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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier | Löwenbräu AG

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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a large foamy head.

The smell is very average lager-like. Slightly of malt, but not much else to find there except some bread.

The taste is malty, clean, pretty sweet, slightly bready. It actually got a good "maltyness". The bitterness is there, but could be more prominent, but on the other hand that's maybe not the intention of a oktoberfest beer.

The mouthfeel is okay. Carbonation is'nt that high, which is a plus.

Drinkability is good; you can drink this in large quantites if you like. Goes down easy. Sometimes it's the right time for this kind of beers too.

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Photo of Bananaman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu. I'm not a big fan of their ordinary lager beer, but this is really nice.

Nice clear golden color with a nice big white head that lasts almost to the last drops. Very ordinary except for the nice head.

Smell is not very flattering, just some malty sweetness.

Taste is pretty powerful, a big maltiness with some nice hint of fruits. The bitternes is pretty low, but enough to balance the sweet maltiness. The finish is dry and very refreshing, very good!

So, lets begin the october beer session 2008!

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Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 50cl bottle poured aggressively into seidel 4 finger creamy solid head, excellent retention with great lacing. Body is a pale, helles like blonde.

S - a little musty, some fiine malty notes, no hop bite.

T - Malty breadiness is nice upfront, faint hop dryness in the finish, but this is quickly covered by malty caramel again.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body.

D - Very quaffable, nice malty sweet notes, but not overly so it becomes syrupy, a fine sessionable brew. a great marzen!

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Photo of BarryNL
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Filtered clear, pale straw colour. Pours with a big head which fades but leaves some foam on top.

S: Big malty nose. Quite clean with little complexity.

T: Malt, malt and more malt. Low hops, perhaps could use a little more hop flavour to balance, but good Oktoberfest style malt dominant taste.

M: Big fluffy mouthfeel that comes with the big malt bill in this beer.

D: Becomes a little too sweet as it warms. Not really balanced enough to keep drinking but nice now and then.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is straw yellow with good carbonation. the head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big and bready with lots of hops.

The taste follows, a bit more bready malt then the old style was good for and not enough of the good roasty, caramel stuff. Too bad.

The mouthfeel is big thick and sticky, some ok carbonation.

The drinkability is good, Just not the way I like the style but still a good and drinkable brew. Prosit, MK

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Photo of decom
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the local Oktoberfest, back in my hometown (Blumenau, Brazil).
I didn't pour it, and the only option was to have it on a plastic cup. (yeah, not that great).
In spite of this, quite a drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is very good, not watered down at all. It' was the first oktobefestbier I've ever had, so I didn't know what to expect. Maybe it reminded me too much of a german pilsener, and I guess it was expecting something different.
A good call, and very drinkable, but way too expensive (cost the equivalent to almost U$ 4,00, for a 500ml bottle).

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale lager (non-marzen), oktoberfest style
Appearence :
Smell : Vanilla, spice and hop aroma
Taste : sweet taste with pepper and malt
Mouthfeel : bitter finish
Drinkability : beer with good hop character (draught and bottle version)

Thierry (13/10/2007)

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to a German restaurant in Heidelberg that had this beer on their regular menu as a Maerzen, so I assume this is the same Oktoberfest beer.

Anyhow, I ordered this up on a one liter stein, and came out to me with about a finger thick light head, but stuck around for quite a while. The body was dark amber and quite filtered.

The aromas were a bit lacking. I could barely detect and certain characteristics. Maybe a slight bit of malt biscuit aroma.

The taste was that of dark bread. The traditional German bauernbrot comes to my mind.

This is a good session beer though. There is not much thought required when drinking this beer.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz green bottle. Poured this into a pils glass it looks like a light lager more so than a marzen/oktoberfest. Very pale, almost a light yellow in color. White head leaves some spider web lace behind.

Sharp grain is the theme. Not the soft and mellowed out malts that I look forward to in this style. I will say that this beer worked its way out in the end. There is a small but zippy hop presence and if it would have finished a bit cleaner I'd reccomend this offering. It has a lingering cakey aspirin aftertaste and mouthfeel that ruined it for me. Even with all my complaints this is still very drinkable and it was enjoyable if for no other reason the nice snappy splash about 3/4 of the way through. Some underlying spices but nothing to get excited about.

Notes: Ehhhh. Much better options out there.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bright light golden beer with a lot of carbonation and a stable fine head.

Smell is very malty with a slight sulfuric smell. The hops add a solid bitter which is somewhat resinous. Some light caramalt make the smell fuller and a little sweet.

Taste is malty with a straw-like and husky taste. Also some biscuity taste and astringent. The bitter is pretty clean and the body of the beer is more full than a regular pilsner. Nice balance between malt and hops.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
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 jdhilt
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
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 BlackHaddock
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Morris729
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color with a short white head that soon vanishes completely. Looks more like an American macro than an Oktoberfest. Nose is rather subdued but a certain bready/crackery aroma is detectable. Taste is sweet bready malt and corn syrup along with a grassy herbalness and mildly peppery hop bitterness towards the end. Seems out of place for the style. Not recommended.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge foamy yellowish white head that held strong leaving a bit of lace. Pale golden beer is transparent and surprisingly lifeless. Aroma of sugary candy, pale malt, and a bit of spicy hops. Flavor is just barely sweet and nice and malty. Not really any caramel or anything, just a barleyish flavor that is enjoyable. Just a pinch of earthy/spicy hops that don't come close to balancing the malt, which is fine, and provide a hint of bitterness. Almost watery body and easy to drink. Nice, well done Oktoberfest. I'm not really big on the style in general, but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of techdiver
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off the color surprised me, pale yellow instead of the deep ambers I've gotten used to. Very little head and poor retention. It is a very drinkable beer, not on a par with a Spaten or Dogtoberfest. Can't vouch for it's authenticity to the style, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of Phatz
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got nervous with this beer. Fist it is in a clear green bottle. I popped the cap and smelled some of that green bottle pale lager German herbal smell; I thought it was going to be the same beer as Löwenbräu Lager. This is my first German O-fest of the season and after drinking some American versions this one seem very "Munich Helles Lager" to me.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow and leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is small (especially for the style) but it is malty bready and sweet with a herbal hop character grassy undertone.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. It is thin and light and notably dry. The flavor has a malty doughy body, sugar sweetness, and a peppery grassy hop character. Extremely straight forward.

Mouthfeel: This is a light body beer that is malty and syrupy across the tongue. Its slick characteristic is met by a dryness that almost covers the watery center. Nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Whether this beer is more authentic to the style than I know or more of a macro import from Germany, it was quite drinkable but rather boring over all.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500ml Brown Bottle

Pour: Pale amber with orange hues. Fluffy white head. poor retention and poor amount of lacing. Cant really evaluate this properly as i cant see the beer - im having this from my 1 litre ceramic Lowenbrau oktoberfest stein.

Smell: Light malty sweetness, alcohol undertones.

Flavour: malty sweetness combined with a raw alcohol flavour. Hops are a bit subdued and provide little bitterness.

Overall: Not quite as good as i had expected. I seem to remember this being better that it actually is.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was somewhat malty and true to the oktoberfest style, but still had that twangy, macro brew, skunky feel to it and taste. It is drinkable, however, maybe because I had it on tap at Germany in Epcot at disney and the sun was shining on a cool February day. Not bad, it is worth a try, but much better Oktoberfests are out there.

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Photo of crwills
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I didn't have the nice-looking can in the BA picture, but instead poured this Oktoberfestbier from a bottle into a standard pint glass (and yes, I did this in January). A dark golden yellow with a little more personality to it than some others of this style. High carbonation resulting in a fizzy head.

Smell is nice, if simple. Apples, some spices (I'm not good at identifying these), and some hop bitterness (bit skunky).

Mouthfeel is very clean and carbonated. Crisp. Flavour is a bit on the fruity side, with pepper and other spices, and a bit of skunk fading in and out as I drank.

A very drinkable beer, although not a style I'd generally choose if others were available.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: poured a deep golden color, almost like a darker version of a pilsner. Easily the lightest colored Oktoberfest I've ever seen. it's just slightly darker than a budweiser. The head poured about one finger worth and faded quickly into a lace.

Aroma: Strong hoppy smell with some alcohol thrown in there. Again, different for an Oktoberfest but not bad.

Taste: Bittering hop flavors up front transitions to a warming alcohol taste in the middle. The finish is sweet and malty at first, then the hops kick in at the end. Mouthfeel was good with the carbonation balancing nicely with the taste. The alcohol was there but not overpowering.

Overall: If this was introduced as a pilsner or just a Euro lager I would have rated it higher, but for an Oktoberfest it was a letdown. Good idea to try once, just bear in mind that in my opinion it's an Oktoberfest in name only.

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This October version of Lowenbrau isn't like any of the other Octoberefest beers I tasted, first of all it has very little bitterness, is not overhopped and goes down very smooth. That begs the question. Is it really an Octoberfest beer? Not, in my mind, but this is a fantastic drinking beer that you can add to your cooler for those friends who won't want a tradional Octoberfest beer. I love the taste of this beer, very Pilsner like for a beer guy like me that doesn't like many Pilsners but this was a really enjoyable beer.
Body is not heavy, smell is no special event. Try it.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the beautiful 5L minikeg for 13.99, and man did I enjoy this Brew.

Go over to the fridge with my trusty pint glass, and fill'er up.
Poured a dence,solid froth 2-finger head w/massive stick. This isn't as dark as your average Ofest Bier. Its a very clear, pale/gold Brew that has my intrest.

Great on the nose- very clean with pepper spice, butter, Noble Hops, and a touch of alcohol.
This looks, and smells like a really damn good PILS.

Solid spice hop spritz hits the palate then turns oily, and lingers, then a very nice clean sweep of sweet grain in the back pulls it through. Well balanced, and very refreshing. Mouthfeel is light-med with carbonation thats right on.

Drinkability is fantastic-solid good Bier thats labeled an Ofest, but I would put this up against some great pilsners out there.

I will put this one on my list every year for Oktoberfestbier time!

"Ich liebe dieses Bier"

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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