Beers in this category are reddish-brown or copper-colored.
They are light to medium in body.
The beer is characterized by malty aroma, slight malt sweetness and clean hop bitterness.
"Noble-type" hop aromas and flavors should be low to medium.
Fruity esters, diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived.
Marzens are characterized by a medium body and broad range of color.
Oktoberfests can range from golden to reddish-brown.
Sweet maltiness should dominate slightly over a clean, hop bitterness.
Malt character should be toasted rather than strongly caramel.
Hop aroma and flavor should be low but notable.
Fruity esters are minimal, if perceived at all.
Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived.