Märzen Oktoberfest
Prost Brewing Co. - Denver

Märzen OktoberfestMärzen Oktoberfest
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Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #43
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,829
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 8.51%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
75
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Prost Brewing Co. - Denver
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
87
Very Good
Märzen OktoberfestMärzen Oktoberfest
Notes: Märzen is a lager; orange/redis in color, the style is characterized by a medium to full body, malty flavor and clean dry finish. (ABV 5.5% 22 IBU'S)
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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odannyob from Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

As what the writing on the can sez: "Oktoberfest-STYLE Lager". There is a touch too much of the hops (for meself anyway) and that is why it is a STYLE of Oktoberfest and not authentic nor traditional. But it is rather tasty, otherwise. Back off the bitter and lean some more towards the malt.

Oct 09, 2021
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Myboymi from Kansas

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Originally was going to purchase a six pack, but then I saw the variety pack. And said, let’s give it a whirl! A very good and drinkable Märzen! Next time I’m out there for a baseball game, (damn Covid ) I’ll definitely stop by!

Nov 27, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Looks the part; good burnt amber/near pumpkin color to this; decent head/foam, a little lacing.
S - Uh-oh - nothing really Marzen-like on the nose; don't really smell that toasty-honey malt I expect.
T - Even more "meh" on the palate - this just tastes like a strong-ish Munich Lager more than a Marzen or O'fest bier. Disappointing. None of that bready malt and honey-molasses note that the big players carry off.
F - Good in the mouth; good carbonation, not overly so, but solid.
O - Not the best Prost bier, that's for sure. Hit the Kolsch first, to me that's one of their benchmarks, along with the Dunkel

Oct 31, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can. Golden to caramel in color with a white head. Smells of malty caramel and some earthy hints. Slightly astringent with a malty backbone.

Sep 19, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of roasted malt, toffee, caramel and floral notes. Sweet caramel, toffee and subtle roasty notes with a mild bitterness. Crisp, sharp and smooth.

Aug 27, 2020
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a sample 12 pack of cans in KC
L: amber with an amazing domed head that resembled a scoop of Ice cream.
S: bready, toasted grain but muted
T: underwhelming all the players are here, I had a hard time picking out individual flavors. Just subdued and vague with clean finish.
F: light carbonation, smooth easy drinker.
O: I love german beer and had high hopes. This was a let down very blah. Nothing offensive but lacking in taste overall. I may have had an off night. I will update if my impression changes as I work my way through the pack. For reference my 2 favorite marzens are from Paulander and Spaten.
Update: On second try very respectable with good malt profile. One of the better american made marzens .

Aug 22, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Classic bready and caramel notes really crush it in the taste and smell, but taste has that little extra magic for me. Pours pretty clear with moderate lacing on the glass. Body still within parameters, but way more on the thin side. Good for early fall, you know, like the third weekend in september

Sep 22, 2018
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearances: pours a 1" off white head that drops quickly with some mild lacing. Color is clear amber with little carbonation visible.
Aroma: toasted malt is dominate with some floral hop notes
Mouthfeel: light to medium and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: toasted bread, caramel, some fruit notes and a lingering herbal bitterness.
Overall: a pleasant Oktoberfest brew.

Nov 19, 2017
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steveh from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this on the shelf in Wisconsin and couldn't pass it up. Tried one other beer from Prost and was not terribly wowed, but this is a Märzen -- right? Can't pass on that.

12 oz. brown longneck with a nice spot for the Enjoy By date clear on the label... but no date stamped.

L -- Nice, clear amber-orange color with a dense, cream-colored head that settles quickly to a persistent cap. Second pour into my Becher glass yields some residual yeast -- bottle conditioning is a nice touch.

S -- Bready, yeasty malts with some light caramel.

T -- Same bready malts up front with some nuttiness in the middle and very light caramel in the finish. Spicy hops add a good balance to any sweetness that could get out of hand. The overall aftertaste is slightly astringent to metallic, but I wonder if this is age weighing on the bottles.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a medium body.

O -- I'd like to find this more fresh next year to see if my opinion is different; the astringency is not a good character for a well-made lager. The nuttiness is a little distracting as well, but not so much to subtract a lot of points.

Nov 18, 2016
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Very clear brilliant copper orange with a very small head that fizzes away quickly and no lacing left on the glass.

S: Caramel malt, sweet honey, some earthy nuttiness, a little bit of sweet apple. Smells quite sweet.

T: Caramel malt, sweet honey, a slight note of noble hops, a little bit of sweet apple. Tastes pretty sweet for an Oktoberfest.

F: Medium body and lower carbonation

O: While not a terrible Oktoberfest this beer is a little overly sweet.

Oct 05, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a lighter amber body, light orange hue, one finger white head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smells of toffee, nuttiness, bread, touch of phenol, light grassy notes. Flavour is a bit less grassy and on the sweeter side, toffee, bread, biscuit, nut, with a mild grassy/floral finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp with a slightly sticky, substantial body. Good carbonation. A solid example of an Oktoberfest.

Sep 17, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no enjoy by date; into a pint glass.
Appearance - orange, clear, lots of carbonation that forms a medium to thin white head. Lacing is fine.
Smell - sweet bread, honey, syrup.
Taste - candied malt sweetness; flavors remind me of sweet rolls.
Feel - light, sweet, malty; somewhat dry finish.
Overall - very drinkable, but only one or two at most for me, as the sweetness runs strong.

Mar 27, 2016
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by the guy at the liquor store so I bought a six-pack. Yeah, I'm that easily swayed IF it's a style I like. And yes, I like this a lot and seems like a good base note to compare other Marzens. Pours a copper-penny color, its smells of nuts. Pay no attention to my nose, I never do. The taste is a nice balance of malt and hops with a dark brown bread taste to it. Medium bodied, light carbonation. If this was one of several in a flight, I'd choose it as the beer I wanted to accompany dinner.

Oct 25, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love me a good Marzen, but this was just a little bit too light for me. I would have preferred just a touch more flavor and depth to really make this one of my favorite Oktoberfests. It was pretty good, but I couldn't shake the feeling that it could have been just a bit better. Maybe it wasn't quite as bready or malty as some, maybe it was the slightly lighter color, I don't know. But it didn't quite stack up to the best of the best.

Sep 28, 2015
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303beer from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear well carbonated light copper color with an inch of off white rocky head. A very light nose to it. Taste is crisp and delicious. Very balanced with a touch of malt on the backend. Very good marzen. In fact I can't think of a better one.

Sep 02, 2015
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of a German style Ofest. Nice toasted maltiness with a spicy/herbal hop backing....medium body with a spitzier feel and dry finish. Above average but not one I would likely buy again.

Jan 03, 2015
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beergoot from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle label data: ENJOY BY 12/20/14

The body is crystal clear with a deep gold hue and a one-finger thick, lasting white head. Fruity aroma, like peach and apricot with a mild, malt undertone. The taste mimics the aroma with a bit more grainy bread flavor; rather sweet. Medium mouthfeel; kind of coarse on the palate; dry finish.

A decent beer but there is a little too much overt sweetness that works its way into the overall flavor. Hop bitterness stays low-key and takes some of the sweetness out of the picture. Worth a try...

Dec 09, 2014
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BeerWizard from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had this before on draught but never from a bottle. Pours, as advertised on the label, with "an orangish hue color," which leaves me reeling from the grammatical indifference of that descriptor, but this is about beer. The aroma is malty and nutty, slightly herbal, with the faintest hint of booze. Hits the palate hard with dark cherry, malt, and bready goodness. A little molasses, even a bit flowery. The mouthfeel is slippery and moderately carbonated. It goes down like a dream and leaves the slightest hint of bitterness on the back end to remind you that you did indeed drink something, however at 5.8% abv, that realization is going to come to you sooner or later. Great marzen, and like other stuff from Prost, highly drinkable. I'd probably opt for GD Hoss in place of this given the option, but would recommend this to any fan of Oktoberfest.

Oct 24, 2014
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Quick review:

Light copper color with okay head. Aroma is bready, biscuity and fruity. Taste is also biscuity and bready, but with a strong fruity sweetness that is not balanced enough by the noble hops. Finish is also too sweet. Some good classic Marzen flavors but too sweet for my preference.

Oct 16, 2014
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Label says enjoy by 12/18/14.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of off white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and subtle fruit. Toasted barley malt with upfront hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, and yeast. Subtle fruit hints of apple and orange along with some sugar sweetness. Light hints of earthy hops. Also some hints of spice. A pretty solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a toasty, bready, and sweet classic Marzen malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and fruit. Upfront toasted barley malt with good notes of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, yeast, grains, and cracker. Light fruit undertones of apple and orange. Sweet notes of sugar. Subtle spice presence with a slight note of cinnamon. Subtle earthy hop presence. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Marzen. Good bready malt flavors with a nice subtle presence of fruit and hops.

Sep 25, 2014
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blackie from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery served in a heavy, dimpled Oktoberfest stein. The beer is a deep amber in color color with a nice, well retained head. Pretty much spot on for the style - rich aromas of biscuity malt with layers of autumn leaves, toasted grain, and a subtle fruity, caramel sweetness. Satisfyingly malty and flavorful but cleaning up very well to finish with a grassy noble hop flavor and snappy bitterness. I’m game for a full boot of this, anytime.

Jan 06, 2014
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alexipa from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was delighted to find that this is a legit German style Oktoberfest. If I didn't know any better, I would think it was brewed in Germany by Germans for Germans during a big German fest.

It's a beautiful clear orange color with a huge white head. The smell isn't as strong as some others I've had, but still present and gives that signature Oktoberfest scent (sweet, bready malts). The taste is not as sweet as I expected, this is a very balanced brew. Doesn't linger long and is insanely drinkable.

I had a growler full of it about three hours ago, now it seems I have an empty growler I need to fill.

Jan 18, 2013
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Ricelikesbeer from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first visit to Prost on 11-08-2012 was a great success, and the beer that really stood out to me was the O-fest. (I am a big fan of the style, and find that most disappoint.)

A: Billowing cloudy heat atop a layer of crystal clear orange-gold. Some lacing and stickiness from the foam. The large steins are a great presentation vessel for this beer.

S: doughy bread, faint hops, and some malt sweetness. farily clean and light, not an overpowering aroma.

T: More biscuity and bready malts, some light candy sweetness, and a nice balancing herbal hop note at the end of the drink. The balance between all of the flavors is great, and nothing overwhelms you or makes you tired of it. It is not overly biscuity or sweet or hoppy, it is a perfect marriage of all of these things.

M: Light to medium body, goes down smooth and refreshing. You could take down several steins in one sitting and not feel like the beer is syrupy or heavy.

O: this is a well crafted beer, and is so balanced that it makes you want more and more. It is refreshing, malty, semi-sweet, and extremely drinkable. I highly recomend it, and hope they bottle it one day. One of my favorite fest biers to date.

Nov 09, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is a near perfect marzen lager in my opinion. its as good as it gets, with characteristics you dont usually find in this style liek rich nuttiness and fresh tasting hops. it pours halloweeny looking orange color, crystal clear with a tall and lasting white head of clouds. it smells german malty, duh, but lighter than a lot of these. biscuity, even buttery cracker profile. it also has a touch of sweetness that doesnt stay in the finish. caramel and toffee and baked bread. some balanced hopping as well. i love the flavor, its malty and sturdy, but plenty drinkable, seemingly more layered and interesting than a lot of is peers in the style. lots of grains coming together here. smooth texture, velvety even, same as all the prost beers, theyve got this part dialed. bright carbonation too is always a plus in the style,and a lager yeast with plenty of flavor. this is one ill go back to for sure. the perfect seasonal, really really good. easy to make a night of these and not get too turnt.

Oct 20, 2012
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the best Marzen/Oktoberfest I've had. Although I've yet to travel to Germany.

Nice light copper color. Clean and clear. About 1 1/2 inch thick white foam is rich and somewhat sticky.

Aroma is light but effective. Sweet and light caramel underneath with subtle hop and yeat spice throughout. Nothing to set your nose on an escapade, but it does the marzen job nicely.

This beer just tastes awesome. The sweetness is soft biscuit sweetbread, light caramel drizzled in. Earthy spice comes and goes, and dances with the floral spice quite well. Nice zip on the end to announce the hop pressence, but not enough to offer bitterness.

Fantastic beer.

Oct 01, 2012
Märzen Oktoberfest from Prost Brewing Co. - Denver
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 75 ratings