Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers

The Best Oktoberfest Brews to Drink for Fall

By Bob Barnes

Even if you can't make the trek to Munich, you can still enjoy some of the same beers being served across the Atlantic. In fact, three breweries featured on GAYOT's Best Oktoberfest Beers are among the six that are allowed to serve beer at the true Bavarian Oktoberfest.

The Oktoberfest style, also known as Märzen, was originally brewed around March (Märzen derives from März, the German word for March) before modern refrigeration, when brewing during the summer was problematic due to high temperatures that could result in bacterial infections. The beer was lagered (kept in cold storage) over the hotter months and brewed at a higher gravity (or alcohol content) to help it maintain stability against the summer heat.

This German lager style tends to be full-bodied, malty, toasty and dark copper-hued, with a slightly greater alcohol content and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. It's an ideal beer for early fall drinking — lederhosen or not.

For additional brews that taste wonderful this time of year, take a look at our Best Beers for Fall. Be sure to also check out GAYOT's Complete Guide to Beer.