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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #388
Ranked #41,365
3.6 | pDev: 13.61%
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States
Notes: Bayern Oktoberfest is the classic Bavarian Dark Märzen: not too sweet yet malty with a nice hop flavor. This beer is brewed with Pilsener, Munich and German Dunkel malt. The hops for this special brew come straight from the Hallertau region in northern Bavaria and the finishing hops are Saaz from the Czech Republic. Bayern’s fastest selling seasonal specialty beer, this beer is not just called Oktoberfest, it is Oktoberfest beer. It is brewed according to the standards of the Brewers’ Guild of Munich, which was established in 1815 when they brewed this beer for the first time to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Maria Theresia.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this might be the darkest take on a marzen lager i have ever had, and its awesome on these early season cold nights, way more robust than almost all others i have had out there this season. its approaching brown in color but still has the stereotypical underlying orange hue to it, tall headed from both the bottle and the tap, frothy and active looking. it smells like a normal oktoberfest, with the deep nutty malt base, a little long boiled sweetness, and the classic german lager yeast really adding a lot to this, old worldy for sure, and while this is very dark for the style, its definitely a real traditional beer, smells like it came from germany! the flavor is just as good, very fresh for one, clean for how malt driven it is, and really expertly lagered, shockingly drinkable and crisp for what it is, and with just a little more grain depth than most, although not as heavy as it looks like it should be. a faint hint of dark bread, brown sugar, and subtle cocoa on the low end, nice and toasted and cozy too, with some minerals at the finish with the yeast. fuller bodied, brightly carbonated, and really the perfect fall beer, highly suitable for morning/daytime drinking as well. maybe the best one of these i have had this year so far, this is exactly what bayern does best! something a little different here, i really like it!

Sep 30, 2019
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not your conventional golden to deep copper body, but it says right there on the label, "dark Märzen lager". And that is exactly what it is. Deep brown bordering black, with a khaki and persistent foam that leaves spotty lacing behind.

Subtle aroma of spiced pumpernickel bread. Caramel and burnt toast.

Flavor follows to a tee. Toasty, not roasty, bread and burnt sugar with a touch of earthy grassiness.

Very light, almost watery feel. Well balanced with light carbonation. Smooth, yet slightly robust.

More in the vein of your Spaten Oktöberfest, which is seldom done, but welcomed, especially as a night cap (in this case). Prost!

Sep 16, 2019
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jbakajust1 from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured fresh on draft into a proper .5L mug. Dark brown and clear with constant bubbles feeding a fluffy mousse like off-white head that persists to the bottom leaving thick lace down the sides

Smells of toasted bread crusts with hints of fresh dough. Light wafts of herbal hops undergird the rich malts.

Tastes like liquid bread crust. Not Wonder bread, but rich and rustic dark bread crust. Mild toast notes and a sweet malt character finishes slightly dry. Bitterness is restrained and the malt gives a very faint raisin flavor mid palate. Finish has a lingering ghost of roast note to it.

Medium full body is deceptive as it gives way to a semi dry finish. Carbonation is medium feeding the head and helping to lift the finish clean on the palate.

This beer is wonderful on a dreary fall like day. The chill in the air with the dark clouds and dumping rain calls for a rich and hearty beer full of malt flavors with a dry and clean finish. Very balanced beer marrying the rich malt notes that finishes crisp begging for another gulp... not sip... mouthful and swallow... gulp.

Sep 11, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Best by date marked on label as 'D 18'.
Slight khaki colored head which swells to one finger deep with aggressive pour but rapidly fades away to a skiff and a ring. Leaves behind some strings and spots of lacing.
Not much for aroma. Light mix of the darker malts and the floral, spicy hops.
Taste is quite well balanced with the darker malts and the spicy hops. Sweetness is at a minimum. The end of the taste profile is similar to a cola (dark caramel but not sweet). Like drinking a dark German bread.
Medium to full mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Quite a bit darker than most Oktoberfest beers, and quite light on aroma. The flavors are expressive, but again darker than others in the style. Very easy to drink for session work. I can see picking this beer for a day of festival celebration.

Sep 05, 2018
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mncoinman from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, average head, fairly mild aroma. Taste comes across as very mild on the carbonation, lacking much of a distinctive malt profile. Neutral on the sweetness. Subtle hop influence. Disappointing for a style that shouldn't be shy about its malt profile. Reminds me more of a common macro brew light lager.

Sep 30, 2017
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beernhockey from Montana

1.33/5  rDev -63.1%
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.

Nov 24, 2016
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SamuelMiller from Montana

3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Sep 19, 2016
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Impetuous from Montana

4.32/5  rDev +20%
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!

Sep 17, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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!

Jan 15, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Oct 17, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Jan 01, 2015
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Nov 07, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

Oct 15, 2014
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Sep 24, 2014
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Donkster46 from Washington

3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Sep 07, 2014
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Redneckwine from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Sep 02, 2014
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archyquaffer from Montana

4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Nov 10, 2013
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vkv822 from Oregon

2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Oct 31, 2013
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jesseejames from Montana

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

May 28, 2013
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ccrida from Oregon

3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Sep 02, 2012
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Elimination from Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Sep 22, 2011
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harrymel from Washington

2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Sep 06, 2011
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notsoprobeer from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Feb 07, 2011
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RJLarse from Washington

3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Oct 25, 2010
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RedBrewer83 from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Sep 30, 2010
Oktoberfest from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 75 ratings