Schlafly's Oktoberfest is a traditional Bavarian Märzen with a toasty malt aroma and slight caramel taste. This rich, amber lager is balanced by the use of German noble hops, while the lager yeast ferments cold and slow, creating a smooth, crisp beer.
Märzen, or Oktoberfest, has its origins in Bavaria, most likely before the 16th century. Because of the danger of fire during the dry summer months, the Bavarian Brauordnung was decreed in 1539, stating that beer could only be brewed from September 29th (Saint Michael) to April 23rd (Saint George). Over the summer months, beers were stored, or lagered, in caves and stone cellars. The evolution of Oktoberfest came from the last brews of the year, in March (or Märzen), as these beers would be ready to drink for the Bavarian celebration, “Oktoberfest”.
ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 25
Appearance: Amber brown, bright
Process: 50 degree fermentation & long, cold maturation
Hops: Tettnang (DE), Mittelfrüh (DE), Magnum (DE)
Malts: 2-row malted barley, Munich malt, aromatic malt
Yeast: German lager