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.
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