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Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Hofbräu Oktoberfest

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Hofbrau! A powerhouse of brewing in Germany has been reaching the masses for centuries over. Founded in 1589, it used to be the royal brewery (hence the crown in the logo) for the Bavarian “court” (Hof).  Known for its massive Oktoberfest celebration, frauleins, Liter steins, and lederhosen this beer is a classic for the season.  I found […] ... [Read more]

New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest

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With just a slight dusting of snow on the ground, a fire crackling in the fireplace and a Sunday afternoon full of NFL football, it felt more like the middle of October than January. Picking up a create-your-own six pack on my way back from Minnesota a few weeks ago, this Octoberfest from New Glarus […] ... [Read more]

Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest

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During a late Fall day after work I tried to soak up the remaining amounts of sun before the Winter months brought their gloomy clouds. With a camping chair and warm vest I just sat out in the backyard watching the squirrel frantically hide their foraged findings. Right before the sun west down I remembered […] ... [Read more]

Beck’s Oktoberfest

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Before I was asked to write for PHM I had been jotting down some notes for a couple Oktoberfest beers I sampled during the Fall. Figuring it is probably time I translate those notes into reviews, allow me to sum up my experience with Beck’s Oktoberfest. This is not a bad brew in and of […] ... [Read more]

Central Waters Octoberfest

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Pours a clear, transparent burnt orange with one finger head, quickly dissipates to a film in a matter of 1-2 minutes. Has the aroma of Munich malt, the typical grain used in the Marzen style. I brewed a Marzen earlier this year (the official style of many Octoberfest beers) and served it at our annual […] ... [Read more]

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen

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Beer drinkers and teetotalers alike tend to be familiar with Oktoberfest. It is the 16 day festival held in Germany every year in late September and early October. Millions of visitors come every year to participate in this legendary festival. Marzenbier is the beer that is traditionally served at Oktoberfest. The name of this type […] ... [Read more]

Sam Adams Octoberfest

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Octoberfest. The name itself conjures up images of heavyset, lederhosen-clad German men clanking overflowing steins and joining in rousing polka numbers. Busty fräuleins serve beer by the gallon. Bratwurst and sauerkraut are piled high, steaming on oversized platters. And days roll on in seemingly endless merriment. So…what could a thoroughly American craft brewery possibly know […] ... [Read more]