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Bayern Oktoberfest Lager - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
81
good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: alexgash on 09-27-2003)
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Reviews by Elimination:
Photo of Elimination
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Elimination, Sep 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Redneckwine
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Really dark, ruddy brown...strange for a festbier. 1 finger head dissipates very fast, not much lacing either.

Aroma - Mostly clean and light malts, hints of nuttiness, toastiness, sweet breadiness, dark vinous fruit, maybe even a touch of cocoa. Very feint grassy hops.

Feel/Taste - Medium body, very little carbonation, a bit flat, watery, and heavy feeling. Lacking crispness. Taste is a dead ringer for the nose (see above), very malt forward. Grassy hops are just barely perceptible and act to balance the sweet malts a little. Finishes on the sweet side, and this sweetness borders on cloying after a while.

Overall - A very strange (unique?) example of a Marzenbier indeed, and not my favorite take on the style. It's almost like the lager version of a brown ale, but with some Belgian dark ale fruit-like notes. It would be much better with the carbonation and body adjusted a bit.

Redneckwine, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

rhinonau, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

ElGordo, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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

russpowell, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of FalconA
3/5  rDev -15.7%

FalconA, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of MTScotchAleLover
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MTScotchAleLover, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +40.4%

ShwarzAl3r, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of bcm119
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

bcm119, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of BarBEERian
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

www.barbeerians.com

BarBEERian, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of RedBrewer83
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

RedBrewer83, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

BigBry, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bluckbeyes, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of vkv822
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

vkv822, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of jesseejames
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

jesseejames, May 28, 2013
Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -15.7%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of notsoprobeer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

notsoprobeer, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Very dark for an Oktoberfest. Not really what I look for in the that style. I almost thought it could have been bad, but read the review on here and I suppose its supposed to be dark.

Donkster46, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

archyquaffer, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of harrymel
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

harrymel, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Huffaroma
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of TaborTime
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

TaborTime, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

BigJTrucker, Sep 29, 2007
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Bayern Oktoberfest Lager from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.