Oktoberfest Tasting + Beer Style Updates for Märzen and Festbier!

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  1. b9d9

    b9d9 Initiate (50) Nov 9, 2020 Germany

    Hey @MNAle,

    this will be your first Weltenburger 1050, right? I'd love to know what you think about his beer that I'm drinking for years. Also haven't seen this beer in cans before.
    I think it's an excellent, well-balanced Märzen and I also won't be sad if you come to a different result :slight_smile:

  2. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,195) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Yeah... it kinda does, doesn't it! :stuck_out_tongue::astonished::beers:
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  3. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,195) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota


    Well, the Munich 4 and Ayinger will get more than one go. After that, we'll see...
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  4. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,195) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Yes, it will be my first of that one. I'm looking forward to it.
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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,147) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Hey, no Paulaner Amber. :thinking_face:
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  6. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,195) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    No. I decided to go with the helles version. :wink:
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  7. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,484) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Correct, one year best before date. Saw some today with a 07/2022 date on them. Should have grabbed it but already had a cart full of other O'fests.

    Side note- Also saw 5L kegs of Rothaus Pils for the first time ever but didn't purchase. I did manage to get a 6-pack of the Eiszäpfle though (also seeing for the first time). Excited to try that one.
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  8. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,147) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    C'mon, man -- priorities! The Ur Marzen, or some caramel macchiato of an Ami wannabe? :wink:
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  9. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,484) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    I'll get around to the Spaten eventually, I'm sure. I'm usually good for a 6'er each season. Today's purchases were:
    Rothaus Eiszäpfle
    Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
    Ramstein Oktoberfest (an Ami but far from a wannabe)
    Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn cans
    Schlenkerla Helles cans

    I have a strict "no wannabes in the fridge" policy. :slight_smile:
  10. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,147) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I haven't had a Ramstein in many years, is it still pretty good?
  11. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,484) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Last year was the first year they started canning it and it was excellent. A little lighter bodied than I remember it from previous years. Very clean and smooth, I really enjoyed it. I'll post a review on here when I crack one open.
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  12. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,944) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I just got some on the way home, so now I'm all set for Oktoberfest to start. :wink:

    I think that it was the Covid situation that got them into distributing again, because until last winter their stuff was unavailable to me. Now they're a regular item on the Bottle King shelf.
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  13. jonphisher

    jonphisher Defender (634) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey

    I think I’m the only one who didn’t enjoy that beer. I even drank through a whole four pack last year and it never grew on me. Perhaps I’ll buy a single this year and revisit.
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  14. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Poo-Bah (4,126) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    well I am getting stocked up for this lengthy tasting. This is my starting point plus the 12 beers of Oktoberfest box coming my way from HalfTime. I think Im doing just fine for my selections!

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  15. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,484) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Awesome! Never really thought about the distribution thing but it makes sense. I saw they're going to start distributing in NYC soon for the first time as well.
    I'll admit some of their core beers are mediocre but IMO their seasonals (Maibock, Summer Bock, Oktoberfest, Winter Wheat) are excellent. Definitely worthy of a revisit, even if just a single can.
  16. robwired

    robwired Aspirant (207) Sep 2, 2019 Kansas

    I have a German beer cooling in the fridge from a brewery that was there at the beginning, brewed for the wedding celebration of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and adheres to German Beer Purity Law. Just bought a single tonight.
    In the meantime, a Kansas City offering from KC Bier, its seasonal Festbier, a Vienna-style lager. KC Bier follows traditional German-style brewing with traditional ingredients. Its year-rounds are good, but I always pick up this one for Oktoberfest season. It has a bready/biscuit flavor with a bright finish and an aroma of honey. (Does BA have a stein glass?)
  17. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,636) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    @Witherby That brewery has two Festbiere. The one in your link is their Christmas Festbier. It's amber. Their Annafest Festbier is this one. It also appears to be amber. Regardless, both of those Festbiere illustrate your point about Festbier outside of Oktoberfest.

    I see that the Rothaus Eiszäpfle is now classified as a Festbier on BA. (@FBarber - the beer name in BA should be one word rather than "Eis Zäpfle." :slight_smile:) Doesn't it strike people as odd that a beer that's marketed as a Märzen by the brewer and isn't associated with any kind of seasonal fest by the brewer is now being called a Festbier here... and only because of it's color? It's the same beer as the duplicate listing: Rothaus Märzen Export (or just plain Rothaus Märzen)... which is classified here as a Märzen (of course). I feel like stuff like this is just seen as acceptable collateral damage.
  18. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,248) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I love you @zid - the report update feature on the beer page is your friend :wink:
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