Oktoberfestmarzen Beer Recipes

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Pickelhaube Festbier

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This beer recipe from Amahl Turczyn is featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy magazine digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

In the 1970s, Munich Breweries like Paulaner began to notice that paler versions of their Oktoberfestbier were selling better than the classic, full-bodied, copper-colored brew. So Paualaner initiated a return to the more Vienna-style Oktoberfest, which was lighter in body and color, in an an attempt to make it still taste great and yet be less filling.The result was festbier, which was adopted in 1990 os Oktoberfest's official beer. Festiber provides a wonderful opportunity to fine-tune the balance between malty flavor, clean lager character, crisp though not quite bitter noble hop accents, and drinkability.Read More

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest (All-Grain)

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Homebrewers Association

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the extract version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How To Brew:

"The original Oktoberfest celebrated the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810, and they have been celebrating ever since (some beers are worth it). The hallmark of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style is a rich maltiness but high attenuation to make it less filling. If you plan to polka for 12 hours straight, then this is your beer."

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest (Extract)

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Homebrewers Association

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the all-grain version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"The original Oktoberfest celebrated the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810, and they have been celebrating ever since (some beers are worth it). The hallmark of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style is a rich maltiness but high attenuation to make it less filling. If you plan to polka for 12 hours straight, then this is your beer."

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Pickelhaube Märzen

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Homebrewers Association

This classic German lager is dedicated to Fred Eckhardt, who was sometimes seen wearing a Pickelhaube - a spiked helmet worn in the 19th and 20th centuries by German military.

Marzen style favors elegance over poundability. It combines a richer, breadier, toastier mélange of malt flavors and aromas, with a darker, fuller body that still is a festively drinkable beer. The light Munich malt will create bread crust complexity, and although the dark Munich toast aromas and flavors can be intense at first, they will blend, mingle and mellow with other malt nuances during lagering.

Marzen also doesn't favor the hop head. You don't want hop aroma, but rather darker toasted and bread crust aromatics of Munich malt that are balanced by the hop bitterness. In the end, we can't imagine why you wouldn't want to give this style a try finishing dry, crisp, balanced and refreshing.

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Gunnawanna ‘Toberfest

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership, along with access to the online digital archive.

Charlie describes it as a "medium-light bodied amber lager with a classic malt background." He harvested wild hops that were onion-like, a characteristic most brewers stay away from. However, Charlie was intrigued and forced himself to keep an open mind. There were also some earthy and herbal aromas from the wild hops, reminiscent of noble hops. In the end, the wild hops come through, "gently contributing to a mouthfeel, flavor and aroma akin to noble hops."

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Dan’s Märzen

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Homebrewers Association

Dan Gordon, co-founder of Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., attended a brewing engineering program in Weihenstephan, Germany. It was during this grueling and demanding curriculum that Dan learned the science and art of the Reinheitsgebot, the 1516 German beer purity law.

In Gordon's article, "Lager Brewing the German Way" featured in 2011 November/December issue of Zymurgy magazine, he shares some of the takeaways from his brewing education. He also shares some recipes from Gordon Biersch's regular lineup , including a Märzen. Check it out below and perfect your German brewing techniques. Prosit!


View the Homebrew Recipes archive for past recipes posted to HomebrewersAssociation.org, as well as the Homebrewopedia for a wide selection of recipes, including past National Homebrew Competition winners.

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

A Festbier For the Rest Of Us

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Homebrewers Association

John Watson of Antioch, CA, member of the Diablo Order of Zymiracle Enthusiasts (DOZE), won a gold medal in Category #3: European Amber Lagerduring the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA. Watson’s European Amber Lager was chosen as the best among 159 final round entries in the category.Read More

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European Amber Lager

Munich Madness

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Homebrewers Association

Get ready for Oktoberfest with Munich Madness! Oktoberfest is the richest of the European amber lagers, although it is not as sweet as the traditional bock. The malt flavor comes on strong at first, but finishes refreshingly dry and light. Oktoberfest has a bready, toasty malt character which is largely attributed to a high proportion of Munich malt. Small amounts of caramel malt are used help balance the beer with some sweetness. Slight hop bitterness also helps balance the more malty character of this beer. This is one of Jamil Zainasheff's award winning recipes. Give it a whirl and celebrate Oktoberfest in style with Munich Madness! Recipe located in Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. (Page 71)Read More

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