Bayern Oktoberfest Lager | Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager

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Bayern Brewing, Inc.
Montana, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a dunkel, tastes like a marzen. See through dark brown with initial foamy beige head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of roast grains. More sweet malt taste, syrupy consistency, sweet finish. Lovely!

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As well as being the second Oktoberfest beer I've reviewed tonight, this is the second Märzen I've reviewed from Bayern Brewing, an all-German style brewery here in Montana. If the first Bayern was any indication, this should be a good brew, although it would be hard to beat their "Groomer: Winter Märzen". My expectations are high, but I will try to maintain some level of objectivity.

At first glance, looks like coffee. Even the head — once it's dissipated a little — looks like the film of bubbles atop a fresh batch of a drip-brewed Colombian roast. Paying more attention now: closer to ruby/garnet than dark copper, with light brown head of medium retention. Smells bready, toasty, and roasty all at once, with hints of molasses and dark fruit here as well, these getting stronger as the tasting goes on. Toffee, coffee, cigar smoke, and molasses on the tongue. Slightly dry finish. On the palate, at least, it could almost be mistaken for a barrel-aged porter or similar fare were it about twice as boozy and sweet. So good! I like this, both its aroma and palate, better than the standard sweet caramel of your average Oktoberfest beer, and will rate it accordingly. Medium-bodied, syrupy and smooth, with lots of fine, mostly sudsy but slightly prickly bubbles. A tiny amount of warmth from the alcohol is really the only indicator that there's any here, as the balance of smells and tastes masked it quite well.

And the verdict is...this is actually even better than Groomer!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not yer mother's Marzen! Bayern Octoberfest is an interesting take on this style from a Montana brewery that is rapidly becoming one of my favourites. This beer pours dark, smells sweet, and tastes very rich. It has dark chocolate, toffee, and caramel malts that blend into a brew that is much sweeter than any other Octoberfest beer I've encountered. This is perfect for those cold October evenings when you don't want to be stuck indoors.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a deep copper color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a fair level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of caramel sweetness as well as a decent sum of a roasted malt smell. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a light caramel and dark fruit aroma as well as a moderate showing of cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a quite roasted and spiced flavor with nutmeg and cinnamon present from the start. There is some caramel sweetness as well as a bit of a toffee and darker fruit flavor of raisin and plum. These sweeter flavors fade at the expense of some more roasted malt and bready flavors. The spice also really kicks it up a notch with a rather strong surge of both the cinnamon and nutmeg and an appearance of some allspice. In the end, a rather spiced and roasty taste is left on the tongue; which is actually very nice overall.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. The moderateness of the carbonation and body are nice for the blend of quite roasted and more spiced flavors of the brew and made for a flavorful, but still easy drinking feel.

Overall – This is a rather enjoyable Oktoberfest overall, that is on the more roasted malt and spiced side but is without much of the sweeter caramel, molasses, and dark fruit flavors associated with most oktoberfests. A nice brew overall and one to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%

I had to drink something because I just came home with an epic haul and couldn't fit it all! Problem solved! Bayern's on the chopping block. Oh yeah, to keep the good vibes going, thanks to Donkster46 for this trade.

Appearance (3.75) : Darker than I expected. A 1 finger head rests on top of the copper/foldgers coffee colored body. Opacity is about 30%, I can see the shadow of my fingers on the other side when held up to light. Thick webbing laces the glass as the head recedes to a stable ring.

Aroma (4) : Nutty, roasted malts, yeast. Under that : pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, maple. It also has a strong pumpkin pie-in-a-can smell. Bouquet is medium strength. Appropriate and interesting.

Taste (3.5) : Burnt or very dark toast, nutty malts, pumpkin-y yeast. Very faint maple. Aftertaste is unabashedly pumpkin flesh, lingering with just a hint of that pumpkin-pie-in-a-can flavor.

Mouthfeel (3) : Very carbonated, drinks like a Miller Lite. There's some smoothness underneath though, so it's not entirely bad. Light bodied. Finish is nutty and dry.

Overall (3.56) : It's not bad, I would rank it under the "decent" category. I'm about tapped out for Marzens this year, I've only reviewed about a dozen of them. This one ranks "competent" and the standout is probably the dark toast/"pumpkin" yeast flavors. It's also definitely a lager as it's lighter bodied. Nice if you want a change of pace, but I think Lakefront's Pumpkin Lager is a stretch better.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass

A- pours a deep ruby-brown color with a small foamy white head that reduces quickly to a film on top, leaving no lace behind

S- caramel malt base with aromas of toasted bread crust & raisin. Faint floral & grassy hops, with a hint if chocolate.

T- sweet brown bread mixes with caramel malt up front, raisin & herbal hop, dark fruity notes kick in mid-palate, eventually leads to some vinous flavors that are slightly tart in the tongue, sweet malty finish

M- medium body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- this one is definitely not your prototypical Oktoberfest, as it's a bit darker & sweeter. It was however enjoyable, but not a choice if looking for a Classic Oktoberfest

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Photo of Donkster46
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Very dark for an Oktoberfest. Not really what I look for in the that style. I almost thought it could have been bad, but read the review on here and I suppose its supposed to be dark.

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Photo of Redneckwine
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Really dark, ruddy brown...strange for a festbier. 1 finger head dissipates very fast, not much lacing either.

Aroma - Mostly clean and light malts, hints of nuttiness, toastiness, sweet breadiness, dark vinous fruit, maybe even a touch of cocoa. Very feint grassy hops.

Feel/Taste - Medium body, very little carbonation, a bit flat, watery, and heavy feeling. Lacking crispness. Taste is a dead ringer for the nose (see above), very malt forward. Grassy hops are just barely perceptible and act to balance the sweet malts a little. Finishes on the sweet side, and this sweetness borders on cloying after a while.

Overall - A very strange (unique?) example of a Marzenbier indeed, and not my favorite take on the style. It's almost like the lager version of a brown ale, but with some Belgian dark ale fruit-like notes. It would be much better with the carbonation and body adjusted a bit.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a longneck into a shaker glass. A fairly aggressive pour produces about 3/4 inch of creamy, off-white head. This continues to coat the top of the brew and sides of the glass. The beer is fairly dark in comparison to most Oktoberfests I've tried, and is a dark reddish-brown.

Subdued floral and earthy hops on the nose, with a bready, rich and slightly sweet malt flavor, with chocolate and caramel undertones. It has a notably satisfying mouthfeel, with a lingering creaminess on the back of the tongue.

Bayern makes excellent lager beer, and this is another prime example. This beer is without doubt the best Oktoberfest I've tried this year.

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Photo of vkv822
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz : tulip

Deep mahogany colored body with a thin, foamy beige head.

Malty, caramel, bread notes predominately with very slight spicy, earthy, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, slightly syrupy, low carbonation.

Meh. The nose had me hopeful, but the taste was a bit overly sweet in the malts and the mouthfeel was unpleasantly syrupy at times.

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Photo of jesseejames
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I rather like this beer. I picked up a 5 liter party keg to reuse the keg and found that the beer was very nice and returned and bought 4 more. It is a nice brown very malty brew for an oktoberfest. The head is rather nice and if I keep it under co2 in the mini keg it retains a nice head when poured into a cooled stein. It tastes of wonderful malt and is crisp and clean with a nice touch of chocolate bitterness aftertaste that leads you to want more. This is the beer I have on hand when I am out of my own homebrew.

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Photo of ccrida
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Yuengling pils flute, Bayern Oktoberfest is brown with a small, sand-colored head leaving foamy lace. It's one thing to harken back to the more auburn tinged Marzens of a decade ago, but this thing is more like an alt.

Smell is very bready, and a touch of toffee.

Taste is similar, very malty, very bready, almost like a imperial kvass. Good for sure, but not to style.

Mouthfeel is dry, with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good, for brown larger. Definitely exaggerated malt, it's tasty, but far from classic.

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Photo of Elimination
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahagony red, crimson red really, dark and really pretty. But I always think of marzens as a bit lighter

Smell of strong nut, a bit of dates, old carmel candy, some cardboard tree like qualities to it

Taste is more a nut brown with a lager yeast honestly. Strong walnut and almond followed by a bit of lighter chocolate and some dark fruits. A bit of un buttered pop corn as well

This is a ok beer, not true to style by any means, but still not terrible for a fall offering, other beers by bayern are great german reproductions, just not this one.

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Photo of harrymel
2.89/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled about a week ago. Kept cool.

A: Dark brown with a little bit of head formation, a central cap of the peanut foam is present. Red hue where light shines through. No lace.

S: sweet cherries, wood, rye bread, sweet yeast (I've had enough Bayern to smell a distinct sweetness from it). It's pleasant.

T: Nutty, bland and watery. Kinda has an original corn nuts flavor.

M: Thin with pretty substantial carbonation. Semi dry finish.

O: Decent beer, but not particularly taking my fancy.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark amber with a cream colored head. Aroma is very malty, I can't smell any hops. Taste is VERY malty, with little bitterness. The IBU count is not listed, and I'm curious about what it is. Expect it's very low. I don't think I've sampled a beer with this much malty flavor. It's a nice change of pace, but is a bit sweet. Body is medium and it has a nice mouth feel.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Elk Public House. $5 a pint.

Appearance is a dark walnut color. Looks like a Coke. Foamy off-white head breaks down fast leaving nothing.

Smell is faint and earthy. Caramel and molasses (also like Coke) maybe some sweet smelling peat along side.

Tastes like it smells. A mildly bitter caramel flavor with a hint of a vinegar finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but flat perhaps a bit syrupy. Not much carbonation in this one.

Drinkable but unremarkable. Not a great o-fest in my estimation.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...

A: Pours a rich amber mahogany with hints of a ruby hue. Head forms to one finger, falls pretty quickly and leaves a thin ring around the glass.

S: Rich malt, brown sugar, faint molasses, very faint floral hop.

T: Big caramel malt with brown sugar, molasses and hints of anise. Hops are bitter in the finish, keeps things pretty balanced.

M: Smooth light medium body, a little thin, solid carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, gets a little sweet after awhile...overall nice beer though.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Bottle (into glass)

A - Pours very unusually dark for a Marzen. Pours a a deep, dark, but still slightly clear brown, with a nice off-white head and moderate lacing.

S - Smell is of faint caramel malts, lots of nuttiness, and lightly floral hops, and a mild roasted character. It makes me think "brown-ale meets Marzen".

T - Taste is of bready malts, caramel, a slightly bitter nuttiness, and lightly floral/lemon-ish hops. This is definitely a different take on this style, but not too bad. I like it.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and pretty smooth.

D - A little on the rich side for sessioning IMO, but worth of more than one.

Overall - This is a very unusual take on the Marzen style. Maybe this should be called a Marzen Dunkel? Either way, it's not a bad beer, just doesn't strike me as very "Oktoberfesty". It's more like a slightly easier drinking brown ale to me. Just keep that in mind if you decide to try this one.

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Photo of philbertk
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark--Thin lace hint tan head. Clear dark bronze red color. Roasted malty mild hop front. Malty mellow sweet toasted toffee smooth mild creamy rich roasted Fest body. Smooth refreshing mild hop clean lingering malt easy end. Dark interpretation of Style. Sampled 9/14/2009. 6-Pack--$7.79.

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Oktoberfest Lager--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Dark. Light tan thin mild lace head. Clear dark bronze ruby red brown color. Toasted malt mild dark fruit black cherry hop front. Mild sweet smooth malty toasted roasted toffee cherry rich dark mildly fruity dark Fest body. Smooth mild hop roasted spice hint end. Sampled 8/26/2010. 6-Pack $7.79.

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Photo of BarBEERian
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was much darker than I expected from an Oktoberfest, something closer to a thick and dark nut brown beer. The nose wasn't anything remarkable, with maybe just a touch of malt peering through the head, but overall, a very nose-less beer, which is becoming pretty consistent with this dark lager style. Bayern's attention to purity again is the most astonishing note about this beer. The taste is crisp and smooth, with a slight bitterness near the beginning giving way to some sublte nut characteristics with a nice sour touch coupled with the roasted malt.

I have to believe that this is as close to a German Oktoberfest beer that you can get in Montana, if not the U.S., and the drinkability of this dark lager is pretty high, mainly due to the overall pure and smooth texture that leaves you refreshed after each sip. Bayern's beer is really growing on me now. Give it a try for yourself, and I think you too will become a convert, if you haven't already switched by now.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Oktoberfest poured a dark brown with a less than a finger foam head with a tiny bubble sudsy lacing.

The aroma was a malty one with a brown sugar smell. The taste was sweet and malty all the way through. In the mouth it left a stickiness on the tongue and was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent American example of a Germanic style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint poured at Green Dragon in Portland.

A: Quite dark, a mahogany brown with fiery auburn highlights. Intriguing that it's so unlike the 'traditional' amber Oktoberfest. Nice clinging bits of ivory.

S: Not alot of aroma, a vaguely bready malt.

T: Rich and malty with a notable fruitiness, ripe and juicy plums or raisins. For as dark a beer this is, appearance-wise, the flavor has little roastedness. Nuts and caramel are flavorful but modest; not too sweet.

M: Smooth texture, light carbonation. Body is medium for the style.

D: Not a problem to drink this one, it's pretty tasty and has an appropriate ABV (somewhere in the 5-6% range I'm guessing). Paired very well with a brisket sandwich and some delicious sweet & salty fries.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11-12-08 Got a fresh one. Will bump this up on taste-wise & drinkability, more caramel & grainyness in this bottle

BBD of 29 Feb 08, another not totally fresh beer from my Liquid Solutions order

Pours chestnut with 1 finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & some caramel

T: Bready, slight licorice notes leafy hops & some herbal hops up front. Slight brown sugar notes & more herbal hops & a touch of chocolate as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops & touch of cardboard, some pecans & more caramel. Almost gave this a 3.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, a little wet

Drinks alright, would guess the abv is about 5.4%, nope website says 6.0%. Will try to find fresher next time, will know where NOT to find it; having said that my review isn't too far of the norm

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this 2L growler filled @ Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.

Pours a clear, deep mahogany color. Fair head retention, low carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet, hints of caramel and or molasses, maybe some faint licorice. Taste is of toasted malt and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth, relatively flat, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as I dislike overly fizzy beer. Drinkability is good, flavor is nice, and it's great for a chilly fall day while watching football.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown/mahogany color with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A half-inch of creamy tan head sits on top. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, a little bit of plum, and a touch of astringency. Palate is more sweet caramel malt, light fruit, a hint of lightly fruity hops, and a touch of a bready character. Nice and well-rounded. Body is smooth and just light enough to make this a highly quaffable marzen. A bit different from the German marzens I've tried lately, but quite tasty nonetheless.

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