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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 1,390
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 43
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor. Prost!
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Reviews by necoadam:
Photo of necoadam
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a light yellow/golden color with a thin head.

Slight aroma of yeast, wheat, malt, hops, with a hint spice in the undertones.

Taste started out with a biscuity characteristic with a little bit of hops and malts meddling in between. A little bit of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel was light to light-medium. Carbonation seemed ok. Finished crisp, but frizzy.

A little bit of a disappointment. If you're looking for an oktoberfest style beer, this isn't it. But if you want a cross between a hefe and a munich helles lager, this is your choice. Personally, I was expecting better from this brewery. I'll stick with their regular hefe.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting offering for an Oktoberfest, from a brewery that ought to know a thing or two about the style!

This is perhaps the most distinctive Oktoberfest I've ever had.

First, it pours with an outstanding clarity and lightness. The color is light straw and clear as glass, completely translucent without a speck of haze. The head pours like a fluffy cloud, about 2-3 fingers for an aggressive pour. The head is about the purest white I've ever seen. If you'd not told me, I'd have thought this was one of the world's best pilsners.

The aromas are familiar for an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but lighter and more subtle--delicate. Cracker, bread, and a slight doughiness from the malts.

The flavors are crisp and astoundingly clean. A light sweetness showcases a refreshing and thirst-quenching pallet of flavors, that somehow are both in keeping with the style, and yet at the same time are more reminiscence of a fine pilsner (not that the two style are that far apart in terms of general character).

Mouthfeel is refreshingly, clean, light, and yet has a bit of chew to it. Really quite impressive the way it balances those traits.

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Photo of James954
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer can easily be a 5/5 for the style.

L: Clear light golden yellow with a light carbonation that looks reminiscent of champagne.

S: light sweet fruit

T: Light Honey wheat bread and sweet and brisk fruit...well balanced.

F: Full-bodied and smooth with carbonation that is consistant enough to maintain a full head, but is light, soft, and fizzy.

O: It goes down so easy! I can't recommend it enough. Weihenstephaner always gets it right with me!

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Photo of CBlack85
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Clear and pale golden colored beer. Some lively action from the bubbles within. A finger and a bit of rocky white head is poured retention is quite good. Minimal lacing left behind. Not nearly as copper colored as every other Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

Smell - Autumn harvest. Some large grainy notes, a slightly earthy aroma and hints of autumn vegetables. Some slightly sweet aromas on the back end too. A certain grape-like aroma makes itself known too.

Taste - This one's a little different. Coarse grain flavors dominate with some vegetative notes (reminds me of fall, squash and pumpkin without ever remotely tasting like a gourd). A vinous grape-esque flavor appears mid sip. the big brazen caramel flavor I usually get from a Marzen, is silent here.

Mouthfeel - Very light, soft body. Carbonation is present but subtle which seems to be a theme from Weihenstephaner. Finish is dry.

Overall - Definitely a little different than many others in the style, to me it tastes like if you crossed and Oktoberfest and a Kolsch, added some Munich Helles Lager and spun it around you might get something like this. Of course Weihenstephaner is one of the best breweries in the world, so the delicacy in shaping those flavors and smells is divine. I can see why this may not have struck a cord with all drinkers, but definitely worth a try, and I'm hoping one day this will come to Ontario.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 330ml. Classy label art. Branded gold colour pry-off crown cap. Purchased locally in Centennial, Colorado as part of a 6 pack.

Served cold into a .33L krug. Expectations are sky high given the brewery, for which I have massive respect. Reviewed live as a festbier per the label (and name).

5.80% ABV. 2015 vintage. Imported to the U.S. by Total Beverage Solution.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 4 inches wide. Off-white colour. Quite frothy, to style. Nice consistency. Decent complexion. Retention is rather good - about 10 minutes.

BODY: Clear clean yellow. Filtration is obvious. No yeast is visible within. So transparent one could easily read text through this beer.

It's a clean, crisp looking festbier and is spot-on for the style, but isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Clean barley, flaked malts, pilsner malts, Munich malts. The restrained Noble hop character is grassy, but I'm impressed they get so much aroma for so little in terms of hops. Grainy to style. Attenuation seems ideal. Hints of sweet bread-like malts. Clean and fragrant, suggesting a balanced festbier with a classic flavour. Still, it does seem surprisingly sweet for a festbier...

Aromatic intensity is average. No off-notes, alcohol, or overt yeast notes come through.

TASTE: The sweet bready malt notes lend this beer surprising sweetness, and it never returns quite to form; the pilsner & Munich malts get trumped by the sweetness. Attenuation isn't quite high enough, with the yeast struggling to keep pace with the sugars. It does have a nice Noble hop presence, but the subtlety of the grassy notes gets lost in that pesky off-style sweetness.

I hoped for more balance in a festbier, especially coming from Weihenstephaner. I do like it, but this build just isn't dialed in. Not a gestalt beer, but an enjoyable and drinkable one.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, refreshing, light-bodied, and well-(if over-)carbonated. It's not the fragile delicate light-as-a-feather mouthfeel of the very best beers in the style, but it aids drinkability and complements the taste nicely.

OVERALL: There are effortlessly drinkable festbiers, but this is not one of them. Highly drinkable, yes, but not in the upper echelon of the style. I wouldn't want to put down more than one litrekrug of this beer - and that's essentially the test of a festbier, isn't it? I won't say I'm disappointed in this, but one always hopes for greatness when approaching any beer from a brewery as incredible as Weihenstephaner. Worth trying, but much to my shock, it isn't neatly within style conventions, and suffers from a troublesome sweetness.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with many other BA's, I was surprised at the unusually straw colored beer. Where most Oktoberfest beers begin with a bright copper/orange hue mixed in with ligher highlights, this beer reminds me a lot of German Lagers. Even the nose is more hop-forward with a spicy saaz note and haullertau herbal, grassy character. Malts stay clean, crisp, sweet, and bold, with no hints of caramel, toast, or melanoidin taste. Instead, a bold lager-like flavor comes through, though pushing the threshold on sweetness and body. Confectionate sugars with fresh fruity notes (pez-like), give a very pleasant sweet tastes to accompany the pilsner malts. A bit heavy in the body for a pils, begins to bring out a marzen-type weight. Nicely carbonated and bitter. Finishes quite clean with a hop note late and some malty sweet breadiness / yeastiness. It's a very good beer, but not what I consider a Festbier. So, the rating may not reflect the quality of the beer, but style accuracy.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is lovely and smooth. The color is exceptional. Perfectly bright amber. Creamy head of foam that does not waste too much time to fall. Nose is malty. A richness form malt. A very quiet coolness form hop in the background. An inkling of spice. Smooth mellow flavor with a tiny tingle from bitterness that reveals how clean the beer is. It has a moment in the finish I would describe as watery but then my attention is drawn back to the palate which has been enveloped by this malt. Crisp finish with a slight bite from carbonation. A touch sweet and without heaviness this goes down as easy as water. "I'll have six more of these please . . . in a big mug . . . Yes now. "

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is straight up where its at in the fall, beer geeks seem to need complexity these days, barrels and wild microbes and blends and everything else. well. this proves that simplicity can still be amazing. crystal clear yellow beer here, none of the oranges and caramel colors we are used to in octoberfest types. it has a ton of carbonation, and a puffy white head with great retention, smells like fresh german pale malts, even pils based, with a nice grassy hop thing going on and an autumnal lager yeast that brings it all together. purity in its finest form here, this is traditional and standard setting in my opinion, a perfect example of the style. i dont miss the sweeter malts, and actually prefer this drier and lighter version. i think its really light but still fits the early fall. afterall, octoberfest is in september, not october, and its still warm out, this works beautifully this time of year. refreshing and infinitely drinkable. i wish my fridge was full of them on this first nfl sunday, i could hammer these all afternoon. these guys continue to be the gold standard of german stuff. so affordable too, buying this again for sure. perfect really, underrated by a mile

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of AdamToomey
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SanFranJake
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not much malt flavor at all; not very sweet; surprisingly bitter for the style, though not unpleasantly so. Just a so-so beer; wouldn't know it was an Oktoberfest offering but would have considered it more like a ballpark brew.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of joel_bou
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.