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

Edison Brewing Oktoberfest
94 points
A solid classic Octoberfest; light on its feet with a crisp, bracing hop bitterness at the back end making it worthy of a Stein.
Awards: 2023 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - 2023 Best Marzen-Octoberfest
Redding Beer Company Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
94 points
Rich caramels and toffee tones with a deft touch of bitterness to maintain balance without being assertive; delicious and very traditional.
Awards: 2023 World Beer Championships Gold Medal
4 By 4 Brewing Company OZapft Is! Marzen
91 points
A toasty, welcoming Marzen.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal
Hofmuhl Märzen
89 points
Prost! A classic and crushable Oktoberfest; a very traditional warm fall beer.
Fireforge Crafted Beer Oktoberfest German Lager
88 points
A sweet and malty Oktoberfest with just the right amount of bitter and savory on the finish to keep things in balance.
Toppling Goliath Limited Edition Oktoberfest
88 points
Toasty and roasted aromas and flavors with a light touch of bitterness.
Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfestbier
88 points
A restrained Marzen with citrusy high notes.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Centennial Journey Marzen-Octoberfest
87 points
A maple forward Oktoberfest driven by aromas of roasted nuts.