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Bayern Oktoberfest Lager - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: alexgash on 09-27-2003)
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Photo of archyquaffer


4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a longneck into a shaker glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of creamy, off-white head. This continues to coat the top of the brew and sides of the glass. The beer is fairly dark in comparison to most Oktoberfests I've tried, and is a dark reddish-brown.

Subdued floral and earthy hops on the nose, with a bready, rich and slightly sweet malt flavor, with chocolate and caramel undertones. It has a notably satisfying mouthfeel, with a lingering creaminess on the back of the tongue.

Bayern makes excellent lager beer, and this is another prime example. This beer is without doubt the best Oktoberfest I've tried this year.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 05:38:01 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of vkv822


2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz : tulip

Deep mahogany colored body with a thin, foamy beige head.

Malty, caramel, bread notes predominately with very slight spicy, earthy, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, low carbonation.

Meh. The nose had me hopeful, but the taste was a bit overly sweet in the malts and the mouthfeel was unpleasantly syrupy at times.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 08:12:05 | More by vkv822
Photo of jesseejames


3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I rather like this beer. I picked up a 5 liter party keg to reuse the keg and found that the beer was very nice and returned and bought 4 more. It is a nice brown very malty brew for an oktoberfest. The head is rather nice and if I keep it under co2 in the mini keg it retains a nice head when poured into a cooled stein. It tastes of wonderful malt and is crisp and clean with a nice touch of chocolate bitterness aftertaste that leads you to want more. This is the beer I have on hand when I am out of my own homebrew.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2013 15:35:46 | More by jesseejames
Photo of ccrida


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Yuengling pils flute, Bayern Oktoberfest is brown with a small, sand-colored head leaving foamy lace. It's one thing to harken back to the more auburn tinged Marzens of a decade ago, but this thing is more like an alt.

Smell is very bready, and a touch of toffee.

Taste is similar, very malty, very bready, almost like a imperial kvass. Good for sure, but not to style.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, for brown larger. Definitely exaggerated malt, it's tasty, but far from classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 07:43:03 | More by ccrida
Photo of Elimination


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahagony red, crimson red really, dark and really pretty. But I always think of marzens as a bit lighter

Smell of strong nut, a bit of dates, old carmel candy, some cardboard tree like qualities to it

Taste is more a nut brown with a lager yeast honestly. Strong walnut and almond followed by a bit of lighter chocolate and some dark fruits. A bit of un buttered pop corn as well

This is a ok beer, not true to style by any means, but still not terrible for a fall offering, other beers by bayern are great german reproductions, just not this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 18:00:42 | More by Elimination
Photo of harrymel


2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled about a week ago. Kept cool.

A: Dark brown with a little bit of head formation, a central cap of the peanut foam is present. Red hue where light shines through. No lace.

S: sweet cherries, wood, rye bread, sweet yeast (I've had enough Bayern to smell a distinct sweetness from it). It's pleasant.

T: Nutty, bland and watery. Kinda has an original corn nuts flavor.

M: Thin with pretty substantial carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O: Decent beer, but not particularly taking my fancy.

Serving type: growler

09-06-2011 15:04:12 | More by harrymel
Photo of notsoprobeer


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark amber with a cream colored head. Aroma is very malty, I can't smell any hops. Taste is VERY malty, with little bitterness. The IBU count is not listed, and I'm curious about what it is. Expect it's very low. I don't think I've sampled a beer with this much malty flavor. It's a nice change of pace, but is a bit sweet. Body is medium and it has a nice mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 07:56:59 | More by notsoprobeer
Photo of RJLarse


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Elk Public House. $5 a pint.

Appearance is a dark walnut color. Looks like a Coke. Foamy off-white head breaks down fast leaving nothing.

Smell is faint and earthy. Caramel and molasses (also like Coke) maybe some sweet smelling peat along side.

Tastes like it smells. A mildly bitter caramel flavor with a hint of a vinegar finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but flat perhaps a bit syrupy. Not much carbonation in this one.

Drinkable but unremarkable. Not a great o-fest in my estimation.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-24-2010 23:34:09 | More by RJLarse
Photo of RedBrewer83


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a rich amber mahogany with hints of a ruby hue. Head forms to one finger, falls pretty quickly and leaves a thin ring around the glass.

S: Rich malt, brown sugar, faint molasses, very faint floral hop.

T: Big caramel malt with brown sugar, molasses and hints of anise. Hops are bitter in the finish, keeps things pretty balanced.

M: Smooth light medium body, a little thin, solid carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, gets a little sweet after awhile...overall nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 03:17:30 | More by RedBrewer83
Photo of Flightoficarus


3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle (into glass)

A - Pours very unusually dark for a Marzen. Pours a a deep, dark, but still slightly clear brown, with a nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of faint caramel malts, lots of nuttiness, and lightly floral hops, and a mild roasted character. It makes me think "brown-ale meets Marzen".

T - Taste is of bready malts, caramel, a slightly bitter nuttiness, and lightly floral/lemon-ish hops. This is definitely a different take on this style, but not too bad. I like it.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and pretty smooth.

D - A little on the rich side for sessioning IMO, but worth of more than one.

Overall - This is a very unusual take on the Marzen style. Maybe this should be called a Marzen Dunkel? Either way, it's not a bad beer, just doesn't strike me as very "Oktoberfesty". It's more like a slightly easier drinking brown ale to me. Just keep that in mind if you decide to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 08:37:59 | More by Flightoficarus
Photo of philbertk


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark--Thin lace hint tan head. Clear dark bronze red color. Roasted malty mild hop front. Malty mellow sweet toasted toffee smooth mild creamy rich roasted Fest body. Smooth refreshing mild hop clean lingering malt easy end. Dark interpretation of Style. Sampled 9/14/2009. 6-Pack--$7.79.

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark. Light tan thin mild lace head. Clear dark bronze ruby red brown color. Toasted malt mild dark fruit black cherry hop front. Mild sweet smooth malty toasted roasted toffee cherry rich dark mildly fruity dark Fest body. Smooth mild hop roasted spice hint end. Sampled 8/26/2010. 6-Pack $7.79.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 05:37:33 | More by philbertk
Photo of BarBEERian


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was much darker than I expected from an Oktoberfest, something closer to a thick and dark nut brown beer. The nose wasn't anything remarkable, with maybe just a touch of malt peering through the head, but overall, a very nose-less beer, which is becoming pretty consistent with this dark lager style. Bayern's attention to purity again is the most astonishing note about this beer. The taste is crisp and smooth, with a slight bitterness near the beginning giving way to some sublte nut characteristics with a nice sour touch coupled with the roasted malt.

I have to believe that this is as close to a German Oktoberfest beer that you can get in Montana, if not the U.S., and the drinkability of this dark lager is pretty high, mainly due to the overall pure and smooth texture that leaves you refreshed after each sip. Bayern's beer is really growing on me now. Give it a try for yourself, and I think you too will become a convert, if you haven't already switched by now.


Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 21:24:52 | More by BarBEERian
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Oktoberfest poured a dark brown with a less than a finger foam head with a tiny bubble sudsy lacing.

The aroma was a malty one with a brown sugar smell. The taste was sweet and malty all the way through. In the mouth it left a stickiness on the tongue and was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent American example of a Germanic style.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 04:17:57 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of msubulldog25


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint poured at Green Dragon in Portland.

A: Quite dark, a mahogany brown with fiery auburn highlights. Intriguing that it's so unlike the 'traditional' amber Oktoberfest. Nice clinging bits of ivory.

S: Not alot of aroma, a vaguely bready malt.

T: Rich and malty with a notable fruitiness, ripe and juicy plums or raisins. For as dark a beer this is, appearance-wise, the flavor has little roastedness. Nuts and caramel are flavorful but modest; not too sweet.

M: Smooth texture, light carbonation. Body is medium for the style.

D: Not a problem to drink this one, it's pretty tasty and has an appropriate ABV (somewhere in the 5-6% range I'm guessing). Paired very well with a brisket sandwich and some delicious sweet & salty fries.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2008 19:31:13 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of russpowell


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11-12-08 Got a fresh one. Will bump this up on taste-wise & drinkability, more caramel & grainyness in this bottle

BBD of 29 Feb 08, another not totally fresh beer from my Liquid Solutions order

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & some caramel

T: Bready, slight licorice notes leafy hops & some herbal hops up front. Slight brown sugar notes & more herbal hops & a touch of chocolate as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & touch of cardboard, some pecans & more caramel. Almost gave this a 3.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a little wet

Drinks alright, would guess the abv is about 5.4%, nope website says 6.0%. Will try to find fresher next time, will know where NOT to find it; having said that my review isn't too far of the norm

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 02:34:55 | More by russpowell
Photo of BigJTrucker


3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this 2L growler filled @ Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.

Pours a clear, deep mahogany color. Fair head retention, low carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet, hints of caramel and or molasses, maybe some faint licorice. Taste is of toasted malt and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth, relatively flat, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as I dislike overly fizzy beer. Drinkability is good, flavor is nice, and it's great for a chilly fall day while watching football.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2007 21:40:12 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of ElGordo


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/mahogany color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A half-inch of creamy tan head sits on top. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, a little bit of plum, and a touch of astringency. Palate is more sweet caramel malt, light fruit, a hint of lightly fruity hops, and a touch of a bready character. Nice and well-rounded. Body is smooth and just light enough to make this a highly quaffable marzen. A bit different from the German marzens I've tried lately, but quite tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 04:25:39 | More by ElGordo
Photo of loren01


2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Had this on tap at the Bayern taproom. Poured a mahogany color, slightly cloudy. Not much head, no lacing.
S: Black licorace, sweet like mollases type scent
T: Slight licorace flavor, you can also tast the alcohol
M: Way too flat, tasted like it had been sitting in the glass on the counter all day, absolutely no carbonation at all
D: I have had this in the bottle and didn't care for it so i figured I'd give it a shot on tap, but it really wasn't much better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 22:56:37 | More by loren01
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Bayern Brewery on our Montana Beer Trip, and brought back mixed 12 pack. Nice scenery label, BB date notched. Neck label describes this as being 'brewed in the tradition of Bavarian Masterbrews since 1987.' "Bayern Oktoberfest is the classic German style Dark Marzen; not too sweet, yet malty, with a nice hop flavor. Brewed according to the standards of the Brewer's Guild of Munich established when the beer was first brewed in 1815. Even if you can't make it to Munich for Oktoberfest we offer this authentic beer available from late August until late October for your autumn enjoyment. Prost!"
Poured with hardly any head, and left just the thinnest ring around the glass. Deep dark amber brown color, just as I expected for an Oktoberfest. Strong smell of sweet and toasted malt, and a rich almost burnt toffee aroma. Taste is somewhat sweet, but not overly sticky sweet. Touch of hops, but mush more maltiness throughout. Good body, low carbonation make it seem flat, yet still smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 05:58:17 | More by BigBry
Photo of bcm119


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red with a fine, off-white head. Aromas of earthy black malt; slightly smokey but not at all burnt or roasty. The nose is soft and has a dark German malt character, which becomes firmer with nicely integrated hop bitterness. The hops are subtle and barely stand up to the dark malt, but the finish is very clean. The carbonation is a little low, giving it a flat mouthfeel. Generally a little one-dimensional, and not as bready as I like an Oktoberfest, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 22:57:50 | More by bcm119
Photo of alexgash


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this up in Idaho; had never heard of Bayern before, but this stuff looked good and it was on sale. Pours a very dark amber, almost cola brown with a small white head. Smells of woodsy toast loaf malts and hints of hops. Taste is malty, but not sweet, with a a caramely mouthfeel, and a touch of spiciness. Finish is vegetable bitter. I'm not a huge Marzen fan, but this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 17:14:17 | More by alexgash
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