It has been awhile since I posted an entry and longer since I posted something beer-related. So without further delay, here are the best autumn beers (Octoberfest, Marzen, Pumpkin-style) I have had this season.

First the “adequate beers”… these are all good beers but they are all middle-of-the-road on my list in order from worst to better.:

  • Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest – Least favorite. Very meh.
  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest – Please…
  • Yuengling Octoberfest – Sweet, malty and easy to drink.
  • Breckenridge Autumn Ale – Adequate beer.
  • Flying Dog Dogtoberfest – Okay

This is the list of the very good and quite tasty beers again from good to very good:

  • Breckenridge Autumn Ale – Adequate beer.
  • Marzoni’s Octoberfest – Very good
  • Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin Ale – Not remarkable. Heavy on the pumpkiny-side
  • Dog Fish Punkin Ale – Great taste of pumpkin and brown sugar. A little too sweet and spicy to be among the best.
  • Marzoni’s Pumpkin Ale – Good and complex. It is a little too sweet and yeasty. Not sure why they insist to rim the glass with brown-sugar.

Now the best of the best. All of these I feel are excellent beers and it was difficult to rate from very good to great:

  • Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Nicely balanced. Almost perfect except for a slightly lingering aftertaste that was a bit too sweet.
  • Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale – It tastes like… autumn!
  • Southern Tier Pumkin – Not to spicy and not too pumpkiny – just right! Southern Tier has been the standard-bearer and I rate pumpkins beers based on this brew.
  • Great Lakes Oktoberfest – Spot on! The most-perfect Octoberfest this side of the Rhone.
  • Elysian Dark O’ The Moon – Pumpkin and cinnamon treat. A bit sweet from actual pumpkin seeds. Oh, plus it is important to know that this a STOUT which made rating a bit difficult since it is a different class of beer. Being a stout, it is a little heavier than the other beers but not as heavy as most stouts.
  • Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Aroma is wonderful but a little watery. It is very complex with a lot going on inside you mouth like caramel, brown sugar, molasses and for a second, I thought I tasted apple pie.

And the winner:

  • Elysian The Great Pumpkin – Oh! Wow! Oh Wow – All Hail the Great Pumpkin! All the pumpkin tastes, spices, color and aroma are in perfect balance. It is a sheer joy to sip!

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