October 2017 - Best Fall Lager

This month's Beer feature is Best Fall Lager
Best Fall Lager Reviews
221433
Samuel Adams
Cinder Bock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221247
Ayinger
Celebrator Doppelbock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221325
Upland Brewing
Champagne Velvet Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221248
Ayinger
Bavarian Pils
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220727
Deschutes Brewery
Hopzeit Autumn IPA
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221313
Hinterland
Oktoberfest Vienna Style Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221434
Samuel Adams
Black Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221747
Weltenburger Kloster
Barock Dunkel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221181
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221741
Hofbraü
Dunkel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221431
Samuel Adams
Octoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221432
Samuel Adams
Double Bock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221328
Stevens Point Brewery
Onyx Black Ale
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221398
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Oachkatzlschwoaf
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221236
Birra Moretti
La Rossa Doppelbock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221327
Stevens Point Brewery
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221373
Peroni
Gran Riserva Doppio Malto
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221375
Peroni
Gran Riserva Rossa
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221189
Ahnapee Brewery
Gray Wolf
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221743
Hofbraü
Original Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221263
Shoreline Brewery
Oktoberfest Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221746
Weltenburger Kloster
Anno 1050 Märzen
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221399
3 Daughters Brewing
# the Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221744
Bernard
Bohemian Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221749
Dinkelacker
CD-Pils Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221750
Dinkelacker
Oktoberfest
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,
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221752
Flensburger
Gold Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221177
Narragansett Brewing Company
Fest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221374
Peroni
Gran Riserva Puro Malto
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221397
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Dorfbier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221751
Früh
Kölsch
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221742
Hofbraü
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221145
Port Huron Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221246
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Hatchery Black Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221213
ABK
Schwarz Black Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221748
Andechs
Vollbier Hell
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221253
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Double Aught Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221372
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Bighead No Carb Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221425
Kinkaider Brewing Co.
Bearded Bock Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221156
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
CB-50 Golden Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221745
Bernard
Dunkel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221235
Birra Moretti
L'Autentica Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218569
Damm Brewery
Voll Damm Doble Malta Märzen Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221400
3 Daughters Brewing
Mission to Märzen
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221154
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
Angler Black Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221050
Upland Brewing
Free Time Vienna Style Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221354
Danny Boy Beer Works
Danny Brau
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221364
Island Brewing Company
Tropical Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221188
Ahnapee Brewery
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221424
Kinkaider Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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