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Friday
Aug172012

MARZEN

Another Bavarian style and the seasonal polar opposite of the Oktoberfest brew, but essentially the same thing, with one important difference. All Bavarian beers were once brewed in winter and the last ones to out of the pipe were the Marzens (March).

They were cold stored (lagered) in caves throughout the summer and re-emerged in October (hence Oktoberfest bier), so were higher in hops and malt to survive their internment - which most of them still do very successfully.

While it’s available all year round today, at least Spaten adheres to the old ways and releases its Marzen/Oktoberfest in the third quarter.  

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