Learned Opinion: The Best of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest began in 1810 as the wedding reception of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and has evolved into an annual celebration of lager and lederhosen observed worldwide. Each year more Oktoberfests, as the beers in the classic Marzen style are known, become available in the States. And according to RICHARD SCHOLZ, owner of Bierkraft, a beer specialty store, U.S. brewers are making truer, more traditional Oktoberfests than their Teutonic counterparts. Scholz, New York City bartenders M.J. KEANE and RORY FARRELLY, and amateur microbrew aficionado MEGAN CLARK tasted 12 currently available brews and chose their favorites for TIME:

Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen (German) got...

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