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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #403
Ranked #42,660
3.61 | pDev: 12.19%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Notes: Our Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.

Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century. For public safety and brewing quality concerns, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George). Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars. The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.

25 IBU
Reviews: 192 | Ratings: 558 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber to gold with one-finger head, sweet light malt with a bit of spicy/citrus hops, hint of toastiness. A little toastier in flavor, pretty fruity. Moderate carb, medium light mouthfeel.

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Photo of crazyspicychef
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Average example of a Märzen. Not bad, not great either. A bit thin & light for my preference.
Wouldn't seek it out again but would be sure to drink one if handed to me.

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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania, Nov 11, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper but somewhat hazy with no real clarity. Thin, offwhite head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind no lacing. Definitely missing the clarity 'Fest beers are associated with.
S - Sweet, bready yeast and malt along with notes of caramel and spices
T - Follows the nose with sweet bready yeast and malt up front and throughout followed by notes of caramel and toasted malts as well as fall spices. Some brown sugar as well.
F - Medium bodied with moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and light, but not as clean tasting as others in the category.
O - A pretty decent Oktoberbest but far off from the best.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper color with a soft foam head that displays good retention.
The nose is on par for the style with notes of bready malt, toasted amber malts and caramel. Hops aromas are floral and fruity.
The malts provide flavors that are moderately sweet. Notes of brown toast, caramel and lightly spiced bread. The hops flavors are floral and fruity, evoking an orchard fruit like taste. A touch of earthy hops spice in the middle palate, along with a crisp and dry finish that yields some bitterness.
Medium bodied, crisp and moderately carbonated.
Solid Oktoberfest that is on par for the style.

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Gajo74 from New York, Oct 16, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark gold. Slightly more than a finger of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Spicy hops backed by mild caramel malt.

Taste: Bready, chewy malt with good balancing bitterness. Hop and malt flavor are almost exactly equal. Slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full body with good carbonation.

Overall: A solid, tasty interpretation of the style.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Sep 24, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, no bottling date; purchased single off shelf... poured into 500 ml mug)

L: clear, orange-amber liquid - slightest haze??; tall, crusty, loose pad of off-white sudsy foam, sticking chunky as it recedes... no lasting retention or continuation of thick stick

S: rather weak aromas - crystal 40 with a vaguely gingery spice... hate to say, perhaps a bit of band aid as well...

T: a mess (almost said aloud 'awful' upon frst sip) - bitter gourd, pennies, stale sandwich roll... ultra dry finish/aftertaste - no real flaws though - just a bland, nutty, dull-dry bread crust lingering... sort of an appealing herbal bitterness slowly emerges, but a strange (but not otherworldly) mineral/plastic stank hangs at the back

F: clean, quick, cut-dry, thinly-tapered malt body... good thing is that it courses back with a subtle snap and soft sizzle, with the addition of a mellow heat

O: is this a rush job? was anything good stripped out in the filtering?... all in all tastes like something one of the big boys would try to pass off as an autumn seasonal, or some dressed-up robust, premium lager (looking at you, Bud) (1510)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Sep 23, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, Carmel on the nose and at the front of the taste. Mild, balanced hops work in mid palate with a subtle grassy note. Overall lots of malty flavor with a nice balance. Really easy drinking late summer beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: crisp, nutty, earthy, fall spices, malt forward. Wood, barley grainy earthy nose. Amber hue, clear, with a tan head and some lace. medium body. 25 IBUs

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just out doin’ the damn thing on a fine Southern California fall day, and you know what? Raul is feeling ok. Baby mama has a fresh mani pedi, Raul has a fresh Oktoberfest... you could say that things around the Mondesi household are mighty fine. And the more I sip on this intoxicating elixir, I believe it so. Smooth caramel is met by, well, more smooth caramel. So this sucker only has one note, but what does it matter if it’s Pavarotti?


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RaulMondesi from California, Oct 10, 2018
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4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a lightly hazy dark golden color, with 3 fingers of off white head------------ the aromas are of floral notes, Carmel malt and grass(malt forward)------------- the flavors are of sweet Carmel malt up front with some grass/floral notes on the back end, the beer has a medium mouthfeel with a smooth finish---------- overall this beer was exceptional - I thoroughly enjoyed this one, I liked the pop of Carmel sweetness up front followed by the grassyness on the finish----

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dertyd from California, Sep 21, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: dark golden to orange
S: mild overall with slight roasted malt and barely perceptible hops.
T: Lightly roasted malt gives way to a sour almost cider like note(yeast maybe?) that ends in a crisp noble hop finish.
M: Full bodied
O: It isn't my favorite marzen. It is a more balanced rendition compared to some of the more malt driven american takes but its the strange tart/sour taste, that I find unappealing. YMMV If this is to your liking try KC Bier Co Fest Beer similar taste profile.

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Photo of matcris
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOKS: Crystal clear and a beautiful rich copper, in color. Loads of bubbles, and a creamy 2 finger head. Mild lacing.
AROMA: Biscuits, caramel, grass & grain. Smells nice and slightly sweet.
TASTE: All of the above, and a slight caramel sweetness. Not cloying in the slightest.
FEEL: Good, full, carbonation, medium light body, but, not at all watery, and dry on the finish.
OVERALL: First time trying this. Way better than a 3.59. Come on, people.

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matcris from Arizona, Aug 16, 2018
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3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some earthy hops.

Tastes of the toasted malt layered with some earthy hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel and toasted bread. Next comes the hops with an earthy and slightly spicy character. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is fairly middle of the road. Not bad, but nothing really good either.

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ocelot2500 from Maryland, Oct 14, 2017
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3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a seidel glass. Clear, deep bronze-colored body. A rather aggressive yielded a finger or so of fizzy, slightly off-white head that settled almost immediately without leaving a trace. No in-your-face aromas or flavors here, just some light caramel malt, a little tart fruit, and some nice bitterness that comes through as you allow the beer to rest on the front of your tongue for a few seconds to warm a little. Good carbonation, a medium-light mouthfeel, and some lingering fruity sweetness on the finish. Overall, a very solid offering from Schlafly.

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dcotom from Iowa, Sep 18, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled 7/21/17 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 5.5% ABV 25 IBU. The beer pours mostly bright and copper in color. The head is khaki colored and short lived. Very faint aroma of caramel and toasted malt. The taste is a little weak up front with vague toasted malt finishing up with semisweet caramel. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, well carbonated and finishes not dry enough. There is a little butter in the finish as well. Overall, good but flawed. This beer tastes pretty good and is an easy drinker, which I'm sure was the goal. It does not approach the beauty of a truly crafted Marzen. As a note, I bought a 6 pack of these two years ago that were so sour I couldn't stand to drink them. They were dated for that year just bad. I wouldn't buy again but wanted to give them another chance.

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jkblr from Indiana, Sep 05, 2017
Photo of basaywhat
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a medium-to-small sized white head. Aroma is biscuit malts, crisp, clean notes, caramel malty sweetness. Taste is sweet and malty.

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basaywhat from Illinois, Mar 08, 2017
Photo of LaurenLM
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My absolute favorite Oktoberfest! Very malty, not too heavy and the perfect amount of hoppiness to balance the bready flavors. This beer was made for fall drinking!

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LaurenLM from Missouri, Jan 31, 2017
Photo of morimech
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber color with a finger of head that settles to a thin cap. A little bit of lacing is left down the glass. Has a floral hop aroma along with some notes of caramel and toast. Nothing wrong with flavor that it is at least clean of any obvious flaws, but there just is not much there. Some caramel but almost a complete lack of toast. A little bit of floral flavors as well. Body is a bit thin but is nicely carbonated. Drinkable but no real reason to drink it because there are dozens of better options on the shelf.

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morimech from Minnesota, Oct 26, 2016
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark Amber color with a little whit head. Nose is sweet malt with floral and nutty notes. Taste caramel, nutty, hints of fruit, touch of spice. Sweet yet clean finish. If you've had one Oktoberfest beer you've had the, all. Every year I try a new brand and this year it was schlafly's turn. Pretty straight forward for the style. I enjoy them during the season but I'm never floored with them. Prost!

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jmd1978 from Missouri, Sep 02, 2016
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2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From the bottom of the front label: "Bottled With Love on 07/20/2016 06 27"

Appearance: The body is a wonderful looking orange brown color. It is noticeably good looking. The body is pretty hazy but it has a nice opalescence that plays with light as it passes through. The head has a creamy and fluffy texture with an eggshell white color. It leaves very good creamy lacing as it recedes and it maintains a short but well formed head.

Aroma: It has a very nice flowery hop aroma that hits the nose right off the bat. It has a bit of a soapy smell to it. It doesn't give off the traditional noble hop aromas but it is nice.

Taste: At first I notice a bit of alcohol which is a bit strange given the low ABV of 5.50%. There is a light bit of caramel flavor but again it is overshadowed by the alcohol quite a bit. No character from the hops are present here. There is a light bitterness but it was only really present when I was searching for flavors; that is never a good sign. No grain flavor comes through.

Mouthfeel: It is drinkable if you are not bothered by the overbearing presence of alcohol and the complete lack of body. It just doesn't have enough texture or weight to carry itself as an Oktoberfest.

Overall: This beer makes you long for the traditional Oktoberfest beers with their noble hop aromas and delicious malty flavors. It delivers nothing. It is sad when a palate cleanser is more interesting and has more flavor than an Oktoberfest. I would not recommend it and I won't be buying it again.

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teromous from Virginia, Aug 15, 2016
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3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I love it when the Fall beers are released. This brew reminds me of why. It's a rich Amber color, with a medium white head. The aroma is malty, with a hint of fruit. Clean. The taste is malty, seminary, and flavorful. Medium in body and very enjoyable.

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Suds from Missouri, Aug 13, 2016
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2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper color, 1/8" head. Nothing in the nose.

Malty, relatively thin body. Not much flavor country. Not too sweet. A little gritty, nutty. A little bit of caramel.

Straight up average.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice Oktoberfest pours a lightly hazed dark amber with a medium head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel, light stone fruits of apricot, and light breaded notes. Flavors follow the nose with sweet caramel notes to the front followed by sweet peach and apricot notes, lightly tart, followed by a touch of fresh bread and subtle grain notes on the back. Medium carbonation finishes a touch watery by still solid for the style. An excellent brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin, off-white head. Quite a bit of carbonation. Malty Carmel smell. A very crisp and refreshing marten with a thinner mouthfeel for the style. Malt is good with the camel taste one would expect. A pretty big bite from what seems to be the hop and bigger carbonation. Good.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice copper color with off white head and consistent light carbonation. Light alcohol smell and a little something like apricots. Taste a lot of light minimal flavors... Carmel, Orange, sweet, tang, malt, apricot... just hints of everything. A little sweet tang. Not bad. Nit a lot of spice. I'll drink again.

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stlfatguy from Missouri, Oct 11, 2015
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