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Oktoberfest Märzen - Cigar City Brewing

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Oktoberfest Märzen
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: babaracas on 09-12-2011

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.
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of corby112
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

Photo of Dicers
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BMart
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of st9647v3
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jbaker67
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of baybum
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of KVNBGRY
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Oktoberfest Märzen from Cigar City Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.