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The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…

spaten oktoberfest beer The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…Oktoberfest Beers: A 200 Year German Brewing Tradition

By Team Goldmine

The German Tradition of Oktoberfest started in Munich Germany in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria.  An Oktoberfest beer, or Marzen style lager is brewed in March and stored cold through the spring and summer, and finally tapped in October.  Compared to a regular German style lager, the Oktoberfest bier is brewed with more malts and higher alcohol content in order to survive the long spring/summer storage.  One of our favorite styles, the Oktoberfest Marzen Lager is usually darker, full bodied, with more flavor than a traditional lager.  Below is a list of the Top 10 Oktoberfest beers of 2011!

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spaten munich lager bier The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…1.  Spaten Oktoberfest Marzen- -Germany.  5.9% ABV

Crisp, well balanced, excellent head, natural amber color, balance is subtle in rich malts & bitters.  Crisp pleasant finish.  Our 2011 Oktoberfest Champion!

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2.  Hacker Pschorr Original Oktoberfest—Germany.  5.80% ABV

Golden Brown color, great wheat aroma, smooth but crisp, excellent mouthfeel interesting malt tones, tastes of malts and notes of honey.  Finish is slightly flat.

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paulaner oktoberfest The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…3.  Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen—Germany.  6.00% ABV

Pours a rich copper color, perfect carbonation settles to rich head.  Bitter, malty, complex and dry. Achieves perfect balance of maltiness & bitterness.

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4.  Slyfox Oktoberfest Lager—Pennsylvania.  5.80% ABV

Great for being out of a can!  Settles to a cloudy light orange/amber color with a rich head that sticks to glass.  Out of the American Oktoberfest brews, this is the quintessential German Oktoberfest style.

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ayinger 300x216 The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…5.  Ayinger Oktoberfest Marzen—Germany.  5.80% ABV

Malty, Crisp, Dry with Light Hops.  Hints of Coffee and very well balanced.  Our 2010 Oktoberfest champion.

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6.  Stoudts Oktoberfest—Pennsylvania.  5.00% ABV

Pours a dark copper cloudy cover with light head and toffee malt notes.  Sweet, citrusy and malty.  More noticeable hoppiness than others, smooth finish & balance.

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great lakes brewing The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…7.  Great Lakes Oktoberfest –Ohio.  6.5% ABV

Made with Harrington 2 Row Malts and Hallertau U.S. German style Hops, here is another flat out stud from Great Lakes.  This brewery has the lock on lagers.

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8.  Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier—Germany.  6.30% ABV

Robust, crisp, sweet and dry.  Made with ale yeasts and ours an unusually light golden color.  Frothy head, light on the malt characteristics, but the wheat bitter balance is nice.

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flying dog dogtoberfest The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…9.  Flying Dog Dogtoberfest Marzen—Maryland 5.30% ABV

Made with German Perle and Hallertau Malts, and brewed with 100% German ingredients.  A medium and solid crisp lager.

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10.  Flying Fish Oktoberfish—New Jersey  5.50% ABV

Pours an orange to light copper with thin carbonation.  Malty, crips, with a sour aftertaste.  Flavor dissapates rather quickly.  Hints of coffee in the malts.  Finishes crisp.

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11.  Victory Festbier—Pennsylvania.  5.60% ABV

12.  Becks Oktoberfest—Germany.  5.00% ABV

13.  Sam Adams Oktoberfest—Massachusetts.  5.30% ABV

14.  Saranac Oktoberfest—New York.  5.40% ABV

15.  Brooklyn Oktoberfest–New York.  5.50% ABV.

Oktoberfest officially begins on September 18 and goes through the first weekend of October.  This year the traditional German brewers did what they due best, taking 4 of the top 5 spots in our 2011 rankings.  Our esteemed panel consisted of 5 judges, one being a craft beer sommelier.  Please note: these rankings are based upon the beers available in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.  We searched 7-8 locations and tasted every Oktoberfest beer available.

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

 

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

 

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

 

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

 

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

 

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

 

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

 

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

 

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

 

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4 comments to The Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Beers: Spaten, Hacker Pschorr, Paulaner, Ayinger Oktoberfests and more…

  • I love your Valentine’s holders:) We had so much fun miknag them and hanging them. It’s it a wonderful feeling to add the extra one in the middle! We are excited, Tuesday will mark a big day for us too.. DTC:)Have you have a great Valentine’s Day with your kiddos!

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  • Tim Rodgers

    I just cracked another spaten octoberfest there’s no doubt at this point that this is clearly the best oktoberfest beers this year.

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    Matt Goldstein Reply:

    Same, I had another one on Saturday and it crushed. Spaten killed it this year.

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