The 8 Best Lagers For Fall, According To Craft Beer Experts

by HomeDecorBeauty


If you’re only going to drink one style of beer in these early fall days (and nights), make it a lager. The style is so much more than just that crushed, sweet, slightly malty macro brew your dad and grandpa drank (although we do love a good PBR or Narragansett Lager from time to time). Sure, you can find crisp, easy-drinking lagers and pilsners to quench your thirst any time of year. But the lager umbrella also includes Viennese-style lagers, bocks, California regular beers, doppelbocks, maibocks, marzens, helles lagers, dunkels, and more. Simply put, if you didn’t drink any other style of beer this fall besides lagers, you’d have so many brews to try that you wouldn’t even spend a second missing the spiced pumpkin ales that seem to be everywhere this season.

The only problem with deciding to make fall a beer-filled season is choosing which beers to try. To help you navigate, we asked some craft brewing experts for the best lagers to drink during the fall months. From marzens to schwarzbiers to pilsners, they did not disappoint with their selections. Keep scrolling to see all their picks below.

Austin Beerworks Black Thunder

Austin Beerworks

Eric Warner, head brewer at Karbach Brewing in Houston

ABV: 5.3%

Average price: $9.99 for a six-pack

Why this beer?

Austin Beerworks brews a beer seasonally called Black Thunder. This is a beautifully made Schwarzbier. Roasted and roasted, but super clean, making it a great southern drinker with notes of chocolate, coffee, nutty sweetness and spicy, bright floral hops.

It’s a very well-rounded, balanced, bold beer to drink no matter where you live.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
Sierra Nevada

James Bruner, director of production at The Bruery in Placentia, California

ABV: 5.5%

Average price: $10.99 for a six-pack

Why this beer?

While Sierra Nevada Brewing in Chico, California is known for making its iconic Pale Ale and Hazy Little Thing, they are certainly rooted in brewing tradition, and their annual Oktoberfest lager release is one of the best in the industry. From 2015-2020, Sierra would bring in a German brewery partner, joining the likes of Mahrs Bräu, Miltenberger and even Weihenstephan over the years to re-establish themselves in the traditional lager game. In 2021 they flew solo again, but they certainly learned a trick or two and made one of the most extraordinarily clean, yet flavorful Oktoberfest beers in the craft beer world.

Roasted bread malt with just a hint of melanoidin character, a light herbal and floral hop underneath, with clean and crisp lager yeast and a dry finish; it brings me back to the tents in Munich, making it easy for me to crush a liter or two.

Buy Bear Crispy

Buy Bear Crispy
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Zach Fowle, Advanced Cicerone and Head of Marketing at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Phoenix, Arizona

ABV: 5.5%

Average price: $9.99 for a six-pack

Why this beer?

Fall in Arizona means it’s still 90-plus degrees, and that calls for a crisp buoy. Crispy from The Shop Beer Co. in Tempe is brewed with rice for a lighter-than-water body, but it still has a bright hop flavor that flashes with each refreshing sip. Drink it cold and it will almost seem like it’s time to put on a sweater. Almost.

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Weihenstephaner Festbier
Weihenstephaner

Dan Schmelzer, head brewer at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California

ABV: 5.8%

Average price: $12.99 for a six-pack

Why this beer?

Weihenstephaner’s Festbier is a rich, full-bodied, hoppy golden lager that is lighter in color and special malt character than the average take on what type of brew is consumed at Munich’s Oktoberfest. Although it is found in abundance during the famous celebration. Claiming to be the oldest brewery in the world, you certainly can’t argue with over a thousand years of brewing tradition. The malt provides a cracker-like flavor that is wonderfully accompanied by a kneaded bread dough aroma from the lager yeast and a floral, spicy hop bouquet from the use of European noble hop varieties. Cheers.

Oxbow Hops Pilsner

Oxbow Hops Pilsner
Oxbow Hops

Matthew Steinberg, head brewer and co-founder of Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing in Framingham, Massachusetts

ABV: 5%

Average price: $15.99 for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans

Why this beer?

Oxbow Luppolo Czech Style Pils is the lager I crave all the time. It’s perfectly delicate and delivers everything I want in a dry-hopped Euro Pilsner. Unfiltered and brewed with European malt and hops, this unforgettable pilsner carries flavors like cereal grains, lemongrass, honey and sweet corn. The finish is crisp, dry and perfect any time of the year. Especially in the early fall.

Victory Fest beer

Victory Fest beer
Victory

Morgan O’Sullivan, co-owner of FlyteCo Tower in Denver

ABV: 5.6%

Average price: $10.99 for a six-pack

Why this beer?

Victory Fest beer. The lower ABV makes for a great party beer with hints of honey, hops and spice, all perfectly balanced. Brewed with imported two-row Viennese and Munich malts as well as German full-flower hops, it is known for its blend of malty sweetness and mildly spicy hops.

Rohrbach Highland Camp

Rohrbach Highland Camp
Rohrbach

Chris Spinelli, co-founder and brewer at Roc Brewing Co in Rochester, New York

ABV: 5%

Average price: Limited availability

Why this beer?

Highland Lager, Rohrbach Brewing Company. It’s a local favorite. It has a rich malty body with big notes of caramel, with a nice body and clean crisp finish. It’s the perfect lager for a nice fall day. Brewed with a combination of Munich, Vienna and wheat malts, this is the type of amber lager you’ll be drinking all fall long.

Red Oak Amber Lager

Red Oak Amber Lager
Red Oak

Adam Cranford, head brewer at Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado

ABV: 5.7%

Average price: $17.99 for a twelve pack

Why this beer?

Red Oak Brewery’s Bavarian Amber Lager is my fall go-to. It was a year-round treat for me growing up in North Carolina, but was always my beer of choice once summer turned to fall. Brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, this beer has the rich malt caramel and bread notes of a good marzen, while being a crisp and easy drinker and absolutely beautiful to boot. Unpasteurized, unfiltered, and the perfect beer to enjoy on Saturday game days on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill (or wherever you are).

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