About Marzen-Octoberfest

About Marzen-Octoberfest
Märzen beers are gold to dark amber in color and range from 5-6.5% in alcohol. These beers are characterized by a fuller-body, sweet toasted and toffee malt flavors and subtle hop character. These beers are malt-forward with flavors and aromas derived from Munich and Vienna malts. Closely related to the Vienna style, märzen-style lagers were originally brewed by Bavarian brewers in March to last through the fall. First officially introduced by Spaten Brewery at the 1841 Oktoberfest, märzen style beers have been linked to this celebration ever since. With only a few select breweries legally permitted to use the term Oktoberfest in Germany, the term “Octoberfest” has been adopted by US craft brewers for märzen style seasonal releases that coincide with the German festival. Noteworthy examples of this style included: Capital Oktoberfest, Great Lake Octoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen.

Top Picks for Marzen-Octoberfest

Hofmühl Märzen Gold
95 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of praline, sassafras, pear kefir, and honeyed baked biscuit with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish evoking touches of starfruit, arugula, hint of pepper and olive, and minerals finish. A nicely layered marzen with great savory flavors and drinkability.
Deschutes Brewery Hopzeit Autumn IPA
94 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of honeyed orange, buttery toffee, and fruitcake with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying impressions of radicchio, lemon peppercorn muffin, roasted corn and grapefruit, and pine finish. A rich, hop-centric Oktoberfest that drinks like a hoppy English-style IPA.
Awards: 2017 Best Märzen/Octoberfest
Damm Brewery Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
93 points
Bright amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramel creme, roasted coffee, burnt sugar, sesame seeds in honey, herb scone, and toasted baguette with a vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of cacao nib and whipped butter finish. An impeccably balanced and effortlessly drinkable Marzen; highly recommended.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
93 points
Deep amber color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, honeyed sourdough toast, and apple-mint butter with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish with shades of pepper, radicchio, and cocoa finish. A toothsome, exquisitely balanced Oktoberfest for all occasions.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
93 points
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake and caramel with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of rye raisin toast, spinach, and nuts finish. A clean, spot-on Oktoberfest that really delivers the fest goods.
Bull Falls Brewery Oktoberfest
93 points
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh dark bread crust and dark chocolate nut with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of mocha, sprouts, and pepper finish. A robust yet sessionable marzen with fun pairing possibilities.
COOP Ale Works Okotberfest Märzen Lager
92 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of roast peach and freshly baked italian loaf with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long thyme and sage stuffing, grass clippings, red apple, roasty malt, and Demi-Glace finish. An excellent Märzen with great malty flavor to complement autumn.
Stevens Point Brewery Oktoberfest
92 points
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and orange marmalade on toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish. A delectably flavorful and balanced Oktoberfest that really nails the style with high crushability.
Ahnapee Brewery Oktoberfest
90 points
Amber color. Attractive aromas of flint, dried pineapple, roasted pear, and honeycomb with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, involved, medium-long apricot, crisp bread, whipped roasted veggie spread, and fresh malt finish. A frothy, nuanced Märzen to love this autumn.
Shoreline Brewery Oktoberfest Lager
90 points
Golden amber color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of floral honey on raisin toast, praline, and microgreens with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish that shows accents of caramelized fruit and citrus, sweet lettuces, mixed nuts, and hint of pepper finish. A nice savory Oktoberfest with pleasing flavor, balance and warmth.