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Short’s Noble Chaos

NOBLE CHAOS: 83 Points

Pleasant

Pleasant

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Noble Chaos is an Oktoberfest/Marzen (German-style amber lager) with a subtle hop bouquet and toasted caramel malt flavors. It is a well-balanced beer that finishes fresh and clean. With a pleasant nose and medium body, this brew is a taste of the fall season.”

My Description: This is a nicely balanced beer that is easy drinking with good flavor notes. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that leaves behind an excellent retention level. The aroma is pleasant with notes of caramel malt, herbal hops, and a touch of nuttiness. Noble Chaos is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable with notes of caramel malt, herbal hops, and some toasted notes from the Munich Malt. There is an undertone of earthiness that is present throughout that adds character. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering malt notes. The beer is satisfying but it feels a little thin and it could be cleaner. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, baked chicken, or a reuben sandwich.

ABV: 5.75% Color: Orange/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

Ballast Point Dead Ringer

DEAD RINGER: 82 Points

Average Oktoberfest

Average Oktoberfest

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our Dead Ringer Oktoberfest lager is inspired by old-style Marzen brews customarily enjoyed during Bavaria’s world-famous beer festival. Thanks to an abundance of toasted malt and a lower hop bitterness, this dark reddish brown lager is loaded with sweet, caramel toffee flavors and aromas. All the taste and celebration of Oktoberfest packed into one bottle; no lederhosen required.”

My Description: This lager is tastes pleasant enough but there are some flaws and overall it doesn’t have that great drinkability that the style is known for. It begins with a sub-par, light beige colored head with a weak retention level that leaves behind no lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet with notes of caramel malt and toast. However, I did detect some sulfur in there as well. Dead Ringer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is more on the sweeter side with soft toffee notes and some bread. Earthy notes are also present and the aftertaste is minimally bitter. This is an average representation of the style but not one that I would choose to purchase again. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, ham pizza, or stuffed cabbage.

ABV: 6% Color: Amber Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

North Peak Dauntless

DAUNTLESS: 64 Points

Horrible

Horrible

This Märzen is released seasonally in late Summer in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: N/A

My Description: It begins with a weak head that fades quick to nothing leaving behind no lacing. The aroma is nothing special with notes of pale malts, spicy hops, and some bread. Dauntless is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile just tastes of low quality craftsmanship. It almost feels like a sweeter version of Budweiser with a hint of apple juice. There are notes of caramel malt, a hint of hops, and a finish with lingering toffee notes but they are generally soft. The body feels too thin and there is no depth, it is best saved for the bar when wanting something to chug. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, baked ham, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 5.8% Color: Golden Caramel Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Victory Festbier

FESTBIER: 81 Points

A solid party

A solid party

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Friendship and camaraderie: the two keys to any festive event. And then there’s the beer. It should be full-bodied, yet infinitely smooth. Seductively malty, with a kiss of the hops for balance. This is our Festbier. Painstakingly crafted from German malts, decoction brewed for full flavor and carefully aged for depth of character. Gather with your friends for a festive moment of Victory!”

My Description: This beer has all the right components but I just feel that it lacks a certain quality and refreshment that other versions have. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that fades quick to a thin film leaving behind very little lacing. The aroma is malt forward with notes of toasted caramel and some earthiness. Festbier is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly rich and lacks some depth. The beer tastes similar to the aroma with malt being the dominating flavor note. Some biscuit notes and a touch of noble hops can be detected but caramel malt notes are center stage. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but not enough to combat the sweetness. I just didn’t want to drink more than one, definitely a negative for Oktoberfest. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, heavy pizzas, or spicy latin dishes.

ABV: 5.6% Color: Deep Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Great Lakes Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST: 98 Points

Cheers!

Cheers!

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is released seasonally in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “An amber lager with rich malt flavor balanced by fragrant noble hops.”

My Description: This is a magnificent example of a German Oktoberfest beer. It is delicious, very smooth, and artfully crafted. It begins with a decent, off-white colored with a weak retention level that fades quick to a film leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is malty and earthy with subtle toffee/caramel notes; it smells inviting and clean. Oktoberfest is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is also extremely clean with vibrant notes. A malty body delivers notes of caramel malt and some sweetness but it isn’t too cloying because there is enough hop bitterness to give this beer an excellent balance. Hop spice undertones and hints of grain intertwine with the rest of the flavors delivering a memorable drinking experience. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with spicy beef stew, grille sausage, or pork sliders.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Amber/Orange Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

OKTOBERFEST: 84 Points

Respectable Version

Respectable Version

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is released seasonally in the Autumn Variety Pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrated a royal marriage and the health of the fall harvest—which in Bavaria, means brewers, barley and hops! Today, Oktoberfest is considered one of the world’s greatest parties, and in honor of that rollicking bash we bring you our version of the classic festival beer. Oktoberfest is medium-bodied and rich with bready and toffee-like malt flavor but maintains a crisp finish marked by floral and spicy hops.”

My Description: Sierra Nevada’s version of this popular style is easy drinking, very smooth, and enjoyable but the flavors in this beer do not satisfy me like their German counterparts. It begins with a large and dense, off-white colored head that lasts the whole way through leaving behind a noticeable amount of lacing. The aroma is malt forward with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and some nuttiness. Oktoberfest is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile tastes just like it smells with rich malt notes dominating accompanied by toasted bread and soft floral hop hints. The beer also comes off a bit roasty with an earthy presence that adds a bit of character but not necessarily needed. A minimal bitter aftertaste is welcoming but the malt notes continue to linger as this beer is more on the sweet side. This is a nice take on an Oktoberfest but nothing memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with German sausage, mild Cheddar cheese, or apple strudel.

ABV: 6.2% Color: Deep Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10

OKTOBERFEST: 91 Points

Addicting Flavors

Addicting Flavors

Known as the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, this German style Märzen is released in early Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest: aromatic, savoury, gold-colored.”

My Description: This is not the first Märzen ever produced but it is one of the finer demonstrations of the style. It begins with a large, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is clean, simple, and inviting with notes of noble hops and malt. This beer is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer has terrific balance and great drinkability. Upfront, there are notes of bread and malt accompanied by a hop spice flavor and a touch of roastiness. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and very clean. This is a great choice for the season and a six pack may not be enough. This is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, heavy salads, or steaks.

ABV: 5.9%  Color: Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OKTOBERFEST: 87 Points

Chug, Chug, Chug!

Chug, Chug, Chug!

This Oktoberfest Marzen is released seasonally in early Autumn in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself.”

My Description: I love this Oktoberfest, it is delicious, smooth, and crisp. It begins with a large, bright white colored head that lasts the whole way and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma smells great, noble hops shine through with a touch of spice and grains. This lager is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the flavor profile is blended nicely making this beer very refreshing. Upfront, there are tasty noble hop flavors with a welcoming pale malt background. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and clean with a touch of hop spice. This beer is perfect for the occasion so make sure to be a few bottles. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, grilled sausage, or steaks.

ABV: 6.3%  Color: Gold  Sweetness: 1.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OKTOBER FEST-MÄRZEN: 93 Points

Love this time of year

Love this time of year

This Märzen is released seasonally during Oktoberfest in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ayinger Oktober Fest Märzen has a deep golden color tinted with amber. It is lightly sweet with a malty nose balanced with floral hops. Its medium to big body and alcohol is not overpowering. The soft dryness comes from long maturation.”

My Description: It is so easy to drink this beer that you will go through a few bottles no problem, which of course is the beauty of Oktoberfest! This lager has a large and off-white colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting and clean with obvious malt notes and hints of bread and noble hops. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this beer are more on the sweeter side with notes of malt and a touch of caramel but it is still nicely balanced with a smooth bitter note in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer is crisp, refreshing, smooth, and a treat for the season. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with sausages, burgers, or German pretzels.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Honey/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

RAUCHBIER MÄRZEN: 97 Points

Smoky October

Smoky October

This Märzen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Bamberg’s speciality, a dark, bottom fermented smokebeer, brewed with Original Schlenkerla Smokemalt from the Schlenkerla maltings and tapped according to old tradition directly from the gravity-fed oakwood cask in the historical brewery tavern.”

My Description: The taste and smell of beechwood smoked barley in this beer is amazing and welcoming, perfect for that cool Autumn night. It begins with a large, beige colored head that has a great retention level and leaves behind an excellent amount of lacing. The aroma has a faint note of malt but the majority is dominated by a smoky scent that smells like smoked meats and hickory. This beer smells phenomenal. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This texture very smooth and is slightly creamy, it will coat your mouth. There are clean malt flavors present with an apparent yet subtle smokiness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with hints of tobacco and a lingering smokiness. This beer is delicious if you enjoy the smoke. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, bacon cheeseburgers, or baked beans.

ABV: 5.1%  Color: Deep Garnet  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OKTOBERFEST MÄRZEN: 88 Points

Start Chugging

Start Chugging

This Oktoberfest Style Märzen is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The Oktoberfest, the world’s greatest folk festival, attracts millions of visitors every year and of course, there’s a special beer here too. But, whether it’s in a bottle or in a Wiesn beer mug, the Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen is available the whole year round. Its clear amber colour, malty taste, with hints of toffee, and its zesty bitterness will instantly turn your own four walls into an Oktoberfest tent.”

My Description: This certainly would be a great choice to drink in one of those 1 Liter glasses during Oktoberfest. This beer is easy drinking, very smooth, and clean. It has a weak, white colored head, that fades quick and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is fresh and slightly complex with notes of malt, caramel, and hints of fruit such as apples and bananas. It is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry, chewy finish. This is more of a malt forward beer with flavor notes of butterscotch and caramel. There are also hints of fruit that float around from time to time. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and the aftertaste is minimally bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, grilled sausage, or burgers.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Tawny Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

OCTOBERFEST: 85 Points

Octoberfest

This is Sam Adams version of the Oktoberfest style. First brewed in 1989 and is available between August and October. The Calories are 187, SRM is 20, and the IBU is 15. Available in 12 oz bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Samuel Adams Octoberfest pays homage to the Bavarian tradition by using generous portions of five varieties of malted barley to create a rich, toffee sweetness that is the signature flavor of this popular style of Samuel Adams.”

My Description: This is a nice Oktoberfest style beer that is smooth and enjoyable. The poor head retention and sub-par lacing brings this beer down a few points but everything else is pretty good. It has a nice scent that smells clean and refreshing. You will notice that this beer is very smooth, crisp, and easy drinking. It has a medium body with minor sweetness but an overall balanced taste with a lightly malted aftertaste. These are the proper characteristics of an Oktoberfest style Märzen and I recommend this beer for anyone interested in trying it out. Of course, this will taste well with sausages and pretzels. It goes for around $8-%10 a six pack.

ABV: 5.3% Color: Deep Amber Sweetness: 5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

OKTOBERFEST: 86 Points

Oktoberfest, crazy lacing

The is a German style Märzen that is available seasonally in September and October. It has 170 Calories and an IBU of 20. This is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: A German style Märzen with Munich, Pale, and Caramel Malts.

My Description: This is an above average Octoberfest, I enjoyed it. As you can see from the picture, this beer produces really nice laces and a dense, super foamy head that hangs around the whole time. The aroma holds this beer back a bit; it is sweet with notes of hops but it isn’t very pleasant or welcoming. The taste makes up for the aroma though. It is crisp and smooth, really easy drinking which is important for Oktoberfests. It starts off with a malty flavor that ends with a nice bitter kick in the aftertaste. It feels a little fuller than other Oktoberfests which isn’t necessarily a negative. I would serve this at around 40°F and pair it with sausages, pretzels, or breaded pork.

ABV: 5.1% Color: Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

HOSS: 90 Points

Love a little rye

This Märzen style lager is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.”

My Description: This is already a quality representation of a Märzen and the addition of the rye grain brings a nice spice character to a traditional beer. It has a good sized, light tan colored head that produces a great amount of lacing and retains really well. The aroma is pleasant with notes of malt and caramel with a slight touch of spice and dark fruit. It is roughly medium bodied beer with an average carbonation level and a crisp dry finish. This is a full flavored beer that will coat your mouth with delight. It has a great malty foundation with flavor notes of caramel and dark fruit which leads into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with a lingering rye spice note. The flavors work well together and I definitely wanted another one when I was done. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with bratwurst, BBQ chicken, or Camembert cheese.

ABV: 6.2%  Color: Reddish/Orange  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10