Oktoberfest Märzen | Cigar City Brewing

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3.73 w/ 154 ratings

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This festive lager is our tribute to Duke Wilhelm IV's marriage hundreds of years ago, which inspired the production of the first Oktoberfest. Malty up front with notes of sweet toasted bread and a light floral bitterness. Balanced, traditional and incredibly drinkable.

Added by babaracas on 09-12-2011

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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Thrifty101091
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the source. First things first - the initial Cigar City foray into Lagerdom is fantastic. It pours a radiant amber-brass hue and is capped with a politely frothy white head; it looks good - nice and clean. The nose is slightly nutty, bready-doughy in a pretzel-like fashion, there is a hint of minerality, and it has a bit of spicy herbal hoppiness as well. The aroma is inviting, appropriate to style, and just tremendously successful. The flavor offers a sturdy, lightly toasty, and spicy-earthy profile, with specifics including cedar, coriander and celery from the hop contribution, semi-dry grainy notes, and a tinge of alcohol to round it out. The feel is just short of medium-bodied, and is quite refreshing. Overall, this is one of the best, if not the flat-out tops, of the style that I've had thus far. Homerun status here.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Cigar City brewpub in the airport...

This was a truly memorable Oktoberfest... perfectly balanced between a sharp Noble hoppiness and earthy maltiness that truly has this beer rocking and rolling... beautiful to look at and smell... amazing... I am loving this beer... had this with the charcuterie board and it paired perfectly with the ham and cheeses... uber fresh and delicious... I could smoke through these in a hurry... I could go on but... you get the picture...

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a rich, honey color with a full 1" of creamy foam on top. Retention is great. A decent amount of lace left behind.
Smell is well balanced between malt and hop. A little overly sweet to the nose. Notes of citrus, simple syrup and a distinct candy fruit note.
Taste is malty and hoppy at the same time with a kind of green grape and citrus blend of fruit note in there. Sweetness is much subdued.
Medium plus body with a slightly under medium effervescence. Warming with a nice herbal aftertaste. Slightly dry finish. A good marzen brew.

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Photo of Stigs
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of StevanTheVegan
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Coldsnack
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of worussell3
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of Mixologist93
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From fresh can into HB mug. If i had to do a blind taste test with traditional German Marzen's, this would probably hold up to most of them. Spot on CCB!

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Photo of One1Asterisk
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of yankeej13
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went down to my favorite Microbar and got a Dos Boot.

A- Poured out a nice dark amber, or a nice caramel color, Had a minor head of foam that slowly disappeared, and a mild amount of carbonation.

S- Right from the start had a nice hoppy sweet smell to it but right after the first smell had a good amount of a sweet malt that followed. Good hints of caramel as well.

T- Right out of the gate, had a really nice balance of hops and malts, the hops stood out a bit more than the malt, a really nice sweet caramel taste and a nice lingering hoppy finish.

M- Great drinkability, had 3 boots of this stuff, really smooth, extremely refreshing and a perfect balance of spices and malts to hops.

Overall- So far this is my favorite Oktoberfest beer. Did a fantastic job, will def pick up again if I find it or just get it again when back at the bar. Cheers

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at Cigar City taproom on 9/10/11.

Poured from a growler into a chalice.

Appearance: Poured a hazy golden/orange caramel with a 1/2 finger off-white head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet lager aroma with a touch of fruitiness and spices.

Taste: Grassy notes up front followed by sweet malt and a touch of fruit in the middle before a bitter hoppy finish. Nice bittersweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. You could knock back several of these without any trouble. Goes down very smooth.

Overall: Very good beer overall. Definitely worth a shot. CCB rarely disappoints.

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Photo of bigdog3838
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going.

earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I dont know if it was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner.

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Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this the day after it went on tap at the brewery. Pours a nearly clear darkish amber with one finger of fine white foam that settles slowly to a thin ring; splotches of lace left on the glass. Smell: bready, toasted, and sweet, with toasted nuts and a little toffee. Floral hops. Taste: see "Smell". Layered malt attack with significant but not distracting floral and spicy hopping. Coming away with a bit of baking spices as well. If I could get this on tap locally for the next month or two, I would not buy another ofest this year.

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Photo of andy1701
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hard pour reveals a beautiful copper-colored beer, nearly clear, with a finger of tan head. The smell is biscuity/bready malts, and some toffee.

The taste follows the smell, with the toffee flavors really coming forward to lend a very nice creamy feel to this - and then some noble hops to give this a welcome tangy quality. I'd drink this every fall if Cigar City has distro in Minnesota.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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Oktoberfest Märzen from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 66.9% out of 100 with 154 ratings
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