America\u2019s love affair of pumpkin-spiced products has been well documented, particularly in the beer aisle. One of the earliest incarnations, Buffalo Bill\u2019s Original Pumpkin Ale, date back to 1985. (For those keeping track at home, that\u2019s 18 years before Starbucks released its infamous latte.)\r\n\r\nTo stand out among all the gourd-forward ales, in recent years some breweries started looking even further back in beer history and now release Oktoberfest lagers.\r\n\r\nSynonymous with the namesake festival held in Munich each September, some excellent German imports make way to our shores, and Boston-based Samuel Adams\u2019s version\u2014spelled OctoberFest\u2014boasts the title of top-selling fall seasonal beer. But more and more craft breweries now release versions worth seeking.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSometimes called M\u00e4rzen or Festbier, how Oktoberfest lagers appear in the glass is up to a brewer\u2019s interpretation. Some are deep gold in color, while others have more of an orange hue. Regardless of look, these typically range between 5% to 6.3% alcohol by volume (abv), and should be slightly sweet, dry and bready, and malt-forward, with little discernible hop character. Heavier versions, however, can present with a pronounced toasted malt character, little bitterness, and a dry finish.\r\nFive to tap this fall \r\nCopper Legend Octoberfest | Jack\u2019s Abby Brewing\r\nSweet and malt forward, with spiciness from noble hops, this is an Oktoberfest to enjoy by the liter.\r\nOktober Fest-M\u00e4rzen | Ayinger Privatbrauerei \r\nFull-bodied with a bready character and low hoppiness, this finishes with a light alcohol heat.\r\nOktoberfest | Enegren Brewing Company\r\nThis is a vibrant, orange-colored M\u00e4rzen-style lager with notes of bready malts, honey, nuts and sweet caramel.\r\nOktoberfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. \r\nThe recipe for this beer changes annually. This year\u2019s version features Spalt Spalter and Spalter Select hops, and it has a grain bill of Pilsner, Vienna, Munich and pale malt.\r\nO-Katz (Oachkatzlschwoaf) Oktoberfest Lager | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company\r\nAn annual release from this Missouri brewery features Perle, Hallertauer and Mittelfr\u00fch hops alongside Munich and Pilsner malts.