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Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers

Firestone Walker's Oaktoberfest, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers

The Best Oktoberfest, Märzen and Festbiers

Even if you can't make the trek to Munich this year, you can still enjoy some of the same beers being served across the Atlantic. In fact, three of the breweries featured here 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 slightly 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 higher alcohol content and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. It's a great beer for early fall drinking — lederhosen or not.

by Bob Barnes

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Top 2014 US Oktoberfest Celebrations

It's time to get out there and celebrate Oktoberfest, so put on some lederhosen and prepare to drink plenty of bear. It doesn't matter if you're in Tulsa or Boston, there's an Oktoberfest celebration near you.

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