Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-24-2002)
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Photo of Keegan
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of thommo_nk
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

Photo of innominat
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mtrain237
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the beautiful 5L minikeg for 13.99, and man did I enjoy this Brew.

Go over to the fridge with my trusty pint glass, and fill'er up.
Poured a dence,solid froth 2-finger head w/massive stick. This isn't as dark as your average Ofest Bier. Its a very clear, pale/gold Brew that has my intrest.

Great on the nose- very clean with pepper spice, butter, Noble Hops, and a touch of alcohol.
This looks, and smells like a really damn good PILS.

Solid spice hop spritz hits the palate then turns oily, and lingers, then a very nice clean sweep of sweet grain in the back pulls it through. Well balanced, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light-med with carbonation thats right on.

Drinkability is fantastic-solid good Bier thats labeled an Ofest, but I would put this up against some great pilsners out there.

I will put this one on my list every year for Oktoberfestbier time!

"Ich liebe dieses Bier"

Photo of OatmattStout
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of VirusQc
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge foamy yellowish white head that held strong leaving a bit of lace. Pale golden beer is transparent and surprisingly lifeless. Aroma of sugary candy, pale malt, and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor is just barely sweet and nice and malty. Not really any caramel or anything, just a barleyish flavor that is enjoyable. Just a pinch of earthy/spicy hops that don't come close to balancing the malt, which is fine, and provide a hint of bitterness. Almost watery body and easy to drink. Nice, well done Oktoberfest. I'm not really big on the style in general, but this one is pretty good.

Photo of pezoids
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden straw color. Large amount of lively carbonation. Attractive but short-lived head of bright white pasty foam. The aroma yields fresh and lemony sweet malts with a flowery, almost grassy hop presence. The taste is well bodied with spicy bittersweet malts. Flavorful and spicy sweet. Very nice. The finish has a bit of tanginess but is clean overall. Very much drinkable and well blended.

Photo of BierManVA
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at this years Oktoberfest in München while sitting below the talking Lion.

A lighter style Märzen than what can be normally found in the US. There is still plenty of malt and hop aroma. This bier was disigned to use every inch of a liter glass with a thick foamy head.

Quite smooth and drinkable, several liters go back before you know it. A classic German brew that can be considered one of the great stand by's

Looorvenbroyyy

John

Photo of doktorhops
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's October, and you know what that means? Beer retailers selling a vast range of Marzens... oh yeah and a heap of sweaty Lederhosen wearing Bavarian men celebrating in the best way possible - drinking Masskrug's full to the brim with awesome German beers.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a sweet 500ml Lowenbrau glass which I'll cherish all the more so because my (real) surname means "lion" and Lowenbrau is literally "lion brew", aka "my beer dammit!".

A: Clear golden body with a boisterous white head - that's Marzen country right there!

S: Dry grass hop aromas blend well with a powerful malt grain base. We know exactly what to expect here; a nice dry Helles lager. Also to note: the hops are very fresh in this brew and the aroma balance is perfect for a lager.

T: Alright! This is one damn good Marzen! Straight away you're hit with a strong grain base, sweet grains front to mid and a nice dry grassy hop finish - this is a spot on thirst quencher right here. There is a mild sour yeast tang in the middle. What an excellent representation of the classic Helles style.

M: The body is medium and cloys a little like honey. The carbonation is lower than expected but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in my books.

D: Would easily buy a case of this if I could... damn you Oktoberfest! Why can't you be a year-round event!? As it is Marzen only comes around once a year in these parts [that's why they call it a "Marzen" Dok - Marzen is German for "March"]. If I could find a fault with this beer maybe it's a little on the sweet side, however it is a 6% ABV lager and you've got to hide that alcohol somewhere. A top brew, highly recommended.

Food match: German food and German brews are a match made in heaven (or Nirvana if you're a Buddhist). We already know that. So what other cuisines would this match with? Given the sweetness this beer would make a good pairing with a sweet and mild Thai curry like a Massaman chicken with coconut rice.

Photo of jackndan
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Sampled" from a 5 liter keg can:

Thick bone white frothy head that takes a long time to dissapear. Body is very light colored - just a tad darker straw color than a Helles. When the beer is cold, its not a full flavored festbier, but this beer gets better when it warms - and it will when you drink them by the liter. Nice sweet caramel cereal flavors dominate with just enough hops to balance. Very easy drinking beer that sneeks up on you at 6% abv. Drank 3 liters and saved the other 2 in one liter swingtop bottles for later.

Photo of ceetee26
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of DiUr
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UnionMade
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dusky straw gold, topped with a very thick white head. The head steadily dissipates until it dies out completely halfway through.
The aroma contains a lot of sweet caramunich malt, with some paler munich malt, as well. Lighter, in the true oktoberfest style, with less caramel aroma. Some corn. Very clean, with a solid, balancing noble hop aroma.
The flavor starts with a rich maltiness, containing some caramel, and an almost pilsnery maltiness, with a bit of corn flavor. A light breadiness. Very smooth, with mellow flavors. Some bready, creamy, caramel flavor in the middle, fading into a smooth, mild noble hopping. Hops are somewhat herbal and earthy, with a hint of saaz spiciness. A light wash of alcohol in the swallow, with some lemon and bready pale malt in the aftertaste, and a very slight residual husk flavor. Extremely clean, with a very smooth, mellow mouthfeel. Small bubbled, effervescent carbonation, with a lightish medium body.
A very tasty oktoberfest marzen. It made me feel like i was in Germany for about a half hour.

Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely drinkable Ofest...pours a light golden color...noble spicy hop nose...sweeter flavor than I anticipated from the nose...helles like....very enjoyable...body is on the light side of medium..this is pretty tasty but very drinkable...ABV is high but you'd never guess it...

There are richer, stronger versions out there but this is probably pretty close to the real thing...never been to Germany but I expect this is close to what they drink at the O-fest celebration....in some ways similar to Beck's but much sweeter and tastier....cleaner too...

Well worth the purchase..

Photo of goindownsouth
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a case of this gem from The Beer Yard on 08.27.05... "Bottled on" date clearly listed on the outside of the case... Sweet!

Glowing and golden in color, this Bier left a white frothy head atop its offering. Very nice. The lace left along the side of my 0.5L mug was also a treat for the eyes. The golden appearance strikes me as unique from other Oktoberfest offerings. No worries here, though...

Nice herbal snap in the nose. Lots of bready, biscuity stuff going on there as well.

*Sniff... Ahhhh...*

Middle of the road in body while not being overly carbonated, this brew slid right down the back of my throat. Freshness and balance of the utmost quality. Good and malty without being overly rich. I am getting biscuit or almost toasted cracker-like goodness on the palate. Do not be fooled, the 6.0% ABV can be found in here, but in the most pleasant of ways. Easy finish with a bit of malty sweetness and some floral notes to boot.

One of the best of this style that I have had, for sure. A great session Bier if there ever was one. A great find... If you can pick this one up - fresh - then by all means, do so.

Prosit!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a large, rich white head that stays for a long time before it dissipates leaving great lacings.

S: Bready. Malt and floral hops togheter with some citric notes.

T: Bready. Sweet malt togheter with citric notes and a nice blend of both floral and bitter hops.
Very refreshing.

M: The longlasting aftertaste is both dry and sweet at the same time, but there is a dominance of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

D: A very nice Oktoberfestbier. Well balanced - both sweet and bitter at the same time. Probably the best Oktoberfestbier I've ever had.

Photo of talkingpoints
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This October version of Lowenbrau isn't like any of the other Octoberefest beers I tasted, first of all it has very little bitterness, is not overhopped and goes down very smooth. That begs the question. Is it really an Octoberfest beer? Not, in my mind, but this is a fantastic drinking beer that you can add to your cooler for those friends who won't want a tradional Octoberfest beer. I love the taste of this beer, very Pilsner like for a beer guy like me that doesn't like many Pilsners but this was a really enjoyable beer.
Body is not heavy, smell is no special event. Try it.

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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