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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager
72 Ratings
Bayern Oktoberfest LagerBayern Oktoberfest Lager

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
Photo of ShwarzAl3r
5/5  rDev +40.4%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Redneckwine
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

 929 characters

Photo of archyquaffer
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

 657 characters

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of rhinonau
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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 ElGordo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

 506 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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

 806 characters

Photo of FalconA
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Photo of Treyliff
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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

 767 characters

Photo of MTScotchAleLover
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

3.47/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of bcm119
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep red with a fine, off-white head. Aromas of earthy black malt; slightly smokey but not at all burnt or roasty. The nose is soft and has a dark German malt character, which becomes firmer with nicely integrated hop bitterness. The hops are subtle and barely stand up to the dark malt, but the finish is very clean. The carbonation is a little low, giving it a flat mouthfeel. Generally a little one-dimensional, and not as bready as I like an Oktoberfest, but drinkable.

 473 characters

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.

 729 characters

Photo of Impetuous
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!

 400 characters

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 BarBEERian
3.81/5  rDev +7%
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.

 1,004 characters

Photo of RedBrewer83
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

 515 characters

Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Bayern Brewery on our Montana Beer Trip, and brought back mixed 12 pack. Nice scenery label, BB date notched. Neck label describes this as being 'brewed in the tradition of Bavarian Masterbrews since 1987.' "Bayern Oktoberfest is the classic German style Dark Marzen; not too sweet, yet malty, with a nice hop flavor. Brewed according to the standards of the Brewer's Guild of Munich established when the beer was first brewed in 1815. Even if you can't make it to Munich for Oktoberfest we offer this authentic beer available from late August until late October for your autumn enjoyment. Prost!"
Poured with hardly any head, and left just the thinnest ring around the glass. Deep dark amber brown color, just as I expected for an Oktoberfest. Strong smell of sweet and toasted malt, and a rich almost burnt toffee aroma. Taste is somewhat sweet, but not overly sticky sweet. Touch of hops, but mush more maltiness throughout. Good body, low carbonation make it seem flat, yet still smooth and drinkable.

 1,021 characters

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Bayern Oktoberfest Lager from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 72 ratings