Beers that suddenly become popular in the fall, as the weather cools, tend to be maltier and darker than summer beer. Octoberfest style is described as toasty and with caramel overtones, but breweries feel free to go in any flavor direction they want for fall seasonals.
Here is a list of both German and American fall seasonal beers that would go well with your Oktoberfest brat.
- Samuel Adams' Octoberfest tasting notes. Caramel and toffee flavors with German Noble hops.
- Paulaner Octoberfest Marzen tasting notes. Caramel and malt overtones, slightly hoppy.
- Spaten Oktoberfest tasting notes. Medium bodied beer with balance of roasted malt and hops.
- J.W. Dundee Oktoberfest company link and BeerAdvocate review. A Marzen-style lager brewed in the German tradition. Amber color and the rich malt.
- Karl Strauss Oktoberfest company profile and review at Ratebeer.com. Vienna and Munich malts produce nutty and toasted malt flavors. Perle hops imported directly from the Hallertau region of Germany give the beer a smooth, balanced finish.
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- New Belgium Hoptober company site and BeerAdvocate review. ...Five hops and four malts. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops.
- Breckenridge Autumn Ale company site and BeerAdvocate review. ...Munich malts and a blend of Bavarian hops, full-bodied with a nutty-sweet middle and notes of toasted grains.
- Blue Moon Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale company site and BeerAdvocate review. The US has a variety of pumpkin ales, which have spices and pumpkin added. This one claims to be sweet and spicy with nutmeg, allspice and clove.
- Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale company site and BeerAdvocate review. A seasonal that does not go towards malt. ...The 2009 Anniversary Ale is brewed in the style of an American IPA. This beer is a combination of four varieties of malts that and Sierra Nevada's signature hop variety: the Cascade.
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