Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #404
ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,153
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 15.43%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Clear gold, 1Cm white head.
S- Reminds me of regular Lowenbrau, it is creamier and richer than mainstream (high-end) German beer.
T- Entirely German, nothing out of place, the difference is in it's rich creaminess.
F- As Above.
O- I remember ascending after a challenging night-dive in the Gulf of Suez back in the 90s. I'd barely collapsed up onto the boats open deck, full gear on, when I was handed two bottles of ice cold 'Lowie'. That was magical, this one is pretty good too.
500ml bottle BB 08/2020

Nov 09, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a slight amber hue, large, fluffy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, grainy malt and lighter floral, grassy hops. Taste is good balance between doughy, bready malt and floral, grassy hops, with just a hint of a certain mineral note. Finishes with a light bitterness and some grainy malt and grassy hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is noticeably less sweet than most other Festbiers, I've had so far, which I quite like. Also has a bit more depth to it, with a bit more grainy malt and floral hops in addition to the typical doughy malt and grassy hops. While it can't quite compete with Paulaner's Festbier, it's still one of the better examples of the style in my opinion.

Sep 17, 2019
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.1% ABV.
Clear golden beer with thick white head, nice retention.
Smell - typical, distinctive, maerzen smell - malty, biscuity.
Taste - relatively sweet, malty, toasted, noble bitter bite in the finish.
Medium body and carbonation.

Sep 26, 2018
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monkist from Hungary

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is maybe the first German Oktoberfest beer that I had - but I must say that it isn't as good as an Austrian märzen...
German beers have a sort of sickening sweetnedd and yeast overtone that was also taken over by many Euro Lagers and what I don't like... so although this beer feels quality, it is somewhat a letdown compared with their Austrian counterparts (those are being much hoppier and fresh). Wonder why there is such a cult of German beers...

Sep 11, 2018
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold, great clarity, small head.

Lightly sweet, touch of floral hop. Inoffensive.

Taste brings more malt character, some golden syrup sweetness, touch of bitterness.

Full body that suits it well,, some slickness, nice carb.

Overall it's ok, and at 6.1% it's lacking in flavour, aroma and any sort of sessionability.

Oct 21, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with small top off white headbthat disolves rather quickly. Aroma is sweet with bready malts,grass,hay and some herbal notes. The flavours sweet and malty it finishes off with some herbal hop and a mild bitterness. Aftertaste disappear rather quickly. medium carbonated with a medium body. smooth and clean mouthfeel, but a little bland. All in all is a rather good and drinkable oktoberfestbier, but not very exiting. Easy to drink some off these in a session.

Oct 14, 2017
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nordsee from Germany

2.19/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

clear golden color

balanced, light ... or rather not existing smell

malty, sweet taste, with slight bitter notes at the end

finishes dry

= below average märzen

Oct 11, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma. Tastes of creamy malts. Finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. Smooth mouth feel.

May 30, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden, filtered colored beer with a soon vanishing head.

Nose is pretty muted, some straw and a faint note of herbal hops, almost nothing is going on here.

Has a medium, yet lively carbonation with a light, refreshing, but sweet mouthfeel.

Tastes of sweet, cakey malts coated straw and a bright mineral quality. Finishes wheaty sweet, with a faint, late dryness, which remains almost unrecognizable.

Boring, pretty thin for its higher abv and one-dimensional, with no taste evolution at all.

Aug 26, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma doesn’t come through but flavor does, slightly bitter, but delicious. pours and looks great, thick head, and lots of lacing on the glass. Good, but other Munich brews are slightly better....

Mar 24, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear golden color with white head. Classic bread crust and honey on the aroma. Taste starts with a slight honey sweetness, follows with grains and bread and finishes slightly bitter. Body and carbonation are medium. No doubt it's a well made beer but still, Märzen / Oktoberfest beers are not a style I enjoy too much.

Jan 06, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from Hipercor. In Paulnaer glass. At lunch. With Papas Aliñás and Turkey nuggets. Ultradrinkable. Nice taste without much bitterness. Avg 3.95

29 Oct 2017. Can. From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. At lunch, with rice with shrimps. Very drinkable, with fresy grassy hoppyness. A bit less malty than others in the style but very refreshing

Oct 18, 2015
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Spike from England

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.
L: Clear & golden (on the light end of the scale for a marzen). Masses of micro bubbles. Two fingers of white head collapses slowly, leaving many rings of lacing.
S: Nose is light but malty.
T: Flavour is rich & sweet with moderate bitterness.
F: Mouthfeel is full and extra smooth with a light carbonation tingle.
O: A pale Oktoberfestbier. Malt is dialed down a little, alcohol is dialed up. Lovely, soft mouthfeel. Best drunk cold with friends.

Oct 08, 2015
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Andrewharemza from Australia

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours hazy yellow golden with a white creamy head. Aroma malty, grassy, herbal. Taste Sweet malt, biscuits, bread, caramel, grass. Very enjoyable.

Oct 04, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-honey,floral,sulfur,grass,spicy
T:
-sweet biscuit malt,bready,honey,spicy,slight diacetyl,touch of hop bitterniss
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol detectable
O:
Good,authentic Oktoberfest Beer

Sep 12, 2015
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meecrob from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this brew from a 500 ml can, bought in my local german ALDI for only 0.65 € (plus 0.25 € deposit). Its a smooth, above-average Oktoberfest beer. I tried better Oktoberfest beers in my life but for this cheap price I have nothing to complain about! The 6.1 % ABV will fuck you up quickly. No alcoholic aftertaste. Good stuff.

Aug 30, 2015
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a moderate head. A nice German Oktoberfest bier. The Loewenbrauerei is in Munich, so they had better sell a nice Oktoberfestbier. Prost!

Jun 26, 2015
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janubio from Spain

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Golden colour, big whtie head and great lace. Smell of hops, herbs, some sweetness. like caramel. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy palate. Taste of caramels, herbs, grain, malt.

Nov 16, 2014
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Bobstar12 from Canada (MB)

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Look:Pale generic lager, no head.
Smell: Weak and abit yeasty
Taste: smooth, abit creamy, lingering malty wheat taste with a hint of mould. Sharp cloudy rotten apple taste
Overall: Bought 4 oktoberfestbier's from local wine/beer shop, definitely the worst of the bunch, would have been happier with a standard cheap french lager.
Dont sell german oktoberfest beer if its rank

Oct 26, 2014
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mmmbirra from Italy

2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear pale yellow with a head that fades quick. Looks like any other standard european lager.

A touch of spice on the nose with a fair bit of sulfur. I like the slight hop presence, but overall not that appealing.

The taste is a little sweet malt with some not-very-well hidden alcohol. The back end is a bitter for the style but has a harshness.

Strange, harsh mouthfeel.

The alcohol comes through way too much and there's too much sulfur in the nose and a harsh bitterness in the aftertaste.

I was hoping this would grow on me as I got through the half liter, but alas, it got worse.
In the bottom two for me in regards to the Munich O'fests(the other one is Hofbrau.)

Sep 27, 2013
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Tomais from Germany

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow colour. Head smallish. Not much lacing (0.4L glass: handle, straight-up-sides).
Smells good. Loads of malt at first; grass, hay; a little sour as it goes further down the glass.
Mouthfeel: carbonation is not at all overpowering, yet bubbles exploding in your mouth, pop, pop; underneath smooth flowing, almost velvety even. Taste is tied up with the popping mini-explosions and the smooth-flow. The "pops" are hoppy and dry, the big undercurrent is a balanced blend of malt and hops.
The finish is hoppy, dry, but maybe a little weak (?) - a wee bit metallic I find - but I think I'll have to get a few more bottles to check this out ;-)
Aftertaste is good, clean, and then quite peppery on the tongue - like after eating Rocket salad.

I'm not that familiar with the Märzen style so cant judge it so well in term of for-the-style, but as said, I'll be getting more...

B.B. 08.2014 (Review Sep 26, 2013)

Tried again September 2014 (B.B. 08.2015)
Says 6.1% on the label (dont know, have they made it stronger?)
Very drinkable; comes across as a good but uncomplex beer. Reading my review above, I'm missing out on the peppery aftertaste, but I also get less of the metallic aftertaste. Still nicely balanced hops and malt wnich is rare enough to find. I'm not disappointed to have bought a few bottles, but suspect that 2013 was a slightly better year - or maybe it's just that my standards have gone up since then (?)
Reduced rating from 4.11 to 3.8

Sep 26, 2013
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WoodBrew from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the Senator's lounge in Munchen airport and i'm trying the Lowenbrau Oktoberfest beer. It poured a pure golden yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The scent has grain and a touch of maize. The taste is a bit brutal...the 6% being very prominent and does not make this beer an easy session....in my opinion. THe mouthfeel is light to medium in body with good carbonation. Overall I prefer a standard Euro lager to this.

Sep 23, 2012
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flyingpig from Scotland

1.26/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very clear, pale, straw yellow colour with a bubbly white head that is about a thumbs width tall and stays pretty well.

Awful smelling, definitely one of the worst smelling German beer I have ever know. It is sour with some grassy hops and a smell that reminds me of urine.

Some light grassy hops and and an sour, citrus like taste. There is a very off-putting skunky bitterness to the beer too, this was is almost undrinkable.

Light bodied and with medium carbonation, the palate is fine but it is a major shame about the taste.

One of the worst beers I have ever tried. At first I thought the beer might be off but there was still a good 8 months left before the best before date; maybe it's just a shit beer.

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Jan 14, 2012
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doktorhops from Australia

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's October, and you know what that means? Beer retailers selling a vast range of Marzens... oh yeah and a heap of sweaty Lederhosen wearing Bavarian men celebrating in the best way possible - drinking Masskrug's full to the brim with awesome German beers.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a sweet 500ml Lowenbrau glass which I'll cherish all the more so because my (real) surname means "lion" and Lowenbrau is literally "lion brew", aka "my beer dammit!".

A: Clear golden body with a boisterous white head - that's Marzen country right there!

S: Dry grass hop aromas blend well with a powerful malt grain base. We know exactly what to expect here; a nice dry Helles lager. Also to note: the hops are very fresh in this brew and the aroma balance is perfect for a lager.

T: Alright! This is one damn good Marzen! Straight away you're hit with a strong grain base, sweet grains front to mid and a nice dry grassy hop finish - this is a spot on thirst quencher right here. There is a mild sour yeast tang in the middle. What an excellent representation of the classic Helles style.

M: The body is medium and cloys a little like honey. The carbonation is lower than expected but this isn't necessarily a bad thing in my books.

D: Would easily buy a case of this if I could... damn you Oktoberfest! Why can't you be a year-round event!? As it is Marzen only comes around once a year in these parts [that's why they call it a "Marzen" Dok - Marzen is German for "March"]. If I could find a fault with this beer maybe it's a little on the sweet side, however it is a 6% ABV lager and you've got to hide that alcohol somewhere. A top brew, highly recommended.

Food match: German food and German brews are a match made in heaven (or Nirvana if you're a Buddhist). We already know that. So what other cuisines would this match with? Given the sweetness this beer would make a good pairing with a sweet and mild Thai curry like a Massaman chicken with coconut rice.

Oct 22, 2011
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jonb5 from England

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, clear colour. Fairly pale. Like most Märzens it didn't retain the head very well. Smelled slight saaz but mainly red cabbage. Tasted an initial sweetness that gave way to a spicey aftertaste. Nice on the palate. Not my favourite but a nice oktoberfest beer that I would drink a few of and revisit next year.

Sep 26, 2011
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 186 ratings