Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 143
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 Dmann
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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" (922 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (593 characters)

Photo of pezoids
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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 (456 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (1,962 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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.. (587 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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! (1,150 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,845 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

A - Delicate golden colour with a mild head.

S - Sweet herbs and wheat.

T - Mild & subtle on the palate but with a malty coating.

M - Slightly bitter at first but low carbonation leaves the mouth feeling fairly relaxed.

D - Interesting enough to want to keep drinking! (334 characters)

Photo of Tomais
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow colour. Head smallish. Not much lacing (0.4L glass: handle, straight-up-sides).
Smells good. Loads of malt at first; grass, hay; a little sour as it goes further down the glass.
Mouthfeel: carbonation is not at all overpowering, yet bubbles exploding in your mouth, pop, pop; underneath smooth flowing, almost velvety even. Taste is tied up with the popping mini-explosions and the smooth-flow. The "pops" are hoppy and dry, the big undercurrent is a balanced blend of malt and hops.
The finish is hoppy, dry, but maybe a little weak (?) - a wee bit metallic I find - but I think I'll have to get a few more bottles to check this out ;-)
Aftertaste is good, clean, and then quite peppery on the tongue - like after eating Rocket salad.

I'm not that familiar with the Märzen style so cant judge it so well in term of for-the-style, but as said, I'll be getting more...

B.B. 08.2014 (Review Sep 26, 2013)

Tried again September 2014 (B.B. 08.2015)
Says 6.1% on the label (dont know, have they made it stronger?)
Very drinkable; comes across as a good but uncomplex beer. Reading my review above, I'm missing out on the peppery aftertaste, but I also get less of the metallic aftertaste. Still nicely balanced hops and malt wnich is rare enough to find. I'm not disappointed to have bought a few bottles, but suspect that 2013 was a slightly better year - or maybe it's just that my standards have gone up since then (?)
Reduced rating from 4.11 to 3.8 (1,465 characters)

Photo of talkingpoints
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of zerk
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light color for a Marzen... translucent orange-yellow with a white lace that trails down the glass. Healthy dose of carmel in the aroma and flavor, with a little more bittering hops than most O-fests. Medium bodied, with light carbonation. This is quite a good O-fest, and may be the best value I've seen in a while... $11 for a 5 liter keg. (344 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 50cl bottle poured aggressively into seidel 4 finger creamy solid head, excellent retention with great lacing. Body is a pale, helles like blonde.

S - a little musty, some fiine malty notes, no hop bite.

T - Malty breadiness is nice upfront, faint hop dryness in the finish, but this is quickly covered by malty caramel again.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Very quaffable, nice malty sweet notes, but not overly so it becomes syrupy, a fine sessionable brew. a great marzen! (494 characters)

Photo of crwills
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I didn't have the nice-looking can in the BA picture, but instead poured this Oktoberfestbier from a bottle into a standard pint glass (and yes, I did this in January). A dark golden yellow with a little more personality to it than some others of this style. High carbonation resulting in a fizzy head.

Smell is nice, if simple. Apples, some spices (I'm not good at identifying these), and some hop bitterness (bit skunky).

Mouthfeel is very clean and carbonated. Crisp. Flavour is a bit on the fruity side, with pepper and other spices, and a bit of skunk fading in and out as I drank.

A very drinkable beer, although not a style I'd generally choose if others were available. (692 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank form my Erdinger Weizen glass.

A - Pours a clear Golden colour with large bubbled White head that dies quickly, but does lace.

S - Aromas of citris and a little fresh cut grass

T - A little yeats on the start, with citrus to follow, little sour on the finish.

M - Medium to light body and over medium carbonation

O - Not a bad take on the style. (356 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a 500ml bottle

Pours a nice amber colour, with a nice hoppy aroma

Upon drinking, hops become very prominant, which is very pleasing. The taste is rather sweet which is suprising but very nice. Just the right amount of carbonation to make this drinking experience very enjoyable



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2004 bottle

Still the same crisp maltiness, less of a sweetness perhaps, still dry though (407 characters)

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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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