Rahr and Sons Oktoberfest beer

Rahr and Sons Oktoberfest beer

Rahr and Sons

Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest

Brewery: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co., Fort Worth

Style: Marzen is a Bavarian lager originally brewed in March (Märzen) to avoid hot weather brewing (which would have bred bacteria in the beer). The style has been served at Munich's Oktoberfest celebration since 1810 and has become a popular style for American breweries.

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The pitch: This medium-bodied marzen has a dark amber color and a toasty, malty core. The slight caramel sweetness is balanced by a bitter hops note that's more prominent than that of traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest brews. The alcohol (7 percent ABV) is also a little higher, but well hidden. This is a food-friendly beer, well suited for fall.

Fun fact: This beer won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in September 2015.

Serve it/pair it: Great on its own, but also good with roast chicken, bratwurst, pork roast, pork chops, pizza, Mexican food, and mild to medium strength cheeses.

Get some: Sold in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles for about $9.49; widely available at stores and supermarkets that sell craft beers.

Tina Danze is a freelance writer. Follow here on Twitter @Tina Danze.

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