us tell you. Springdale knows what they are doing with a kettle, that's for sure.
One thing to note, Jack's Abby has a delicious lineup of [Baltic Porters] in their Framinghammer series. If you're interested in keeping with the spirit of this article and enjoying European-style beers, give a Framinghammer a spin.
|Tent Name||Brewery||Special Notes|
|Marstall||Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu||First tent visitors see Band: Münchner Zwietracht|
|Armbrustschützenzelt||Paulaner||Part of Oktoberfest since 1895 - offers a competition|
|Hofbräu-Festzelt||Hofbräu München||Part of Hofbräuhaus|
|Hacker-Festzelt||Hacker-Pschorr||Has a rock band for after 6pm|
|Schottenhamel||Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu||Tapping of the keg to start the festival|
|Winzerer Fähndl||Paulaner||Has a huge tower, with a Maß of Paulaner beer on top|
|Schützen-Festhalle||Löwenbräu||Situated under the statue of Bavaria|
|Käfer Wiesn-Schänke||Paulaner||The smallest of the large tents serves food until after midnight|
|Weinzelt||Nymphenburger Sekt Paulaner Weißbier||Wine tent and Weißbier|
|Löwenbräu-Festhalle||Löwenbräu||Sits beneath a 15 foot tall lion|
|Bräurosl||Hacker-Pschorr||Hosts a gay and lesbian party on the first Sunday (Rosa Wiesn)|
|Augustiner-Festhalle||Augustiner bräu||Uses wooden rather than steel kegs|
|Ochsenbraterei||Spaten||Roast ox dishes|
|Fischer-Vroni||Augustiner||Fish (Steckerlfisch) grilled outside the tent|