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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OktoberfestbierLöwenbräu Oktoberfestbier

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Löwenbräu AG

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Jason on 09-24-2002

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Although the color of Lowenbrau's Oktoberfestbier is a touch lighter than might be expected, it's appearance is almost perfect with a crystal-clear golden body; steadily rising bubbles; a creamy bright-white head that holds well; and walls of craggy lace that last throughout the entire glass. The nose is a touch restrained as well; but the combination of grainy malt and spicy/floral hops is quite enticing. It's smooth and delicately creamy across the palate with a medium body and very-fine bubbled, moderate carbonation. In the flavor a spicy and lightly floral hop flavor is so totally fused with its gently grainy and subtly toasty malt flavor that they can't be tasted apart from one another. Its bitterness is solid but balanced; and it finishes dry with some residual spicy hops and a thin wash of malt. Again, it's not quite what's normally expected of an Oktoberfestbier.... the rich Munich malt character is toned down, and it's hoppiness is elevated. Still, it's an enjoyable and drinkable beer that's perfect anytime.

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Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden amber hued nectar of the gods with a huge tawny white head great big and lucious leaving speckled even lacing very nice appearance. Aroma: Huge syrupy tone very nice slightly spiced malty layers of goodness this is a beer I would love to drink daily like it was my job. Taste: Large layers of malty spiced up very nice balanced malt european hop character more hops than most Ofests I've tasted this year, oh yeah. Mouthfeel: More syrupy than most German lagers very nice texture. Drinkability: Simply amazing love this could be dead if I go to Munich.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Billolick
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled a 12 ounce serving from a green bottle. No Freshness dating, but it is October. This is a very light, very clear brew. Medium buble head, that sticks around for a good long while, as does some lacing. Light would also fairly and accuratly characerize the flavor of this Octoberfest. A subtle sweetness exists but no much else. Needs some malty notes to get it into the O'fest neighborhoood. Pleasant enough light sessioner, but not my favorite o'fest brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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....

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a very thin sparsely bubbled cap.

The smell was upfront peppery hop with a mild trailing sweetness.

The flavor featured a tasty sweet malt and husky grain body with a solid hop spiciness. A mild alcohol presence is also detected and pleasant on this cold fall night.

The mouthfeel was average. Low carbonation.

Overall a very smooth, drinkable and seemingly authenitic Octoberfest. A nice change of pace from the overly malty examples.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Marzen? I don't think so.

Very pale, golden yellow, clean and clear looking, poured from a 50cl brown bottle (6.1%) into glass pint handled pot. Best before 07/07.

The head didn't last two sips,what was there was white, thin and wispy.

Metalic aroma, slight hop hints, otherwise nowt.

Tastes like a good quality pilsner, not the traditional Marzen Octoberfest beers I loved and remember from my formative years.

Nothing bad about this beer, it just isn't a true (old style Marzen).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden with a large, rich white head that stays for a long time before it dissipates leaving great lacings.

S: Bready. Malt and floral hops togheter with some citric notes.

T: Bready. Sweet malt togheter with citric notes and a nice blend of both floral and bitter hops.
Very refreshing.

M: The longlasting aftertaste is both dry and sweet at the same time, but there is a dominance of bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

D: A very nice Oktoberfestbier. Well balanced - both sweet and bitter at the same time. Probably the best Oktoberfestbier I've ever had.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 0.5L stein at the Bavarian Beer Cafe, York St, Sydney.

Appearance: Slightly dark, clear yellow-amber with a airy, carbonated head.

Nose: Quite strong hoppy aroma, with a hit of alcohol, quite peppery with a hint of sweetness. It's an interesting nose, but the alcohol inevitably overpowers a little.

Taste: Big lagery taste, fresh hops, lots of bitterness and a surprisingly large warm alcohol base. Again, considering the ABV is only 6%, the alcohol seems quite overpowering. It's quite good, but it feels a tad unbalanced. Mouthfeel is clean, a little tingly from the (quite high) carbonation.

Overall: A good strong lager. It's not fantastic, but it is a bold beer with character.

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Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB date Aug. 06, 6.1%abv.
A: pale straw colour, with a thick fluffy white foam with good retention and a lively fizzy body settling to sparkling-wine like gentle but constant fine bubbles.
S: sweetish malty and bready, on top of a fresh sugar-cane juice aroma, plus some refreshing, slightly grassy, hop note.
T&M: mouthful of rounded, biscuity malts and sugar upfront, against a lightly leafy and herbal hoppy backbone, leading to increasing bitterness with a touch of spice in the lingering finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing enough, although slightly sugary and alcohol-warm palate comes with every sip as well. Pleasantly the finish is pretty dry and clean though.
D: medium-bodied and flavoursome malty lager with a healthy balance of hoppy bitterness, this is a nice pint to try but proves a little bit overly malty rich for me palate.

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Photo of bark
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed under license by Spendrups Bryggerier, Sweden.

The colour is pale gold. The firm white foam forms a finger thick slowly sinking head. There is some lacing.

The smell is not very strong. There are motes of bitter hops, vegetables, butter and some fruity flavours.

The taste starts off with some buttery malt, a dry bitterness with a medium body, some salty flavours. The long aftertaste is mild with some bitterness and lots of malt and diacetyl.

The carbonation is average.

This is a pretty mild and neutral Oktoberfest beer with some odd buttery notes. Not very interesting.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
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..

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright pale gold with puffy, lacy pure white head, like whipped cream. Nose is mowed hay and lemon. Fresh bread malts with citrus zest and earthy spice hops to finish. Amazingly round and creamy on the palate. Slight peppery alcohol burn.

Fresh and tasty lager - couldn't ask for more.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draught at Winking Lizard. I didn’t want to spend the $8 to keep the fancy Löwenbräu glass. Pale straw color with a thin white head and thin slippery lacing. Light malt aroma. Thin-bodied and sweet with a malty flavor and just a bit of hops. The finish is short and relatively flavorless aside from a general sweetness. Below average.

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Photo of cokes
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is served at the official Oktoberfest in Germany?

Maybe this is just a bottled import version?

It is very light yellow, but then again so was the Hofbräu Oktoberfest.

It smells sort of "skunky"

It tastes kind of "skunky" as well *
*NOTE: I had this beer in a mini-keg before this review of the bottled version and it tasted better.

It doesn't bite my tongue with bitterness and the carbination is not overbearing.

I drank 2 of these (out of six) and served the other 4 to guests (they're used to drinking Bud/Coors, so what the hell do they know about beer?).

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Photo of flyingpig
1.26/5  rDev -64.9%
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 ADR
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is golden crystal clear, a big white head that recedes rather quickly, but leaves good lacing.

The smell is grassy and citric, a fresh lemon grass feeling, mixed with a hint of nettles.

A sweet bread start, fresh lemon and apple sourness, a nice aroma hop finish. A slight alcohol presence.

Medium carbonation, rather uncomplex but well balanced body.

Not bad, the alcohol felt keeps the drinkability grade down.

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Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a one-gallon mini-keg this O-Fest is surprisingly light in color (brownish-yellow, translucent). The off-white head was rather massive and the lacing was fantastic. This was a delight to look at. The nose was very mild; simple spice, some herbal, and some malt notes. The favors offered were equally simple with a cracker-like malt, spice, and grainy-herbal qualities coming through on the palate. This is an easy drinking and enjoyable O-Fest. This one will be quaffed again next year…

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