Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #333
Ranked #39,399
3.64 | pDev: 15.66%
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 182
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of monkist
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

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Photo of Hanglow
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of OlaB
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of nordsee
2.19/5  rDev -39.8%
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

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Photo of aleigator
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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....

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of Spike
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. On the light end of the scale for a marzen. Dark gold colour and no head after 5 mins. Nose is very light. Flavour is rich & sweet with moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and full with a light carbonation tingle. A pale Oktoberfestbier. Malt is dialed down, alcohol is dialed up. Lovely, soft mouthfeel. Best drunk cold with friends.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of drmeto
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of meecrob
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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Photo of janubio
3.75/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Bobstar12
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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

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Photo of mmmbirra
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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.)

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Photo of Tomais
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
1.26/5  rDev -65.4%
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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Photo of doktorhops
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of jonb5
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of stjaernstoft
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 6.1%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: This beer pours a clear, pale, weak, golden liquid, and shows a big white, airy head.

S: A less than pleasing sourness hits the nose immediately, and I get malty aromas, with notes of bread, citrus, hay, yeast and some wet paper.

T: Malty flavours, citric notes, with sour, doughy bread, and a chemical bitterness. All-in-all it's kind of off-putting.

M: Average in most ways, a medium-sized body, but a sticky texture and no fresh crisp.

O: Why? This is pretty bad. Perhaps there was something wrong with my bottle (I have my doubts since I've seen the other ratings) - but if not: For shame! This is not a worthy Oktoberfestbier from a brewery based in Munich. Still I think: What do I know? I'm not a Bavarian ompa ompa enthusiast.

(Notes from yesterday.)

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Photo of RuudJH
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest beer review, even though it's still summer.
Smell has some sweet fruityness, but mainly it's very like a lager/pilsner.
Taste also, with a whiff of alcohol. Soft funky bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall, it's mostly like you'll expect: a lot like euro lager. I guess Saaz hops, and either watery or refreshing, depending on the amount of carbonation.

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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 182 ratings