10 Creative Interpretations of the Classic German Oktoberfest Lager

In beer halls and gardens throughout Bavaria, revelers raise frothy liters of amber colored lager each autumn to celebrate Oktoberfest. Brewed with the same precision as a finely tuned German automobile, märzens — as the beer style is called — tend to be malt forward with a clean finish from noble hops indigenous to Deutschland.

Not wanting to miss out on a good party, more and more craft breweries on the other side of the pond are brewing märzens to help roisterers join their German comrades in celebration from afar. While a majority of the American märzens tend to fall towards the traditional side, several breweries are producing märzen-style beers with the creative flair craft breweries are known for. Think of it as America’s hot rod to the German sportscar.