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October is coming: Do you know what your fest beer will be?
October is coming: Do you know what your fest beer will be?

While there’s still some time before the Oktoberfest parties begin, the namesake beers are already landing on store shelves. Here’s what you need to know about autumn’s most iconic beer style. While there have been a variety of different types of beer brewed for the official Munich Oktoberfest throughout the festival’s 200 years, the beers made by American craft brewers and labeled as Oktoberfest are commonly variations of the märzenbier style. Meaning “March beer” in German, the märzen is an amber-colored lager that balances caramel malt sweetness with a zippy noble hop bitterness. The brews usually have a hefty body but a clean finish...

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