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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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126 Ratings

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 14
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the Addison TX Oktoberfest celebration. It was outside and it was hot, so my review of this beer definitely is based partly on my dehydrated state at the time. However, I tried to remain as lucid as possible as I downed it.

The pour was not as fine as I would expect in a bar so I tried to take this into account. But it was the perfect temperature. The aroma was sweet and peppery. It smelled quite nice.

I was a little surprised that the beer was not darker. When I was handed my beer, I asked if this was the Oktoberfestbier or the Original Lager. I was assured it was not the lager.

The taste was good. The malty sweetness was well-balanced by a subtle hoppiness. The carbonation was not overdone. It made for a quick drink...or was it the heat?

All-in-all a nice beer but quite ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2004 23:03:27 | More by kindestcut
Photo of Hibernator


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz green bottle served in a pint glass. There is a date labeled in the bottom left that reads "L21041". Nice label with classic Lowenbrau graphic and blue background. The picture on the label shows a lion sitting in a beer tent slamming a german beer stein with ballons floating bye.

This was the first time that I have seen this beer in a store that I usually buy beer. I was surprised to see that there were so few reviews of this brew so far.

Appearance is a darker shade of yellow with mini carbination bubbles. The color is more reminecent of a Pilsner then a typical Oktoberfest.

Smell is sweet and grainy. Again, reminding me of a Pilsner in profile. Minimal head with little retention.

Tastes of sweet malt with a slight hop profile on the finish. Very drinkable at 6.1 % ABV.

Overall, a nice German Oktoberfestbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 01:19:20 | More by Hibernator
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i was very muchso underwhemled here. this one isn't poorly made, per se, but lacks any sort of originality, and is just not as bold as i would have expected from an o'fest. it pours a very disappointing light yellow colour, with a fuzzy body and thin fizzy head. the smell was a tad sweet, with some malt present, but overall was fairly average and lackluster, as was the flavour. i would have malted this one up some more to give it some more flavour. at times it jsut felt like i was drinking fizzy water. if i wouldn't have poured it myself i could have easily mistaken this one for a beck's or st pauli girl at times. this is an o'fest that i could drink again but wouldn't necessarily want to.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2004 15:58:18 | More by guinness33
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was on sale in the mini-keg and I bought three. The beer poured a nice clear golden with a firm white head. The head lasted a long time.

The aroma was primarily malt with a hint of grassiness. Nothing great, but a typical German beer.

The taste was also standard issue German bier. Consistant throughout the keg. Good but not spectacular.

The mouthfeel was correct for the style.

This was a good bier. I look forward to tapping the second mini keg and enjoying this good beer. It is a great beverage to sit around with friends. It is not something one savours but just enjoys.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2004 05:36:21 | More by LarryKemp
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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


2004 bottle

Still the same crisp maltiness, less of a sweetness perhaps, still dry though

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 00:24:23 | More by cypressbob
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled off a 5 litre mini keg and poured into a Lowenbrau one litre mass.

Poured a deep golden with an nice white fluffy inch and a half head. Smell is minimal ( beer could have been too cold at first) Taste is nice and malty that grows as it gets a bit warmer. Hops kick in just a bit at the end to keep the beer from being to sweet. While Lowenbrau has gotten a bad rep during its SAB years, this beer is brewed in Munich and is much improved. Not the best O-fest beer of the year , but in the top 10.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 04:14:14 | More by TinusTime
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4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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



Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 02:04:52 | More by BierManVA
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Sampled" from the 5 liter can.

So, I decide to crack the can on Sunday while watching the Eagles. The loser I am, its just me and 5 liters of beer. It's going to be a long day.

Color was a medium gold, clear, with moderate carbonation bubbles a-rising. Large fluffy foamy stark white head billows up and threatens to break the barrier of the mug, but stands tall. On the nose was German malts, sour dough bread, dry herbs and hay. Taste is at first a bit dry and light, then a quite sweet and bready tasting almost syrupy maltyness kicks in the door on your taste buds, but somehow still remains fairly light and aloof. Lightly toasted malt, honey and a bit of sour grain flavor make appearances. Some moderate bitterness balances things out and is backed up with some quite herbal hop flavor as well. Finishes a little dry with lingering herbs. Carbonation was nice and light. Mouthfeel had a soft and syrupy slickness. Interesting mouthfeel.

Overall - Very drinkable, very approachable, very big can and be warned, the alcohol (6%) kicks pretty hard after a few as well. Lasting impression - "Sweet and sour". All but about one glass of this easy drinking lager ended up at the bottom of my esophagus. A fun (or pathetic) way to spend a November afternoon. Next time I think I will share.

Serving type: can

11-05-2003 15:08:16 | More by bmills1608
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4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2003 04:26:45 | More by UnionMade
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

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.

Serving type: can

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2003 09:23:35 | More by Dmann
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2003 16:18:29 | More by Longstaff
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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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2003 01:33:11 | More by marcobrau
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3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2003 13:46:12 | More by Scoats
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4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-27-2003 12:28:26 | More by OatmattStout
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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…

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: can

11-04-2002 11:36:35 | More by jackndan
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4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2002 15:48:48 | More by zerk
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber and clear. Clinging layer of tan foam. Toasted grains and bread blend with some spicy hops for an inviting aroma. These elements combine with a nutty character for a smooth and satisfying brew. Quaffable. Another good example of the style. Simply called Lowenbrau Marzen...a nice find on tap at the Old Bridge in Monza, Italy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2002 09:53:58 | More by John
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Munchen O-Fest, has a light golden color, a frothy white head which lasts well, and great lace. Nose was bready and malty but mild. Smooth over the tongue, but a smidge less than medium in the body. Has a pleasing, mild malt start, but progresses into a dry, bitter finish. Prosit!!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2002 09:14:29 | More by Bierman9
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a minikeg so the beer tasted very fresh. This was a very light oktoberfest...golden with a nice head that laced well. The aroma lacked a dominant malt base, but was still sweet in the nose. The taste was well-balanced, maybe too much hops for an Oktoberfest. Still this was a very easy drinking beer that would be a good cross-over beer for macro drinkers....

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2002 19:22:20 | More by brakspear
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New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 21:37:53 | More by sponberg
Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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