I too like Oktobers, just finished a Great Lakes and it was primo. However, one drawback I have with the style, as well as a few other styles I can think of, Hefeweizen being the first, is that there isn't a lot of wiggle room for brewers. Once you've had one good one, in my opinion, you've pretty much had them all. There are exceptions to every rule of course but unless you get into an "Imperial Marzen" or some such monster, then they're pretty much all the same.
Now some would say that's great, the style is what it is and we shouldn't be trying to turn it into a hop bomb or some imperial 10% dreadnought, and I have a hard time disagreeing with them. The only thing is when I'm out at a pub paying for something to drink I want to get a little more adventurous and Marzens don't really offer that opportunity.
Now that I've unloaded my wet blanket, I will exit.
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