Oktoberfest Beer

10 Best Oktoberfest Beers to choose from!

10 Best Oktoberfest Beers!

“Hopfen und Malz, Gott erhalt’s” meaning “God save hop and malt”. Find the 10 best Oktoberfest beers to celebrate. Three beers are imported from Germany, seven beers are brewed in the United States. Serve the beer with Oma’s original German food recipes and play German Music.

Unless you’re one of the 16 million people from around the world lucky enough to be spending Oktoberfest in Munich this year, chances are you may not have access to all the officially credited Oktoberfest beers. These include: Augustiner-Brau, Hacker-Pschorr-Bräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spatenbräu, and Staatliches Hofbräu-München. Each brand conforms to the Reinheitsgebot (purity law from 1516), at a minimum of 13.5% Stammwürze (approximately 6% alcohol by volume) and are brewed within Munich’s city limits.

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1. Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.8% ABV

2. Spaten Oktoberfest Beer | Ur-Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.9% ABV

3. Hofbräu Oktoberfest Beer | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 6.3% ABV

are imported from Germany and available in the United States.

I added seven more very good, reasonably priced German-inspired beers made in the U.S.A to the list of the 10 best Oktoberfest beers. All are relatively easy to find at your local beer and wine retailer. “Prost!”


1. Dominion Octoberfest

     Dover, DE | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.5% ABV

  • Rich copper color. Light head.
  • Starts out bready with a very slight sweetnes at the end.
  • Eight types of imported German malts and four hop varieties
  • Sweet toasted barley malt character, grass and grains with some bitter notes on the end
  • Overall a good drinking brew


2. Yuengling Oktoberfest

      Pottsville, PA | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.4% ABV

  • Copper-colored, medium bodied German-style beer
  • Toasted bread and light fruity notes form the initial aroma
  • Hop presence is minimal, zero bitterness, slightly floral in nature
  • Good malt character, slightly sweet, finish is nutty and dry
  • A very smooth and drinkable seasonable brew


3. Saranac Octoberfest Lager

      Utica, NY | German-style lager | 5.4% ABV

  • Rich and flavorful, pleasantly bitter
  • Two rows of imported crystal malts
  • Sharp and spicy with Saaz and Tettang hops
  • Slight lemon-peel bite at the end
  • Hazy amber-copper color, light head

Samuel Adams

4. Samuel Adams Octoberfest

      Boston, Mass | Märzen / Oktoberfest |5.3% ABV

  • Well-balanced blend of creamy, hearty Munich malts
  • Smooth toffee-, caramel-, toasted-bread notes
  • Bottom-fermenting lager, nice carbonation and body
  • Deep red-amber appearance; floral, earthy aroma
  • Bavarian Noble hops give a nice authentic finish


5. Shiner Oktoberfest

      Shiner, TX | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.7% ABV

  • Brewed with fresh German-grown hops
  • Highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts
  • Traditional Oktoberfest toastiness, pleasantly sweet and light
  • Less bitter than most beers in its class
  • Rusty, amber pour with a cream-color head

Sierra Nevada

6. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

      Chico, CA | Amber Lager / Oktoberfet | 6.0% ABV

  • Deep golden in color and rich with complex malt flavor from the use of traditional German Steffi barley
  • Rich, wide range of flavors
  • Finishes dry and crisp with a balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness
  • Created hand in hand with a Brewery in Augsburg/Germany


7. Brooklyn Oktoberfest

      Brooklyn, NY | Märzen / Oktoberfest | 5.5% ABV

  • Pours copper-burnt orange with a thin tan head which fades to just a little lacing
  • Fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness
  • Malts: Bavarian Heirloom Munich and Pilsner Malts
  • Hops: Hallertauer Perle, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh

Whatever beer you will pick from the list of the 10 best Oktoberfest beers, they all are worth tasting to find your personal best.

Oktoberfest party Guide, Food, Beer, Music

The ultimate guide to hosting a real German Oktoberfest party in your backyard.

Oktoberfest Party Guide!

Think Oktoberfest is all about beer? Think again. Just as important as those amazing Bavarian lagers are the authentic Oktoberfest dishes that make every Oktoberfest party so special. With good food and good drinks, come good times. And you’ll find everything you need to host a successful Oktoberfest beer garden festival in this quick Oktoberfest party guide! The best traditional recipes. The top-ten beers. And the greatest Oktoberfest playlist ever. It’s all here in this Oktoberfest  party guide. So, let’s get the party started!

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Oktoberfest Party Guide Decoration

What started in Munich 182 years ago, has spread across the world and is more popular today than ever. Traditionally, Oktoberfest starts in September and last until the beginning of October. The most famous Oktoberfest festival is in Munich at the Wiesn. Let’s recreate the magic of this fun-filled German beer fest celebration in a way that would make King Ludwig l proud.

Welcome your guests by decorating your home in blue and white—the traditional colors of the state of Bavaria. You can theme your surroundings with these Oktoberfest party suppliesincluding banners, table cloth, cups, napkins, and more. Keep your fine china in the cabinets and use simple and rustic seating and place settings. If the weather is accommodating, host your private beer festival outside in the garden. Maybe rent a tent for the backyard. Look for a picnic area, perhaps. Or, take it to the streets and get the whole neighborhood together for an Oktoberfest block party.

Most importantly, keep the Oktoberfest beer cold and music going. And don’t forget to launch the opening of your party with the officialO zapft iscry—which refers to tapping of the first beer keg.

I wish you a wonderful Oktoberfest party with family and friends. And as always, let me know how it goes!




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Click the links for Oma’s recipes!


Emmenthaler with Salt and Pepper

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Obatzda (spiced chess-butter-spread)

Obatzda Cheese Butter Spread


Typical Oktoberfest recipes that brings everyone to the table. So good. So flavorful. So German!

Pork Roast with Gravy

German Pork Roast Recipe


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Frikadellen – German Meatball Patties



There’s plenty of room on that plate. Complement your main dish with some of these old fashioned homemade side dishes.

Soft Pretzel

Homemade Pretzels

Mashed Potatoes

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German Coleslaw Recipe

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad


It’s not the end of the party – just the end of the course. A variety of apple cakes to choose from. Change the plate, go back to the table and load it up with one of the apple desserts to give your meal a satisfying finish.

Apple Cake with Vanilla Sauce

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Sunken Apple Cake

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Apple Streusel Cake

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You don’t have to travel all the way to Munich to find a brewery that pairs well with your Oktoberfest celebration.

Here are Oma’s Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers.

Oktoberfest Party Guide Beer

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No Oktoberfest Party is complete without the perfect soundtrack. From traditional to modern, folk to country, this 35-track German Oktoberfest playlist will get swaying and raising the glasses. Best of all, each track is linked to listen in. If you like it, you can download. Let’s celebrate! Just hit play.

Oktoberfest Party Guide Music