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October 2017 - Best Fall Lager

October 2017 - Best Fall Lager
This month's Beer feature is Best Fall Lager

Best Fall Lager Reviews

Samuel Adams Cinder Bock
97 points
Hazy sunburst color. Attractive, smoky, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked meats, sausages and nuts, caramelized dried fruits, and apple butter on raisin toast with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very long chocolate custard and orange peels, sweet bbq rub, and white ash finish. A superb smoky beer with great chewy, fruity, and smoky malt abounding with finesse and fine balance.
Awards: 2017 Best Lager, 2017 Top 2 Best Ale, 2017 Top 3 Best US Beer, 2017 Top 3 Best Beer
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
95 points
Dark bronze color. Fruity, smoky aromas and flavors of chocolate banana cake and pudding, toffee, smoked nuts, and sundried-tomato chutney with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long honeyed lettuce and mocha gelato finish. A fantastically flavorful and instantly appealing doppelbock with tremendous versatility.
Awards: 2017 Best Doppelbock
Upland Brewing Champagne Velvet Pilsner
95 points
Brilliant yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of lemon zest on pizza crust, herb garden, and powdered almond cookie with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, subtle, long fresh baguette, hint of kiwi and apricot, and radish sprouts finish. A mouthwatering, nearly impossible to put down Pilsner with great hop character.
Ayinger Bavarian Pils
94 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cookie dough, corn flakes, hint of dried pineapple, and clay spice jar with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long honey roasted nuts, bibb lettuce and radicchio, and pepper cracker finish. A pure, rich and flavorful Pilsner that is sure to please and finishes for a mile.
Deschutes Brewery Hopzeit Autumn IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed orange, buttery toffee, and fruitcake with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long radicchio, lemon peppercorn muffin, roasted corn and grapefruit, and pine finish. A rich, hop-centric Oktoberfest that drinks like a hoppy English-style IPA.
Awards: 2017 Best Märzen/Octoberfest
Hinterland Oktoberfest Vienna Style Lager
94 points
Brilliant old gold color. Tropical, attractive aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango relish, honey buttered biscuit, and praline with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, stimulating, medium-long frosted orange cake and fruit loops finish. An interesting and very attractive fruity-hop-aroma-driven take on the classic style that will appeal to fans of tropical hopped pale ales.
Awards: 2017 Best Vienna Lager
Samuel Adams Black Lager
94 points
Brilliant brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted chestnuts and buttered dark toast with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, long pumpernickel stuffing, chocolate orange peel, and kale finish. A delicious chewy black lager for fans of stouts.
Awards: 2017 Best Black Beer
Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel
94 points
Hazy bronze color. Artificial aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and custard and fruitcake with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long root beer float, mocha fudge, and grainy dark bread pudding finish. A robust and satisfying dark lager that is sure to please.
Awards: 2017 Best Dark Lager
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
93 points
Deep amber color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, honeyed sourdough toast, and apple-mint butter with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pepper, radicchio, and cocoa finish. A toothsome, exquisitely balanced Oktoberfest for all occasions.
Hofbraü Dunkel
93 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of carob nut bar, clay, and orange blossom honey on dark toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted and wet grains, chocolate pudding, pepper, and clay finish. A snappy dark lager crusher.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
93 points
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake and caramel with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length rye raisin toast, spinach, and nuts finish. A clean, spot-on Oktoberfest that really delivers the fest goods.
Samuel Adams Double Bock
93 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbon, berry liqueur, and chocolate cake in the oven with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long honey grilled yams with whipped cream, spiced nuts and dried fruits, and grilled kale finish. A decadent, chewy doppelbock that warms the body and soul.
Stevens Point Brewery Onyx Black Ale
93 points
Dark brown color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled panettone and orange marmalade on raisin toast with a velvety, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long black forest cake, latte, and nuts finish. A fruity, easy-drinking black lager crowd pleaser.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Oachkatzlschwoaf
93 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of lemon curd on dark toast, caramelized carrots and yams, and buttery egg croissant with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long watercress, toffee, and hint of licorice and graham cracker finish. A robust savory Märzen that stimulates and delights.
Birra Moretti La Rossa Doppelbock
92 points
Clear reddish mahogany color. Roasted aromas of roasted nuts, cocoa-dusted dried fruits, and salted rye cracker with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long roasted carrot and parsnip, chocolate fudge cake, and hint of lemon pepper finish. A very tasty and appetizing bock that is sure to please.
Stevens Point Brewery Oktoberfest
92 points
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and orange marmalade on toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish. A delectably flavorful and balanced Oktoberfest that really nails the style with high crushability.
Peroni Gran Riserva Doppio Malto
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of egg sandwich, dried stone fruits, roasted nuts and grains, and peach blossoms with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, long mixed lettuces and greens, lemon pepper, and buttered raisin rye bread finish. A zesty, flavorful bock with nice depth, balance and warm.
Peroni Gran Riserva Rossa
91 points
Clear copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed toast, butter roasted nuts, and rose hips with a supple, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length frisee, pepper, dried citrus, and clay and wax finish. A rock solid, dry earthy Vienna lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Ahnapee Brewery Gray Wolf
90 points
Dark copper color. Nutty aromas and flavors of dark raisin rye toast, praline, mocha, and cola with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length toasted fruitcake, bibb lettuce, and chocolate lemon peel finish. A crisp refreshing Vienna lager for the long haul.
Hofbraü Original Lager
90 points
Clear yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of muffin, Denver omelet, and Swedish rye cracker with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long roasted corn and nuts, cantaloupe, and minerals finish. A spot on helles that refreshes and delights.
Shoreline Brewery Oktoberfest Lager
90 points
Golden amber color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of floral honey on raisin toast, praline, and microgreens with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long caramelized fruit and citrus, sweet lettuces, mixed nuts, and hint of pepper finish. A nice savory Oktoberfest with pleasing flavor, balance and warmth.
Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 Märzen
90 points
Bright golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate fudge nut cookie, pretzel bread sticks, fig paste, and chocolate orange peels with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length lemon spritzed lettuce, almond skin, and minerals finish. A sturdy, forthright lager well suited for fall festivals.
3 Daughters Brewing # the Pilsner
89 points
Clear light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach jam on corn bread, white chocolate nuts, and hint of berry vinaigrette on grilled romaine with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long creamed corn and Brussels sprouts, nuts, and turnip greens finish. A nice crunchy, earthy lager.
Bernard Bohemian Lager
89 points
Brilliant old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of hominy, mesclun, herb muffin, and hint of floral fruity beeswax with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long strawberry scone, peppered greens, minerals, and almond skin finish. A delightfully nuanced and very tasty Czech style lager that will go well with anything.
Dinkelacker CD-Pils Lager
89 points
Clear yellow color. Toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of egg baguette sandwich, dried fruits, corn puff cereal, and cucumber relish with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long buttered toasted pretzel bread, pepper greens, roasted root vegetables, and marigold finish. A sure and steady Pilsner for long sessions.
Dinkelacker Oktoberfest
89 points
Brilliant copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of fresh baked bread and chocolate muffin and cinnamon raisin toast with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pepper jicama and kale, corn nuts, candied lemon peels, and minerals finish. A very nice hoppy Octoberfest that goes down nicely,
Flensburger Gold Lager
89 points
Clear golden yellow color. Interesting aromas of nectarine and melon balls, strawberry mint tea, corn chowder, and maple nut rice cereal with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, compelling, medium-long roasted nuts, toasted Hawaiian and corn breads, and mango chutney finish. A fruity lager with fun tropical notes.
Narragansett Brewing Company Fest
89 points
Brilliant amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate fudge, butter sautéed dried fruits, and dried lemon and seaweed with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long chocolate graham cracker and grapefruit marmalade finish. A solid, super sessionable Octoberfest with pleasing fruitiness.
Peroni Gran Riserva Puro Malto
89 points
Clear gold color. Funky aromas and flavors of succotash, creamed spinach with buttered croutons, and canned asparagus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk roasted corn cakes and yams, salted nuts, frisee, and wet grain finish. A savory, earthy quaffer.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Dorfbier
89 points
Brilliant medium brown color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate graham cracker, roasted nuts, and toasted grains with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long sassafras float, radish sprouts, spiced apple custard tart, and pepper finish. A palate stimulating dark lager that is tailor made for sessions or supper.
Früh Kölsch
88 points
Clear yellow straw color. Grainy aromas and flavors of honey roasted corn, corn fritters, dried pear, and leaves and straw with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, breezy cinnamon roll, watercress, and jicama finish. A delicious inviting kolsch that will be extremely versatile.
Hofbraü Oktoberfest
88 points
Light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate cookie and soufflé, toasted lemon scone, and asian cole slaw with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long honeyed radish, watercress, nuts, and minerals finish. A snappy, invigorating märzen that stimulates the palate and the senses.
Leavenworth Biers Oktoberfest
88 points
Brilliant copper color. Citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of lemon blossom talc, frosted citrus scone, and white chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, long pecan pie, arugula, radish, and pepper finish. A wonderfully balanced and expertly crafted Octoberfest that delivers seamless pleasure.
Port Huron Brewing Company Oktoberfest
88 points
Copper color. Roasted, savory aromas and flavors of toasted nut bread, honeyed dried fruits, and hint of mustard greens with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dark roasted nuts, hints of molasses and licorice, and arugula finish. A refreshing savory Oktoberfest that will shine at the table.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Hatchery Black Lager
88 points
Brilliant brown color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of smoked turkey bacon, Denver omelet, burnt toast, and hint of campfire with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long smoked nuts, grilled carrots and sweet potatoes, and radicchio finish. A fun, slightly smoky black lager that borders on rauchbier and will pair brilliantly with ’cue.
ABK Schwarz Black Lager
87 points
Bright dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and roasted grains with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy roasted sweet potato, lemon spritzed kale, and pepper finish. A pleasant black lager.
Andechs Vollbier Hell
87 points
Clear straw green color. Grainy aromas and flavors of buttered peppercorn muffin, kale, spiced jicama, and clay and wax paper with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy delicate cinnamon roll and watercress finish. A grainy, refreshing helles with nice balance and quaffability.
Bear Republic Brewing Co. Double Aught Pilsner
87 points
Pale golden yellow color. Herbal, floral aromas and flavors of lemon floral talc, egg sandwich, and citrus and herbs with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, medium-long spiced carrots, pepper, radicchio, and alpine herbs and mint finish. A solid hoppy Pilsner with attitude.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Bighead No Carb Lager
87 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast and dried green pear with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an even, stimulating, medium-length arugula, hint of lemon rind, and saltine finish. A very nice, clean, malt-forward light lager that is a pleasure to drink.
Kinkaider Brewing Co. Bearded Bock Lager
87 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of golden-raisin compote and pear marmalade on toast with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy cocoa dusted lemons, smoked nuts, and pepper finish. A nice warming bock to take the chill off a fall day.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. CB-50 Golden Lager
86 points
Brilliant old gold color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of apricot marmalade on toast, lemon bar, and floral honey butter with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, charming, medium-long peppered watercress and rye cracker finish. A very tasty, fruit accented Vienna lager that hits all of the stylistic marks and is a pleasure to drink.
Bernard Dunkel
86 points
Hazy dark brown color. Interesting aromas of mocha gelato, bbq rub, and chocolate nut bar with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium arugula, pepper bread toast, grassy earth, and coffee finish. A vibrantly delicious, nicely astringent dark lager that will be very versatile.
Birra Moretti LAutentica Lager
85 points
Clear golden yellow color. Odd aromas and flavors of stewed veggies and dried fruits and wet bread with a supple, crisp, effervescent, light body and a tingling, medium peppered arugula, butter roasted nuts, radish, and wax paper finish. A spry, tingling lager.
Damm Brewery Voll Damm Doble Malta Märzen Lager
85 points
Brilliant amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toast, omelet, dried fruit, and pumpkin with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length roasted nuts, chicory, and arugula finish. A rock solid, Märzen with nice balance and refreshing crispness and bitterness.
3 Daughters Brewing Mission to Märzen
84 points
Brilliant old gold color. Toasty, savory aromas and flavors of stewed okra and corn, rye crisp, honey buttered sourdough nut toast, and hint of cardboard with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a cheery apple-lemon yogurt, pear salad, and chocolate bar wrapper finish. An earthy, savory offering for the table.
Barley Creek Brewing Co. Angler Black Lager
84 points
Bright dark brown color. Savory aromas of butter-roasted Brussels sprouts, corn and carrots, chocolate graham cracker, dried fruits and meats, and salami sandwich with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length rye cracker, charred nuts, hint of ink and ash, and bitter greens finish. An interesting, layered, meaty black lager that will shine at the table.
Upland Brewing Free Time Vienna Style Lager
84 points
Clear golden amber color. Nutty, savory aromas and flavors of toasted rye bread, caramelized nuts, and roasted root vegetables with a supple, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a relaxed sautéed mustard greens, radish and radish, and pepper cracker finish. A sturdy, very dry and earthy Vienna lager for the table.
Danny Boy Beer Works Danny Brau
83 points
Clear sunburst color. Aromas and flavors of roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta, chocolate sauce on cherry cake, nuts and edamame, and salted corn bread with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish thin body and a short finish. An easy quaffing style of doppelbock.
Island Brewing Company Tropical Lager
83 points
Pale yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted corn, crackers, and apple mint jelly with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long lettuce, peppercorn muffin, and nuts finish. A crisp and refreshing lager that is sure to please.
Leavenworth Biers Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen
83 points
Brilliant dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and yogurt, coffee, and orange marmalade on dark toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk grilled romaine, grain, and wafer finish. A soft, easy dunkel for the table.
Ahnapee Brewery Oktoberfest
81 points
Bright copper color. Unusual aromas and flavors of bread dough, latex and wax paper, dried fruits and coconut, and acorn squash soup in the gourd with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk pepper roasted nuts, sweet potato chips, and bitter greens finish. An earthy Octoberfest for pub grub.
Kinkaider Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
81 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of heaping sauerkraut on a reuben, cocoa-dusted nuts, and cardboard soap box with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, relaxed cashew butter, stewed okra, turnip, and corn meal finish. A dusty earthy Octoberfest for the table.
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