American Made Marzens

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by keithmurray, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,394) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    What aew your favorite American made marzens? I'm not counting the Sierra Nevada/German breweries collaborations from the past few years.

    Sly Fox Octoberfest (as I said in another thread, this was the only American made beer in the style that I've Had that holds its own against its German counterparts)

    Left Hand Octoberfest
    Great Lakes Octoberfest
    Berkshire Life On Marzen
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  2. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (190) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    Saint Arnold Guten Tag (available year-round too).
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  3. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (3,057) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio
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    Not counting the Sierra Nevada collaborations, the top ones that come to mind:
    Olde Mecklenburg
    von Trapp
  4. eppCOS

    eppCOS Meyvn (1,479) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado

    Last year's surprise fest-bier (or Marzen if you want) was Cumbre's Oktoberfest. Amazeballs.
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  5. 77apm

    77apm Devotee (487) Nov 10, 2013 Illinois

    New Glarus Staghorn, Metropolitan Afterburner and Dovetail Festbier are my go-to Marzens.
  6. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,330) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I am going to include all Oktoberfests, so not just Marzens:

    Utepils Receptional (Festbier) - Minnesota brewery
    Indeed Oktoberfest (Festbier/ Marzen hybrid?) - Minnesota brewery
    Bauhaus Schwantoberfest (Marzen) - Minnesota brewery
    Surly Oktoberfest ((Festbier/ Marzen hybrid?) - Minnesota brewery
    Great Lakes Oktoberfest (Marzen)

    And based on past work, I expect Sierra Nevada to be added. Hopeful for Founders too.

    And another Minnesota one I have heard is great and will try this year is Beaver Island. Minnesota is great for lagers in general.

    Edit: my profile pic actually shows me drinking the Bauhaus Schwantoberfest
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  7. jonphisher

    jonphisher Disciple (325) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    I used to enjoy harpoons a lot but haven’t seen it in a few years.

    also Great Lakes, Von Trapp, and victory festbier
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  8. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,330) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    Based on other responses, I maybe should try Victory and Left Hand again. Too many!
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  9. zid

    zid Meyvn (1,203) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I look forward to Sierra Nevada's Festbier the most, but my favorite is Bell's.
  10. jonphisher

    jonphisher Disciple (325) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    I was lazy last year and thought it would stick around. Me hunting in late September, “we sold out, sorry.” This year I won’t make the same mistake.
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  11. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,344) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Local: Jersey Girl Oktoberfest, Ramstein Oktoberfest.

    Elsewhere: Smuttynose Oktoberfest, Sly Fox Oktoberfest, Neshaminy Creek Creekfestbier.

    Additionally, I thought the Jack's Abby Marzen Kellerbier that they released earlier this year in March was better than their annual Copper Legend Oktoberfest.
  12. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (12,201) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri

    Urban Chestnut O-Katz is a good Missouri one. Otherwise, I remember New Glarus Staghorn being fantastic.
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  13. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,913) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I always buy at least one 6er of Schell's Oktoberfest. I know some think it has been surpassed in MN. I don't.

    I consider the Utepils to be a bit of a Festbier/ Märzen hybrid. I also found it to be on the bitter side, perhaps too much so. A good beer, though.

    You didn't mention Surlyfest, but I never considered it to be other than a fall seasonal rye IPL (even though it is the #4 ranked beer of the style on this site - something I consider to be an affront to the style.) I haven't tried their Oktoberfest beer yet.

    We agree on Schwandtoberfest... it's very good Märzen-style beer.

    I haven't tried the others you mentioned.

    Regionally, I also like Capital Oktoberfest and Millstream Oktoberfest.
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  14. slander

    slander Poo-Bah (2,222) Nov 5, 2001 New York
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    Victory Festbier.
  15. jonphisher

    jonphisher Disciple (325) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    good call! I forgot about neshaminy.
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  16. bsp77

    bsp77 Poo-Bah (2,330) Apr 27, 2008 Minnesota

    I think we have discussed Schell's before and that I don't really like it because of an aftertaste that bugs me. But I also recognize that lots love it, so just my palate. And the Utepils is my favorite, so obviously opinions differ.

    I don't think SurlyFest is made anymore, or at least not canned. Which is a shame because it was a fun alternative to traditional Oktoberfests.

    But you reminded me that I need to get Millstream too. I have heard that mentioned many times, both on this site and by various store employees. Another beer I need. Shit.
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  17. Cstamp3084

    Cstamp3084 Initiate (30) May 3, 2020 Maryland

    Last year I drank a six pack of shiner Oktoberfest it was pretty good but I did like Sierra Nevada better
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  18. MikeWard

    MikeWard Poo-Bah (2,098) Sep 14, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Avery's The Kaiser, and Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest worked for me, though I'm no big fan of the style.
  19. beer_thusiast

    beer_thusiast Initiate (43) Sep 5, 2015 Missouri

    Sam Adams has always been one of my favorites. I have fond memories of drinking cans of it on the plane last September on my first trip to Europe. I bought a large pack of bottles at sams last year and still have some, so it’s nice to be able to drink it before this year’s batch arrives.
  20. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,060) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Just listing my local favorites (too many to count nationwide):

    Live Oak Oaktoberfest
    Real Ale Oktoberfest
    Thirsty Planet Smittlefest
    Rahr Oktoberfest
    Karbach Karbachtoberfest (I know, BMC, but it's still good)
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  21. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Poo-Bah (2,534) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
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    Clipper City did a great on called Balti-maers-hon.......not sure if it made the move to Heavy Seas when they switched names...
  22. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,001) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm with you on Great Lakes and Left Hand.

    I'll add Hooker and Thirsty Dog.
  23. FinbarrSaunders

    FinbarrSaunders Initiate (70) Dec 26, 2012 New York

    Wiesn Bier from Folksbier in NYC.
  24. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,506) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Mecktoberfest imo is the best beer that Old Meck makes.
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  25. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,483) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    This and prost along with dry dock
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  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,483) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    The one I had from skull mechanics was tasty. Does it get distro?
  27. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (490) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Might have to seek out Victory Festbier again based on the responses. Haven’t had that in about 5 years, but remember not being impressed.

    I will probably seek out Yuengling Oktoberfest because it will be like $6-7 per 6er.
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  28. beeragent

    beeragent Meyvn (1,060) Aug 16, 2005 Texas

    Skull Mechanics distributes some of their beer, but usually only on draft, that I’m aware of. I’ll have to look out for that one, as I haven’t had it yet.
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  29. ESHBG

    ESHBG Disciple (327) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Sly Fox, Fat Heads, Great Lakes are my top three.
  30. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Crusader (740) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    Great Lakes Oktoberfest is a long time fave but Saucy Brew Works makes a very nice Festbier. I liked Avery's The Kaiser but didn't they stop making it (I bought an old bottle a year or two ago: not good!).
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  31. Roadkizzle

    Roadkizzle Aspirant (227) Nov 6, 2007 Texas

    ? Is that taproom only or just limited distro? I know I had seen something about it but I didn't realize it was a year round märzen. Their Oktoberfest is a Scottish Ale.

    I like Rahr and Real Ale and I liked Shiner's version a few years ago. Live Oak Oaktoberfest is always good.

    Hopefully Altstadt's Oktoberfest is distributed up here this year.
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  32. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,565) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'm going off the reservation here (big surprise) with Oktobot 3000, a rye barrel-aged imperial Märzen from Lion Bridge Brewing, Cedar Rapids, IA. Oh, yeah!

  33. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (7,537) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    I really hate to be repetitive, but, Chuckanut makes nothing less awesome examples of most Lagers.

    So, I vote Cnut Marzen.
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  34. jts211

    jts211 Aspirant (234) Aug 5, 2018 Pennsylvania
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    Fieldwork Brewing - Marble Falls
    Levante Brewing - Copper Hearth
    Sam Adams - OctoberFest
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  35. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (190) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    it’s one of their canned beers available in grocery stores, but I don’t know if Saint Arnold distributes it in the DFW area. It’s very good, really on point for the style.
  36. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,655) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania


    Last year I purchased a case (two 12-packs; two separate purchases). I am contemplating making the 2020 Oktoberfest season as being a solely Sly Fox Oktoberfest season (as regards packaged beer). Maybe just drink a few draft pints of other brands.

    Cheers to Sly Fox!
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  37. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,591) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Zero Gravity’s was really good last year, but I think they only distribute limited amounts.
  38. jonphisher

    jonphisher Disciple (325) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    Never saw it around down in NJ. Maybe with them expanding more it’ll come down here this year. I’d definitely give that one a try.
  39. officerbill

    officerbill Zealot (554) Feb 9, 2019 New York
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    I can't believe no one has mentioned Jack's Abby's Copper Legend. An excellent märzen/Oktoberfest
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  40. Mortal_Wombat

    Mortal_Wombat Initiate (53) Jul 7, 2020 Texas

    Great Lakes Oktoberfest is my overall favoritr. I also enjoy:

    - Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest
    - Real Ale Oktoberfest
    - Olde Mecklenburg Mecktoberfest
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