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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #37
Ranked #19,172
3.89 | pDev: 9.51%
Bauhaus Brew Labs
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Notes: What the hosen is Schwandtoberfest?! In a word: magical. This Bavarian style festbier is a true family tradition featuring rich, toasty malt balanced by a crisp hop bitterness and floral hop aroma of tangerines and orange blossom. This beer is the only excuse you nee to don your finest pair of lederhosen.
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled floral with bready malt. Sweet malty taste with some roastiness and a subtle bitterness.

Jan 03, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can.Canned in August of 2019.
Medium amber colored body with some haze. White head sticks around as partial island and ring. Leaves behind some spotty patterns of lacing.
Aroma of bready malts and citrus hops. Touch of honey on the bread.
Taste of roasted malts with honey. Grassy hops with a touch of spice. Sweetness fades at the end.
Robust, medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Good balance overall. Would be too sweet for me to drink more than two, but the malts are thick here. Missing a definite spice note.

Oct 04, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium bronzed color. A white foamy head. SRM of 13. (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas. Some orange citrus and brown sugar upfront. Then some toasted dark bread with cinnamon and honey butter from Texas Roadhouse. Some flowery and grassy notes underneath. (4.25)

Flavor: Flavors of light German spices. Bready German spices and a touch of pepper. There is some light German bread notes behind it. Finishes relatively dry and clean. (4.00)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Good carbonation. A slight spice and pepper flavor left on the palate, but no astringency. (3.75)

Overall: A really good American version of the style. As others have said it leans more toward an authentic Festbier than many of the American Marzens. Nice German and bready spices. Though the flavors are not as strong nor complex as the ones I've had from Germany. Still, better than most of the Oktoberfests I've tried. (Final Rating: 4.07)

Sep 22, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned August 2018 poured into a dimpled mug at fridge temp 5.7% ABV 27 IBU per can. The beer pours mostly bright brownish amber with bronze highlights. The head is light khaki in color and recedes to a rocky cap leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mild with toasted bread notes being the most prominent. The taste is deeply toasted malt up front with mild earthy hop flavor and bitterness taking hold in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, highly carbonated and dry in the finish. No off flavors or defects. Overall, very good. A highly drinkable beer with the malt bill of a Marzen and the body of a festbeer.

Nov 05, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Tavour, Seattle, WA. Reviewed 11/3/18.
“Canned 08/01/18” on bottom of 16 oz can. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium amber, slight effervescence, chill haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, aggressive center pour), dense, light tan, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to a three to eight mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete rocky layer. Head retraction generates a band of tiny bubbles.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide sheet of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 4 – Malt and citrus floral.
Flavor – 3 – Very weak malt, a bit sweet, ends with just a bit of dryness and a hint of hop bitterness. No alcohol (5.7% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3 – An unremarkable marzen.

Nov 03, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, copper hued body; thick, creamy and lasting head; fine rings of foam mark the glass. Excellent toasted grain aroma; sweet; a bit herbal or grassy. Malty, lightly roasted grain taste; elements of toffee and caramel; medium hop bitterness. Heavy, thick body; chewy; warm with a nice blending of hearty sweetness and mildly prickly dryness.

An excellent example of a traditional festbier, rich and malty throughout with a fine, leveraged hop bitterness that highlights but doesn't dominate the beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, syrupy smell. Slight carbonation, nice Oktoberfest taste.

Draft at Newt's in Rochester, MN

Edit: on tap in 2019, syrupy smell not there, thin head, a sweeter marzen. Not bad!

Sep 29, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beers stays with the trend of making beers that appeal to my sensibilities. The nice lager character stands out on this one. So clean and smooth. What a great mouthfeel. Darker than many for this style (a brown version of garnet) with a solid almost tan head. Rich, but not over the top, malt character in both the taste and aroma. Nice toasty taste. Some dense bread and a bit of sweetness. A slight yeasty taste show as well. Blends just fine. Subtle hops but really in the background, overall. Some soft drying on the finish and a slight lingering of bitterness.

Sep 02, 2017
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tempest from New York

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another example of why Bauhaus is a rock solid brewery. It's traditional, but fresh; thanks to the lack of trans-Atlantic shipping. It's big on bready caramel, with hints of toffee and candies apple. The finish is balanced with an edge of herbal hops. I'll have another.

Oct 17, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nicely balanced Marzen. Solid malt backbone of bread, caramel, biscuit and cherry. Decent level of noble hop spiciness and bitterness at the crisp, dry finish. Some light citrus notes as well. Very well executed overall and balances the sweet and the bitter better than most Marzens. Actually, it is kind of a cross between a Marzen and a Festbier.

Aug 26, 2016
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sjccmd from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfumey, fruity, spicy aroma. A touch phenolic. Bready and a touch earthy. Caramel, apricots, toasted bread, oranges. Herbal, fruity hops.

Pours clear copper with decent-sized off-white head. Decent retention, good lacing.

Flavor leads with bigger malt character. Caramel and toast. Oranges. Balancing bitter hops, somewhat spicy.

Juicy and full. Medium full body with medium low carbonation. Somewhat rich but finishes dry with linger bitterness.

Though a touch phenolic, otherwise a pretty good representation of the style. Not under-hopped, overly sweet, and doesn't lack malt complexity like many domestic versions of the style.

Aug 25, 2016
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-colored, thinnish, milky white, lace-leaving head.

Grassy, hoppy nose stands on top, just over the herbal malt character, just a little sweet.

In the mouth, sweet malt reigns, with hops keeping taps on it all. Slightly higher hop presence makes the difference with this one. Definitely not a traditional style marzen bier, but not too far away from it, either. Crystal malts in this one? I can't pick them out, but it's an interesting mix.

It has two things going for it: It's a good beer, and you can drink it.

Mar 05, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant copper orange producing a 2” cream colored persistent, clingy foam cap. The cap takes 3 minutes to dissipate to a thick, sudsy film.

S: Malty, bread crust nose with herbal spice perfume. Clean fermentation character, no DMS or diacetyl, no fruit. Medium malt and medium low hop aromas.

T: Big creamy malt flavors with a light kettle sugar sweetness. Caramel flavors border on butterscotch. Malt forward with medium malt, medium low hops, low bitterness. Clean fermentation character.

F: Medium body, medium, low carbonation.

O: A well made, easy to drink Oktoberfest.

Nov 21, 2015
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Mdog from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 16oz can:

Appearance: Clear gold, good head.

Smell: Sweet malt, grass, earth.

Taste: Sweet caramel followed by grassy and citrus hops. Caramel and earth in the finish. A little hoppier than most octoberfests.

Overall: Picked up a 4 pack of this local even though I'm not the biggest octoberfest fan. I enjoyed this one as it was a little hoppier than most o-fests, but still felt like a fest beer. Worth a try.

Oct 30, 2015
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-clear copper. Minimal head to head. Stays at a slick.
S- clean on the nose. Malty and a little sweet, but quite mild aroma.
T- malty, sweet, bready, a wee bit of fruity mess. Definitely better as it warms a touch.
M- fairly long finish which is nice. Not particularly smooth. Found the carbonation a bit harsh.
O- a decent Octoberfest, but not outstanding. I've enjoyed several of their beers but I don't think this quite lives up to, say, Stargrazer or Wagon Party.

Oct 08, 2015
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a tallboy into a nonic
a: pours a clear dark gold amber with a loose puffy 1 finger off-white head
s: mainly delicious toasty malts, also some light orange blossom, and some flowery earthy notes...a little faint, but good
t: follows the nose, but a bit more biscuit, a hint of toffee, and the earthy sweetness develops into some notes that hint at juicy tobacco. Definitely some lager yeast and a little sour readiness. Lots of toasty malt with a gentle floral hoppy bitterness that lingers without any bite.
m: medium body, medium to low carbonation, could be a tad more crisp for the style, but as it is, chewy strong finish that allows all the good stuff to linger.
Another good one from Bauhaus. Apparently, these guys don't make a bad beer. This isn't exactly a marzen, but it is still quite enjoyable and well made.

Oct 07, 2015
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morimech from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant fall seasonal that possesses fine hop aroma and clean malt flavors. I get some floral hop flavors to go along with the Vienna and pilsner malt. More of a festbier instead of a marzen. Appreciate it is not too high in alcohol. Definitely another fine fall drinker available in the market.

Oct 06, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready, toasty, and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Upfront presence of bready malt with hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lager yeast. Subtle backing hints of floral and grassy hops. A pretty solid Marzen style aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty, bready, and sweet malt driven taste with notes of biscuit, grains, and caramel. Upfront bready taste of malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lager yeast. Light background presence of floral and grassy hops. Mildy sweet. A solid malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and very smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on a Marzen style lager. Good crisp taste of bready caramel malt.

Sep 22, 2015
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear golden orange color with a 1 finger off white head
S-caramel and toffee with baked pretzel with butter and bread
T-sweet caramel malts with with some floral hops baked bread and toffee
M-smooth velvet mouth feel with a butter bread finish
O-good but a bit thin on taste for the style

Oct 05, 2014
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 61 ratings