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Märzens are classic German beers characterized by a medium body and broad range of color. Oktoberfest beers are a subset of the style which range from golden to reddish brown. The flavor of both is dominated by a sweet maltiness, though there is a clean bitterness from hops. Malt character is typically light-toasted rather than strongly caramel. The aroma and flavor from malt is sometimes bread-like.

The North American style of this classic German beer is distinguished by a comparatively greater degree of character from hops, with some bitterness which is not aggressive or harsh.

Commercial examples include Spaten Ur-Märzen and Paulaner Oktoberfest. North American commercial examples include Staghorn Octoberfest, Summit Oktoberfest and Widmer Brothers Oktoberfest.

Based on the industry definition published by the Association of Brewers (http://www.beertown.org/). Template:Beer-stubde:Märzen (Bier)

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