Abita Fall Fest
Abita Brewing Company
Abita Springs, La.
Abita Fall Fest is a Marzen-style beer brewed using German Hersbrucker hops and pale, crystal and chocolate malts. Typically brewed during March and placed in cold storage during the summer months, Marzen is full-bodied, rich and toasty. Abita Fall Fest is true to the style a full-bodied, malty brew with balanced hop character.
Otter Creek Oktoberfest
Otter Creek Brewing
Otter Creek Oktoberfest is an American amber. This style of beer focuses on the malts with a low-to-medium hop character. The Otter Creek uses Hallertau and Tettnang hops, which give the beer a nice hop spice that balances the sweetness from the malts.
Heiner Bräu Festbier
Heiner Brau Festbier is another Marzen-style beer. Heiner Brau founder and brewmaster Henryk Orlik uses three different types of hops (Spatel, Hallertau perla and northern brewer), which leads to a mild hoppiness that allows the sweet maltiness to come through. Orlik produces beers for several area labels. Heiner Brau brews strictly in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot the German purity law of 1516. This means he uses malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and no adjuncts, artificial carbonation or other additives.
Paulaner Salvator Thomas Bräu AG Brewery
Started by Pauline monks and named in honor of Saint Francis of Paula, the Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu AG Brewery brews this Oktoberfest Marzen. This is a classic example of Marzen style, with a nice interplay between the caramel maltiness and spicy hop bitterness. It's a truly original Oktoberfest beer.
The Weihenstephaner Festbier is another German Marzen. This one differs from the other Marzens in that it is more hop focused, using Saaz hops, which bring out a bitter citrus flavor that cuts through the sweetness of the blended malts.
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale
Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Generally released as a fall seasonal beer, pumpkin ales are brewed using actual pumpkin or pumpkin puree. Depending on the brewer, spices such as ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and allspice may be incorporated. Buffalo Bill's uses fresh, roasted pumpkins and adds cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to give it a true pumpkin-pie taste.
Many of these beers are widely available. Bars and stores with big selections include the Bulldog, Cooter Brown's Tavern, d.b.a., Lagers International Ale House, Martin Wine Cellar, Stein's Market and Deli, Whole Foods Markets, Dorignac's and World Market.