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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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1,022 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 33
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002)
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Reviews by tubacharlie:
Photo of tubacharlie
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light biscuit nose, with a bright white head of good proportion.

Golden yellow color and very clear, with good lacing and steady carbonation.

A well-balanced Octoberfest, with some malt presence and a fruity hop flavor accentuated by the frothy carbonation.

A good example of the style, but a bit on the light side.

tubacharlie, Oct 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

CBlack85, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  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.

superspak, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

oberon, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

RoyalT, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

braugon, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tectactoe, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of AdamToomey
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

AdamToomey, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

nickadams2, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of SmellTheGluv
3/5  rDev -18.9%

SmellTheGluv, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

BeerDreadz, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

DaftPatrick, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of BJDuty
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

BJDuty, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%

SunDevilBeer, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Jpinoniemi, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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!!!

generallee, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +8.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of dgfool
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

dgfool, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Doomcifer, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

JakerLou, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

BuckeyeSlim, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

merlin48, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Billolick, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

tigg924, Oct 22, 2010
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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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