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Märzen / Oktoberfest

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Most were brewed in March (Märzen). These brews were kept in cold storage over the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’d keep. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, toasty, typically dark copper in color with a medium to high alcohol content.

The common Munich Oktoberfest beer served at Wies'n (the location at which Munich celebrates its Oktoberfest) contains roughly 5.0-6.0% alcohol by volume, is dark/copper in color, has a mild hop profile and is typically labeled as a Bavarian Märzenbier in style.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-7.0%   [ ? ] 

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Name Brewery ABV rAvg Revs > Bros
Samuel Adams OctoberfestBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.303.662,01780
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten-Franziskaner-Bräu5.903.531,08486
Paulaner Oktoberfest-MärzenPaulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG5.803.871,05288
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenPrivatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying5.803.9298790
Brooklyn Oktoberfest BeerBrooklyn Brewery5.503.7373777
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH5.803.9173795
FestbierVictory Brewing Company5.603.7673483
The KaiserAvery Brewing Company10.203.8162894
Great Lakes OktoberfestGreat Lakes Brewing Co.6.503.99556100
Weihenstephaner OktoberfestbierBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan5.803.66537-
Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräuhaus München6.303.34520-
DogtoberfestFlying Dog Brewery5.303.5650880
Harpoon Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.303.6847391
Leinenkugel's OktoberfestJacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company5.103.07460-
Bell's Octoberfest BeerBell's Brewery, Inc.5.503.53431-
Hoss Rye LagerGreat Divide Brewing Company6.203.8426-
Beck's OktoberfestBrauerei Beck & Co.5.003.440785
Left Hand OktoberfestLeft Hand Brewing Company6.603.7237795
SurlyFestSurly Brewing Company6.004.05334-
Staghorn OctoberfestNew Glarus Brewing Company6.253.9629493
Gordon Biersch MärzenGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant5.703.5827795
Saranac OctoberfestMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.403.4527385
Summit Oktoberfest MarzenSummit Brewing Company7.103.63270-
Shiner OktoberfestSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner5.803.3425882
Bob's '47 OktoberfestBoulevard Brewing Co.5.803.76249-
Oktober FestStoudts Brewing Co.5.003.63235-
Munsterfest3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.003.73219-
Berkshire Oktoberfest LagerBerkshire Brewing Company Inc.6.803.9519797
Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Brauerei5.903.33193-
OktoberfestGoose Island Beer Co.6.403.71193-
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG6.003.8418289
Thomas Hooker Octoberfest LagerThomas Hooker Brewing Company5.703.9516396
Schlafly OktoberfestThe Schlafly Tap Room5.503.62161-
Sierra Nevada OktoberfestSierra Nevada Brewing Co.6.203.87156-
Schell's OktoberfestAugust Schell Brewing Company5.503.58154-
Stiegl GoldbräuStieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH4.903.49154-
Penn OktoberfestPennsylvania Brewing Company5.603.7414989
Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.003.65148-
OktoberfestSprecher Brewing Company6.003.79145-
Dundee OktoberfestGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.503.49144-
Yuengling OktoberfestYuengling Brewery5.453.3513881
OktoberfestCapital Brewery5.503.65133-
Blue Point OktoberfestBlue Point Brewing Company5.503.59133-
Narragansett FestNarragansett Brewing Co.5.503.6913285
Oktoberfest Lager BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.703.4212982
OktoberFishFlying Fish Brewing Company6.003.55128-
Maierfest LagerRogue Ales5.603.78128-
Dominion Octoberfest MaerzenOld Dominion Brewing Company5.903.5912680
Oktoberfest LagerSly Fox Brewing Company5.803.61125-
Stoudt's FestStoudts Brewing Co.4.753.6310583
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