Written By: Tom Platten
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival in Munich, Germany that features music, games, amusement rides and, of course, beer! It originally began as a wedding celebration in 1810, but evolved to a worldwide spectacle with over 6 million people in attendance every year.
For us here in the midwest, it can be difficult to make the trip to Germany for the authentic Oktoberfest festival. Although we may not be able to experience the polka music, lederhosen and brats first hand, we do get to drink some great beer! Check out our top 5 favorite Oktoberfest beers!
1. Samuel Adams Octoberfest
If you’re new to the Sam Adams line of beer, this is the one you have to try first! When poured into a glass the first thing you notice is the rich orange color and a nice caramel aroma with a faint citrus smell. When taking a sip, you can instantly taste the roasted malts with a hint of caramel. This medium-bodied beer is a great beer to enjoy on a cool fall night and rightfully earned it’s spot on our list.
2. Schlafly Oktoberfest
This traditional Märzen is brewed in Missouri which immediately gives it a few bonus points. Right off the bat you’re hit with a toasty malt aroma and after taking a drink you’re embraced by a forward caramel flavor. It finishes with a slight note of apple and pear. We’re happy to have this St. Louis favorite on our list!
3. Warsteiner Oktoberfest
This German import beer has a well balanced, mild and smooth taste with a hint of vanilla flavor. Its light amber color and thick head really remind you that fall has arrived. If you’re looking for an authentic Oktoberfest beer, you’ve got to try this one!
4. Goose Island Oktoberfest
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite beers on the list. Its rose color and white head look amazing in any stein and the taste brings a nice balance of toffee and caramelized sugar. If you’re new to Oktoberfest styled beer, this is one I would suggest you try first.
5. Paulaner Oktoberfest
Paulaner Oktoberfest is a full-bodied beer that stays true to the Oktoberfest heritage. Its rich malt flavor and dark toffee notes will have you believing you’re under an Oktoberfest tent in Germany.
Don’t hold back, go ahead and dive into these Oktoberfest favorites. The shelves are loaded with the firsts of the season which means they are as fresh as they are going to get. Try some now and save some for the future. Fall will come and go before you know it and you will wish you could still find a few to enjoy with your Thanksgiving feast. Happy Oktoberfest!