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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bayern Oktoberfest is the classic Bavarian Dark Märzen: not too sweet yet malty with a nice hop flavor. This beer is brewed with Pilsener, Munich and German Dunkel malt. The hops for this special brew come straight from the Hallertau region in northern Bavaria and the finishing hops are Saaz from the Czech Republic. Bayern’s fastest selling seasonal specialty beer, this beer is not just called Oktoberfest, it is Oktoberfest beer. It is brewed according to the standards of the Brewers’ Guild of Munich, which was established in 1815 when they brewed this beer for the first time to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Maria Theresia.

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3.1
jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle: Amber pour with a thin beige head. Not much to the aroma; a little sweet and malty. Florals show up a little bit in the taste, but caramel malt and an herbal note are the forefront. A little bready too. Overall refreshing and paried well with the general’s chicken.

3.1
Capa (3614) - DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Brick red with a tan head. Aroma is very malty with ripe fruit. Sweet, toasted bread, caramel, medium dark fruits. It’s decent.

3.6
beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - SEP 2, 2013
On tap. Dark red to brown white an off white top. Scent is malty with caramel and nuts. Taste is sweet malts, toast and nuts. Sticky

3
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
13-Jan-08 (12-oz bottle, Best Before 01-Mar-08: Purchased 04-Dec-07 for $1.30 from liquidsolutions.biz) Wow, this stuff pouring into my pint glass is dark! This isn’t amber, but light brown mixed with ruddy brick. The half-inch tall head is tan in color and short-lived, fading to a wide ring within a few minutes. malty and lightly sweet-smelling when swirled, but a modest sourness comes out if the beer is undisturbed for several seconds. On the palate, the beer is very malty, more so than most examples of the style. It’s moderately sweet too, but certainly not sugary, though a light tartness emerges in the finish. It’s seems apparent that they simply used a LOT of malt to make this beer. Hops are mild, but on the perfumy and floral side, offering some balancing flavor and mild bitterness, but malt remains the focal point here. Medium in body and carbonation with a bit of acidity to break up the clinging maltiness. No lacing on the glass. Overall, it’s packed with flavor and has a very aggressive profile for an Oktoberfest, but the malty sweetness and floral hops make this less enjoyable than hoped.

3.2
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown with red hues and tan head. Aroma has a nice dark roasted maltiness with notes of nut and very doughy/bready. Flavor is much the same with a nice sweet and subtle spicy profile With a touch of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall, not the usual Marzen but I enjoyed.

3.5
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Pours dark red/copper with a thin beige head. Malty caramel flavor, with a cherry and sweet bread finish. Light on the hops, just enough to keep it from being cloying. Long roasty caramel finish. Very rich oktoberfest beer, while not one you could probably drink a few steins of without feeling totally full, still a nice beer.

3.2
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I think the commercial description about says it all. Very short and sweet this one was. Very malty and nutty just like I expected it to be, no hops detectable at all, maybe as an afterthought. Medium - bodied, with a nice chewy sweetness at the end. The best of the Bayern beers that I have had.

3.7
poisoneddwarf (2688) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 1, 2017
12 oz bottle. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, wet hayfields, toast, dark fruit. Looks like a brown ale or even a porter with how dark it is. Pours weirdly and extremely dark brown with a one finger beige head with good retention. Taste is malty sweet with virtually no bitterness; ends with a light tartness. Pretty good.

2.9
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2004
10.09.04 12oz bottle thanks to wulfhere. Very dark (for a marzen), ruby brown with ample head. Sweet, caramel aromas with some cardboard, toffee, brown bread. Flavors are also quite sweetly malty; not much, if any hops. A nice fall session beer, but better to look at than to ponder. Watery. I so want to love this brewery’s beers, but each one just comes up a bit short.


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