Dry County Oktoberfest


Review Date 8/27/2019    By John Staradumsky

I wasn’t looking for Dry County Oktoberfest in early August. But I found it anyway. In fact, it was Anchor Steam Beer Week, and I was driving around Canton hitting liquor stores in search of that. During my travels, I saw a six-pack of Dry County Oktoberfest right around the corner at Uncle Jack’s. They were hard to miss, six cans bound together, each clad in festive Bavarian lederhosen. Who can resist beer cans clad in lederhosen? I couldn’t; I bought a  six-pack.

I’ve never seen this beer before and suspect it is new for 2019. As Marzen beer is one of my favorite styles, this is a very positive development. There isn’t any information about this beer on the brewery website, but Untappd has it at 6% by volume and Beer Street Journal says it uses all German malts and hops. I paid $10.99 for my six pack.

Dry County Oktoberfest pours to a beautiful slightly dark mahogany color with a medium head formation and gently toasty nutty nose. Taking a sip, the beer is chock full of wonderful toasty nutty melanoidin rich Munich Malt. It glides over the tongue with a luxurious maltiness and finishes with a balancing bitterness that is slightly grassy from the German hops, but it’s those wonderful Munich malt flavors that steal the show here. That’s just what I want in the style.

Dry County Oktoberfest is a welcome addition to my late summer/fall drinking. I’m glad I met you, and look forward to meeting again.


And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.