Our fall beer round-up was curated with all types of beer drinkers in mind. From crisp lagers to every kind of ale out there, you’ll find these brews touch on all the iconic flavors of the season: Oktoberfest, pumpkin, graham cracker, pretzels, and more.
What these beers all have in common is (one) they’ll warm you up when the weather is biting, and (two) they all go dang good with signature foods you’ll find at social events—think Brats at a tailgate or a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses at your aunt and uncles house.
Presenting our official fall beers list below. Make sure to let us know your thoughts on the ones you try!
Only brewed once a year, Paulaner’s Oktoberfest beer showcases the best qualities of German brewing with deep golden color, full-bodied taste, and a hoppy fragrance. Best paired with cured meats and cheeses, so get enjoy a deluxe charcuterie board to enjoy this with.
Great Divide Hibernation
Great Divide really went at it with an 8.7% on their Hibernation Ale. Expect a robust, dry, and hoppy ale with malty goodness.
Cigar City Frost Proof
A Belgian-style pick from the Florida brewing company. Frost Proof contains a citrus and spice flavor that produces a strong, flavorful finish. We like this pick because it’ll get your blood warm.
Blue Point Big Mother Pumpkin
Blue Point might have the highest ABV of all the pumpkin beers. This Pumpkin Ale has a spiced taste and is full of pumpkin and graham cracker flavor—so full that you might feel like you’re eating a piece of pumpkin pie.
Southern Tier Pumking
Pumking is brewed in the spirit of Halloween, offering spicy aromas and donning a strong copper color to entice you into the magical brew. If you’re looking for a fall beer that packs a punch, go with this one.
München Pumpkin Lager
Inspired by the beers that come from Munich (München), this lager has been customized to give you a crisp, refreshing pumpkin spice flavor.
Cigar City Cedar Jai Alai
Florida-based Cigar City has successfully experimented with several different brews over the years. This India Pale Ale is made with Spanish Cedar and is a part of their popular Humidor Series. The flavor has got a light bitterness to contrast its overall smooth taste of citrusy tropical notes. It’s got an aromatic wood flavor and it great when pairing with a cigar.
Snyder Pretzel Bier
Snyder’s Pretzels teamed up with Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. to celebrate Oktoberfest by producing their very own Märzen and Frücht made out of pretzels. The märzen is a traditional Oktoberfest-style lager and the Frücht is a sweet gosh-style mashup.
ABV: 5.0% Märzen & 4.5% Frücht
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Punkin’ Ale is a spiced brown ale brewed by Dogfish Head using baked pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. The brewer says the name takes after the annual Punkin’ Chunkin Festival near Lewes, Delaware the weekend after Halloween. This is another great pumpkin beer to turn to.
Ayinger Oktober Fest Beer
Ayinger’s Oktoberfest Märzen comes in a deep golden color and has a tinge of dryness from the maturation process. It’s got a sweet, malty flavor with notes of floral hops.
Sam Adams Fall Pack
Named “Sweater Weather,” this fall-pack from Sam Adams features some key signature brews that are ideal for the season: Oktoberfest, Jack-O, Sam ‘6, and Boston Lager. Our favorite is probably Jack-O, a pumpkin ale with cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.
Rogue Pumpkin Patch
Rogue used fresh pumpkins grown on a pumpkin patch directly bordering their 42-acre hop yard. The pumpkins are then loaded into a farm truck and driven 77 miles to their brewery in Newport, where they’re roasted and pitched into the brew kettle. We call this the “farm-to-table” of pumpkin beers.
Sierra Neveda Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada is a rich Märzen lager featuring flavors of honey, biscuity bread, caramel, and graham cracker—and because the Oktoberfest event was canceled this year due to COVID, Sierra Nevada is giving fans an opportunity to get a free case of the beer delivered to their door in a signature German fashion.
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