Octoberfest (Märzen-Style) Lager
Abita Brewing Co.

Octoberfest (Märzen-Style) LagerOctoberfest (Märzen-Style) Lager
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #507
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
79
Ranked #45,097
Avg:
3.46 | pDev: 13.58%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
223
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Abita Brewing Co.
 
Louisiana, United States
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Octoberfest (Märzen-Style) LagerOctoberfest (Märzen-Style) Lager
Notes: This full bodied malty lager has a copper color and is hopped and dry hopped with German Hallertau hops giving it a pleasant, spicy hop aroma that's just right for the season. 24 IBU Color 12 SRM.

2014 GABF Bronze Medal (German-Style Marzen)
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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft pour into a pint glass. A new copper colored body floats little to no head, just an off white cap with lacing.
Aromas are diminated by a subtle bready malt.
Malt flavors are joined by light caramel and slight hops.
Clean mouthfeel lacks the creaminess I expected. Not quite to style, but it's good.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Actually this surprised me gave a good head when poured hard and with some lacing (it did dissipate quickly). Color is more orange tan not dark enough for me to call copper.
S: couldn't smell much on this one. Some roasted malt/grain and faint herbal grass and metallic notes on the end.
T: Pretty light roast very even handed, malt doesn't dominate. Subtle malt roast compared to Hacker-Pschorr, very light with a spicy hop back end that tidies up after the malt, to give a reasonably clean finish with no lingering Malt flavor.
F: The mouth feel is light nice soft carbonation with very little astringency.
O: Ok if you want lingering roasted malty flavors this is not it. If you want a more balanced malt to hop flavor with a clean finish, give this a spin. I like lingering roasted malt so I ranked it lower but still a reasonable offering if your taste takes you to a more balanced or hopped marzen.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

DATE: September 16, 2016... OCCASION: school week number two, in the books...and crisp fall weather calls for an Octoberfest... GLASSWARE: Orioles glass mug... thick, clumpy white head foams as a rather pedestrian stream of bubbles shows slight effervescence... the body is translucent orange amber... light, sweet biscuit, some honey and and vegetable suggests a variety of elements at play... light bodied, slightly present at the teeth, a short aftertaste... rather thin... not the most memorable fest... the requisite bread and caramel are present, though in short supply, while the beer remains drinkable if not slammable... the hops also do not distinguish the character much; the Hallertau does not bring much spice... after having many fests over the years, Abita doesn't do much to better the genre or deviate from the formula... instead, this is a highly drinkable marzen on par with a Beck's or another mass-produced attempt at a seasonal offering....

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- clear amber color, foamy head that dissipates quickly
S- bready malt
T- bready malt mostly
M- medium bodied
D- very good, a bit different than other marzens but still very good

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: bready malt, followed by earthy bitter hops. Not getting the richness I associate with the style.
Overall: meh. Drinkable middle-of-the-road lager but not one of the better Oktoberfests.

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Photo of BortVern
4.71/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scratch your Octoberfest itch with this crisp copper selection that brilliantly passes itself as a Munich native. A soft nose transforms into a malty flavorful mouthfeel with a slight bitter finish. Slight lacing lines the glass and the foam quickly dissipates allowing one to sip or consume quickly.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear dark golden color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is full of malt and some slight nuttiness. The flavor matches the aroma. A good Marzen style beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.14/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, pillowy head that clings nicely and sticks around. Pristine clarity.

Aromas of malts, grain and crispness
Slight hint of alcohol oddly enough.

Flavors are clean, with pronounced grains, light toast, and cracker. A soft hop bite at the end rounds things out.

Mouth feel is light and easy drinking, but with some tooth.

A damn good Oktoberfest. A nice surprise with this one as Abita is hit-or-miss with me, but they do quite a few solid beers and this is one of them.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance : A burnt bronze color with a 4 finger popcorn colored head, and leaves tons of lace as it recedes. Excellent clarity. A great appearance!

Smell : Some baked bread, slightly moist, nut bread, blonde malts, walnut, some vegetal aromas like celery and cilantro.

Taste : Some baked malts with charred ends, burnt banana bread ends, some cilantro, celery, rye, doritos crumbs.

Feel : Not really watery, not really creamy. Just medium bodied and slightly carbonated.

Overall : Weak. Another beer that I could have gone without. Check, off the list.

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Photo of Squire
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light coppery color just like the brewer says, decent cap and lacing.

Aroma is mild malt like an unsalted cracker. Some hint of spicy hops.

Taste is the mildest of the Oktoberfests I've tried, which is to say a fair number of them both domestic and imported. Tempted to call it Okto Light. Malt never really asserts itself, some bread like notes appear, but all is covered by a slight hop bitterness at the finish. A pleasant nuttiness emerges in the aftertaste which is nice but would've made a better contribution earlier. The flavor is actually good there's just not much of it.

Texture is very smooth though rather light.

Overall this is a well made lager with no apparent faults. It should please a wide range of folks and that's a worthwhile goal. I'm surprised at the mildness of this version of a style generally considered to be somewhat more flavorful, but it is what it is.

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Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hops, hint of yeast, hint of wheat/metallic, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, good appearance, average aroma, but the metallic flavor hurts the body.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have been winnowing through the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody, eschewing hoppy IPAs & DIPAs for everything else that seems to get short shrift. I have several Oktoberfest/Marzens lined up for this evening.

From the bottle: "Abita Octoberfest is a German style lager brewed with pale, Munich and crystal malts. This full-bodied malty lager has a copper color and is hopped and dry hopped with German Hallertau hops giving it a pleasant, spicy hop aroma."; "Celebrate the world's most famous beer festival with this hearty and smooth German-style lager brewed with pale, Munich, and caramel malts. This full-bodied malty lager has a copper color and is hopped and dry hopped with authentic German Hallertau hops for a pleasing, spicy hop aroma."

I like stubby bottles with crown caps and upon prising it open, I got it to Pop! and I decided to celebrate with a heavy-handed pour. This produced two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a maltiness that was highly evocative of recently harvested hay. It was grassy, slightly nutty and my mouth was watering in anticipation. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was more caramel than nutty, making it the sweetest of the three that I tried tonight. That does not mean to say that it was overly sweet, however. Finish was semi-sweet and it was nice to try, but there are other Abita beers that I like better.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured into a pint glass. Pours orange red with a nice white head. Smells of sweet grain, caramel, and slight fruitiness. Tastes of rich roasted grain with fruitiness. Beer is light/medium bodied with a bit of a thick taste. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of illy44
2.22/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

While the bottle suggest it to be an Octoberfest beer - I think more of an IPA after I tasted it.
Won't buy it again. Better stay with the original -= Spaten Oktoberfest or Hofbraeu, Paulaner. ..

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at "brewhouse, Franklin, TN"

A - cloudy birch brown with thin low egg white head, minor lacing 3.5

$ - smoke seasoning, rawhide, vegetable, cheese. 2.5

T - rye spiciness yet subtle smooth 3

M - smooth not watery, nice 4

O - pleasant tastes, odd smells, good. 3

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery reddish brown color with off-white head. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, and some light spice on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied lager. Finishes with caramel and toast.

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Photo of ZBowden
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear copper with dense white foamy head, smells of yeasty crackery malts and earthy hops, tastes of earthy bitter slight orange peel and citrus with crackery biscuity malts on the back end, mouthfeel is rich, low carbonation and smooth finish, very drinkable beer, I poured two into my glass stein/mug

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Photo of Beer_I_Am
2.84/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is not a Marzen beer, and therefore I take issue with it. No malt characteristic that I can discern. It tastes like they took a pale ale and added some Munich malt to the batch. Wouldn't buy again

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Photo of oberon
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a clear copper with a thin head for the style and the pour.Caramel sweetness is big in the nose with a bit of butter,very sweet.The flavors are alot like the aromas sweet and more sweet,where is the spicy drying hops?Nowhere here,tastes like a mass produced beer for the masses,a beer where they can say I have had an Oktoberfest but in reality they haven't.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; light amber in color; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: very faint; sweet malt;

T: toffee; soap; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: uninteresting;

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Photo of teromous
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a very nice dark bronze body with hints of gold and copper as light passes through its absolutely transparent body. The head is a thick billowy white cloud that leaves loads of carbonation. Tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: There is a pleasant herbal and slightly flowery noble hop aroma.

Taste: It has a very light bread flavor and a touch of caramel. There is a faint earthy bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: I don't really expect a lot of body in an Oktoberfest but this one feels fairly thin and watered down.

Overall: It wasn't a very impressive beer. At best I would say that it is average. The beer looks fantastic and the aroma is about what you would expect from a beer like this, albeit not as fresh as I would have hoped. The flavor profile is decent but they are so muted it is like drinking the whisper of a beer. The same goes for the mouthfeel. Again it's a pretty average Oktoberfest so the recommendation goes as expected; not highly recommended but you can do worse. If I was doing an Oktoberfest party I would make a different selection.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Gold with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Brown bread, honey, biscuit, caramel, and florals.

Taste
Biscuity backbone with touches of caramel and toasted brown bread. A hint of honey. Earthy and leafy hop balance.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and balanced.

Overall
Clean and refreshing while striking a nice balance. I would prefer a tad more malt presence.

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Photo of Savan
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a straw colour into a Bier Mug, Carmel smell is present but not strong, very week hops smell also barely lingers. Taste is fresh, malty... again little hop complexity (this is not always a bad thing). Has a Medium body to it for being this style of lager. I would compare it to Liene's Octoberfest, with a little bit better flavour. A little disappointed as I have been waiting for Octoberfest beers to come out this season, this is one I had not had yet. I think I like Shiner Octoberfest and Paulener the best.... This is NOT a bad beer... just not a great beer. That being said, probably (in Minnesota) a little over prices at 8.99 a six pack. Nothing to special or great about this one.

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Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label had a short description of the beer and it lists the abv at 5.4%. Appearance: The body has a deep dark golden color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. On top sits an average size light tan head. It left one ring of lacing at the top of the glass and some slick patterns on the way down the glass. Smell: The aroma is malty, bready and just slightly nutty. Taste / Palate: It’s flavor is solid. There is a good bready maltiness with a light nutty and toasty notes. Overall it has a mild sweetness with just a hint of hops for balance in the finish. The palate feels smooth and lively.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 1/8/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, with minimal ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very solid Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. It could have used a more robust malt profile, but was enjoyable and a nice style example overall.

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Octoberfest (Märzen-Style) Lager from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 223 ratings