Beer Guy Richard’s top 5 Fall Brews

I’ve been in hideout for a while (last review I did was for my home brew a couple months back). But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking beer- that would be a disgrace!

October(fest) is one of my favorite times of the year. While there are many great beers out there year ’round, my love for octoberfest and “fall” brews come second only to my love for high gravity Belgian tripels. Let’s do a run down of 5 of my favorite.

  1. Erdinger Octoberfest: My favorite for 2 years now. I was introduced to this while looking for Sam Adams Octoberfest (ironically, #2 on this list). Erdinger Octoberfest has a light, crisp, but very malty taste with a lot of caramel mixed in. It is truly unique.
  2. Sam Adams Octoberfest: While this beer has always been good, slightly tweaking the recipe each year resulted in an excellent fall beer in the last 3 years (with last year and this year being my favorite)
  3. Breckinridge Autumn Ale: This beer has all the hallmark Oktoberfest flavors, but its roasted malt notes, heavier mouth feel and 6.7% ABV create a very enjoyable experience.
  4. Paulaner Oktoberfest. This awesome brew happens to be one of only six Munich breweries allowed to serve beer at the Munich Oktoberfest, so if you can’t (or your wife won’t let you) make it to Germany to visit the festival in person, the next best thing is to drink this!┬áThere’s something to be said for a beer that pours with a thick, creamy, foamy froth. The taste offers a decidedly nutty light roast with an emphasis on malt sweetness that’s smooth and well balanced with subtle, but noticeable hop flavor.
  5. Magic Hat Octoberfest: I am not a fan of most beers from this brewery, however their Octoberfest is a new take on the classic style: Brewed with cherrywood-smoked malts, Hex imparts soft, smooth smoke above its toasted malt base. Light cherry flavors string subtle sweetness through the swallow before robust bitterness wraps this beer up with a clean finish.


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