Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier
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Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #414
ABV:
6%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,130
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 15.47%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
190
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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Reviews by zerk:
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zerk from California

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light color for a Marzen... translucent orange-yellow with a white lace that trails down the glass. Healthy dose of carmel in the aroma and flavor, with a little more bittering hops than most O-fests. Medium bodied, with light carbonation. This is quite a good O-fest, and may be the best value I've seen in a while... $11 for a 5 liter keg.

Oct 16, 2002
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MTKATL from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oct 09, 2019
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Robertas from Lithuania

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nov 12, 2019
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altrio

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 19, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 +4.1%
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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Jason from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 5 liter mini-keg, same blue colour as the bottles with good directions on how to dispense and a freshness date printed on top.

Appearance: Pours out a light and bright glowing golden hue, the white froth shows an impressive head and the lace is to die for. This is certainly lighter in colour than all of the Oktoberfest beers I have seen.

Smell: Peppery herbal hop, big cracker like malt sweetness and a clean alcohol are all in the nose.

Taste: Flexed medium body, smooth carbonation … it feels like it just came out of a real keg. Big fresh noble hop bitterness and flavour, lots of herbal and peppery notes. The malt backbone is very sturdy with mild biscuity, doughy and cracker like flavours. Faint warming alcohol that tells you that it does have some strength. Touch of yeast and a flake of husky grain in the mix also. Finishes clean with a light steely malt sweetness.

Notes: Duly awed on not only the stellar looking head but the flavours and the ease of putting it down. Add all this together and offer it in a 5 liter mini-keg and there is no stopping, just don’t try and polish off one of these by yourself.

Flexed medium body, smooth carbonation … it feels like it just came out of a real keg. Big fresh noble hop bitterness and flavour, lots of herbal and peppery notes. The malt backbone is very sturdy with mild biscuity, doughy and cracker like flavours. Faint warming alcohol that tells you that it does have some strength. Touch of yeast and a flake of husky grain in the mix also. Finishes clean with a light steely malt sweetness.

Duly awed on not only the stellar looking head but the flavours and the ease of putting it down. Add all this together and offer it in a 5 liter mini-keg and there is no stopping, just don’t try and polish off one of these by yourself.

Sep 24, 2002
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BKotch from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Sep 30, 2014
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i was very muchso underwhemled here. this one isn't poorly made, per se, but lacks any sort of originality, and is just not as bold as i would have expected from an o'fest. it pours a very disappointing light yellow colour, with a fuzzy body and thin fizzy head. the smell was a tad sweet, with some malt present, but overall was fairly average and lackluster, as was the flavour. i would have malted this one up some more to give it some more flavour. at times it jsut felt like i was drinking fizzy water. if i wouldn't have poured it myself i could have easily mistaken this one for a beck's or st pauli girl at times. this is an o'fest that i could drink again but wouldn't necessarily want to.

Aug 31, 2004
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light straw color, pours with a fairly large, coarse head that dissipates fairly quick. Bready aroma, a bit of hops in there, and a very very slight hint of skunkiness in the distant background. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with minimal carbonation. Not a very exciting brew, and although not cloyingly sweet, sweeter than what I like. I could not drink more than 1 or 2 of these at a time.

Jan 12, 2005
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving traces lace. Clear light amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight skunky nose. Starts almost sweet becomes more hoppy with a drying bitter after taste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Jan 27, 2007
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John from New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber and clear. Clinging layer of tan foam. Toasted grains and bread blend with some spicy hops for an inviting aroma. These elements combine with a nutty character for a smooth and satisfying brew. Quaffable. Another good example of the style. Simply called Lowenbrau Marzen...a nice find on tap at the Old Bridge in Monza, Italy.

Oct 14, 2002
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pheurton from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

absolutely clear golden yellow with a massive billowy white head. foam does a good job of sticking around. super clean aroma of lightly toasted grains and spicy hops. dry, crisp, and aggresively carbonated yet still somewhat full and creamy...nicely done. malt flavor is dominate leaning heavily to the biscuty, toasted grain side...not much in the way of caramel-like sweetness. finishes dry and clean with a kiss of peppery hops. extremely drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. reminded me more of a really good dortmunder export, but hell, i'll take it. pleasant surprise.

Sep 26, 2004
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely drinkable Ofest...pours a light golden color...noble spicy hop nose...sweeter flavor than I anticipated from the nose...helles like....very enjoyable...body is on the light side of medium..this is pretty tasty but very drinkable...ABV is high but you'd never guess it...

There are richer, stronger versions out there but this is probably pretty close to the real thing...never been to Germany but I expect this is close to what they drink at the O-fest celebration....in some ways similar to Beck's but much sweeter and tastier....cleaner too...

Well worth the purchase..

Nov 29, 2004
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Bighuge from Minnesota

2.69/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This stuff is the color of apple juice. Perfectly clear light pale golden. With abundant amounts of carbonation rising very rapidly. Thin foamy white head. Bready aroma with noble hop accents as well. Almost more like the aroma of a pilsener rather than an Ofest. Good, but a little atypical. Breadiness dominates the palate, with some light-struck, degraded hop attributes contributing as well. Mouthfeel is a little too jacked up with carbonation. This is not at all what I expect from an ofest in appearance, aroma, taste or mouthfeel. I do not recommend.

Dec 01, 2004
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Munchen O-Fest, has a light golden color, a frothy white head which lasts well, and great lace. Nose was bready and malty but mild. Smooth over the tongue, but a smidge less than medium in the body. Has a pleasing, mild malt start, but progresses into a dry, bitter finish. Prosit!!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Oct 11, 2002
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bmills1608 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Sampled" from the 5 liter can.

So, I decide to crack the can on Sunday while watching the Eagles. The loser I am, its just me and 5 liters of beer. It's going to be a long day.

Color was a medium gold, clear, with moderate carbonation bubbles a-rising. Large fluffy foamy stark white head billows up and threatens to break the barrier of the mug, but stands tall. On the nose was German malts, sour dough bread, dry herbs and hay. Taste is at first a bit dry and light, then a quite sweet and bready tasting almost syrupy maltyness kicks in the door on your taste buds, but somehow still remains fairly light and aloof. Lightly toasted malt, honey and a bit of sour grain flavor make appearances. Some moderate bitterness balances things out and is backed up with some quite herbal hop flavor as well. Finishes a little dry with lingering herbs. Carbonation was nice and light. Mouthfeel had a soft and syrupy slickness. Interesting mouthfeel.

Overall - Very drinkable, very approachable, very big can and be warned, the alcohol (6%) kicks pretty hard after a few as well. Lasting impression - "Sweet and sour". All but about one glass of this easy drinking lager ended up at the bottom of my esophagus. A fun (or pathetic) way to spend a November afternoon. Next time I think I will share.

Nov 05, 2003
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sponberg from New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, what Jason said!

One of the lightest color lagers I've seen - I thought the bartender was handing me a Bud. The hoppy/malty balance that follows is spot-on, though (and almost exactly as Jason described it - give me my beer back, dammit!), which was unexpected given the color. Does not taste like a 6% brew - I guessed 4 or 5. Very smooth. It definitely falls into the "multiple masskrug" category of drinkability.

Sep 28, 2002
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Thrasher from Oregon

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L mini-keg. Clear golden with fluffy white head, like true contemporary German O'Fests. Musty aroma. Sweet and malty like most O'Fests, and well-balanced with hop dryness. Hints of pepper, metal, corn, caramel and just enough spiciness to keep it going. Very drinkable despite higher alcohol, I think a couple more glasses and I will be in a pretty good mood. Good head and pleasant mouthfeel, but the constraints of the mini-keg skew the fizziness / carbonation slightly. No matter. It is creamy and delectable. Lowenbrau makes good German beers, although some of the metal and corn flavors in this and their regular lager fall just shy of world-class. But, they are affordable and that more than makes up for it. Plus I'd rather drink the real German stuff than the swill that was coming out of Milwaukee a short time ago.

Nov 08, 2002
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light "Helles-style" color, clear as a bell. White puffy head, rises nicely and settles at 1/4 of an inch. Laces in dripping strings. Aromatic, grassy with a touch of shortbread and grain. Low carbonation and relatively thick mouthfeel. Starts sweet, biscuity with maple syrup, some corn syrup properties as well. Nicely hopped, distinct pepper and bitters are noticeable as the malt backbone subsides mid mouth. Well-balanced and drinkable, to me it lacks some of the toasted sweetness of O-Fest brews I tend to pick out come the beginning of Fall.

Sep 24, 2004
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear gold under a bountiful pile of white froth that seems to never fade.
Sweet-leaning malty nose with a strong toasty companion. Dried grass hopping as well.
Begins dryish, and cracker like. Could be mistaken for a helles lager for this brief opening moment. Thereafter, toastiness creeps in and gains control. This is marzen country, indeed. Undercurrents of sweetness throughout with impressions of honey. Toastiness remains present as a husky grain sensation develops. The color belies the amount of malt depth in this brew. Dries again for the finish, as the savory, grassy German hops complete things.

Sturdy yet light bodied and made for drinking in large denominations.
This is a nice one.

Oct 13, 2003
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jackndan from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lowenbrau O-Fest: In a one gallon can (alright, 5 liters, but whose counting) with a nifty little spigot near the bottom. Excellent beer, and a good $3 bucks cheaper than the next gallon can. What can I say about this beer other than 2 years ago I spent a lot of time in Munich during Oktoberfest, and this beer tasted exactly like what I was served in the tents. Very traditional O-fest taste, with a great white head, long lasting Marzen taste and very enjoyable. Make sure you pick one of these up for your next O-fest party to enjoy an authentic taste.

Nov 04, 2002
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marcobrau from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dangerously drinkable Marzen. Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg this beer is yellow in color and has a rocky head. Toasted malt aroma. Soft body and crisp, almost honeyish and toasted malt character. The emphasis is on the malt with just enough hops to prevent this beer from being too sweet for my tastes. This Oktoberfest can do some damage aAt 6 percent alcohol by volume. I was pretty far gone after two and a half liters of the stuff. I guess I'm used to drinking pints and not liters.

Sep 15, 2003
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brakspear from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a minikeg so the beer tasted very fresh. This was a very light oktoberfest...golden with a nice head that laced well. The aroma lacked a dominant malt base, but was still sweet in the nose. The taste was well-balanced, maybe too much hops for an Oktoberfest. Still this was a very easy drinking beer that would be a good cross-over beer for macro drinkers....

Oct 06, 2002
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Longstaff from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Sampled" from a 5 liter keg can:

Thick bone white frothy head that takes a long time to dissapear. Body is very light colored - just a tad darker straw color than a Helles. When the beer is cold, its not a full flavored festbier, but this beer gets better when it warms - and it will when you drink them by the liter. Nice sweet caramel cereal flavors dominate with just enough hops to balance. Very easy drinking beer that sneeks up on you at 6% abv. Drank 3 liters and saved the other 2 in one liter swingtop bottles for later.

Sep 26, 2003
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