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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #136
Ranked #28,182
3.79 | pDev: 10.03%
DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States
Notes: DC Brau's Oktoberfest has a classic light amber to copper hue that is topped with intense German malt aromas of toasty bread, light caramel and faint biscuit. It's supported by a traditionally light Noble hop aroma that complements the rich malty notes. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body that gives it a pleasing richness. The hops perfectly compliment the dominant malt character to form a very refreshing Oktoberfestbier that can be enjoyed all thru the fall months.
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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Deep copper amber with not too much clarity and a light tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind no real lacing.
S - Malty with some spices
T - Tons of malt and bready yeast up front and throughout with some caramel and raisin notes - some brown sugar as well
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not exactly clean and crisp like you'd hope with a Fest beer.
O - A nice Oktoberfest - it's maybe not as clean and crisp as I'd prefer, but overall it's got a nice flavor profile

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Photo of daliandragon
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have been meaning to drink more Marzen this year but lost track of time again. Pours beautiful with a pretty amber color and big soapy head that unfortunately dies quickly. Nose is caramel and bread malts.

Taste is a little muted but goes down super easy. Balanced and smooth, it also seems low in carbonation. Not a half bad marzen but could use a little more flavorful and is perhaps a bit watery. You could do worse, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of MrOH
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks exactly like what you would think an Oktoberfest would look like: Clear copper with a dense off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Deep malty aroma, a touch of caramel, a little hint of grape.
Tastes like sweet bread. Very rich. Clean, restrained bitterness.
A bit heavier than I'd like. Don't think I could do a full liter like they do in Munich.

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Photo of Todd
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Matly, Toasty, Biscuity, Herbal

Bright copper with a respectable foamy head and lacing. Fresh toasty malts in the nose with herbal hints give way to a first sip that is firm, well-rounded, rich, and malty with layers of toasted malts, caramel, bread crust, light raisin, and dry biscuit. The bitterness is soft with a splash of lemon and a bit of spice and more herbal character—just enough to cut through the dominating malts. Dry, and bready in the finish and very moreish. I'm a sucker for a good Märzen-style Oktoberfest versus the lighter style lagers served these days. DC Brau's Oktoberfest doesn't disappoint by offering us a deliciously malt-forward brew. Prost!

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #118 (November 2016).

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours clear and copper colored; the one inch head fades away without leaving much lacing

Smell: Rich caramel tones; bready and somewhat herbal

Taste: Rich and malty, with an herbal and surprisingly bitter aspect building; bready and malty, through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Very untraditional but an nice twist on the style

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Photo of KevCan
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a 16 oz. can as part of a mystery 6-pack from Trader Joe's. Printed on bottom: "Prost! 2025 DOB 09/02/2016". Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Look: Beautiful copper color with a big, rich, frothy, white head.

Smell: Malty and metallic, a bit like a penny.

Taste: Bready, malty, sweet, delicious!

Feel: Perfect consistency and level of carbonation.

Overall: A great Oktoberfest beer!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Golden and caramel toffee orange body color, even some nice lemon yellow edges along the bottom, with some decent clarity. Some slow rising pinhead carbonation, meeting to a light tan like two finger head. Creamy a bit, with a real nice bubbly collar as it settles. Very excellent looking marzen.

Sweet caramel, with very crisp toffee notes on the nose. Slight toasted brown sugar quality, with a minimal sense of herbal hop angles. Very mouth watering, almost taffy like with not a huge amount of sugar. Excellent aroma.

Palate sticks to the basics. Lots of sweet toffee angles and controlled sugars. Caramel and candy like but with a bit of subdued herbal bitterness. Bock like malt flavors and a little bit of syrupy texture but not overly in the mouth at least.

Gets a bit sugary, but in a very well done way. Would have liked some bready or more herbal character, but certainly does the job.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tall boy can. looks dark amber, clear, some lacing
smell is caramel malt, taste is the same, with some distinctive earthiness, I found it an unusual flavor, but more earthy than bitter.
Feel was a bit more on the creamy side; I would have preferred a little more carbonation.
Overall: liked it, a little different but good

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Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review after rating of 3.77, from a can:
A decent, malt firearm representation that has a nice hop note that never quite balances, but has a little spicy tingle to it.

Classic Oktoberfest caramel and medium toasted bread notes in he smell and taste. Medium light feel straddles malt presence and being enjoyably moderate.

Each sip I find myself debating its slightly too sweet malt presence with its lighter than that sweetness would predict feel with its quite enjoyable light hop bite. Interesting and worth a try at this time of year.

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Photo of nmann08
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler, pours a very dark copper with fizzy head.

The nose is malt, caramel, bread crust, and then floral and resin hops. The flavor is non-traditional. It has a great malt backbone, lots of dough, but it is really hoppy. The hops are not complimentary, but rather the main characteristic. The finish is clean, but more bitter than I would like in a. Octoberfest. Overall, still good, but not true to style.

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Oktoberfest from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 38 ratings