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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #438
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3.62 | pDev: 12.15%
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
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Reviews by Bierwolf:
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Bierwolf from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nov 27, 2014
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pmcadamis from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tired this one at Buffalo Wildwings. I ordered my usual 22 oz SA O-fest, and our usual waitress Marcie (yeah, we go there enough that she knows what we drink) asked me if I wanted Schlafly O-fest instead of SA. She's good.

A - Orange/amber and very slightly hazy with a big two finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves tons of white lace on the glass.

S - Pumpkins and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin pie filling.

T - A caramel malt base provides some solid, but sweet malt flavors, and the hops are balancing but subdued. Again, big time pumpkin flavors and lots of wintery spices.

M - Medium bodied and solid in the mouth with crisp carbonation and an off-dry finish. Nice and rich.

D - Outstandingly drinkable as are all good O-fests. I drank two big ass 22 oz glasses of this wonderful stuff.

Oct 21, 2007
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bzach from Indiana

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Oct 12, 2012
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Gmann from New York

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color, looks bready. The white head was short and dense with an occassional big bubble. Settled quickly into a sparse cap.

The aroma is bready with a peppery spice. Slight caramel note with a hint of metal. Aroma leans more on the American marzen style than a German fest bier.

The taste is bready and a bit fruity, kind of an English mild or ESB type of flavor. Don't really pick up much German malts. Some peppery spice from the hops which works well with this beer. Some light caramel sweetness and metallic twang. Its an enjoyable malty lager but doesn't necessarily remind me of a marzen type of beer.

Moderate feel on the palate with aggressive carbonation. Drinks fairly clean and has a nice crisp bite so you can easily put a few of these back. Lightly sweet on the palate with a slight peppery bitterness.

A good malty lager but doesn't really hit the style. I like it better than some of the "amber lager" marzens that many American breweries make, though. Good beer for watching football.

Sep 28, 2013
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Sunn from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 21, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy orange with a hint of browns. Nose is nutty, earthy, and sweet. Flavor is carrying much of the same qualities. A good mix with that typical citric tangy flavor that you notice from this style. feel is sticky and slick on liquid. Carbonation is slightly lower. A pretty nice Oktoberfest.

Nov 09, 2008
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Eaglefan344 from Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Oct 23, 2012
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Clockwork420 from Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

$5.97 a Six pack at a local grocery store.

Im getting ready to leave for basic training and I wanted to hit some seasonal brews before I go

A - Poured a perfect creamy off white head, 2 fingers in depth. It hung around for quite some time. Amber ruddish color. Perfecto.

S - Sweet smelling like malty. Reminds me of cut grass. Earthy. Nice. Above average for sure here.

T - Wow. Carbonation is perfect. Tingly on the tongue. Cool refreshing clean tasting malty beer. Earthy like the smell. Finishes easy, leaves a slight alcohol taste but it isnt really overbearing. Its a beautiful thing. The after taste is the only thing not scoring great on the Taste side of it but its still near perfect. Like my other reviews, I always make a point to say. No hiccups on this one.

M - Mouthfeel was thin, which is kinda what I expected on this. But thats what I assume this style is all about. I wont be afriad to admit this is my first Oktoberfest brew. Its an easy drink Ill say that much.

D - Flat out 5. If I could rate higher I would.

This beer overall hits all my special places. I dont have experience in this category but I did do some of my homework on it before trying it. This would be PERFECT all year long. During the hot summers and cold winters.

ALSO note, this is my first Schlafly beer too and im from the area. I dont know why I didnt try this beer company before? But I will say this much. Im proud to be from St Louis if this is the beer we produce. I will drink many others from this company. Could be a new favorite.

If you like Schlafly, I recommend trying O'fallon beer also. Another local brewery that is extremely good.


Aug 28, 2008
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creepinjeeper from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 22, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper-amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good amount of malts but is still rather drinkable. It is a good representation of the style.

Oct 17, 2013
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Theniz from Indiana

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nov 06, 2014
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Sep 24, 2019
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mendvicdog from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Nov 26, 2013
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DubbelTrubbel from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Jan 07, 2013
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MTNboy from Germany

3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It is a bronze colored beer. It has a tan head with a lot of over the body that disappears quickly to form a spread out and thin lace. It has a sweet and malty taste at first. It is a little more mild on the hops than most Marzens. I mainly tasted what little bit of hops that I did taste in the aftertaste. I do like the way it taste though. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing beer that is good as transition from summer to winter beers.

Jan 01, 2009
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 20, 2013
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clean looking with lots of carbonation sneaking up from the bottom. Formed a tight little head of maybe an inch on the top that faded down gradually and then left behind basically nothing.

The aroma was light, bready malts with a hint of a caramel sweetness. Light touch of grape like fruit in their providing a slight nose of sour. Rich tones working their way in the flavor though. Quick, clean hitting and crisp, this was a definite session beer to say the least. Nice well rounded malt flavor with a hint of light hops toward the end that were just enough to provide a nice touch of balance.

Sep 25, 2011
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Thirstygoat from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5%

Oct 26, 2014
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Minkybut from Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this good beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was an orange looking color. The beer poured a nice big head. The beer had a bready smell to it and tasted a little caramely. I really liked the beer and would buy again. I noticed thiugh all the octoberfest beers coming out are this same color. I wonder if they are adding food coloring?

Oct 07, 2011
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Vivs85 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 17, 2015
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morimech from Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Oct 26, 2016
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Oct 05, 2014
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Tone from Missouri

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 1/4 inch head of an of-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight grain. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, grain, and slight hops in the finish. Overall, a little watery, weak in body, and simple in body.

Sep 29, 2009
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oakaged88 from New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 28, 2013
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear amber/orange with a rich dense off-white head. Aromas of soaked grain, and a hint of cinnamon. Taste begins with an herbal, citrusy flavor, followed by some rich bread flavors, finishing with a pine forest flavor. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a very good Marzen that I would get again.

Feb 26, 2013
Oktoberfest from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 568 ratings