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Beer Styles

German-Style Marzen / Oktoberfest

A beer rich in malt with a balance of clean, hop bitterness, similar to the Vienna lager. Toasted bread or biscuit-like malt aroma and flavor is to be expected. Originating in Germany, this style was traditionally brewed in the spring (“Marzen” meaning “March”) and aged, or lagered, throughout the summer. A stronger version was served at early Oktoberfest celebrations and became known as Oktoberfest. Today, the festival’s version of an Oktoberfest is quite a bit lighter than what American craft brewers consider an Oktoberfest.

Category: Dark Lagers

Food Pairings

  • Kielbasa
  • Jalapeno Jack
  • Coconut Flan

Glassware & Serving Temperature

Flute
45-50 °F

Commercial Examples

Commercial Examples

Appearance

Color

Pale to Reddish Brown

Clarity

Brilliant

Carbonation (Visual)

Medium Rising Bubbles

Flavor/Aroma

Alcohol

Mild

Hop

Hop aroma and flavor are very low to low. Hop bitterness is medium low to medium

Malt

Toast

Esters

Not common to style

Phenols

Not common to style

Sensations

Body

Soft

Carbonation

Medium

Finish Length

Short to Medium

Attenuation

Medium

Ingredients

Hops

German Noble

Malt

Pilsner, Vienna, Munich

Water

Varies

Yeast

Lager

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