It’s the most wonderful time of the year – the celebration of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese, or as it is most commonly known – Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest will be celebrated this year from Sept. 16 through Oct. 3. That means Oktoberfest-style beers are hitting liquor store shelves now – I just saw quite a few this past weekend.

Oktoberfests are lagers with a light toasted-biscuit flavor, full-flavored with just a little sweetness. A well-made Oktoberfest is  delightful.

There are many Oktoberfest beers in the market, here is a pick of six-pack of the best that are easy to find – three German examples and three local options.

Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

This is a perfect Oktoberfest beer. Actually, it could be a perfect beer. Each and every year I pester my local liquor stores asking when this will be in. It’s a must buy. If you want a perfect example of the style, pick this up. You won’t regret it. It’s a classic and a personal favorite.

Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen

This is one of the official Oktoberfest beers that are served at the Munich Oktoberfest celebration. Lighter than the Ayinger despite being slightly stronger, it’s a quaffable version of the style. Oktoberfest beers are meant to be served in a liter mug and this beer is perfect for that. It’s like tasting tradition one glass at a time.

Weihenstephaner Festbier

This is another solid German Oktoberfest, this time from a brewery most known for their wheat beers. The Festbier is one of the lightest, color-wise, on the list. It’s a bright, golden color, and flavor-wise it’s fabulous. It’s smooth, a little toasty with just a hint of sweetness in the finish.

Berkshire Brewing Company Oktoberfest

Berkshire Brewing kicks butt when it comes to its German-style beers, and the Oktoberfest is probably their best (except maybe for their Maibock, another German-style lager). This is the biggest beer in this virtual six-pack, coming in at a hefty 7.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). Full-bodied and creamy, the Berkshire Oktoberfest is a must buy.

Jack’s Abby Craft Lager’s Copper Legend

This is one of the two Oktoberfest beers I saw on the liquor store shelves this past weekend. I passed it up then, but I won’t do so again. This is one of Jack’s Abby’s best traditional beers they brew. It makes sense for a brewery that specializes in lagers to be able to brew one of the best tasting Oktoberfest lagers available.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Yeah, I know. Samuel Adams is huge. The beer has been around forever. Blah blah blah. Just drink it. There’s a reason this beer is so popular. It’s excellent. Samuel Adams has been brewing this beer for years using traditional German ingredients. Just because it is easy to get doesn’t mean it’s a beer to avoid. I’ll happily drink a 12-pack of this during the fall.

And, for those seeking recommendations on the other popular genre of fall beers – pumpkin beers – here it is. Skip them. Don’t buy them. Most are terrible. Stick to Oktoberfests, that’s my recommendation.

Norman Miller is a Daily News staff writer. Email him at nmiller@wickedlocal.com or call 508-626-3823. Check out the Beer Nut blog at http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/section/blogs01?taxid=646&start=2. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RealBeerNut and on Facebook at facebook.com/NormanMillerBeerNut.