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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-24-2002)
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Reviews by Scoats:
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

What an interesting beer. The appearance is completely uninspiring. The light gold completely filtered liquid doesn't inspire confidence. The color is wrong and it looks too thin, whimpy. I thought they shipped the wrong barrel.

Just as books shouldn't be judged by the cover, beer shouldn't be judged by it's appearance. It is for drinking not looking at. OK maybe Guinness is more for looking at then drinking.

This is indeed a light O-fest. There definitely is the Marzen taste profile but it is subtle. Overall the beer is very balanced. I found this an interesting, pleasant and somewhat tasty beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but I enjoyed the pint I had.

09-11-2003 13:46:12 | More by Scoats
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Dmann

California

4.8/5  rDev +32.2%

This is one of the best Oktoberfest bier's that I've ever had. This one was a darker golden color with a small frothy head. The smell immediatly grabbed me with a great hoppy scent and the flavor was great as well. The alchohol was hidden perfectly and the hoppy bite was great. This is a great German Oktoberfest beer.

10-05-2003 09:23:35 | More by Dmann
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joemacpherson

Utah

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Oktoberfestbier 2010.

The profile of this beer encourages one to drink much and be merry. It is a typical Octoberfest lager from the Bayern region of southern Deutschland.

It is light gold with a nice frothy head that dissipates rather quickly.

It smells of rich malt and light hints of sour fruit/apple, a bit acidic even.

A lot of flavor. A mouth full of sweet bready malts and a bit fruity with a tinge of alcoholic spice.

Feels full and round, the carbonation is just perfect for the style.

Could drink many steins of this beer. (and in fact will)

A great tasting beer that is super! drinkable. It is a bit too sweet for my taste. I can really taste the extra bit of alcohol, which is for me not so desirable. But I suppose that extra 1% is what helps makes Octoberfest a joyous event. :)

Prost!

08-04-2010 19:31:06 | More by joemacpherson
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sponberg

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Yeah, what Jason said!

One of the lightest color lagers I've seen - I thought the bartender was handing me a Bud. The hoppy/malty balance that follows is spot-on, though (and almost exactly as Jason described it - give me my beer back, dammit!), which was unexpected given the color. Does not taste like a 6% brew - I guessed 4 or 5. Very smooth. It definitely falls into the "multiple masskrug" category of drinkability.

09-28-2002 21:37:53 | More by sponberg
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Presentation: 5 liter mini-keg, same blue colour as the bottles with good directions on how to dispense and a freshness date printed on top.

Appearance: Pours out a light and bright glowing golden hue, the white froth shows an impressive head and the lace is to die for. This is certainly lighter in colour than all of the Oktoberfest beers I have seen.

Smell: Peppery herbal hop, big cracker like malt sweetness and a clean alcohol are all in the nose.

Taste: Flexed medium body, smooth carbonation … it feels like it just came out of a real keg. Big fresh noble hop bitterness and flavour, lots of herbal and peppery notes. The malt backbone is very sturdy with mild biscuity, doughy and cracker like flavours. Faint warming alcohol that tells you that it does have some strength. Touch of yeast and a flake of husky grain in the mix also. Finishes clean with a light steely malt sweetness.

Notes: Duly awed on not only the stellar looking head but the flavours and the ease of putting it down. Add all this together and offer it in a 5 liter mini-keg and there is no stopping, just don’t try and polish off one of these by yourself.

Flexed medium body, smooth carbonation … it feels like it just came out of a real keg. Big fresh noble hop bitterness and flavour, lots of herbal and peppery notes. The malt backbone is very sturdy with mild biscuity, doughy and cracker like flavours. Faint warming alcohol that tells you that it does have some strength. Touch of yeast and a flake of husky grain in the mix also. Finishes clean with a light steely malt sweetness.

Duly awed on not only the stellar looking head but the flavours and the ease of putting it down. Add all this together and offer it in a 5 liter mini-keg and there is no stopping, just don’t try and polish off one of these by yourself.

09-24-2002 15:20:02 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

Sampled a 12 ounce serving from a green bottle. No Freshness dating, but it is October. This is a very light, very clear brew. Medium buble head, that sticks around for a good long while, as does some lacing. Light would also fairly and accuratly characerize the flavor of this Octoberfest. A subtle sweetness exists but no much else. Needs some malty notes to get it into the O'fest neighborhoood. Pleasant enough light sessioner, but not my favorite o'fest brew.

10-27-2004 02:57:14 | More by Billolick
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innominat

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +24%

10-09-2012 17:09:40 | More by innominat
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

5L mini-keg. Clear golden with fluffy white head, like true contemporary German O'Fests. Musty aroma. Sweet and malty like most O'Fests, and well-balanced with hop dryness. Hints of pepper, metal, corn, caramel and just enough spiciness to keep it going. Very drinkable despite higher alcohol, I think a couple more glasses and I will be in a pretty good mood. Good head and pleasant mouthfeel, but the constraints of the mini-keg skew the fizziness / carbonation slightly. No matter. It is creamy and delectable. Lowenbrau makes good German beers, although some of the metal and corn flavors in this and their regular lager fall just shy of world-class. But, they are affordable and that more than makes up for it. Plus I'd rather drink the real German stuff than the swill that was coming out of Milwaukee a short time ago.

11-08-2002 17:11:12 | More by Thrasher
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far333

Connecticut

2.78/5  rDev -23.4%

Very pale straw yellow color, with a white receding head. There is literally NO aroma here. Flavor is light and sweet and corny. There are faint hints of malt, but also a strange aftertaste that reminds me of the old American style Lowenbrau, a bit like burnt rubber. Watery mouthfeel. Very disappointed in this.

10-09-2003 03:16:36 | More by far333
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Light "Helles-style" color, clear as a bell. White puffy head, rises nicely and settles at 1/4 of an inch. Laces in dripping strings. Aromatic, grassy with a touch of shortbread and grain. Low carbonation and relatively thick mouthfeel. Starts sweet, biscuity with maple syrup, some corn syrup properties as well. Nicely hopped, distinct pepper and bitters are noticeable as the malt backbone subsides mid mouth. Well-balanced and drinkable, to me it lacks some of the toasted sweetness of O-Fest brews I tend to pick out come the beginning of Fall.

09-24-2004 14:49:41 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +22.6%

Appearance: Golden amber hued nectar of the gods with a huge tawny white head great big and lucious leaving speckled even lacing very nice appearance. Aroma: Huge syrupy tone very nice slightly spiced malty layers of goodness this is a beer I would love to drink daily like it was my job. Taste: Large layers of malty spiced up very nice balanced malt european hop character more hops than most Ofests I've tasted this year, oh yeah. Mouthfeel: More syrupy than most German lagers very nice texture. Drinkability: Simply amazing love this could be dead if I go to Munich.

10-11-2003 00:47:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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Keegan

Germany

5/5  rDev +37.7%

03-11-2012 19:04:25 | More by Keegan
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Bright, clear gold under a bountiful pile of white froth that seems to never fade.
Sweet-leaning malty nose with a strong toasty companion. Dried grass hopping as well.
Begins dryish, and cracker like. Could be mistaken for a helles lager for this brief opening moment. Thereafter, toastiness creeps in and gains control. This is marzen country, indeed. Undercurrents of sweetness throughout with impressions of honey. Toastiness remains present as a husky grain sensation develops. The color belies the amount of malt depth in this brew. Dries again for the finish, as the savory, grassy German hops complete things.

Sturdy yet light bodied and made for drinking in large denominations.
This is a nice one.

10-13-2003 05:38:25 | More by cokes
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Although the color of Lowenbrau's Oktoberfestbier is a touch lighter than might be expected, it's appearance is almost perfect with a crystal-clear golden body; steadily rising bubbles; a creamy bright-white head that holds well; and walls of craggy lace that last throughout the entire glass. The nose is a touch restrained as well; but the combination of grainy malt and spicy/floral hops is quite enticing. It's smooth and delicately creamy across the palate with a medium body and very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation. In the flavor a spicy and lightly floral hop flavor is so totally fused with its gently grainy and subtly toasty malt flavor that they can't be tasted apart from one another. Its bitterness is solid but balanced; and it finishes dry with some residual spicy hops and a thin wash of malt. Again, it's not quite what's normally expected of an Oktoberfestbier.... the rich Munich malt character is toned down, and it's hoppiness is elevated. Still, it's an enjoyable and drinkable beer that's perfect anytime.

01-26-2005 21:54:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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WoodBrew

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%

At the Senator's lounge in Munchen airport and i'm trying the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest beer. It poured a pure golden yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent has grain and a touch of maize. The taste is a bit brutal...the 6% being very prominent and does not make this beer an easy session....in my opinion. THe mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I prefer a standard Euro lager to this.

09-23-2012 07:33:13 | More by WoodBrew
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Vanz

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-27-2014 20:34:57 | More by Vanz
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Yngvi

Iceland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-14-2013 13:44:27 | More by Yngvi
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DOCRW

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-26-2014 06:03:44 | More by DOCRW
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jackndan

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

Lowenbrau O-Fest: In a one gallon can (alright, 5 liters, but whose counting) with a nifty little spigot near the bottom. Excellent beer, and a good $3 bucks cheaper than the next gallon can. What can I say about this beer other than 2 years ago I spent a lot of time in Munich during Oktoberfest, and this beer tasted exactly like what I was served in the tents. Very traditional O-fest taste, with a great white head, long lasting Marzen taste and very enjoyable. Make sure you pick one of these up for your next O-fest party to enjoy an authentic taste.

11-04-2002 11:36:35 | More by jackndan
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a one-gallon mini-keg this O-Fest is surprisingly light in color (brownish-yellow, translucent). The off-white head was rather massive and the lacing was fantastic. This was a delight to look at. The nose was very mild; simple spice, some herbal, and some malt notes. The favors offered were equally simple with a cracker-like malt, spice, and grainy-herbal qualities coming through on the palate. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable O-Fest. This one will be quaffed again next year…

11-29-2002 05:53:49 | More by bditty187
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-14-2013 03:21:03 | More by EBeckett3
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uziangis

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.4%

01-13-2012 02:20:08 | More by uziangis
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marcobrau

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

A dangerously drinkable Marzen. Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg this beer is yellow in color and has a rocky head. Toasted malt aroma. Soft body and crisp, almost honeyish and toasted malt character. The emphasis is on the malt with just enough hops to prevent this beer from being too sweet for my tastes. This Oktoberfest can do some damage aAt 6 percent alcohol by volume. I was pretty far gone after two and a half liters of the stuff. I guess I'm used to drinking pints and not liters.

09-15-2003 01:33:11 | More by marcobrau
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is straw yellow with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big and bready with lots of hops.

The taste follows, a bit more bready malt then the old style was good for and not enough of the good roasty, caramel stuff. Too bad.

The mouthfeel is big thick and sticky, some ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, Just not the way I like the style but still a good and drinkable brew. Prosit, MK

01-01-2008 16:59:54 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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OatmattStout

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

As most I had this from a mini Keg that I bought for Superbowl 2003 a month in advance and coudn't wait. It lived up to personal recomendations and positive reviews on BA. To start it poored with a color that was golden yellow and lighter than normal for an Octoberfest. It had the most increadible fluffy whipped cream head that really hung-on and made this beer look awesome. The texture and mouthfeel of this beer was so creamy and smooth. The taste followed same creamy suit, with malty sweet notes and bready hints. The finish was a little floral but had mellow hop balance. It is 6% but you could never tell. The carbonation was light and soft, reminiscent of a Boddingtons in a nitro can. Overall this beer was great and was superbly drinkable, and the mini keg was great it really makes it an occasion to open and you have to drink the whole thing because you wouldn't want to waste any by letting it go flat.

01-27-2003 12:28:26 | More by OatmattStout
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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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