Eric Asimov wrote last week "... appearing right about now in bars and shops near you are the seasonal brews reminiscent of those that long ago toasted both the Bavarian harvest and, incidentally, the return of the brewing season, which in the times before refrigeration coincided with cooler weather."
Regardless of the color, Oktoberfest beer must above all be smooth and of great drinkability ...A good Oktoberfest beer is a masterpiece of balance and integration, delicious without being extravagant. It does its job in the background, refreshing the palate with enough flavor to pique the interest without interfering with the conversation, the dancing, the ravenous consumption of pork or the other typical Oktoberfest activities."
Here are his top 3 winners:
Thomas Hooker Octoberfest
/ Bloomfield, Conn. ($1.40, 12 oz) “Best value.” A well-balanced beer with “a refreshing bitterness.” HookerBeer.com
/ Downingtown, Pa. ($2, 12 oz) “A sweet malt aroma and a touch of licorice.” Victory Brewing Co.
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
/ Frederick, Md. ($2.25, 12 oz) "A bold, crisp beer that nicely balances hops and malt." Flying Dog Brewery