Top Ocktoberfest Beers

Strap on the lederhosen and heed the advice of a beer aficionado for which Oktoberfest brews to pour into your oversized beer stein.

Beer is a central element of Oktoberfest, the 16-day celebration of all things Bavarian, held in Munich, Germany, and running from September 22 to October 7. “Oktoberfest beers are characterized by a long brewing tradition and the strict adherence of the Reinheitsgebot or Bavarian Purity Requirements [beer made with only water, barley, and hops],” says Joe Vicidomini, owner of The Craftsman Ale House (235 Harrison Ave, Harrison 914-630-7484; Keep in mind that traditional Oktoberfest beers have high alcohol content, so go easy, lest you end up among the bierleichen (i.e., beer corpses).
Joe Vicidomini’s beers to say Prost! to:

Spaten Oktoberfest
This amber-colored, medium-bodied beer has a rich-textured palate with an underlying sweetness; it achieves an exact balance between roasted malt and
hops flavor.
Alcohol: 6%

Hofbrau Oktober-festbier
This brew smells slightly skunky but also sweet. It’s light and crisp, and it has a mildly bitter finish.
Alcohol: 6%

Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen
This beer has a deep, golden color tinted with amber. It’s lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops.
Alcohol: 5.8%

Hacker-Pschorr Original
This rich, red-amber-colored brew tastes moderately sweet with a hint of caramel in the beginning and finishes with a malty, sweet, mild hoppiness flavor.
Alcohol: 5.8%

Paulaner Oktoberfest
More than one million steins of this Märzen are served at Oktoberfest. It’s a yellowy-gold seasonal specialty (available only July through October) with a light hops taste.
Alcohol: 5.8%


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