Märzen

Recipes:
1,891
BJCP 2021:
06A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Amber
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Märzen, often simply known as Oktoberfest beer, is a rich, toasty German lager with a history intertwined with the Bavarian brewing traditions and agricultural calendar. Traditionally brewed in March (hence the name 'Märzen') during a time frame dictated by law when ambient temperatures were perfect for fermentation without the risk of bacterial contamination. The beer would then be stored in cool caves or cellars during the warm summer months and finally consumed in autumn, particularly at the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Märzen boasts an elegant amber to deep orange hue, providing a visual cue to its malt-driven character. This lager's appearance is clear due to the lagering process it undergoes, presenting a persistent off-white head that speaks to its craftsmanship. A blend of Munich and Vienna malts typically offers up an inviting aroma filled with notes of bread or toast and often a mild caramel sweetness; hop aromas should be subtle if present at all. The flavor profile tends toward malt complexity with gentle sweetness balanced by noble hop bitterness. Tasters can expect prominent malty richness reminiscent of toasted bread crusts or biscuity flavors complemented by light hoppy touches that contribute to its clean finish without overpowering the malt character. The overall experience is smooth and well-lagered, something Märzen shares with other traditional German lagers like Munich Helles and Munich Dunkel but stands apart from them due to its specific gravity range, toastier malt profile, and particular seasonal production cycle related to the Oktoberfest or Volksfests in Germany.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.6 – 6.3 %

In Database
5.1 < 5.7 < 6.7 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 24 IBU

In Database
17 < 22 < 27 IBU

Color

Specification
16 – 33 EBC
8 – 17 SRM

In Database
12 < 20 < 33 EBC
6 < 10 < 17 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.3 – 14.7 °P
1.054 – 1.060 OG

In Database
12.1 < 14.1 < 16.4 °P
1.049 < 1.058 < 1.068 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 3.6 °P
1.010 – 1.014 FG

In Database
1.6 < 3.3 < 4.8 °P
1.006 < 1.013 < 1.019 FG

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