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Beer Styles

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German-Style Marzen / Oktoberfest

A beer rich in malt with a balance of clean, hop bitterness. Bread or biscuit-like malt aroma and flavor is common. Originating in Germany, this style used to be seasonally available in the spring (“Marzen” meaning “March”), with the fest-style versions tapped in October.

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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