Würzburger Oktoberfest - Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
Presentation: 12 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Deep yet light and bright golden in colour, delicate white lace lays on top.
Smell: Slightly peppery hop aroma from the noble hops, a tad herbal and spicy. Fresh smelling grain on the nose also.
Taste: Crisp and medium bodied with a pale biscuity malt palate, sweet and grainy. Hops leave a spicy bite for bitterness though it fades quickly to leave only a peppery herbal flavour with a vagueness tangerine. Mild dry husk and grain make up the finish.
Notes: This seems to be brewed specifically for Americans being that the name is "Wurzburger for Oktoberfest" and is not seen on their web site at all. None the less this is a "better than Beck's" German Pilsner.
05-22-2002 11:25:01 | More by Jason
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4.75/5 rDev +26.7%
OK, my understanding is this: The darker Oktoberfest biers that we enjoy in the US are not what is being served in Germany during the festivities. They drink a lighter beer, while the darker, more traditional beers are brewed primarily for the export market. So this is actually an authentic Oktoberfest beer. Traditional, no, original, no, authentic, yes. Think: Spaten, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr all have 2 different Oktoberfests. The ones we see on our shelves are the darker ones akin to what they drank at Oktoberfest many years ago, and the lighter ones (which we rarely see here) are what they drink now. So this is exceptional, a prime example of the current, authentic German Oktoberfestbier.
Oh yeah, the beer! It's crisp, clean, and quite fruity; despite looking light it's got substantial malt presence. Fizzy mouth, expertly clean hop finish. I'd say it splits the difference between a pilsner and a marzen. In Vienna lager territory. And it's awesome.
10-01-2002 15:31:52 | More by Thrasher
3.9/5 rDev +4%
On draft at Home Tavern in Chicago, served in a dimpled BBK mug. The bartender was drinking Stuttgarter Hofbräu Volksfestbier, but told me I had to drink this since the keg cost over $100. Lucky me ;)
Golden color with a soapy head that fluffed up over the top, momentarily defying gravity. The foam trickled down the side in slow motion, like a beer commercial. Aroma was a little grainy, pretty light and nondescript. Flavor was light and biscuity, buttered bread and dry saltine cracker with an easy bitter finish. The body was light and very drinkable, almost too much so. It was finished in no time, leaving crescent rings of lace in the empty glass. This was a serviceable festbier, lighter than most and well put together.
09-25-2009 14:55:42 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -4%
Pale straw color, large white head leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted bread with a spicy hop spread on top. Flavor is of lightly toasted grain, followed with a short but nice snap of hops spice. Medium body, slightly more than medium carbonation. Tasty, smooth and good, but not quite the O-fest that the label says it is.
09-22-2003 01:46:22 | More by goz
4.2/5 rDev +12%
this is a great festbier.
pours a bright golden color with thick head. notes of rich maltiness. insanely refreshing and quaffable.
i wasn't a big fan of "pale" marzens before, but lately i've been absolutely loving them. the sessionability of this beer is unbelievable. don't get me wrong, amber marzens are great, but ones like these are brews you can slam down all day (and isn't that what oktoberfest is all about?)
09-21-2010 22:38:47 | More by tzieser
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn.
Poured a medium to dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a soft bready malt and a musty hop.
The taste consisted of soft malts, a light caramel and fresh baked bread. Noble hops cleaned the flavor a bit.
The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.
Overall a tasty and light bodied Octoberfest. Very quaffable.
10-13-2009 17:11:33 | More by plaid75
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
I've been trying to take advantage of the availability of Octoberfest beers these days although it is not my favorite style. This is among the better ones as it is lighter. Golden copper color with great carbonation and aroma. Nice flavor and easy to drink, perhaps too easy.
Enjoy this beer if you see it on draft.
10-04-2009 16:47:36 | More by david18
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
This was an ohk beer, but I can definitely see how this is not tops by any means. It poured a cloudy yellow with very little white head and almost no lace just some bubbles. The smell was skunky like a lot of the macro imitations of these various styles. It tasted better than it smelled I will say. It had a fair bit of complexity with an interesting smokey coffee flavor dormant among the malts and bitterness. This is definitely a beer I would use to slowly convert some of the more ignorant to craft beer.
03-08-2003 16:28:16 | More by GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured a yellow-gold with a white frothy head that stuck around for a lone time. Smell is of sweet pale malts shrouded with noble hops. The taste has a very smooth malt character, and I think I can detect a hint of caramel before the hops overwhelm the profile. Mouthfeel is watery at first, but builds up steam pretty quickly for a full flavor. Good drinkability, and great for washing down schnitzel and wurst.
10-12-2003 15:32:01 | More by jlervine
4/5 rDev +6.7%
On tap at Mahaffey's last night.
The beer pours a solid gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light sweet malt and bitterness. On the palate, the flavors are pretty nice. There is some very nice sweet malt in this one, giving it something of a baked apple and melon flavor. There is just enough light citrus to back up the malty presence in this beer, which adds to the enjoyment. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and drinkability is exceptional. This beer is very easy to take, and the slightly reduced sweetness (for a marzen) ensures that there is no palate fatigue.
Although this beer falls well short of the lofty standard I've come to expect from Ayinger and Hacker Pschorr, nevertheless this is a very solid Oktoberfest marzen. Nicely done.
08-22-2009 16:06:13 | More by John_M
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
My first tasting this marzen prior to the Bronx Ale House's Oktoberfest starting the day following.
A_Head was finger plus of soapy white with golden tints and a lighter color than I would expect from the style.
S. The nose was full of bread, grain and Saaz.
T. Following the nose with a crisp cracker biscuit followed by hops and a quick bitter end. Dashes of malty and sweetness but overall more and the bitter side.
M: Light and crisp.
D: The ligher side of the spectrum and good benchmark for the style that does not want to overload you. Nice bready beer for the most part with mild buckering bite at the end.
10-10-2009 03:50:32 | More by Brianmerrilyn
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
On tap at Max's yesterday.
Light orange with a thin white head. Retention is poor, but the color and clarity make up for it, though. The nose is rich with reserved bitterness. Malt character is complex, with a beautiful blend of honey, perfume, sugar and brown sugar. Light in body, this beer opens with a mild hop bite and all the malt complexity that the nose alludes to. Great balance between all the flavors, this is great. The dry and mildly bitter finish is great, and thoroughly enjoyable, making for a very drinkable beer.
09-21-2009 17:32:01 | More by DefenCorps
4.5/5 rDev +20%
This is the first "real" Oktoberfest I've tried and all I can say is that as Americans, we really miss out every fall. Light golden yellow with a tall, lasting head. It's mellow with a conservative amount of hops, and has a smooth malt and slight buttery taste. I find it hard to put my glass down as it's incredibly drinkable. I wish I would have gotten a six pack instead of a single... I could probably polish one off in an hour.
10-04-2003 03:54:23 | More by 86MonteSS
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
Very light brown body with lively carbonation bubbles. Slight head, no lacing, almost no retention.
Smells pretty damn hoppy for an Oktoberfest, some malts come through in the background.
Tastes pretty hoppy too. Lots of grassy, earthy, spicy flavors along with a good amount of bitterness. Malt is an afterthought with some toffee and caramel notes.
Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery.
Fairly drinkable, definitely not one of my favorite O-fest beers.
10-16-2008 00:29:52 | More by Hojaminbag
3.9/5 rDev +4%
The beer pours a pale, mellowed gold. Excellent clarity, topped with a thick froth of white head. The head dies out very quickly, leaving the beer with a thick film for the remainder of glass. Not much in the way of lace, but the head sticks around.
The aroma is pleasantly malty, with a distinct munich malt aroma. Mildly skunky hops, with some spicy saaz aroma. Nice and clean, with some lightly bready, toasty maltiness, and perhaps some pils malt.
The flavor starts out with clean, toasty munich malt. Just a touch of caramel and breadiness, with some apparent pils malt. Sweetish, with snappy carbonation, traveling into a lightly spicy saaz finish. Only a touch of sour skunkiness, not as much as the aroma suggested. Some peppery hoppiness, with a little herbal flavor. Bitterness is mild, mostly just a hop flavor. Very clean flavors, with a bready malt aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
I prefer the lighter versions of marzen, like this one. They seem a bit fresher feeling, without that heavy caramel muddiness present in most of the darker varieties. Aside from the faint skunkiness, this is a great marzen.
02-04-2004 04:00:24 | More by UnionMade
3.23/5 rDev -13.9%
Okay, this is the first iconoclastic Ok-Fest I've tried. I've come to expect a certain reverence from the beer community in the way they strictly adhere to the Marzen/Oktoberfest style--specifically SRM, IBU, and what have you. But this beer totally blows the mark way off course, and it is surprising, considering it is a German beer.
It is WAAAAAY lighter than all the other Oktoberfests I've tried--almost a straw color. It does redeem in the aroma and mouthfeel profiles however.
Tastewise, it's a smidgen tart on the tongue, and leaves little to be desired in the, "Thank you, Sir, may I have another!?" category.
As a beer, "Wurzie for Ok-ee" is fine, but as an Oktobrfest, it's a party crasher.
If it comes down to it, put your money on an American micro or a revered German brand before picking up this one.
09-20-2002 21:03:25 | More by DarthMalt
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Appears to be a pale marzen. Poured into a Wurzburger mug, a large head is produced over the pale yellow/orange body. The smell is like marzen-llite, a little biscuit-y. The taste is crisp and less sweet than your typical marzen, hops are a little more noticeable in this dry take on the style. With a velvety mouthfeel and just the right carbonation, the beer drinks nicely.
09-08-2011 13:18:57 | More by wcintula
Würzburger Oktoberfest from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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