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This is the time of year for Oktoberfest beers, also known as Marzens, and few American breweries do a Marzen as faithful to the style as Cleveland’s Great Lakes Brewing. Made for the cool months of autumn, this amber lager has a chewy, bready sweetness with hints of caramel and toasted pumpernickel; earthy, herbal hops provide well-balanced bitterness. With brisk carbonation and a fairly robust strength for its drinkability (6.5 percent ABV), it’s easy to see why beers like this form the backbone of food-and-song autumn festivals. Many American breweries make an Oktoberfest beer, of course, but very few managed to breathe the same rarified air as classic breweries like Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulaner. Great Lakes, however, earns their way into the club. If you’re going to hoist a few tankards this fall, make sure at least one includes this beer. It’s on draft at many Philly bars, including Local 44, 2nd Street Brew House, Resurrection Ale House and Varga Bar.
PW's Year of Beer: Allagash White