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Beer Guide

17. Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest

a) Vienna

  • 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.
  • Oktoberfest b) Marzen/Oktoberfest

  • 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.
  • ALE: Barley Wine | Belgian and French Ale | Belgian-Style Lambic | Mild and Brown Ale | English-Style Pale Ale | American-Style Ale | English Bitter | Scottish Ale | Porter | English/Scottish Strong Ale | Stout
    LAGER: Bock | German Dark Lager | German Light Lager | Classic Pilsener | American Lager | Vienna/Mrzen/Oktoberfest
    HYBRID/ MIXED: German-Style Ale | German-style Wheat Beer | Smoked Beer | Fruit and Vegetable Beer | Herb and Spice Beer | Specialty and Experimental Beer | California Common Beer

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