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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

131 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-24-2002)
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Reviews by stjaernstoft:
Photo of stjaernstoft
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 6.1%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: This beer pours a clear, pale, weak, golden liquid, and shows a big white, airy head.

S: A less than pleasing sourness hits the nose immediately, and I get malty aromas, with notes of bread, citrus, hay, yeast and some wet paper.

T: Malty flavours, citric notes, with sour, doughy bread, and a chemical bitterness. All-in-all it's kind of off-putting.

M: Average in most ways, a medium-sized body, but a sticky texture and no fresh crisp.

O: Why? This is pretty bad. Perhaps there was something wrong with my bottle (I have my doubts since I've seen the other ratings) - but if not: For shame! This is not a worthy Oktoberfestbier from a brewery based in Munich. Still I think: What do I know? I'm not a Bavarian ompa ompa enthusiast.

(Notes from yesterday.)

stjaernstoft, Sep 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Dmann, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of joemacpherson
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

joemacpherson, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sponberg, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of Billolick
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Billolick, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +24%

innominat, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thrasher, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of far333
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

far333, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ADR, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Keegan
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Keegan, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cokes, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

WoodBrew, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Vanz
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Yngvi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Yngvi, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

aztraz, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of jackndan
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jackndan, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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…

bditty187, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +10.2%

EBeckett3, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

marcobrau, Sep 15, 2003
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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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