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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier - Löwenbräu AG

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 94
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of LarryV
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light straw color, pours with a fairly large, coarse head that dissipates fairly quick. Bready aroma, a bit of hops in there, and a very very slight hint of skunkiness in the distant background. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with minimal carbonation. Not a very exciting brew, and although not cloyingly sweet, sweeter than what I like. I could not drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time.

Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A straw colored yellow beer (not as dark as one would expect from an Octoberfest beer). Big white head and good lace. The aroma was light, grassy, lemony and with a hint of malt carmel in the background. The flavor was also light with some grainy sweetness an a light hop finish.

Photo of BeerBob
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier pours a clean and bright gold from a 12oz dark green glass bottle. Head goes to well over two fingers then settles down to a ring, islands of foam and lace.

Nose is of roasted malt and hops, palate is malty, but not the sweet Märzen that I had been expecting. Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier’s malt is pleasantly toasted and not notably sweet.

Well carbonated, the bubbles were active right up till the last, tasty and with the ABV on the bottle reading 6.1%.

Photo of Bighuge
2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This stuff is the color of apple juice. Perfectly clear light pale golden. With abundant amounts of carbonation rising very rapidly. Thin foamy white head. Bready aroma with noble hop accents as well. Almost more like the aroma of a pilsener rather than an Ofest. Good, but a little atypical. Breadiness dominates the palate, with some light-struck, degraded hop attributes contributing as well. Mouthfeel is a little too jacked up with carbonation. This is not at all what I expect from an ofest in appearance, aroma, taste or mouthfeel. I do not recommend.

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 rdrummer
2.47/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this to be a completely forgettable Oktoberfest. I'm not even sure that it is an Oktoberfest. It looked more like a light lager. It poured a clear pale yellow with no head at all. Since this was on tap, I gave it a second try at a different bar to make sure it wasn't the bar's fault. Nope, no head, no lacing, and very light carbonation.

I found no discernible aroma to go along with the lack of head and carbonation. The taste is slightly off for any German beer. I'm not sure what the brewery was trying to do with this beer. The only good point was that it was only $2.00 for a pint, but I poured out most of the second pint.

Photo of Billolick
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yow! Er, I am confused by this Oktoberfestbier, 'cause this is sure coming across as more of a Helles or Pils. So know you wanna know why I didn't think it was all that..here goes: Crystal clear straw color, the white fluffy and frothy head was a bit impressive. It has since left me with just a little bit in the beer glass. Aroma, what's there to say, nothing spectacular, but clean graininess and some hay cut on top. Taste is not as good as it could be, but I an drinking this on Oktober 20, so yes, you could say that maybe I should have drunk it *during* Oktoberfest. Well, sorry I didn't. Anyway, tastewise, I am disapointed by the somewhat thick mouthfeel which hits me with a bunch of sweetness...this is one of the sweetess German brews I have ever had. And I'm not helped one bit by the too tired to come out carbonation. Sorry Lowenbrau, but I would avoid your tent in Munich if the beer tasted like this one does. Too sweet, slightly syrupy, there are better ones out there.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow...this does NOT seem like the other Oktoberfest beers I've had up to this point. It poured straw yellow with a surprisingly foamy head with strong, clingy lace.

After the initial barnyard funk hit me for a brief moment, the smell settled to a noneventful, yeast-like smell. Nothing spectacular.

The taste, while not tasting like other Oktoberfests I've tried, was wonderful and light. Slight banana at first, followed by a refreshingly sweet hoppiness. It finished both bitter and sweet...beautifully complex for it's appearance.

The mouthfull was thick but also refreshing. It lingered on my tongue which helped enhance the taste.

It's a wonderful dinner beer with brats and saurkraut. Highly drinkable!

Photo of pezoids
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow woth a big spongy white head.
Smells of malt, a honey sweetness and spicy hops.
Nice tangy-sweet bready malt flavor. Nice balance with the spicy hops. This beer poured and smelled like it would be pretty light but it was surprisingly flavorful on the palate.
Light bodied with a thin yet full mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
Excellent drinkability. Would not have thought it was 6.1%ABV.
Although I prefer this style with a little more of a toasty malt flavor, this wasn't bad. Seems to be closer to the beers they pour at the O-fest in Germany than the American take on it.

Photo of pheurton
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absolutely clear golden yellow with a massive billowy white head. foam does a good job of sticking around. super clean aroma of lightly toasted grains and spicy hops. dry, crisp, and aggresively carbonated yet still somewhat full and creamy...nicely done. malt flavor is dominate leaning heavily to the biscuty, toasted grain side...not much in the way of caramel-like sweetness. finishes dry and clean with a kiss of peppery hops. extremely drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. reminded me more of a really good dortmunder export, but hell, i'll take it. pleasant surprise.

Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale with a shortlived white head. Leaves little or no lacing. Smell of floral and fruits, slightly sweet taste balanced with faint hop bitterness but mild, no real strengths or weaknesses. A good quencher, this one went down quick. I will grab another and ponder it some more.

Photo of kindestcut
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of LarryKemp
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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

Photo of TinusTime
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of BierManVA
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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



Photo of bmills1608
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of UnionMade
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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.

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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
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