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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

Weyerbacher Autumnfest

AUTUMNFEST: 85 Points

Fair Autumn Beer

Fair Autumn Beer

This Oktoberfest style beer is released seasonally between August and November in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “AutumnFest is Weyerbacher’s own unique twist on the German Oktoberfest style. Copper-amber in color, AutumnFest is made with Vienna and Munich malts for that authentic, Bavarian easy drinking taste. Each sip imparts a wonderful roastiness of malt on the tongue followed by a smooth, consistent finish. Wonderfully balanced with a clean, velvety, slightly fruity taste, AutumnFest is the perfect beer for the Fall- a nice transition between the lighter beers of summer and the darker, heavier winter brews. It’s a favorite of many Weyerbacher aficionados, who anticipate the end of summer with this wonderful beer.”

My Description: This is one of those beers that, if around I would drink, but other than that it is forgettable and nothing special. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a very nice retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mainly malt forward with notes of bread and caramel with hints of fruit. Autumnfest is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The taste mimics the aroma nicely. Malt is definitely the dominate flavor in this beer accompanied by notes of caramel, floral hops, apples and other fruits, and a touch of hop spice. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but overall this beer is on the sweeter side. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled sausage, or rich pasta dishes.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Copper/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

OKTOBERFEST: 84 Points

Brooklyn's Marzen

Brooklyn’s Marzen

This Märzen Style Oktoberfest is released seasonally August through October in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria wanted to celebrate his wedding engagement in 1810, he did what any good Bavarian prince would – he threw a beer festival. Both the festival and the special beer served there became known as Oktoberfest. Brewed from the finest German malt and hops, Brooklyn Oktoberfest is true to the original style, fullbodied and malty, with a bready aroma and light, brisk hop bitterness.”

My Description: This is a clean Märzen that is tasty and smooth but it loses its enjoyment after a while. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a great retention level that lasts the whole way and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt characters including biscuit malt and some bread notes. This beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors in this beer are also malt forward with some bread notes and a touch of caramel. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with a slight lingering toffee note. Also, a welcoming hop spice flavor comes through from time to time. This is a good Oktoberfest beer but not one that you can start chugging. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled pork chops, roasted chicken, or German sausages.

ABV: 5.5%  Color: 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

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

OKTOBERFESTBIER: 83 Points

Good choice for chugging!

This Oktoberfest/Märzen is brewed seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. and 16.9 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!”

My Description: This looked and tasted different than other beers I’ve had in this style but that didn’t necessarily deter me from grading it for what it is, a pretty good beer that is best used for pounding during the Oktoberfest parties. It has a weak, white colored head that fades quickly but somehow leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma was interesting with notes of malt and some grassiness but there was also a note of honey that surprised me. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The beer is nicely balanced and crisp with some malt notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, that honey scent is not limited to the aroma because it is definitely apparent in the flavor profile, this is rather different but it is subdued and doesn’t overpower the rest of the flavors. There is also a hint of herbal hops in the beer which taste nice. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with German pretzels, grilled sausage, or sauerkraut.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Straw/Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 3/10

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

HEX “OURTOBERFEST” ALE: 87 Points

Enjoy the Smoke

This seasonal Octoberfest is available between August and October. This has an IBU of 25 and a SRM of 18. This is available in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and coffee and a slightly smoky finish.”

My Description: This is a different take on a traditional Oktoberfest that works nicely while you’re sitting next to a bonfire in Autumn. It has an off-white colored head that is thin but it holds on for the whole way. However, the lacing was just non-existent. The aroma is on the malty side but you will pick up on some toffee notes as well. It’s an aroma that is rough in a pleasing way. As you drink this beer you will notice it is malty accompanied by some toffee and grain notes which gives way to an aftertaste is bitter and slightly smoky. Although, I did not really pick up on any caramel notes. The finish will be a bit dry and that works with the flavors and texture of the beer. It is medium bodied and fairly smooth and crisp. I like this take on an Oktoberfest because the addition of a smoke flavor reminds me of Autumn. I would serve this at least at 42°F and it would pair well with sausages, roasted duck, or grilled shrimp. $9 for a six pack.

ABV: 5.4% Color: Brownish Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

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