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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwenbräu OktoberfestbierLöwenbräu Oktoberfestbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Löwenbräu AG
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 09-24-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
19.94%
 
 
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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
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 -7.2%
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 bark
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -29.9%
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 wl0307
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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 goindownsouth
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a case of this gem from The Beer Yard on 08.27.05... "Bottled on" date clearly listed on the outside of the case... Sweet!

Glowing and golden in color, this Bier left a white frothy head atop its offering. Very nice. The lace left along the side of my 0.5L mug was also a treat for the eyes. The golden appearance strikes me as unique from other Oktoberfest offerings. No worries here, though...

Nice herbal snap in the nose. Lots of bready, biscuity stuff going on there as well.

*Sniff... Ahhhh...*

Middle of the road in body while not being overly carbonated, this brew slid right down the back of my throat. Freshness and balance of the utmost quality. Good and malty without being overly rich. I am getting biscuit or almost toasted cracker-like goodness on the palate. Do not be fooled, the 6.0% ABV can be found in here, but in the most pleasant of ways. Easy finish with a bit of malty sweetness and some floral notes to boot.

One of the best of this style that I have had, for sure. A great session Bier if there ever was one. A great find... If you can pick this one up - fresh - then by all means, do so.

Prosit!

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Photo of burnstar
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this over summer at the Arts Fest in State College PA -my roommate had bought a case of it. I found it to be a quite refreshing beverage drunk straight from the bottle before going out to the bars. I recently picked some up when I saw it at a local pizza shop and thought it would be a good subject for my first beer review.

Pours nice light golden color with a big white foamy head that takes a while to dissipate. The color is too light for an oktoberfest. Nose is malty with some grassy hops. Starts off with a bit of sweet malt and finishes with some citrusy hops to balance it out. Slightly dry with a light/medium body and plenty of carbonation. Definitely drinkable and very refreshing on a summer evening but overall this is not too exciting and not as good as I had remembered it.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am never one to limit myself to the convential rules, and that applies to beverages. I'll drink a dark stout in the summer and a Münchner Helles in the winter, so it should come as no surprise that I'm drinking an Oktoberfest in the late Spring/Early summer (I'm sure most BAs follow this path as well). It turns out that Löwenbräu's Oktoberfestbier might be more suited for the hotter weather, because this turn out to be one of the smoothest O-Fests I've had in awhile.

This beer pours a golden color, much lighter than expected for a beer of this "genre." A nice foamy head forms and lasts for awhile, finally dissipating after several minutes. The aroma has some nice, clean pale malt scents to it, with some sweet hay and grassiness present as well. The mouthfeel is quite typical, with a moderate carbonation level and body. The malt flavor in this brew is nice and crisp, and goes nicely with the slightly perfumey and fruity (somewhat apple-like) notes. It strikes the tongue as a bit sweet, but the hop presence is quite decent here and adds a good citric balance. The overall flavor, much like the color, was a bit lighter than anticipated but overall the brew turned out to be an extremely drinkable one. There is some light dryness in the finish, along with some grassiness and the beer finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

I guess if you're in a crowded tent in Munich in late September/early October, this is one beer that will keep you refreshed.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer from a 5 liter mini-keg with a friend during the Superbowl. This beer has a very light appearance, strange for an Oktoberfest. The aroma is a strong caramel smell. More caramel in the flavor, along with a flavor that was kind of like apples. Finishes with some hop spice. Carbonation is very low. This beer was very drinkable, but only while cold. When the beer warmed, the caramel smell and flavor was so strong that it was actually a little gross.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 LarryV
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A straw colored yellow beer (not as dark as one would expect from an Octoberfest beer). Big white head and good lace. The aroma was light, grassy, lemony and with a hint of malt carmel in the background. The flavor was also light with some grainy sweetness an a light hop finish.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier pours a clean and bright gold from a 12oz dark green glass bottle. Head goes to well over two fingers then settles down to a ring, islands of foam and lace.

Nose is of roasted malt and hops, palate is malty, but not the sweet Märzen that I had been expecting. Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier’s malt is pleasantly toasted and not notably sweet.

Well carbonated, the bubbles were active right up till the last, tasty and with the ABV on the bottle reading 6.1%.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.69/5  rDev -25.5%
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 +15.8%
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 rdrummer
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this to be a completely forgettable Oktoberfest. I'm not even sure that it is an Oktoberfest. It looked more like a light lager. It poured a clear pale yellow with no head at all. Since this was on tap, I gave it a second try at a different bar to make sure it wasn't the bar's fault. Nope, no head, no lacing, and very light carbonation.

I found no discernible aroma to go along with the lack of head and carbonation. The taste is slightly off for any German beer. I'm not sure what the brewery was trying to do with this beer. The only good point was that it was only $2.00 for a pint, but I poured out most of the second pint.

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Photo of Billolick
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
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 PatandDavid
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yow! Er, I am confused by this Oktoberfestbier, 'cause this is sure coming across as more of a Helles or Pils. So know you wanna know why I didn't think it was all that..here goes: Crystal clear straw color, the white fluffy and frothy head was a bit impressive. It has since left me with just a little bit in the beer glass. Aroma, what's there to say, nothing spectacular, but clean graininess and some hay cut on top. Taste is not as good as it could be, but I an drinking this on Oktober 20, so yes, you could say that maybe I should have drunk it *during* Oktoberfest. Well, sorry I didn't. Anyway, tastewise, I am disapointed by the somewhat thick mouthfeel which hits me with a bunch of sweetness...this is one of the sweetess German brews I have ever had. And I'm not helped one bit by the too tired to come out carbonation. Sorry Lowenbrau, but I would avoid your tent in Munich if the beer tasted like this one does. Too sweet, slightly syrupy, there are better ones out there.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow...this does NOT seem like the other Oktoberfest beers I've had up to this point. It poured straw yellow with a surprisingly foamy head with strong, clingy lace.

After the initial barnyard funk hit me for a brief moment, the smell settled to a noneventful, yeast-like smell. Nothing spectacular.

The taste, while not tasting like other Oktoberfests I've tried, was wonderful and light. Slight banana at first, followed by a refreshingly sweet hoppiness. It finished both bitter and sweet...beautifully complex for it's appearance.

The mouthfull was thick but also refreshing. It lingered on my tongue which helped enhance the taste.

It's a wonderful dinner beer with brats and saurkraut. Highly drinkable!

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Photo of pezoids
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright golden straw color. Large amount of lively carbonation. Attractive but short-lived head of bright white pasty foam. The aroma yields fresh and lemony sweet malts with a flowery, almost grassy hop presence. The taste is well bodied with spicy bittersweet malts. Flavorful and spicy sweet. Very nice. The finish has a bit of tanginess but is clean overall. Very much drinkable and well blended.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow woth a big spongy white head.
Smells of malt, a honey sweetness and spicy hops.
Nice tangy-sweet bready malt flavor. Nice balance with the spicy hops. This beer poured and smelled like it would be pretty light but it was surprisingly flavorful on the palate.
Light bodied with a thin yet full mouthfeel and tingly carbonation.
Excellent drinkability. Would not have thought it was 6.1%ABV.
Although I prefer this style with a little more of a toasty malt flavor, this wasn't bad. Seems to be closer to the beers they pour at the O-fest in Germany than the American take on it.

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Photo of pheurton
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 Citadel82
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale with a shortlived white head. Leaves little or no lacing. Smell of floral and fruits, slightly sweet taste balanced with faint hop bitterness but mild, no real strengths or weaknesses. A good quencher, this one went down quick. I will grab another and ponder it some more.

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

I had this beer at the Addison TX Oktoberfest celebration. It was outside and it was hot, so my review of this beer definitely is based partly on my dehydrated state at the time. However, I tried to remain as lucid as possible as I downed it.

The pour was not as fine as I would expect in a bar so I tried to take this into account. But it was the perfect temperature. The aroma was sweet and peppery. It smelled quite nice.

I was a little surprised that the beer was not darker. When I was handed my beer, I asked if this was the Oktoberfestbier or the Original Lager. I was assured it was not the lager.

The taste was good. The malty sweetness was well-balanced by a subtle hoppiness. The carbonation was not overdone. It made for a quick drink...or was it the heat?

All-in-all a nice beer but quite ordinary.

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Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier from Löwenbräu AG
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.
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