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

4 By 4 Brewing Company OZapft Is! Marzen
91 points
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of caramel-dipped pretzels, hints of maple, walnut, and cinnamon-dusted raisins with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of toasted panettone and bitter nut skins. A toasty, welcoming Marzen.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfestbier
88 points
Old gold color. Aromas of bruleed lemon and hints of orange zest with a crisp, foamy, dry light body and a warming, brisk hints of peanut, fresh bread, and radish finish. A restrained Marzen with citrusy high notes.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Centennial Journey Marzen-Octoberfest
87 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of mandarin orange, hints of banana custard, and dried figs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying impressions of spiced caramel and marasca cherry. A rich, dense and flavorful Marzen.