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Fest Amber Lager - Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 10-01-2007)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe it was me but i actually really liked this beer. served to me i could tell right away it had a nice dark amber color to it that i was going to love. small cap of white comes up and over the top and hangs around forever before settling back down.

aroma is deep caramel malts at first. sweet with hints of buttery notes as well, but as it warms some light fruit notes and light hops start to come out and offer some nice balance. medium body is wonderfully suited for the style and really helps it to pick up. smooth caramel welcomes you, sweetening you up and leading the charge with lovely tones. but a nice and comsistent hop presence seals it for me an leaves me looking around for another sip right away

overall a very solid beer with a nice little profile and smooth, clean taste. i coul do this again any time.

mikesgroove, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
3.9/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im drinking this beer at cellar temp and pouring into a chalice.
The beer pours a clear bright chestnut color with some light red undertones. A spongey eggshell white head of 3 cm foams up even with a gentle pour. The head fades gradually leaving a cratered surface layer and windowpane lattice.
The aroma is grainy and lagery malt with hints of caramel and spicy hops. Fairly mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is grainy malt and hints of caramel which roll to herbal and lingering hop finish. Well balanced brew that drinks very easily.
A nice clean easy drinking lager.

sulldaddy, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the Food Lion in Kitty Hawk, subsequently dispensed into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with immense white foam, coupled with lots of a lacing. Malty soapy smell. Light malt taste, very clean, with a smooth finish. Some caramel taste, but on the thinner side. Mild hop finish. Nice tasty brew, quite drinkable.

KTCamm, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in NC while on vacation.

Light amber color. Clear. Medium sized, light tan head.

Very mild aroma. What I could get struck me as grassy hops.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, but good balance. Sweet component was mainly wheat bread, bitter came from a grass/herb finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry.

Overall, good, I would drink again. Well balanced, but a touch sweeter than I care for.

, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Brew Thru in Kildevil Hill this past Labor Day weekend. I'm always looking to try new Oktoberfest style beers so this was a nice pick up. This pours a reddish golden color with a tiny wisp of head and a malty, slightly spicy nose.

The taste is surprisingly yeasty with a sour aftertaste that almost reminds me of a rye beer, although the label indicates otherwise. The malt is kind of light and the mouthfeel is watery and doesn't really support the flavor. This is an unusual and interesting beer but not really my idea of a great Marzen due to the sourness. Still, this is worth a try if you like German ingenuity.

daliandragon, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Mudawg, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from their restaurant on Manteo.

Pours an amber color with a sweet smell.

The taste has a malty sweetness that is balanced out with a heaping of hops. Not as spicy as some other Oktoberfest beers, but that's alright, a little subtlety is a nice change of pace for this style.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

IPAchris, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of porterwoobie
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark amber color, clear, 1 finger tan head, no lacing.

S: had a different smell to it. estery and slight grain character. don't expect the typical lager smell with this one, it has its own personality.

T: its flavor is malty and sweet. bitterness level is low. you get a coating of malty sweetness in every sip.

MF: medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: i couldn't drink a lot of this at one time, but i would enjoy one on occasion.

porterwoobie, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The lager is brilliant copper, clear with little head. What popped up on pour quickly dissapated.

S: The nose is grainy sweet, biscuity with a concentration that has an odd onion-like aroma that could also have some horseradish to it.

T: Despite that 'unique' aroma, the body has a solid marzenbier flavor, thick with malty sweetness and a mere kiss of hop bitterness. The finish has a nice carbonated kick that sends the stronger malt profile off into the sunset.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, thick with a strong sweetness that never loses its biscuity ekement.

D: The lager is low in alcohol with a nice taste. If you seek this one out, look for it fresh as that seems to be when Weeping Radish is at its best.

akorsak, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of CHADMC3
3.28/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper with golden hues and an off-white, foamy head that quickly disappears leaving nearly no lacing behind.

Aroma is crisp consisting of toasted and caramel malt, but there is also a faint fruity aroma as it warms.

The flavor also has toasted and caramel malt, but also a touch of candied or brown sugar. Light earthy hops also exist, and the finish is back to the German malt.

This beer has a medium to light body with medium carbonation, and is quite crisp and refreshing.

This is an ok beer, perhaps lacking some of the malt aspects of other Oktoberfests; it is easy to drink though.

CHADMC3, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of MTWood
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

MTWood, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of hardcor33
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

hardcor33, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

BillRoth, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Myles
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

Myles, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of Soonami
3.23/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weeping Radish Fest is a beer that I've never seen before but since it was available here in the OBX on vacation I decided to give it a try. The beer is a bright orange amber with the a fluffy white head, the head retention is fairly good with a little bit of lacing left. The beer has a lager aroma with crisp Noble hops reminescent of Budweiser. The beer is oddly sweet at first before the malt subsides and the leaves you with just a woody/herbal bitterness. This is a beer is slightly above average, not great, but for $3 a bomber it's not a bad choice.

Soonami, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with a bottle of their black beer from Harris Teeter in Corolla NC. Neither beers were fantastic, but I preferred this one. There's a tangy caramel and toasted toffee taste but not much else. The beer finishes with a mild kick of hops to balance things out, but this tastes more like a macrobrewery's take on the style.

tempest, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of beer2day
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep gold with orange hues. 1-finger head, but no retention and medium lacing.

I'm getting strong diacetyl off the nose. Not off-putting completely, but very buttery. Molasses, spice, and lemongrass round out the smell.

Very thick hit with a sour flavor that follows quickly. Again, not off-putting but not completely pleasant either. Metallic taste in the finish. Malt presence is a little thin for a Marzen.

Feel is about right. A little on the thick side, but that's right where I want it to be for a fest.

Too sour to be a great drink, but passable.

beer2day, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear light copper, with moderate off-white head.
S: It smelled like sour lager yeast and sourdough bread, with lemon zest and copper hops.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and copper hops, with sour lager yeast and bready malt. It had a bitter and somewhat dirty aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Weak body.
D: This was a mediocre example of a style that's already not exciting. The result is a beer that's tolerable but not too enjoyable. The body is the worst part, while the scent and taste weren't offensive, so it wasn't difficult to drink. Recommended for chugging versus sipping.

Pencible, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good to see a row of five or six Weeping Radish beers on the shelves at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham. Since the Manteo location closed, I wondered if I'd ever see them around here again. Tonight I picked up a bottle of the Fest for sampling.

It pours a hazy dark orange, with a lean white head that rose no higher than 1/8" even with a vigorous pouring. The aroma is very grainy and sweet. Likewise, the flavor is full of grain characters with an intense sweetness that is a tad overwhelming, to say the least. It very nearly develops into a full-blown sour effect on the palate. No real hop bitterness is detectable during the finish, but there's surely a bit here just to balance the sweetness during the lingering aftertaste.

I have to wonder if this was the intent or just a bad bottle (or batch). It's just too sour to believe this was the intended product. On the other hand, this is an authentic Bavarian brewer who seems to know his stuff with other styles I've tried. Any chance this is close to a true, Bavarian-style Marzen/Oktoberfest?

CWiggins, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -2%

ROGUE16, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -2%

InspectorBob, May 21, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -2%

ejimhof, Jul 27, 2012
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Fest Amber Lager from Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
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