American-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

Lager - American

Style Description

  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.3 - 5.9%
  • IBU: 20 - 30
  • Color:   4 -   15 SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.050 - 1.060
  • Final Gravity: 1.012 - 1.020

The American style of these classic German beers is distinguished by a comparatively greater degree of hop character. In general the style is characterized by a medium body and broad range of color from golden to reddish brown. Sweet maltiness should dominate over clean hop bitterness. The bitterness should not be aggressive or harsh. Malt character should be light-toasted rather than strongly caramel (though a low level of light caramel character is acceptable). Bread or biscuit-like malt character is acceptable in aroma and flavor. Hop aroma and flavor should be notable but at low to medium levels. Fruity esters should not be perceived. Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived.

The styles listed are based on the Brewers Association 2011 Style Guidelines published by Brewers Association with changes.