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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest
 
Style Information
Märzen (or Oktoberfest) beers are made in a range of colors from gold to red-orange. The aroma should be dominated by a sweet malty smell. This should also have notes of lightly toasted grains. Also, there are usually bready yeast notes in the smell. The taste is equally dominated by the malts and malt sweetness and toasted notes. But there should also be a low but clean hop bitterness. The feel should be medium bodied. ABV ranges from 5.3% to 5.9%. IBUs should range from 18 to 25.

History from Wikipedia:

"Märzen has its origins in Bavaria, probably before the 16th century. A Bavarian Brauordnung (brewing ordinance) decreed in 1539 that beer only may be brewed between the days of Saint Michael (Michaelmas, 29 September) and Saint George (23 April). The reason for this requirement was the increased danger of fire during the warm and dry summer months.

Over the summer months, beer had to be stored in a Lager (storage), in caves or stone cellars, sometimes built into the sides of mountains or hills. Frequently these locations were chosen because there was a pond nearby. During the winter, when the pond had frozen, blocks of ice would be cut and put into the cave or cellar. This was usually possible until the month of March, when the beer was brewed to be stored there for months to come. The entrance to the cellar or cave would also be shielded from sunlight by planting Horse-chestnut or Conker trees in front of it, which have large leaves.

Some of these cellars and caves are still in use, primarily in Franconia, as part of beer gardens which are often still shaded by the traditional chestnut trees.

The original Märzen was described as "dark brown, full-bodied and bitter". As intended, the beer was often kept in the cellar until late in the summer, and remaining bottles were served at the Oktoberfest. In order to last so long, either the original gravity and alcohol were increased or the hopping was strengthened."

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Top Consumed Märzen / Oktoberfest
 
 BeerConsumed
1. SurlyFest by Surly Brewing Company177
2. Oktoberfest Marzen by Summit Brewing Company96
3. Oktoberfest by Great Lakes Brewing Company74
4. Staghorn Octoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company59
5. Octoberfest by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)53
6. Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen by Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu AG31
7. Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Marzen by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu26
8. Oktoberfest Revolution by Revolution Brewing16
9. Ayingerbrau Oktober Fest-Marzen by Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)15
10. Octoberfest by Real Ale Brewing Company14

Top Reviews Märzen / Oktoberfest
 
 BeerAvg Score
1. Fairbanks Lager by Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.84
2. Newport Storm Kim (Cyclone Series) by Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.82
3. Woodcut No. 4 - Oak Aged Double Marzen by Odell Brewing Company82
4. Oktoberfest Revolution by Revolution Brewing82
5. Dank Tank Series - Danktoberfest by Sweetwater Brewing Company82
6. SurlyFest by Surly Brewing Company81
7. Oktoberfest by Left Hand Brewing Company80
8. Nils Oscar Kalasöl by Nils Oscar Bryggeri & Bränneri AB80
9. Oktoberfest Lager by Carolina Brewing Company80
10. Octoberfest by Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams)80