These Fall Beers Will Make You Forget All About Summer

Cozy brews to get you ready for sweater weather.

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As we head into fall and move away from the light and fruit-forward beverages of summer, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about fall beer. Crisp nights call for darker, maltier, and more complex beers to warm us up, and luckily there are tons of great brands producing seasonal suds. From crisp wheat ales to dark and savory porters, these fall beers all pack a ton of flavor.

Whether you're huddling around a campfire or pre-gaming for a trip to the pumpkin patch, we picked our favorite toasty brews that bring the essence of fall festivities to the pint glass. Here are our favorite fall beers for toasting cooler temperatures.

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Blue Moon Brewing Co.
Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale (6-Pack)
crownwineandspirits.com
$10.29

First introduced in 1995, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Wheat Ale is one of the oldest seasonal pumpkin beers on the market. Deeply amber-hued and medium-bodied, this savory yet refreshing fall beer is brewed with real pumpkin and spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice, making it a comforting yet refreshing brew.

If you're tailgating or heading to the mountains for a weekend camping trip, grab a few six packs of Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale — it's a super food-friendly and easygoing fall beer.

More: 8 Whiskey Cocktails Perfect for Fall Entertaining

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Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams Octoberfest (6-Pack)
totalwine.com
$7.49

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a solid seasonal choice for those who may be a bit reluctant about craft beer appeal. This on-tap mainstay has a gorgeous amber appearance, a roasted, husky scent, and a smooth, fruity malt flavor. The pleasantly pretzel-esque aftertaste makes this fall beer enjoyable till the last drop. 

Food-friendly and versatile, we love pairing this crisp brew with smoked sausages, roasted chicken, and pot roast dinners. It's only available seasonally from August through November, so get your fix while you can!

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Rogue Ales
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale (22-Ounce Bottle)
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$5.99

For a savory twist on a traditional European brown ale, try this Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale from Oregon-based Rogue Brewery. The toasted nutty flavor of this fall beer is guaranteed to keep you warm on those cool autumn nights, and the subtle roasted coffee flavor is sure to please coffee lovers. Get ready to get cozy!

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Abita
Abita Pecan Harvest Ale (6-Pack)
$9.99

This Pecan Ale from Louisiana-based brewery Abita conjures up the rich, nutty, and cozy flavors of fall through the flavor of savory roasted pecans. Delicious and comforting, we're nuts for this pecan brew.

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The Bruery
The Bruery Autumn Maple (750-Milliliter Bottle)
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$11.99

If you've had your fill of all things pumpkin-spiced, may we suggest yams as a surprisingly delicious alternative fall flavor instead? Brewed in the same style as a pumpkin beer but using sweet potatoes instead of pumpkins in the mash, this fall beer is loaded with rich and savory maple flavor.

Dark in the glass, sweet and cinnamon-y on the nose, and with a medium, clove-hinted taste, this totally unique fall beer is one you'll want to circulate into your seasonal favorites.

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Schneider Weisse
Schneider Weisse Aventinus Eisbock (330-Milliliter Bottle)
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$4.99

This classic dark weizenbock (or winter wheat) beer has a rich caramel and chocolate maltiness and a decadent flavor mélange of banana bread, plums, and figs. A fall beer meant to be savored after a hearty meal or to warm up by the fire, this complex brew is satisfyingly full-bodied with a refreshing finish.

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Harpoon Brewery Flannel Friday

from $9.00 for pack of six

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Everything about this crisp, hoppy, and malty amber ale from Harpoon Brewery screams autumn. With hints of citrus and pine, Flannel Friday is what you'll want to be sipping on by the campfire during those first cool nights of fall. And can we talk about how adorable these plaid-printed cans are?

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Founders Brewing Sumatra Mountain Brown

$11.99 for a four-pack

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Caramel and chocolate malt combined with rich Sumatra coffee make this imperial brown ale an unforgettably tasty and comforting fall beer for sipping by a campfire. We think this brew tastes best sipped after a full day's hike, but it's delicious on any occasion.

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Ballast Point Brewing Co. Dead Ringer Oktoberfest

from $2.99 for a 12-ounce bottle

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Subtle notes of fall spice, toffee, and stone fruits play together nicely in this medium-bodied Oktoberfest brew from Ballast Point Brewing Co. Plus, with a 5.7% ABV, you can easily sip a few of these while tailgating or camping.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock by Brauerei Heller

$5.49 for 16.9-ounce bottle

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With a distinct smokiness on the nose that permeates throughout the tasting, this is a hearty German brew that'll warm you to the core once the autumnal chill sets in. The pleasant maple sweetness keeps this rauchbier from tasting overly charred, and it finishes into a woody, herbal-barbecue flavor that makes it a memorable fall beer.

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Anchor Brewing Company's Anchor Porter

$9.99 for a six-pack

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This is a classic porter-style dark fall beer with a parade of deep, decadent flavors like chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee, as well as sweet maple candy notes. Pair this slightly smoky porter with grilled meats and spicy charcuterie to bring out the more nuanced sweet and charred flavors.

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El Segundo Steve Austin's Broken Skull IPA

$7.49 for 22-ounce bottle

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For a well-balanced and creamy colder-weather IPA that you can sip while making s'mores at a campfire, check out this collaboration between WWE star Steve Austin and California-based El Segundo Brewery. Just make sure you serve it stone cold.

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