German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Before refrigeration, it was nearly impossible to brew beer in the summer due to the hot weather and bacterial infections. Brewing ended with the coming of spring, and began again in the fall. Thus, most were brewed in March (Märzen). These beers were kept in cold storage through the spring and summer months, or brewed at a higher gravity, so they’'d last longer. Märzenbier is full-bodied, rich, and toasty, with a moderately high alcohol content. Its color can be anywhere from pale gold to medium amber, but is typically some shade of copper. Like other dark lagers, the aroma is driven by malt, not hops. Best enjoyed by the half liter in a Bavarian beer garden.

ABV: 5.0–6.5% | IBU: 18–25 | Glassware: Mug (or Seidel, Stein)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestBoston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)5.307,8613.67
Ayinger Oktober Fest-MärzenPrivatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying5.802,7404.01
Paulaner Oktoberfest BierPaulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG5.802,7013.87
Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-MärzenSpaten-Franziskaner-Bräu5.902,7003.62
OktoberfestGreat Lakes Brewing Co.6.502,3574.05
FestbierVictory Brewing Company - Downingtown5.602,0283.67
Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber MärzenHacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH5.801,9323.95
Leinenkugel's OktoberfestJacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company5.101,7803.19
Brooklyn OktoberfestBrooklyn Brewery5.501,7783.63
Weihenstephaner FestbierBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan5.801,7223.75
Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräuhaus München6.301,5433.5
The KaiserAvery Brewing Company8.001,3803.88
OktoberfestLeft Hand Brewing Company6.601,3013.77
Octoberfest BeerHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall5.301,2483.67
Shiner Märzen-Style OktoberfestSpoetzl Brewery / Shiner5.801,2133.36
Octoberfest BeerBell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store5.501,1853.64
Staghorn OctoberfestNew Glarus Brewing Company6.251,1233.95
Hoss Oktoberfest LagerGreat Divide Brewing Company6.201,1103.74
DogtoberfestFlying Dog Brewery5.601,0693.57
Goose Fest BierGoose Island Beer Co.5.709953.67
Yuengling OktoberfestYuengling Brewery5.459783.34
SurlyFestSurly Brewing Company6.009444.02
Beck's OktoberfestBrauerei Beck & Co.5.008133.39
Gordon Biersch MärzenGordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant5.708003.65
OaktoberfestFirestone Walker Brewing Co.5.007863.75
Munsterfest3 Floyds Brewing Co.6.007733.79
Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Brauerei5.907223.45
Bob's '47 OktoberfestBoulevard Brewing Co.5.806943.66
Oktoberfest (Märzen Style)Summit Brewing Company6.506843.64
Dead RingerBallast Point Brewing Company6.006783.68
Paulaner Oktoberfest WiesnPaulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG6.006173.86
Atom SmasherTwo Brothers Brewing Company7.705823.76
Saint Arnold OktoberfestSaint Arnold Brewing Company6.605763.66
Copper Legend OctoberfestJack's Abby Brewing5.705543.77
Saranac Our Octoberfest German Style LagerMatt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery5.405523.46
Schlafly OktoberfestThe Schlafly Tap Room5.505423.59
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Weihenstephan Collaboration (2018)Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.6.005384.05
OktoberfestRevolution Brewing5.705253.77
Oktober FestStoudts Brewing Co.5.004583.6
OktoberfestBlue Point Brewing Company5.504243.52
OktoberFishFlying Fish Brewing Company6.004033.51
Berkshire Life On MärzenBerkshire Brewing Company Inc.6.804033.95
OktoberfestSly Fox Brewing Company5.803943.66
Schell's OktoberfestAugust Schell Brewing Company5.503753.64
Fest Märzen LagerNarragansett Brewing Co.5.503633.64
OktoberfestCapital Brewery5.503483.6
Oktoberfest Lager BeerLakefront Brewery, Inc.5.703303.46
BarktoberfestThirsty Dog Brewing Company6.003303.82
Highland Clawhammer OktoberfestHighland Brewing5.003213.63
Dundee OktoberfestGenesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.5.503143.38
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