Music, food, and a delicious and refreshing German beer in hand. Is there a better way to spend a crisp fall October day?

Beer has been around so long no one is really sure where or when it was invented. There is evidence in modern day Bavaria of beer brewing from as far back as 800 AD. Let’s just say Germans, or their ancestors, have been perfecting the art for a long time. 

The Nashville Oktoberfest is a great place to sample German beers and this guide will give you a taste of the best ones to try. From crisp and light to rich and satisfying, there is a beer for everyone. 

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen

Brewing since 1417, Hacker has a lot of experience making great beer. Joining with Pschorr in 1972, Hacker-Pschorr’s tent has long lines at Munich’s Oktoberfest. Traditionally brewed in March for fall festivals, this is a classic choice.

A well-balanced beer with a slight and smooth toffee flavor, the Oktoberfest Märzen is refreshing and crisp. Best enjoyed along with a good German sausage, like knackwurst. An uncomplicated beer brewed with expert skill. 5.8% Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel

Brewed just outside Munich, the Ayinger Brewery is popular among Bavarians and beyond. A “dark wheat” beer, the Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel has a bold, smooth and subtle chocolate and caramel flavor with hints of fruit and nuts. It’s brewed to be uncomplicated, refreshing, and drinkable.

A “sessionable” beer, or one you can drink all night, it’s best served with a popular Munich beer hall delicacy, schweinshaxe, or roasted ham hock. 5% ABV

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb

Hefeweizens are the most popular of wheat beers. Honey-colored, with hints of banana and cloves, the Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier is a crisp and medium-bodied beer perfect for all weather and occasions.

A crowd pleaser, it’s a great beer to enjoy with a variety of Oktoberfest foods, from roast chicken to pretzels. 5% ABV

Schneider Weiss Original

A legendary beer, still brewed from the original 1872 recipe and managed by the Schneider family, Schneider Weiss Original is a classic wheat beer.

With hints of banana, cloves, and nutmeg, it has a fresh, clean and well-balanced feel, and it finishes light. It’s best enjoyed with pretzels, or if you’re ready for dessert, an apple strudel. 5.4% ABV

Augustiner Helles

The Augustiner brewery was founded in 1328 in a monastery outside Munich. Augustiner beer was first served at an Oktoberfest in 1867 (it only took 500 years).

Supremely drinkable, with light and refreshing notes of lemon and flowers, and a slightly malty flavor, Augustin Helles is a simple and crisp all-around beer. Pairs well with a bratwurst or anything that looks delicious at Oktoberfest. 5.25% ABV 

Prost! Enjoy German Beers at The Nashville Oktoberfest

Celebrate Oktoberfest and German traditions while sampling the best German beers in the world. Stay tuned for more updates on the food, music, activities, and beer of The Nashville Oktoberfest.