Bayern Oktoberfest Lager | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by alexgash on 09-27-2003

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Photo of beernhockey
1.33/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one of the worst tasting beer I have ever tried. Ruined my will to try new beers for a month. Awful flavor, not easy to drink. It tasted like I was drinking from a old coffee pot that was left out over night then put in the fridge and passed off as beer.

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Photo of luke12345
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of d5001986
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DOCRW
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SamuelMiller
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Very dark with very little head. The smell is slightly undeveloped. There is a malty aroma as well as hints of toffee and wood, but i can also smell the alcohol similar to a bottle of cheap wine. While the smell was mediocre, the taste is simply fantastic. There is lovely amount of nuttiness as well as caramel and malt. The mouthfeel is also fantastic and it is definately one of the best marzen style beers I have had in terms of smoothness and finish. Overall this is a fantastic beer. It is good poured from the bottle, and even better from the tap. This is the second year I have had it and I have been looking forward to it becoming available again, and was not dissapointed at all.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark colour disappointing amount of head slight lacing.

Wonderful malt flavor. Truly fantastic. It's complex but unified. The hop character is most prominent after you've finished sipping but before swallowing and is eclipsed by the same malt character which first strikes the pallet.

Mouthfeel is pert near perfect.

An excellent brew. Bayern proves its excellence with malt yet again!

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 5EKF
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Sound_Explorer
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BB Dec 15.

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Photo of hozersr
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.92/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MatthewD4
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev 0%

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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Bayern Oktoberfest Lager from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
3.56 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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