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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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ewright

North Carolina

1.15/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: A murky amber color with a thin, watery looking head that rapidly dissipated.

S: A strong sulfuric smell coupled with awful sour notes. I think there was a bit of spice buried in there, but I didn't stick around long enough to find out.

T: The hints of spice disappear behind overwhelming sour flavors.

M: Thin, low in carbonation.

D: Just horrid. One of my very few drain pours.

I've heard a lot of stories about Weeping Radish beers not bottling/traveling well. I guess I'm a firm believer now.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:09:58 | More by ewright
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cichief

Virginia

1.68/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a bottle in Fredericksburg, VA. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber with a thin tan head. The beer was clear.

S- Hints of sulfur (not unusual) but lots of sourness.

T- Very sour, somewhat medicinal and a metallic aftertaste, not very good at all.

M- Somewhat thin, very carbonated.

D- Sorry, this is the second beer I've tried from the Farm Brewery that was sour. Maybe the beer doesn't travel well??? I think it is infected, I had to pour it dwn the drain.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:10:51 | More by cichief
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avisong

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

05-18-2012 02:26:54 | More by avisong
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

03-24-2012 18:41:08 | More by sweisel80
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bomber at the brewery in Jarvisburg, NC on my way down to the Outer Banks for vacation.

A: Gold, nearly copper hue. Bright clarity. Buff head that dissipates quickly.

S: Bread crust and toast character defines this aroma. Some noble hop aroma as well - otherwise this beer has a clean aroma.

T: This beer like some of the others from this brewery has a weird bitterness that carriers through the taste of the beer. Maybe this is the brewery's yeast strain. If it is I don't like it. Maybe it is bad hops. Maybe it is something else. Whatever it is it detrimentally affects this beer's taste. A nice crusty malt flavor gets lost in the bitterness. Overall this is a disappointment.

MF: Medium body - dextrinous. Moderately dry finish.

D: The bitterness in this beer is certainly inappropriate for the style and negatively affects drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 16:25:00 | More by Nipitato
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clayrock81

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice orangeish color, tint of brown w/ a frothy head. A odd nose, as there were malts and pepper prevalant, and then some funkiness.
Maybe it wasn't tapped correctly, or maybe this bar got a skunked version (I didn't even know this beer would be on tap here in VA, yet alone at this time), but this beer had a sharp, sour taste to it that overpowered the beer. The spices and malts were overflavored by a rather turning off hop bitterness. Because of that I am leery of trying it again, but I hope I just had a bad example of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 15:49:36 | More by clayrock81
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Fest appears a very clear polished amber orange color with less than a finger of slightly yellowish stained head. The head receeds quite fast leaving patchy amount of lace on the glass and soon enough appears as just a thin lacing atop the beer. So far so good...now is where the experience starts to take a turn down hill. The aroma is quite sweet smelling almost like a type of caramel candy slightly fruity and a slight sting of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste has the caramel-like candy fruitiness that the aroma led on right upfront. If you can see through the candy-like sweetness there is a trace amount of grainy flavor and a touch of hops. However, this candy-like taste is very offputting and strange. Slight amount of alcohol warmth in the back of the throat. Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:52:11 | More by stakem
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

03-20-2014 23:38:22 | More by buzzy
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oberon

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remeber a few years back going to the old brewpub and restaurant in Manteo and meeting the owner,it was a nice experience,good food and decent beer.This marzen poured into a .5 liter stein a slight hazed bronze with a fluffy two finger white head that held good retention.Lighter aromas but pleasant,caramel malt mixed with a touch of anise and iron,quite a thin near watery mouthfeel was the first turn off to this beer for me.Flavors have a sour side to them that obviously shouldnt be there,there is subtle toasy and caramel sweet noats but they are overpowered by that off sourness.Well the beer seemed more promising at first but it ended badly,is this the same recipe as the old one?

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 19:34:25 | More by oberon
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davidt

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-red in color. Sweet, pure malt aroma. Flavor follows the aroma with a strong malt flavor, a bit of caramel. Hops are minimal, slightly bitter. A typical amber lager. Weeping Radish beers are typical german-style beers and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2007 16:08:24 | More by davidt
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JerseyPaul

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper with good carbonation; white head dissipates very quickly & leaves hardly any lacing

Smell: Slight sweet caramel malt detectable; possibly some spice also, but overall, not very promising

Taste: Semi sweet caramel malt character; light hop finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body; decent carbonation; slightly chewy

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a recommended example of the style

Overall, Fest Amber Lager is slightly below average in my opinion. The nose is weak and the taste is bland. Someone else mentioned this in a previous review, but it does seem like a BMC take on the style. You can find much better examples of an Oktoberfest than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 20:59:57 | More by JerseyPaul
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wagenvolks

Texas

2.93/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle into a beer mug. The "Fest" label covers a green, Weeping Radish "Maibock" label...weird.

A hearty pour produces a seething, rocky, eggshell head that reduces to a thick cap of foam and coats the edge of the glass with thick lacing. The hazy, burnt copper-orange body is nicely carbonated, rounding out an all-around attractive brew. The aroma is faint, but pleasing, with notes of squash, brown sugar, pale malts, and a faint whiff of cinnamon spice.

I wish the flavor met the standards set by the appearance and aroma, because all I'm getting are soggy gourds, a pinch of caramel malt, and a pungent, sour finish. Almost tastes infected, but thankfully it's not god-awful. Body is on the lighter side of medium, overly carbonated, and finishes slightly sour with a vegetative, semi-metallic tinge. I will not be purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 00:57:07 | More by wagenvolks
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Medium pale yellow. Half inch of off-white head that immediately disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a decent sweetness and a light hop presence in the background.

T - Sweet bready malts with a touch of caramel. Very light hop presence in the background provides a touch of bitterness. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 13:09:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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CWiggins

North Carolina

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?

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 01:42:39 | More by CWiggins
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -2%

12-06-2011 13:44:59 | More by ROGUE16
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -2%

03-16-2014 23:29:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -2%

05-21-2013 20:10:31 | More by InspectorBob
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -2%

07-27-2012 03:18:18 | More by ejimhof
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Pencible

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 19:35:43 | More by Pencible
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:21:41 | More by tempest
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beer2day

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:50:41 | More by beer2day
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 17:59:19 | More by Soonami
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MTWood


3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

12-05-2012 19:31:38 | More by MTWood
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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

04-23-2013 17:09:29 | More by hardcor33
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

12-29-2013 04:19:27 | More by BillRoth
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Fest Amber Lager from Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
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