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Oktoberfest Märzen | Cigar City Brewing

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This festive lager is our tribute to Duke Wilhelm IV's marriage hundreds of years ago, which inspired the production of the first Oktoberfest. Malty up front with notes of sweet toasted bread and a light floral bitterness. Balanced, traditional and incredibly drinkable.

Added by babaracas on 09-12-2011

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 123
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source. First things first - the initial Cigar City foray into Lagerdom is fantastic. It pours a radiant amber-brass hue and is capped with a politely frothy white head; it looks good - nice and clean. The nose is slightly nutty, bready-doughy in a pretzel-like fashion, there is a hint of minerality, and it has a bit of spicy herbal hoppiness as well. The aroma is inviting, appropriate to style, and just tremendously successful. The flavor offers a sturdy, lightly toasty, and spicy-earthy profile, with specifics including cedar, coriander and celery from the hop contribution, semi-dry grainy notes, and a tinge of alcohol to round it out. The feel is just short of medium-bodied, and is quite refreshing. Overall, this is one of the best, if not the flat-out tops, of the style that I've had thus far. Homerun status here.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Cigar City brewpub in the airport...

This was a truly memorable Oktoberfest... perfectly balanced between a sharp Noble hoppiness and earthy maltiness that truly has this beer rocking and rolling... beautiful to look at and smell... amazing... I am loving this beer... had this with the charcuterie board and it paired perfectly with the ham and cheeses... uber fresh and delicious... I could smoke through these in a hurry... I could go on but... you get the picture...

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a rich, honey color with a full 1" of creamy foam on top. Retention is great. A decent amount of lace left behind.
Smell is well balanced between malt and hop. A little overly sweet to the nose. Notes of citrus, simple syrup and a distinct candy fruit note.
Taste is malty and hoppy at the same time with a kind of green grape and citrus blend of fruit note in there. Sweetness is much subdued.
Medium plus body with a slightly under medium effervescence. Warming with a nice herbal aftertaste. Slightly dry finish. A good marzen brew.

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Photo of yankeej13
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went down to my favorite Microbar and got a Dos Boot.

A- Poured out a nice dark amber, or a nice caramel color, Had a minor head of foam that slowly disappeared, and a mild amount of carbonation.

S- Right from the start had a nice hoppy sweet smell to it but right after the first smell had a good amount of a sweet malt that followed. Good hints of caramel as well.

T- Right out of the gate, had a really nice balance of hops and malts, the hops stood out a bit more than the malt, a really nice sweet caramel taste and a nice lingering hoppy finish.

M- Great drinkability, had 3 boots of this stuff, really smooth, extremely refreshing and a perfect balance of spices and malts to hops.

Overall- So far this is my favorite Oktoberfest beer. Did a fantastic job, will def pick up again if I find it or just get it again when back at the bar. Cheers

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Photo of adam42381
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Cigar City taproom on 9/10/11.

Poured from a growler into a chalice.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden/orange caramel with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet lager aroma with a touch of fruitiness and spices.

Taste: Grassy notes up front followed by sweet malt and a touch of fruit in the middle before a bitter hoppy finish. Nice bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any trouble. Goes down very smooth.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Definitely worth a shot. CCB rarely disappoints.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going.

earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I dont know if it was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this the day after it went on tap at the brewery. Pours a nearly clear darkish amber with one finger of fine white foam that settles slowly to a thin ring; splotches of lace left on the glass. Smell: bready, toasted, and sweet, with toasted nuts and a little toffee. Floral hops. Taste: see "Smell". Layered malt attack with significant but not distracting floral and spicy hopping. Coming away with a bit of baking spices as well. If I could get this on tap locally for the next month or two, I would not buy another ofest this year.

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Photo of uvachief
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a12 is can. Full 3 fingers of head. Dark golden hue. Hints a bread and subtle fruit fill the nose. Very traditional oktoberfest beer along the lines of traditional original German oktoberfest beer. Smooth and frothy. Taste bread, hops and a slight hint of citrus. Could drink this all day. Thanks for the extra in a trade!

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz can bottled on 9/3/2014 poured into a snifter.

A- amber to brown. Nice off white head with good retention.
S- bready, malty and sugar. Very pleasant
T- malty goodness with German breadiness. Touch of booziness then light floral happiness followed by crisp finish. Very tasty.
M- Good level of carbonation and feel
O- Fresh and tasty, one of the better Marzens!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the biggest maerzens I ever had. figures given the brewery. larger body and hop presence. Nohting over the top but a little bigger. puurs darker than avg, very dark brown and has heavy caramrl and a little citrus aromas. tastes are similar, lots of carmael flavors. at 5.5 its fairly sessionable but not as much a a traditional german. liked this but not my favorite CC beer. solid offering

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with gold hues, quarter finger head.

S: light caramel malt. Some spicey hop notes.
T: very tame taste. Caramel and toasted malt, mild earthy and hop notes.

M: light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: I love cigar city but there isn't anything special about this one. Not a bad oktoberfest but I think my expectations were higher.

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Photo of Shaw
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned three weeks ago, according to the date stamp underneath the can.

Pours a lovely amber with a short tan head.

Aroma of biscuits and a hint of sweet grape.

The flavor is nicely malty and sweet with a hint of hop bitterness to provided a bit of balance. The aroma of biscuits or rolls comes over strong in the taste, too. Very nice.

Almost a chewy body.

A nice diversion from the hoppy, bitter beers I typically drink. Enjoy it this Octoberfest season. Why drink a German beer that's spent who knows how long on a boat when you can have a fresh Octoberfest brewed in Florida like this one?

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with reddish hues and two fingers worth of head that fades and leaves lacing that doesn't stick really at all. Smell brings bready aromas with caramel, spicy and grassy hops. Taste brings bready malts and caramel sweetness with some spicy and grassy hop notes. Medium carbonation and medium body with a slightly creamy feel. Overall a decent representation of the style, but not at all the best.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came here during a recent vacation and this was one of the only brew from their flagship series that was available in growlers.

Served in a hotel room clear glass.

A: Fairly murky for a lager like this, and with a slight head that died down quickly and didn't come back.

S: I got more stomach acid than I would have liked, but this still had a nice nuttiness that makes the style so poplar. Fairly understated which is appropriate.

T: I found myself liking this more and more the more I drank. Germanic in spades and with a hint of honey, but not overboard on the sweeter side the way Great Lakes is.

M: Perfect carbonation bill and my palate felt the brews former present afterwards, but the taste didn't linger there for long.

O: Who doesn't like this style? Haven't met many who have said "no" to that question. I'd have this one again.

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Photo of MisSigsFan
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber into my Stone IPA shaker pint. Smell is sweet bready malts and a bit of orange zest. The smell is pretty faint. Taste follows the nose. There's a sort of fruity sweetness in there too and some caramel. A very clean tasting beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Carbonation is a bit low but completely fine. Just a really easy drinking beer. Tons of flavor and just a bit of bitterness.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was excited to find this on tap world of beer in port orange

A-cloudy orange with a nice foamy cream colored head. good lacing.

S-creamy grains and some faint honey. fresh smelling

T-comes in as smooth and creamy as a beer can get, with a faint taste of grains and honey which seem to slowly grow in strength and make up a great after-taste. the flavors are faint, but they have good quality.

M-smooth and creamy. medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-a great oktoberfest. one of the most smooth beers i've ever had. its something i want a lot of, maybe the easiest drinking beer i've ever had. however it does lack flavor, even for the style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Nice clear copper with a thin off-white head and a good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Malty sweetness with mild toffee notes, light resin and grassy hops. There's a slight tinny aroma as well, but not off-putting.

T: Toasted bready malts, mild grassy hop bitterness, and some sweetness from the malts. Residual breadiness in the hang.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence, and modest carbonation sensation.

O: This was pretty good. I think I would have enjoyed it more with a touch more hop presence to bring it more in line with American märzens. Either way, enjoyable but nothing I'd actively seek out.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap into pint at tap42 in ft Lauderdale. Honey amber pour with no head. Smell is big malts and some light dried fruit....smell is exactly like magic hat #9.
Taste is super malty but some dried fruit and brown sugar notes....again very similar to the maltiness of #9. Its easy to drink, nice flavor and prob my last oktoberfest of the year...good not great.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At the brewpub. Pours orange with a small creamy white head. Smell is sweet honey, lagery, standard Marzen smell with some extra sweetness. La or is sweet and light, with some hints of spice and a slightly dirty Marzen finish. Low carbonation and a lingering honey wheaty taste on the palate. Right on style and at the top of the style, just not my favorite style. Had to try though.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

12 oz. can poured into a Teku. That's right. A lager into a Teku.

Appearance - Clear deep amber body. Nice off-white head and a medium collar with a few wisps on the surface.

Smell - Bready and caramel malt. Very floral, too. Smells sweet.

Taste - Very bready up front. A bit of caramel sweetness in the middle. It gets amplified by that floral and kinda fruity flavor in the back end. Makes it seem sweeter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Very drinkable. Well carbonated.

Overall - I don't like that floral and fruity back end. Tastes great up front, but that part doesn't seem to work with the rest of the beer.

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Photo of corby112
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Growler purchased at the brewery and consumed on 3/13/12.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a half finger white head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Earthy aroma with lots of soil and grassy hops balanced by sweet malt notes. Hints of caramel and toffee followed by bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation but slightly watered down.  Decent balance of earthy, grassy hops, straw, hay, bread and sweet malts.  Hints of biscuit, caramel and toffee.  Decent but a bit watered down and too earthy/soily tasting for my liking.

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Oktoberfest Märzen from Cigar City Brewing
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