Rickard’s Lederhosen: Big For Its Breeches

Rickard’s Lederhosen from Molson Coors Canada pours a clear, bright amber colour with a creamy off-white head that burns off quickly, leaving a thin moldy-looking film behind. This märzen smells mainly of roasted caramel malts, with notes of wild grasses, floral noble hops, sourdough bread and honey.

Rickard's Lederhosen
This Bitter Märzen Will Warm You Up on a Cool Fall Day

The taste of Rickard’s Lederhosen is quite hoppy for a märzen. The style’s traditional sweetness is muffled by a citrus tinged bitterness. That said, even though it’s not to style, the lager is well-balanced in general. It has a crisp, metallic and slightly tart finish, while the aftertaste of this medium-bodied and mildly viscose brew has a grainy flavour and noticeable ethanol hook.

Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer: Skin and Bones

Oktoberfest Beer from Mill Street Brewery in Toronto, Ontario pours a slightly hazy, copper-tinged amber colour with a small but frothy white head that leaves a some minor lace and gets retained as a thin collar. This märzen smells of sweet, toasted malts and grains as well as mild floral hops, with an alcohol aroma that comes forward after warming.

Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer
I Didn’t Find Much to Celebrate About in this Märzen

The taste of Mill Street Oktoberfest Beer is very sweet and malt forward with a subtle roasted character and nutty accent. The lager is very thin for the style with mild carbonation, resulting in a somewhat slimy mouthfeel. The finish is moderately dry, with an earthy and slightly burnt aftertaste and a lingering syrupy feeling.

Night Marzen: Prost!

This German lager from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a clear golden-copper colour with a moderate, frothy white head that hangs around as a thin collar after leaving spotty lace. Traditionally brewed for Oktoberfest celebrations, Night Märzen smells mostly of fresh grains and rich, roasted malts. There is a strong earthy character along with floral, honey, chocolate and spicy notes.

Night Märzen
I Would Normally Serve Night Märzen in a Mug or Stein

Night Märzen has a deep roasted malt taste that starts out crisp, but gives way to a distinct sweetness. Flavours of grains, fatty nuts and a mild soapy accent round it out. The lager is surprisingly thin-bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish has a solid dryness and moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is mostly crisp and clean with mild earth and grain notes.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest: March into Fall

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from the Boston Beer Company in Massachusetts pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a rather large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but gets retained as a fairly thick collar. This traditional German-style lager has a surprisingly hop-centric aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. There is some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but it’s kind of muted over all.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest
This Seasonal Beer has a Wonderful Colour

Samuel Adams Octoberfest tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts and has a brown bread quality. The beer has a nice balance between sweet and bitter, and a slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish. It is fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level and a dry, syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter with a slight floral note.