History of Oktoberfest
Fall is right at our doorstep, and as the leaves start to change and the air turns crisp, one of the world’s largest, most famous festivals in the world is right around the corner. First celebrated over two centuries ago, Oktoberfest has become an incredibly popular and far-reaching event that celebrates German food, German culture, and of course, German beer. But that raises the question: Just what is Oktoberfest?
First held in Munich in October of 1810, Oktoberfest was originally celebrated to honor the wedding of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, two nobles of the time. In the fields that surrounded the city, the people of Munich were invited to enjoy five days of feasts, racing, and drinking heartily. The festivities were such a rousing success that almost every year since there has been an Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest celebrations are held worldwide, but the main event still occurs in Munich.
As the years passed, the festival grew to be an immense 16–18-day festival celebrating Bavarian culture. For 2022, the celebrations in Munich span from September 17th through October 3rd, but here in the United States, there are hundreds of Oktoberfest festivals that last anywhere from a single day to an entire week or multiple weekends.
People dress in traditional Bavarian garments, namely lederhosen, and dirndl, and turn up in the millions in Munich alone to participate in the festivities throughout the weeks. Some go for the food, others for the music, but the main appeal of Oktoberfest is the beer.
At Oktoberfest celebrations across the globe, you would be hard-pressed to find a stout or an IPA. Instead, all Oktoberfest festivals will serve a unique kind of beer made just for the occasion: Marzen. The Marzen enjoyed in Munich’s Oktoberfest are all produced by some of the city’s oldest breweries, which have an extensive and rich history far older than Oktoberfest. In the States, countless breweries make special brews just for Oktoberfest.
Marzen, also known in Germany as Oktoberfestbier and to many in America simply as Oktoberfest beer, is almost exclusively the only option served at Oktoberfest around the world. An amber lager-style beer, compared to other light German beers, Oktoberfest beers tend to have a sweeter, richer profile and a slightly higher ABV (alcohol by volume) hovering around 6%.
A malt-dominant brew, Marzen is on the sweeter side with a crisp finish and a medium-full body. It’sbolder than many American-style light beers and pilsners but still has plenty of brightness and lightness. When selecting a cigar to enjoy with your Oktoberfest beer, you will want something that compliments that richness and subtle sweetness, rather than drowning out a mellow smoke or overpowering your drink’s bold flavors.
To make selecting a cigar to enjoy at Oktoberfest as easy as possible, we have curated a list of the Top 5 Oktoberfest Beer Cigars that will pair wonderfully with your Oktoberfest celebrations and the beers you will be drinking!
Top 5 Oktoberfest Beer Cigars 2022
For 2022, we wanted to include some of the truly excellent smokes released over the last year that will pair well with a Marzen-style beer. Each premium brand has been released in the latter half of 2021 or later, so for your Oktoberfest 2022, you can enjoy some fresh blends that you’ve never experienced before. Without any further ado, let’s get into the Top 5 Oktoberfest Cigars of 2022!
Montecristo Volume II: The Rendezvous
Starting off our list of top five Oktoberfest beers, we selected a smoke that also draws its roots in European nobility, but in fiction rather than history. Inspired by the story from the famous novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Montecristo Volume II: The Rendezvous reflects the luxury and wealth the titular character experiences when he meets members of the Parisian aristocracy.
These top-shelf smokes capture the luxury of the chapter. They are made with aged Honduran long fillers deftly folded into a rich Broadleaf binder and covered with a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper. Made by the most skilled rollers at Flor de Copan in Honduras in three popular sizes, these fine tobaccos add to an elegant smoking experience.
Balanced, refined, and complex, Volume II: The Rendezvous has medium-bodied flavors of leather, cinnamon, oak, coffee, earth, and baking spice that will make a great pairing with the rich crispness of an Oktoberfest beer!
Florida Sun Grown 20 Acre Farm
Oktoberfest beers are unique since they are only around at a certain time of year, and Florida Sun Grown 20 Acre Farm cigars are unique as one of the few premium blends that feature tobaccos from Florida in the blend. But what they both have in common, besides tasting amazing together, is that they both offer balanced, rich flavors that entice you to enjoy more!
For this one-of-a-kind blend, Nicaraguan long-fillers are paired with the finely aged and air-cured Florida tobaccos, which all came from a single 20-acre farm, along with a zesty Honduran Habano binder and a top-quality Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper.
Complimenting the malty and toasted bread flavors of a Marzen, the medium-bodied medley of flavors including cream, nuts, cedar, citrus zest, and a dash of pepper that you get from the Florida Sun Grown 20 Acre Farm will satisfy your palate as you enjoy Oktoberfest. If you want a deeper look at the FSG 20 Acre Farm, check out our review here!
Crowned Heads Mother Church
Just as the home of Oktoberfest is in Munich, the home of country music is arguably in Nashville. The famous Ryman Auditorium, colloquially known as the “Mother Church of country music,” is celebrated with our next entry, the Crowned Heads Mother Church.
These stunning smokes were originally created as part of JR’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Proving to be such a success and so deliciously good, Mother Church just had to come back around for another go, much like the beginnings and the continuous nature of Oktoberfest.
Available as a lone 7×48 Churchill size, these gems boast a core of Nicaraguan long-fillers bunched inside a hearty Connecticut Broadleaf binder, all seamlessly dressed in a top-quality Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper. Although medium-full-bodied, they have a refined and balanced character that would pair perfectly with a more robust Oktoberfest beer.
Notes of cocoa, roasted nuts, hickory, creamy caramel, spice, and tobacco sweetness will dance on your palate in a symphony of flavor, and the large size will allow you hours of enjoyment as you enjoy the festivities.
CLE Signature Cameroon
Next on our list, we have the CLE Signature Cameroon. Like the FSG 20 Acre Sungrown, Signature Cameroon features an uncommon type of tobacco. Tobaccos grown in Cameroon have a distinct toasty and sweet character. The leaf has a toothy texture, and growers have been trying to grow this elusive leaf elsewhere for a while.
Julio Eiroa, the father of CLE owner Christian Eiroa and a talented tobacco farmer in his own right, took these Cameroon seeds and planted them on his farms in Honduras. The result is truly outstanding. Paired with a secret blend of finely aged tobaccos, this gorgeous Honduran-grown Cameroon serves as the wrapper to make for an exceptionally delicious and elegant smoke.
The perfect accompaniment to rich Oktoberfest beer, CLE Signature Cameroon will deliver a medium-bodied tapestry of cinnamon, leather, baked bread, tobacco sweetness, and roasted nuts that will amplify the malty, bready flavors of a Marzen, or any beer for that matter!
Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary
To close out our list of the best cigars to enjoy with Oktoberfest, we turn to a smoke that celebrates the 10th anniversary of a series blended specifically to be enjoyed with Oktoberfest, the Quesada Oktoberfest 10th Anniversary.
Quesada’s Oktoberfest was initially introduced in 2011 with the express purpose of being enjoyed with Marzen Oktoberfest beers. Through many iterations and releases, the 10th anniversary is the best Oktoberfest yet with a core of aged Dominican long filler and binder tobaccos along with a dark and slick San Andres Mexican wrapper.
The perfect companion for Oktoberfest just as intended, these gems provide the palate with medium-bodied and vibrant notes of leather, earth, wheat, roasted coffee, chocolate, and a dried-fruit sweetness that will have you savoring every last puff.
Make sure you stay tuned for this year’s release of the Quesada Oktoberfest, as Autumn is just around the corner! Be sure to keep up with all the other helpful and interesting articles here at The Blending Room!
Top 5 Oktoberfest Cigars of 2021
If you’ve been following our yearly Oktoberfest lists, then you know this cigar will always have a special place on it. The Oktoberfest by Quesada comes in first on our Top 5 Cigars to enjoy during Oktoberfest 2021.
This seasonal, limited-edition smoke that’s crafted by legendary cigar master Manuel Quesada is a rare, Dominican Puro, while other cigars under the Quesada Oktoberfest line happen to be Nicaraguan Puros.
Flavor notes you’ll detect in this medium-bodied smoke are cedar, chocolate, pepper, spice, coffee, and a hint of dried fruit on the backend.
Available in five different sizes, that come in a box of 10 or a box of 20, you can now purchase the Quesada Oktoberfest to pair perfectly with your favorite Oktoberfest beer this year!
Alec & Bradley Kintsugi
Next up on our Top 5 cigars to enjoy during Oktoberfest 2021 is a favorite of ours! The Alec & Bradley Kintsugi is a perfect cigar for any occasion. We thought it would taste even better alongside a refreshing Oktoberfest style beer!
The tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua that make up the wrapper, binder and filler are the reasons this smoke would pair so perfectly with any Oktoberfest style beverage. Some flavor notes you may detect while smoking the Kintsugi are earth, leather, cinnamon, and dark roast coffee.
This medium to full-bodied smoke is available in four different sizes that come in a box of 24. If you’re looking for a new gem to add to your collection, then add this Japanese inspired exquisite blend to your humidor today!
Macanudo Inspirado Orange
Landing smack dab in the middle of our Top 5 Cigars to Enjoy during Oktoberfest 2021 is the zesty gem we cannot get enough of! The Macanudo Inspirado Line is one line where any cigar would taste delicious alongside a beer, but the Inspirado Orange is the cream of the crop to pair alongside your favorite Oktoberfest beverage.
Starting out as a European exclusive line, the Inspirado Orange made waves when it landed in the Top 25 Cigars of the Year list in 2017. This medium-bodied cigar has Honduran tobaccos that make up the wrapper and binder, while featuring tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Honduras to make up the filler.
Some delicious flavor notes you may detect while smoking the Inspirado Orangeo in the 5 x 50 Robusot size is hazelnut, caramel, sweet cedar, and white pepper on the backend. Available in four different sizes that come in a pack of 5, or a box of 20, you can now get this scrumptious little gem today on our website.
Next up on our Top 5 Cigars to enjoy during Oktoberfest 2021 is a cigar that knows all too well what it’s like to be paired alongside beer.
Not only does Omar de Frias, founder of Fratello Cigars crafts his own blends and cigars, he also is a master blender when it comes to crafting his own beer. So, we figured the Fratello Navetta in the 5 x 50 Robusto size would be perfect for this list.
Cloaked in an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, the Navetta is bounded by tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, all while being filled with luscious, flavorful Nicaraguan tobaccos. This medium to full-bodied smoke has exceptional flavor notes of espresso, cream, chocolate, and raisins on the backend.
Available in four different sizes, that come in a box of 20, the Fratello Navetta always has a spot in my humidor due to the delicious, complex flavors I get with each puff! If you’re looking for a unique blend to enjoy this fall, get the Fratello Navetta today online!
Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th Anniversary
Rounding out our Top 5 Cigars to enjoy during Oktoberfest 2021 is an exclusive from yours truly! The Oliva Melanio JR 50th Anniversary cigar was released in mid-September of this year and was the latest part of the JR 50th releases all through 2021 until the Rocky Patel 50th Cigar was released yesterday.
Utilizing the same specs as the original Oliva Serie V Melanio, the major difference for the 50th anniversary smoke is that this is in a round-shaped 6 x 50 toro instead of the popular figurado shape it comes in. This medium to full-bodied smoke has exquisite flavor notes such as toast, black pepper, cinnamon, spice, and leather on the backend.
Available in the one, 6 x 50 Robusto size, the Melanio JR 50th arrives in an affordable box of 10 that’s only available on JR Cigars today!
Top 5 Oktoberfest Cigars of 2020
Fall is officially here! With Fall comes amazing fall activities that everyone wants to attend. The most popular fall activity that people travel far and wide to get to is the famous Oktoberfest. This annual festival in Munich, Germany is held over a two-week period that ends on the first Sunday of October. The festival originated on October 12th, 1810 in celebration of the marriage between the Prince of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
To kick off the festival, the Mayor of Munich taps the first keg to open the festival! Studies have shown that the total consumption of beer during the two-week festival is upwards of 2 million gallons. With Oktoberfest drawing over six million people each year, many of them tourists. So whether you’re celebrating Oktoberfest from afar or in the festival, here are five new cigars to smoke while enjoying Oktoberfest in 2020! Don’t forget to check out our limited-time sampler below.
We’ll kick things off with a cigar that has “Oktoberfest” in its name. Here is the ever so popular Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian 2019. Crafted by legendary cigar master Manuel Quesada, the Quesada Oktoberfest follows Manuel’s famous Fonseca and Casa Magna lines. This seasonal cigar is hand-rolled with a phenomenal blend of vintage tobaccos from three different parts of the tobacco plant.
The Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian 2019 is a medium-bodied smoke as well as a Dominican Puro. This 5.50 x 52 gem oozes delicious flavor notes such as earth, hay, cedar, and chocolate. The Oktoberfest Bavarian comes in limited quantities, so it’d only be right to snag this cigar right away and pair it with your favorite Oktoberfest brew or another beer of your choice now!
Four Kicks Mule Kick 2020 Limited Edition
Shortly after releasing the Las Calaveras 2020, Crowned Heads owner Jon Huber released the newest edition to the ever so popular Four Kicks line in July of this year. Coming from longtime friends and collaborators, Jon Huber and EP Carrillo were the masterminds and blenders of the fifth installment of the Four Kicks Mule Kick 2020. However, Crowned Heads produced only 2,500 boxes of the 2020 limited-edition of the Mule Kick. Jon Huber originally launched the Four Kicks Mule Kick in 2012 and still remains to be manufactured at the Tabacalera Alianza factory in the Dominican Republic.
The one major change when it comes to the Four Kicks Mule Kick 2020 is that it’s a full Nicaraguan Puro! This medium-bodied smoke has delicious flavor notes flowing throughout this smoke. Some notes you’ll detect while smoking the 2020 Mule Kick are cedar, citrus, spice, and nuts. Available in one 5.88 x 52 Parejo size cigar that comes in a box of 10. So, celebrate Oktoberfest with the brand new Four Kicks Mule Kick 2020 today!
Alec Bradley Coyol
Released in 2015, the Alec Bradley Coyol hit the industry with a bang! The Coyol landed a high score alongside other popular Alec Bradley brands like the Prensado and Tempus. The Alec Bradley Coyol pays tribute to the rich soils from one single farm in Honduras. The Coyol farm became the inspiration behind this premium cigar. Alec Bradley owner Alan Rubin fell in love with the aroma and taste of the tobaccos this special Coyol farm produces.
This long and lean 6.50 x 41 Petite Lancero is cloaked in a Honduran wrapper, with Binder and Filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. This Cuban-style medium-bodied smoke has delicious flavor notes of earth, black coffee, leather, and roasted nuts. This slim size would be perfect for an evening cap while you’re enjoying a fall-flavored adult beverage!
This exciting new line under Trinidad, the Espiritu debuted at the IPCPR in 2019. Close friends and famous master blenders Rafael Nodal of AUSA and AJ Fernandez has created another gem for the world to enjoy. Trinidad Espiritu was created to pay tribute to the “golden years” of Caribbean tobaccos that took place in the 1960s and 70s. Another gorgeous feature of the Espiritu is the vintage Caribbean artwork from that era that covers the entire cigar box.
This Espiritu Toro is a 6 x 54 full-bodied smoke for all types of smokers out there. This Nicaraguan puro is brimming with luscious flavor notes such as citrus zest, vanilla, toast, pepper, and wood. These balanced notes would complement an Amber beer or a darker beer perfectly! Nodal and Fernandez did their best with re-creating the first non-Cuban cigars for everyone to enjoy.
Warped Gran Reserva 1988
The most talked-about cigar under Warped that year was the Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988. The year that appears in the cigar’s name signifies the year Warped owner, Kyle Gellis was born in. Another interesting fact about the Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 is that the numbers on the band that read “976212” have a special meaning to the Gellis family, something Kyle prefers not to reveal to the public.
The Warped Gran Reserva 1988 has a Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 wrapper, over Nicaraguan binder and fillers. This full-bodied 5.25 x 50 smoke has smooth and creamy flavor notes of spice, leather, caramel, and natural tobacco sweetness on the finish. Like all Kyle Gellis creations, this handmade premium smoke is produced in small batch fashion to assure the utmost quality and taste that flow throughout the Gran Reserva 1988.