2016’s Top 3 “German-style” Oktoberfest beers by United States Craft Brewers

Oktoberfest! It all began with the Royal Wedding on the 12th of October 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

The citizens of Munich Germany were invited to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates, to celebrate the happy royal event.

Today, Oktoberfest 2016 in Munich is the largest festival in the world, with an international flavor characteristic of the 21st century. On September 17th Oktoberfest 2016 kicked off celebrations of its 206th Anniversary and only wars and cholera epidemics have briefly interrupted the yearly beer celebration in the past.

OKtoberfest by Revolution Brewing of Chicago, IL

A classic German-style Oktoberfest beer that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. 100% German malts create a supple and flavorful base for this traditional Oktoberfest lager. This lager is brewed with a hop called Hallertau Gold, grown on only one farm in the whole of Bavaria to deliver a hop profile which is at the same time both classic and unique.

ABV 5.7%

IBU  25

Octoberfest by Abita of Covington, LA

Abita Octoberfest is a German style lager. This full bodied malty lager has a copper color and is dry hopped with German Hallertau hops giving it a pleasant, spicy hop aroma that’s just right for the season.

ABV 5.4%

IBU 24

Oktoberfest by Sierra Nevada of Chico, CA

This authentic version of the festival beer is deep golden in color with a rich malt complexity, but with a noticeable spicy hop character from the use of the nearly forgotten Record hop varietal – bittering hops German Magnum, Palisade; Finishing hops German Record, Saphir, Crystal.

ABV 6%

IBU 30

Bier Fact: Raise a Bier Stein!

Only a certain type of beer may be served at the Munich festival.  It must have an alcohol content level of about 6% and be brewed within the city limits of Munich. There is a total of six breweries qualified to produce Oktoberfest Beer: Augustiner-Bräu, Hacker Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner-Bräu, Spatenbräu and Staatliches Hofbräu-München.