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How to Choose the Perfect Fall Beer

How to Choose the Perfect Fall Beer

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Finally, the leaves are golden enough to match our beers. Some of the best beers are brewed for autumn, and the seasonal crafts available make the selection difficult to navigate. I’ve rounded up some of the best kinds of fall beers, and now you can narrow down your choice based on your preferences!


If you like malty beers, choose: Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest beer, or Märzenbier (from "March" in German), has a malty aroma, and is a medium-strong version of the amber-red Vienna style.  Märzen beers are copper-red, smooth and crisp with a little spice and a dryish finish.

Ayinger Oktoberfest and Sam Adams Octoberfest

Try out: Ayinger Oktoberfest or Sam Adams Octoberfest


If you’re a fan of toffee: ESB (Extra Special Bitter) is right for you

ESB, or Extra Special Bitter beer, starts tasting of fruity, flowery hops followed by a light caramel and biscuit-y malt taste. ESBs are generally amber-honey color and are smooth and easy to drink. Experts liken the tastes to toffee, caramel, cracker, and brown sugar.

Best Southern Tier Harvest

Try out: Best Southern Tier Harvest


If you can never have enough coffee: pick up some Brown Ale

Brown ale can either be soft and silky or dark and dry. These brews tend to be roast-y, and have notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and latte.

Bell's Best Brown Ale

Try out: Bell's Best Brown Ale


If you’re a big fan of fruit: choose Harvest Ale

Harvest Ale, a type of fresh hop beer, uses fresh and flavorful hops and has citrus and orange undertones balanced with caramel tastes.

Abita Pecan Harvest Ale

Try out: Abita Pecan Harvest Ale


If you love everything pumpkin, choose: Pumpkin Beer​

Pumpkin beer is like liquid autumn. Spiced with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg and exudes fall seasonal flavors.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Try out: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale or Dogfish Head Punkin Ale


What are your favorite types of fall beer? Let us know in the comments below!

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