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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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Photo of AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:01:03 | More by AnalogReigns
Photo of schoolboy


4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 13:11:31 | More by schoolboy
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 06:25:15 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 14:20:58 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of drabmuh


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:58:38 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Sachsenfreude


4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 18:15:22 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

- 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 19:28:18 | More by wadecats
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:14:15 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of mynie


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 ounces from a brewer than can do no wrong...

Don't pour much like a marzen. It looks kind of somewhere in between a mils and a hefe, actually. Actually, what it looks like is a Helles only maybe just a little bit paler. Light gold with a moderate haze a wonderful, retentive rocky white head.

Smells strongly of noble european hops. Fizzy sweet malt backs things up like tasty weedy soda pop, lots of grass and flowers and natural sugars.

Tastes a lot like it smells. A big does of wonderfully spiced hops start things off and this moderate bitterness does a great job of balancing out the deliciously sweet and grassy middle (it's almost like a Zwickle, it's so grassy). Tastes like pollen and sunshine. And lemongrass. The sweetness fades slowly and we're left with a dryer finish, more weeds, and then the spicy hops linger long after the sip has been taken.

Exquisitely brewed, quite possible the perfect summer beer. It may not be Xtreme enough to get the kind of mad props it deserves from beer snobs, but if you're looking for art in a glass you could hardly do better than to pick up some Festbier.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 02:57:45 | More by mynie
Photo of billybob


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a yellow gold in color with a one finger white head and a light sheeting of lace on the glass. herbal aroma with a touch of mint. taste is is same very clean with no after taste. mouthfeel medium and good carbonation. nice taste to this beer very drinkable and has a nice body to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 19:29:11 | More by billybob
Photo of AdamToomey


4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 03:31:42 | More by AdamToomey
Photo of goindownsouth


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at both Hotel Lerner and Staatbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany during my Bavarian sojourn in September of 2006.

Straw-golden in color, this brew left a pillowy head atop itself. This vanished to a respectable lacing along the side of my 0.5L mug all thoughout. Bready malty goodness and floral, earthy hops fill the sinuses. Very easy to drink, the balance of this offering was a pleasure to behold. The flavor was not overly malty in any way. Well worth the price of admission.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2006 17:22:36 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of MenamenaDooDoo


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Who can resist trying a beer from the oldest brewery in....the world (MUAHHHAHAHAHAHHA).

When I think of classic beer stlye, I think of this.

Light yellow color (which is strange for the Marzens out now), with a think white head. Good lacing. The nose is very yeasty...smells like a brewery. On the palate it is more yeast, a great light texture with a tiny tiny tiny bit of creaminess from the head. Really refreshing and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:44:20 | More by MenamenaDooDoo
Photo of rmolledo


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal Clear Straw Yellow with a white frothy head and amazing sticky lacing.

S: Strong Malty Aroma, Toffee, Caramel, Munich Malts. A touch of sulfur. Noble Hops

T: Everything that the aroma promotes minus the sulfur. This is a beautifully balanced Beer. Very Clean and Crisp with a nice hop to malt balance. nice bitterness but not a distraction from the spicy, malty, nutmeg notes.

MF: Crisp and moderately dry. Moderately high carbonation. Great body.

D: This is my favorite Oktoberfest Marzen style lager. i could drink this all night and not bat an eye at other beers. The ABV is masked well but hits you good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:01:45 | More by rmolledo
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nicely straw/yellow with a thin white head, head does not last. There is no lacing to this at all. Sweet bready malt aroma. Tastes more like a Pils than a Marzen, very crisp and clean with mild hops. I can easily drink several of these at a sitting!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 22:11:52 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of acelin


4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a German boot beer glass, for good measure.

Pours an orange/brown with a huge white head, and giant lacing.

Huge caramel smells, cracker, biscuit, dark rye bread, burnt sugar, some floral hops.

Beautiful festbier. One of the best. Can't imagine how good this would be fresh. Huge caramel malts, delicious dark bread with honey.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly sessionable

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 17:16:19 | More by acelin
Photo of Bierguy5


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear straw golden color. A few bubbles stream from the bottom of my mug as I glance at it. Nice thick white foamy head holds together very well. Bready, pale lager aroma, along with some floral notes. Good amount of bready malt flavor, which is still pale, not like other Marzens. Seems almost more like a Helles. Earthy floral hops balance the malt very well. Light to medium body, with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much. This was way too easy to drink. I could picture this at Oktoberfest in a gian liter mug. Very nice, although not very much like other Marzens.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 03:06:36 | More by Bierguy5
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Frankfurt stein, this showed brilliant, clear yellow-golden color and a thick, foamy white head. Aromas were of clean hops, grains and dough, with some very faint herbal aspects. The mild hop and grain aromas carried through to the flavor, which was perfectly balanced by plentiful carbonation. A delicious, fresh, refined and very drinkable beer that I can't wait to have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 14:03:56 | More by malloyca
Photo of glid02


4.38/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 05:28:20 | More by glid02
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, yet verging on hearty, golden straw with a decent white head. Although the foam falls fairly fast it keeps a cap and leaves pretty damn decent lacing. Just barely less than crystal clear with lost of dancing bubbles. This beer is quite pretty to look at.

S: Distinct and fairly strong fruity euro-lager esters show first and are backed up by a slightly sweet doughy malt. Malt is a bit grainy, but mostly juicy, fresh, robust, yet pale lager malts. Pils / Vienna / light munich - light, light - emphasis is almost more on grainy (but sweetly so) than on malty. Hops make barest hint of a showing and come across as mostly floral. Hop aroma grows a hair as the brew warms and takes on a soft lemon edge. Emphasis is fruity lager esters and sweet light malt grain.

T: Palate is quite a bit more hop forward. Sweet and floral spicey, and a little bit minty with some grassy / leafy background notes. Saaz / Hallertau with maybe something else for bittering. (This is not the first thing you would notice about an Octoberfest. Nor does this have rich malty notes. This is something else, and a fine beer.) The doughy grainy malts have a pretty good level of cookie like sweetness. The malts are light (probably a lot of pils in this one) and not complex at all, but have great depth and roundness. Hops match malts in strength up front but linger longer in the finish. A balanced beer, but both the hops and malts are bigger and badder than the color of the beer would seem to indicate.

M: Solidly medium body with a carbonation level and character that is elegant yet firm. CO2 helps lighten the heft and helps give a crispness to the finish while contributing an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is not an O-fest. The blue & white Bavarian chevrons, product placement with other o-fests, time of year, etc - all had me thinking that this would be malty & rich. This is a bigger than everyday beer, but not a Marzen. Weihenstephaner's original is a helles, and this seems to be a bigger, "fest" version. A sort of extra special helles, or Helles Bock, or Maibock. A very nice beer. And you have got to like the partying nuns on the six pack - not your run of the mill marketing.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 18:07:21 | More by SickGnar
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shocked at the low overall score on this one. This is the oldest brewery in the world and I firmly believe that everything they put out is of very high quality.

Honey gold color with slight amber hue, frothy , hungy fresh looking head. The aroma and taste are exactly in line with each other. Very straightforward bready and biscuity with a mild hop presence that makes it so drinkable. All the big corporate brewers would be really well served to follow these guys as they still seem to make beers the way they're supposed to be made. This is the German way.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 02:14:48 | More by rousee
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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner - Oktoberfestbier

Brewed and bottled in Freising, Germany. One of my annual favorites, and as soon as I pop'd the top I knew why. They seem to hit the smell & flavor just right. It's a little bit bitter, a little bit malty with a hint of some sort of spice that I just can't place.

I drank the first one straight from the bottle and completely failed to notice the color. Pouring the next few into my stein really surprised me - it's a blonde. There's no hint of amber, red or brown here at all - just straight yellow. It actually seems like the color is lying, this beer is packing in the flavor, but it's only 1/4 a shade darker that Bud Lite.

5.8% ABV printed on the bottle and "4202" is stamped on the bottom of the label - probably some way to cross reference to a bottling date, but nothing obvious.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 20:08:12 | More by jak3676
Photo of general_staal


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a 12oz tulip glass. It has a very nice thick head ~1/2-3/4" with nice lacing. It is a hazy golden yellow color to it. My wife says that it looks like dark pee.

It has a nice malty smell. It smells of yeast and bread and has a very nice Oktoberfest feel to it.

It's a nice malty hearty flavor. It is a very beery flavored beer if that makes sense. It has a very good feel on the tongue also. It has a nice tight carbonation.

This is now one of my new favorite Oktoberfest. It's right up there with Great Lakes and Warsteiner. I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:44:56 | More by general_staal
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cloudy, dark lemon yellow color...there are white flecks floating around everywhere in my glass. a head that has staying power and a bit of lace. aroma of nutty, toasty malts and a bit of almost fruity hops...very inviting. a sort of sourdough bread flavor, like a bakery in a bottle. a rich, creamy and VERY smooth mouthfeel. no hop bite...just a floral reminder to add to the tremendous balance. wow is this a good beer. it's not necessarily a true oktoberfest, since the bottle has a x-mas wreath adourning it's label. a brew to celebrate any season! search it out if you can. weihenstephaner is two for two in my book with the korbinian up next.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 22:18:03 | More by budgood1
Photo of Risser09


4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a pee colored yellowish gold with a foamy, short-lived, 1/2" white head. Some lacing with lots of effervescence.

Smell: Pale malt and mild hop aroma. Wheat and almond oil. Smells are reminiscent of a wild yeast strain like saccromyces.

Taste: Creamy nougat and nutty flavors. Pale wheat malt. Not very much like other festbiers.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink. Thin and creamy body are quenching. Alcohol is not noticable.

Drinkability: Very good. This beer is an all around great beer. Too bad I don't really consider it to be a festbier. Will definitely revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 14:33:18 | More by Risser09
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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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