Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.85/5 rDev +31.8%
A: A really attractive beer with the characteristically German big-headed-blond look... lacing remains all the way through. This is probably the lightest color Oktoberfest/Märzen I've ever seen--looks like a Helles actually, of the new crop out of Germany, but still with tons of flavor, much more than the color would indicate. Beer snobs in America will no doubt dis this beer, as it doesn't fit the "Oktoberfest" craft-beer profile we've come to expect in the USA. Many craft-beer aficionados I've met in the homebrew community, automatically sneer at anything lighter in color than a Sam Adams lager, and that's a shame.
S: Has a nice aroma with both hops and malt present. The malt doesn't come out until the head subsides (5 minutes after the pour!) and is a typical-for-German-beer fresh-bread aroma, but all seems incredibly well ballanced.
T: Toasty-ness in a light, subtle way--and there's a lot going on in the back of the throat, hops I suppose, giving it a clean not-quite-crisp finish--really lovely actually. As I mentioned above, American craft-beer palates usually associating darker beefier beers with quality, will surely miss the subtle but rich flavor in this beer. TOTALLY BALLANCED! It looks like a pils, but doesn't taste like one!
M: Has a medium to light mouthfeel, making for drinking it quickly--to keep the fresh bread taste coming....
D: Definitely a session beer, in that Festbier is extremely drinkable. One or two (or three?) are simply not enough. So drinkable this would be an excellent beer to have at a party of mass-marketed-beer drinkers. This beer could turn any beer drinker into someone appreciative of über high quality....
10-28-2007 18:01:03 | More by AnalogReigns
4.75/5 rDev +29.1%
Das ist bier. I've had some other bieren from these relative newcomers (geologically speaking). You cannot question the authenticity - they are the originals! I think the under-rating by so many others is an insensitivity to the style. I have had some pretty hard-to-take beers that call themselves malt liquors, marzens or octoberfest beers.
Many others are foul compared to this smooth drinking brew. It's just right and it makes me want to speak German (I do speak German). Do yourself a favor, get some of this and give it the respect you give your elders.
01-31-2009 13:11:31 | More by schoolboy
4.68/5 rDev +27.2%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Hazy deep yellow color. White head has poor retention, but leaves tons of lacing.
4.0 S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Floral hops. A hint of spice. Very good aroma, but could be stronger.
5.0 T: I really like this. It has the standard Oktoberfest flavor, but without any of the pungency that is present in the majority of brews. Lots of spice. Grainy malts. Very good balance of hops and malts. Hops are earthy and herbal.
4.5 M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, and really smooth.
5.0 D: This is probably the best oktoberfest I've had. Can't get much more drinkable that that.
11-10-2008 06:25:15 | More by DavoleBomb
4.59/5 rDev +24.7%
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier has a very thick, slightly off-white, frothy head, heavy lacing, and a clear, highly-carbonated, golden straw appearance. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, full biscuit, and the taste is of rich, sweet, bready, barley malt, a pleasant and hearty hop bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.
10-03-2013 14:20:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
I would not call this a Märzen! As a Märzen it would deserve a low rating for not being true to the style. This is a Festbier, pity that a separate catagory doesn't exist for this style on this site, for this beer deserves better reviews. This style is like a Helles/Märzen hybrid.
appearance; clear, pale yellow. Nice white and frothy beer foam, nice retention, with mild lacing.
smell; mild, flowery hops, some wet malt aromas as well.
taste; some malts at first, but a bitter hop spice takes over, by no means overpowering, more tart and fresh. Tartness combines with the malts in the aftertaste and makes a flavor similar to white grapes, with hints of alcohol.
mouthfeel; Zesty and clean carbonation, gets frothy and thick when swished around the palate. Refined sharpness that goes down smooth.
drinkability; very drinkable and smooth. The alcohol will sneak up on you though.
09-30-2010 18:15:22 | More by Sachsenfreude
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
- Lovely German festbier on tap at the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA.
It's no Mönchsambacher, but it's also very drinkable.
Orange/amber in color with super clear look and taste.
Smell is warm and...ah Geman malt smell - sorry, this is the next day.
Taste is super smooth where carbonation doesn't even come to mind when consuming this - no hop distinction - people were just throwing these down without much introspection or attention to the thing; guess this is part why it's a good beer. After a half a mug of this festbier you kind of have a metallic taste all over you pallet. Tastes consistent though out the temp change in your mug
Very unnoticeable carbonation but the malt creates a full and comfortable mouth feel.
10-06-2011 19:28:18 | More by wadecats
4.55/5 rDev +23.6%
Poured into a DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow adn clear with a big white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing (or very little) on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low but steady. Looks good.
Aroma is mostly pilsen malts, pretty good.
Beer is mildly sweet and completely clean. Finishes without an aftertaste. It has a slight dryness and hoppy bitterness to it on the backend. Its interesting and like most lagers underrated. Its about the most drinkable beer imaginable.
09-09-2010 02:58:38 | More by drabmuh
4.53/5 rDev +23.1%
The color is a cloudy golden amber with a medium-sized snow-white head and lots of sticky and trailing lace.
The smell is certainly German OFest-like. Grassy malt, citrus fruit, pears, minty herbs and a hint of vodka.
Sweet honey maltiness supports a nice blend of citric and spicy hops. A little fresh bread, mellon and hint of mint round things out.
The body is slick, almost buttery and so rounded and smooth.
You really should buy at least two of these beauties because it goes down so easy and delightful.
10-05-2010 22:14:15 | More by BeerResearcher
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.