These 9 beers will get you in the fall spirit

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Andy Foltz | WCPO contributor
11:01 AM, Sep 11, 2016
4 hours ago


Some people contend that fall is the best time of the year, with the
weather cooling, fall sports starting and the leaves changing colors.
However, I contend it’s because Oktoberfest and autumn beers are
hitting shelves and taps.

The Oktoberfest or Marzen style of beer originated in Bavaria, and it
is typically an amber or darker lager that tastes malty more than
hoppy. The Oktoberfest brews you find in Cincinnati might run a bigger
gamut than the strictly regulated German ones.

Oktoberfests aren’t the only style that proliferate this time of year,
though. Pumpkin beers are traditionally fall releases, too, and have a
long tradition in the United States. Spicing these ales with cinnamon,
nutmeg and other flavors is a newer trend, but pumpkins are
traditionally cheap and easy to grow, making them a readily available
beer additive.

But enough history – let’s talk about today. Here’s a selection of
fall beers brewed right here in the Cincinnati area.

Insiders can get the scoop on nine fall beers that will get you in the
spirit of the season.

These 9 beers will get you in the fall spirit


    Andy Foltz | WCPO contributor

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   Some people contend that fall is the best time of the year, with
the
   weather cooling, fall sports starting and the leaves changing
colors.
   However, I contend it's because Oktoberfest and autumn beers are
   hitting shelves and taps.

   The Oktoberfest or Marzen style of beer originated in Bavaria, and
it
   is typically an amber or darker lager that tastes more malty than
   hoppy. The Oktoberfest brews you find in Cincinnati might run a
bigger
   gamut than the strictly regulated German ones.

   Oktoberfests aren't the only style that proliferate this time of
year,
   though. Pumpkin beers are traditionally fall releases, too, and
have a
   long tradition in the United States. Spicing these ales with
cinnamon,
   nutmeg and other flavors is a newer trend, but pumpkins are
   traditionally cheap and easy to grow, making them a readily
available
   beer additive.

   Enough history - let's talk about today. Here's a selection of fall
   beers brewed in the Cincinnati area.

   Fibonacci, Pepo Pumpkin Porter: This won't be available until later
in
   September, but it will be worth the wait. In keeping with
Fibonacci's
   scientific background and theme, the beer's name comes from the
   scientific name for pumpkins, which is cucurbita pepo, also known
as
   summer squash. The beer is a dark brown porter brewed with pumpkin
and
   spices.

   Rivertown Pumpkin Ale: Sugar and spice and pumpkin so nice, that's
what
   fall beers are made of. This one has been around for a while, and
it
   has been consistently popular with the addition of molasses
sweetening
   the spices.

   Christian Moerlein, Das Uber Lager/ Fifth & Vine: Moerlein gives
fans a
   double dose of Oktoberfest. Das Uber is newer, and this year's
version
   is closer to a traditional Oktoberfest. Fifth & Vine has the copper
   color and malty flavor one would expect in an Oktoberfest. Das Uber
is
   canned while Fifth & Vine is bottled, so if you have a preference
in
   container, you win either way.

   Mt. Carmel Harvest Ale: A bit different in style, this one is a
   fall-inspired ESB, or extra special bitter. The style aims for
balance
   between maltiness and hops, and this Mt. Carmel offering does just
   that, adding a crisp finish.

   Rhinegeist, Franz: This was the first German beer produced by the
   Over-the-Rhine brewery, and it returns again this season. It is a
good
   sessionable beer (that is, good for more than one beer in a
sitting)
   that finishes malty and sweet.

   Taft's Ale House, Masskrug Oktoberfest Maerzen: This beer is brewed
   with authentic German malts and hops, giving it an Old World feel.

   Blank Slate, Turn for the Wurst: Blank Slate applies a different
spin
   to a traditional style with a sausage-spiced Oktoberfest. Why not
get
   the best of both worlds in the same glass?

   Braxton, Oktober Fuel: This is so smooth. What makes this beer
really
   stand out is how it both stays faithful to the marzen style while
   avoiding the overly sweet tastes that can sometimes be found in
   Oktoberfest beers. This one is a personal favorite from the
Covington
   brewery.

   MadTree, Bourbon Barrel Aged Ye Olde Battering Ram: Described on
   MadTree's website as "dark as night but scarier," this is a potent
   barleywine, coming in at 11.9 percent ABV. It also has some serious
   hoppiness to it as well. No wonder it's called Battering Ram - this
   will instantly assault your taste buds with flavor.

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