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

Damm Brewery Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
93 points
Brilliant medium deep amber color. Malty, minerally, chemical aromas of wet slate, ash cheese rind, and charred romaine with a round, soft, spritzy, medium body and an even, quick whole wheat cracker, dried leaves, dried fig cake, and rye spice finish. A sumptuous Marzen that rewards the palate with waves of flavor.
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.
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.
Argus Brewery Argus Lager
88 points
Copper color. Fruity aromas of melon, bergamot, and papaya with a glycerous, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a warming, medium-length pineapple husk and roasted nuts finish. An estery Marzen that offers a fruity/floral take on the style.
Damm Brewery Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
85 points
Amber color. Boozy aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, banana fondant, floral syrup, and crispbread with sprouts with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of chamomile, honeydew, and charred nuts finish. A very boozy, malty Märzen that drinks like a Maibock.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Oachkatzlschwoaf
83 points
Amber color. Aromas of grilled grapefruit, rhubarb, black pepper, and tobacco with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, carefree Thai papaya salad with peanuts finish. A peppery, food-friendly Märzen for the season.
Blue Pants Brewery Oktoberfest Lager
81 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of peanut butter cookies, creamed corn, and candy corn with a lean, soft, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy lemon curd, peanut butter on crumpets, gomae salad, and baby aspirin finish. A nutty, savory lager.
Pearl Street Brewery Lederhosen Lager
80 points
Deep amber color. Vegetal aromas of asparagus tips, creamed corn, pickled white asparagus, and tomato paste with a soft, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, brisk caramelized endive finish. A vegetal brew for emergency sessions.