Oktoberfest beers are traditionally "Märzen" beers and this is the style of this beer. Interestingly enough, Märzen beers have been replaced by the lighter "FestBier". This is because it was discovered that a lighter beer was needed for long, hot days and nights of drinking during the festival. Well maybe the German's have broken with tradition, but not us. Americans still associate Märzen with Octoberfest and the majority of beers called "Octoberfest" Beers in the USA will be this style. A Märzen beer is a malt forward lager with a medium alcohol content. Traditionally they were brewed in March and aged through the summer months so they were ready for drinking in October. You certainly don't need to age it that long, but you do need to ferment at the lower temperatures required of a Lager yeast.
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- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 151/152
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.054 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010-1.014 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.4-5.8 %
- Bitterness: 26.1 IBUs
- Est. Color: 12.2 SRM
- Pilsner Malt
- Light Munich
- Dark Crystal
- Caramunich® Type 1
- Tettnang Hop Pellets
- Hersbrucker Hop Pellets