Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.37%
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

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Photo of CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured from bottle(s) into a mug

the beer pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a large frothy white head that recedes quickly and leaves moderate lacing

The flavor and aroma are very similar and comprised mainly of bready malt, and just the slightest hint of floral hops

overall the beer is very clean and quite good, a little lighter than most Marzen style beers I've had, but very good. A lot better than many of the overly sweet American versions that I've had.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 4/16/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright canary yellow chock full of large bubbles passing small bubbles on their mutual journey up to a polished ivory cap. Is this really an Oktoberfest? I know that 'fest' appears in the name, but it doesn't look like any beer of that style that I've ever seen. Frankly, it looks like a Munich helles lager. It's a good looking one too, especially given a better than average display of lace.

The sniff test tells me that Festbier is anything but an Oktoberfest. It's noble hoppy, probably Saaz, with plenty of lemony brightness. No malt is appreciated in the nose, so it's gotta be pils malt. Now that we have the style confusion sorted out... this is another wonderful smelling beer from the good folks at Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Definitely a Saaz-hopped lager. I'd love to taste this one side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Original since that one is designated as a Munich helles lager. The differences and similarities would be interesting and instructive, I'll bet. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't appear on the brewery's website, so I have no idea what the people who created it think it is.

Festbier is obviously a hop-focused lager with plenty of pungent, citrusy goodness in each mouthful. It's acceptably balanced with a restrained sweetness lurking in the shadows. Most hopheads would consider it to be balanced, even if the majority of beer drinkers wouldn't. I'm glad it comes in pint bottles since I'm enjoying it so much.

The light mouthfeel could stand more bubbles. It lacks a certain expansiveness in the mouth, a light creaminess that more carbonation would provide. While the mouthfeel that has been provided enhances drinkability, it falls a bit short in terms of pleasurabilty.

Weihenstephaner Festbier is a good little noble-hopped lager from a world-class outfit. Even though it's one of my least favorite offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery', it's going up against some pretty stiff competition with the likes of Hefeweissbier and Korbinian. Bottom line: you really can't go wrong with any beer that has Weihenstephaner on the label.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iam reviewing this beer for what it is because it is not a marzen/oktoberfest style of beer if I reviewed to that style well it wouldnt work.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear medium golden with a tight formed creamy-like white head that left a broken ring of lace behind.Pretty clean aromas a bit of toastiness and iron a decent spicey hop smack that lingers.To me this is a full flavord and bodied pilsner toasty malt with a bit of residual honey sweetness almost to the doughy point but not quite a leafy,herbal hop profile in the finish.This is a pretty good beer why such a renowned brewery would label it a Fest well I have no idea it is what it is and its decent.

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a bright yellow, slightly dimmed with hints of orange, and a moderate head, all typical of the style.

Smell – The malts here are lightly toasted and carry a firm hop compliment.

Taste – The flavors are big, especially the stiff hop balance. The malts are absolutely gorgeous though. They are just ever so lightly toasted with that beautiful grain aftertaste one can only find in a quality German lager.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a rich, creamy finish.

Drinkability – This doesn’t knock your socks off like the weizen offerings from Weihenstephaner but it is a solid Festbier.

Photo of AdamToomey
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while and boy did it not disappoint.

A - This beer was poured into an imperial pint glass. This beer is absolutely gorgeous. It is a nice golden/hay like color with about two fingers length of head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer which maintains throughout. This beer looks absolute refreshing.

S - The smell is pure malts. There is very little spice presence which seems to be popular in the American versions I have tried.

T - This beer is incredibly refreshing. The malts really shine. However, what is most appealing is the subtle apple and pear notes that come through in the finish. This is absolutely addicting to drink. I wish I had bought more than two.

M - Light, refreshing, crisp. Just perfect for the style.

O - I really really really enjoy this beer. I have been trying to get my hand on as many of this style as I can this year and this one has been by far my favorite. This beer is incredibly addicting. I would suggest picking up a couple of six packs and enjoying throughout gameday for a perfect combination of the season.

Photo of nickadams2
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Golden amber color with a thick fluffy white head.Thick, sticky lacing.Lots of carbonation.

S_Malt,bread,fruit and floral notes.Little bit of spice.

T_Sweet malt,honey. Kind of fruity. Floral notes.Pale ,bisquity malt. Very clean.Touch of hops.

M_Thin, crisp and highly carbonated. Very clean, easy drinking Okto.

D_Super drinkable. Great low ABV session.

Photo of BJDuty
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad example of an "Oktoberfest" style beer. I like a more amber color than what this brew gives you, but it doesn't fall short on flavor. Full flavors but with an excellent drinkability that is commonly found amongst the Marzen style beers. Overall a good choice when the weather starts to cool down.

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a big mug. The abv is listed on the label at 5.8% and there is no freshness date. This is the first Oktoberfest I have seen this year so I'm sure it's very fresh.

Appearance: The body has a bright gold color with excellent clarity and some visible carbonation. On top it forms a tall bright white head of tightly packed foam. The head has good retention but makes very little lacing.

Smell: The aroma has equal parts bready and nutty malt with fresh floral hops.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has balanced mix of bready malt with nutty and light honey like sweetness backed up buy floral/botanical, almost grassy hops. The finish is quick and refreshing. It just begs for another sip.

Notes: This is an outstanding, highly drinkable Fest bier. It's not very complex but what's there is very good!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy, extremely pale, straw colored brew with a small, white head that sticks around a little while. Smells of german malts, yeast, pretty mild. Strange off smell too. Tastes of doughy, bready malts, yeast, distinct "german taste", very light hop spiciness. Mouthfeel is very light and crisp. Pretty drinkable but pretty watery. Not the best example of an authentic German Marzen, or a Marzen period for that matter, but well worth a try.

Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unusual appearance for an Oktoberfest, a pale golden yellow body with a small and trim vanilla head. Some sparse patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has a mixture of biscuity, lightly toasted pale malt and earthy and spicy hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a healthy, medium carbonation. Taste lacks the expected, Munich maltiness. Assertive, earthy, hops bitterness rules the taste. Some spicy and floral hops make their presence known, as well. Maltiness is grainy and toasty, lacking expected sweetness for the style. Still, pretty tasty stuff with excellent drinkability. More sessionable than most of its counterparts.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 typical German brown bottle, pours surprisingly light, cloudy apricot, medium retention on the off white head that leaves splotchy lace behind on the glass. Soft malt and a hint of flowers in the nose. Light and refreshing. Tastes more like a light summer ale/wheat beer then a marzen/octoberfest beer. Light, easy drinking and pleasant enough. Notes of moderate fruit, lighter malts with soft drying hops late. Not what I expected in a German Ofest style beer, but this one is highly quaff able and quite enjoyable, whatever style it actually fits into. Gave it a shot as part of a chicken marinade to boot.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, light yellow in color, clear, moderate/high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, grain, caramel, bread, honey and faint hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter touch at the end, moderately moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A super clean and drinkable marzen that I could down a six of easily. A classic with similar tastes to their other brews. A great fall beer.

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this one. Celar gold pour, white head. Faint aroma of grass and malt. Light spice and yeast with the hops to make it even lighter tasting. I expected so much more from a seasonal, especailly and Oktoberfest. Still better than a Budweiser, though not by much.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a light clear yellow pils color with almost no head and it fades. Nose is malty and sweet with a light hoppiness.

Taste is malty and crisp with some sharp bitterness. It like more of a biscuit maltiness though. Mouthfeel is a bit light bit cramy an easy drinking. Overall decent.

Photo of Kraken
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yields 1 finger head that diminishes very quickly leaving no lace. Pours a very light amber.

Nose- Smells of fresh apples

Taste- Zesty Carbonation, tastes of fresh apples and pears initially. Very light, no caramel malts to speak of. Extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Lively, acidic carbonation.

Drinkability- This stuff is highly sessionable and very good. Hence the name I guess, Festbier.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and juicy malt forward aroma with hints of grains and spicy hops. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple, lemon, and pear. Some honey sweetness. Hints of grassy and spicy European hops. Very forward with the grains. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a crisp and nicely bready malt driven taste with notes of grains, fruit, and spicy hops. Upfront pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and lager yeast. Sweet and crisp presence of fruit with notes of green apple, lemon zest, and pear. Some honey like notes add some sweetness. Backing presence of spicy and grassy Euro hops. A pretty good German taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty good German lager. Different than the typical Marzen with more of a spicy hop presence like a Pilsener.

Photo of mj001jk
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color with a slight haze. Rich and creamy aromas mingle with some citrusy overtones, this is very unique and attractive. Rarely do you mix citrus and dairy without a curdling mess, but it really works for this beer because it is so subtle and refined. Body is light yet has a rich and satisfying character that could get dangerous, I could easily pour this down the hatch while riding my German lawnmower down the Autobahn.

Photo of dwren89
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very pale for an oktoberfest, pale gold, with fizzy white head and excellent clarity

Aroma: noble hops, clean lager character, biscuity

Taste: great balance. Biscuity with a little bready character, much less malt kilning than most oktoberfest. Great noble hop finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp, medium carbonation

Overall: A great beer, but not very oktoberfest like. Much paler and closer to a helles than marzen.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a brilliant slightly hazed yellow golden hue with a large bright white foaming head rises well above the rim of my 1/2 liter dimpled fest style mug. Head has moderate retention but fine speckled lacing coats evenly with each sip and a big collar of lacing is left as the head dwindles down.

Aromatics offer clean German noble hops with grassy fresh herbal tones, I would venture to say Hallertau and Saaz. Sweet biscuit cereal malt backbone with a touch of mineral water character that makes German lagers what they are.

Nothing about this brew screams Americanized toasted malt caramel O fest this is festbier what you'll be drinking when you show up in late August through September in Munich at the big dance or polka if that makes you happy. A more drinkable version of the brew that is definitely refreshing as all helles in the warm weather months.

Flavor sweet light toasted malts with Noble hop girth throughout with notes of sweet biscuit and honey coated toasted crackers with herbal grassy zesty lemon like hop notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied not watery, slightly dry finish with enough malts to keep a great balance on the palate. Carbonation is solid but not overbearing awesome German brew here glad I've finally had the opportunity to try a real festbier.

Drinkability is definitely by the liter forget the caramel sticky sweet toasted malt with a nutty edge Octoberfest beer that we drink. This is the type of beer meant to be drank in number during times of celebration, so enjoy and swing your elbow back and forth, Prost!

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling clear golden (a la pilsner). White head leaves exceptional lacing.

The aroma features light bread and malt with a touch of earthy hops. The taste largely follows the smell but with a more substantial hop note at the finish that lingers on a good while.

M: near medium body; notably clean

O: no flaws is this session beer; the finish is the strong point.

Photo of glid02
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a two-finger bright white head. The head falls into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy and somewhat spicy hops, pilsner malts (?), and a small amount of breadiness. As the beer warms the bready aromas intensify.

Tastes very good. Light malt flavors up front are joined almost immediately by a good amount of biscuity malts that meld with rather than overtake the lighter malt flavors. Midway through the sip a good deal of earthy and spicy hop flavors enter into the fray before a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a creamy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the six-pack quickly and I'm a bit upset this is my last one.

Overall I didn't think I'd be a big fan of this beer after my first whiff, but it combines the qualities of a crisp pilsner and an Oktoberfest to create a very nice beer. While it may not be traditional, this may be my new go-to Oktoberfest beer. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rwathree
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: golden color is lighter than what I expected; looks more like a pilsner than marzen. Nice, fluffy cap of white foam at the top, which leaves a sticky lace at the top of the glass.

S: Floral hops (saaz?), wheat, a slight touch of sugar. Kind of nondescript, but nothing offensive here either.

T: really not much going on here. This is a very clean beer, but I really want more malt from the style. I'm getting moderate hop bitterness and not much else.

M: decent carbonation, goes down smooth, a little thin-bodied but not too much so.

O: I'm not crazy about this beer. Maybe my expectations are skewed/Americanized, but I always took Oktoberfest beers to be richer than this. Just feel like I'm drinking a well-balanced, easy-drinking pilsner, which is fine, but not what I signed on for.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with a finger of very white head that slowly dissolved into a thick lacing of foam to completely cover the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very floral. Lots of hops and clover and pine. Some good malt notes too, like freshly baked sunflower bread.

Taste: Great! Hoppy up front, but not intense or unpleasant, followed by some great malt and caramel-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn good Oktoberfest beer, but can you expect anything else from a German brewery, if not possibly THE German brewery? Good strong flavors of hops and malt, nicely balanced into an extremely good beer.

Photo of r0nyn
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15 oz bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Appearance is a pale, transparent yellow with a large, fat white head that leaves loose lacing and takes a while to recede. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom. It looks almost like a light lager or ginger ale and nothing like any other marzen I've had before. Smell is also very lager-like, which is very atypical and makes me wonder if this beer is in the wrong classification. I detect malts, malts and more malts, with just the slightest hint of clove at the end. Interesting, to say the least.

From the first sip, I'm convinced that this is definitely not a marzen. Clean malt sweetness starts it off and lingers over the palate, followed by a subtle breadiness and slight banana undertone. Finishes like it started, clean and smooth, with no lingering aftertaste to speak of. Definitely not what I was expecting, but a pleasing flavor experience nonetheless. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, thanks to the crisp, clean flavor and finish and lightweight ABV. Would definitely have another one of these, given the chance. But I wouldn't call it a marzen, because it most certainly isn't one. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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