Top 5 Chicagoland Oktoberfest Beers At BeerHoptacular


Oktoberfest At BeerHoptacular

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Photo By: Beer Pulse

Wise up, you basic b’s. Don’t come to BeerHoptacular looking for fall-ish moments like your basic friends. Autumn is coming and before you start opening all those damned “seasonally themed beers” get to know what Oktoberfest beers are all about.

Here’s the deal. Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections (yikes). So brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again during PSL season. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content. 

We are serious about Oktoberfest craft beers, so leave your simple notions about “fall beers” behind. Here are some of our favorite Chicagoland Oktoberfest beers.


1. Goose Island Beer Co. - Oktoberfest

Toffee and burnt sugar aroma. Flavors of sweet, dried apricots and a mild, earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of hallertau hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A dry, malty body delivers sweet dried fruit flavors complemented with an earthy bitterness.


Photo: Wine Specialist

2. Half Acre Beer Company - Lager Town

An Octoberfest that lives in the malty bosom of Munich's storied tradition. Take a drive through Lager Town. 

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Photo: Half Acre

3. Three Floyds Brewing Co. - Munsterfest

A Märzen-style Fest Bier brewed with the finest German malted barley, aromatic Bavarian noble hops and traditional lager yeast. This rich malty lager is one of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers originally brewed to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig in 1810. We hope you enjoy this fall offering. Es ist nicht normal.


Photo: The Full Pint

4. . Pollyanna - Fruhauf

Clean, malty, and just dry enough, this Märzen-style lager is to be consumed in your finest lederhosen or dirndl while eating giant pretzels in an endless beer garden.


Photo: Pollyanna Brewing Company

5. Two Brothers Artisan Brewing - Atom Smasher

A hefty, full-bodied, oak-aged Oktoberfest Style Lager. Collaboration with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) that resulted in an innovative beer like the Marzen beers of days gone by.

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**BONUS BEER: Because we simply can’t pick just five.

6. Metropolitan Brewing – Afterburner

This Oktoberfest has toasty malt aromas and a dry, elegant lager finish and it pairs perfectly with freshly harvested food native to the Midwest.


Photo: Metropolitan Brewing

Other Oktoberfest Beers In The Chicagoland Area

Buckle Down Brewing - Oktoberfest

This malt-forward lager is brewed in the tradition of the world’s most-loved Bavarian celebration. It has a medium body and its slightly toasty malts give it a gold-orange hue and a clingy froth.


Revolution Brewing - Oktoberfest

Classic German-style Oktoberfest lager that goes down smooth with a pleasant, toasty malt flavor. The addition of traditional German Magnum and Hersbruker hops provide a crisp balanced bitterness and spicy/earthy aroma to round out this robust beer.


Photo: Revolution Brewing

Solemn Oath Brewery - Oktoberface

Rich caramel and toasted malt flavors are balanced by a fresh, grassy hop character in this full-bodied German-style lager.


Photo: Solemn Oath Brewery

Chicago’s original craft beer festival returns on Saturday, September 28th with 100+ craft beers, Chicago’s favorite food trucks, helicopter rides, a DJ spinning all your favorite hits, a beer bicycle, a live photo booth and much more. And did we mention, BeerHoptacular will take place inside a 30,000 square foot helicopter hangar. That's right, BeerHoptacular will take place inside a helicopter hanger.

Josh Seago