Märzen or Märzenbier (German: the month of March beer) is a lager that originated in Bavaria. It has a medium to full body and may vary in color from pale through amber to dark brown. It is the beer traditionally served at the Munich Oktoberfest.
What is Oktoberfest style beer?
A beer rich in malt with a balance of clean, hop bitterness, similar to the Vienna lager. Originating in Germany, this style was traditionally brewed in the spring (“Marzen” meaning “March”) and aged, or lagered, throughout the summer.
Is Oktoberfest an ale or lager?
Also Oktoberfest beers are almost invariably lagers. (If you wanted to brew an ale for your Oktoberfest party, no one can stop you, but you’d definitely be bucking tradition.) However, surprisingly, the type of lager varies significantly, causing our biggest source of confusion.
What’s the best Oktoberfest beer?
Nine Best Oktoberfest Beers
- Spaten Oktoberfestbier Ur-Märzen.
- Great Lakes Oktoberfest.
- Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier.
- Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen.
- Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier.
- Beck’s Oktoberfest.
- Brooklyn Oktoberfest.
- Shiner Oktoberfest.
What makes Oktoberfest beer Oktoberfest?
What makes an Oktoberfest Beer, other than trademark? Traditionally speaking, these are dark-colored lagers brewed to about 5.5 – 6% ABV in March, dubbed Märzen, and slowly fermented throughout the summer months to allow rich malt flavors to develop.
Is Oktoberfest pumpkin beer?
Fall is a season of beverages: hot coffee, apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, and — above all — pumpkin beer and Oktoberfest. Pumpkin beers put spices like cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg at the forefront — often with actual pumpkin to boot.
What does Doppelbock mean?
“Doppel” meaning “double,” this style is a bigger and stronger version of the lower-gravity German-style bock beers. Originally made by monks in Munich, the doppelbock beer style is very food-friendly and rich in melanoidins reminiscent of toasted bread.