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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

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(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002)
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Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. into a Weihenstephan hefe glass.

pours a crisp golden color with a nice head. the smell is malty and crisp with some noble hops. the taste is extremely clean and refreshing, wow. an impressive oktoberfest! flavor is spot on, you could drink this all day. light bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a superb oktoberfest. loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 17:53:22 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of StaveHooks


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at McNellies South in Tulsa
24 oz glass

A - Golden straw colored with a creamy white head. Seetles nicely into a solid cap.

S - Bready yeast with a hefty malt profile, various spices, wheat, light fruits, apples, peppery noble hops.

T - Hefty wheat and pilsner malts, spicy yeast, coriander and hints of cloves, very bready, with a nice fruity/orange sweetness. Honey bread sweetness holds up but finish slightly grainy with a nice crispness.

M - Thicker feel for the style, full feel, low to medium carbonation, smooth in the middle with a crisp finish.

This is a hefty Marzen. Various spices mixed in with light spicy hops to balance the honey sweetness. Not quite what you typically look for style wise but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 03:37:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sweet corn and honey, with some creamy wheat and a little grassy and lemon hops.
T: It tasted like light lemon and copper and grassy hops, with fresh wheat and sweet honey. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a nice wheat beer, but not very heavy for a fest beer. It had a clean and crisp scent and taste and body. It had a mellow finish, so it was easy to drink. Great for the first day of Oktoberfest, but not very unique from Weihenstephan's Hefeweissbier.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 21:50:12 | More by Pencible
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a clear orange hue. Head is quite thin. Not much lacing.

S-Marzen all the way. Predominantly malty with a light noble hop hint.

T-More of the same except the hops are notched up a tad. Mostly sweet. Mild overall flavor intensity.

M-Thin and drinkable with enough carbonation to cleanse the palate. Semi-crisp.

O/D-Works well enough. Not my favorite style by any means but it works well enough.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 18:25:26 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of wadecats


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 falloutsnow


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Krug Park in Omaha, NE

Served to me in a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Beer features a 2cm head off-white head of fairly dense, small bubbles. Body is a transparent golden yellow color, with some visibly active carbonation. Not seeing much in the way of lacing. Just above average.

Aroma is very clean and fresh, with a well-balanced bready, slightly nutty maltiness just overpowering the Teutonic hops.

Taste is definitely malt-forward, gently sweet and bready, but also has some slight toast and biscuit flavors. This is tempered by mildly spicy hops in the back/finish that balance out the dominant flavors and provide a nice close. Aftertaste is faintly malty and sweet.

Medium to medium-light bodied with fairly gentle carbonation, making this enjoyable smooth, yet crisp. Dry finish.

Not an Oktoberfest, but of the lighter "festbier" type. Still, this remains delicious and highly drinkable, one that I hadn't had before, but will definitely add to my list to pick up next season. Note that I've had this on tap and in bottles, and thus far prefer the on-tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 16:39:29 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of codfeast


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Crown and Anchor.

A: Gold in color, lighter than I was was expecting, thin head.

S: Malt and Hops, hints bread, biscut.

T: Like the smell, sweet malt, with a bit of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium body, smooth, nice dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, good Marzen. Not a big flavor profile, but very well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 18:52:08 | More by codfeast
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from a restaurant in Arlington, VA and from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is golden yellow with medium small white head. Nicely carbonated. Aroma gives off sweet malts. Taste is incredible malt, honey, grain. A slight bit of roast. Mild spicy hops and roast keep this balanced but this is a malt forward beer. Palate is malty sweet and crisp as can be. Hops bitterness balanced perfectly with the hints of roast malt to keep this from being cloying. Overall an excellent beer. This isnt what everyone considers an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more a slightly stronger, malty'er version of a helles with the slightest hint of roast... a Festbier or Wiesen.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 19:46:24 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of cpanossian

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served vom fass in a tall tower 0.5 mug with a 1" head. Crystal clear gold yellow. Ample carbonation trickling up from bottom of mug. Clean fresh aroma and taste of well balanced malt and hops.
Stable in taste and mouthfeel over a long session - took my sweet time with this half-liter. Definitelty thirst quenching.
Weihenstephan is about 25-30 minutes north of Munich in the town of Freising. I had my Festbier and Kasespaeztle in their neat vaulted brick beer cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 14:21:10 | More by cpanossian
Photo of Wheelinb


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Stable in St Louis. Pours a golden yellow with a nice thick head. It smelled very bready and the taste was yeasty with a slight lemon taste as well. It sort of reminds me of a helles. It was not very remarkable but not bad either. It was fairly easy drinking but seemed to be filling so I don't think it would make for a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 22:36:58 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap at the Buckeye Beer Engine. Apple juice colour with some white wheat. The aroma and tase of sour wheat. Below average mouthfeel. Not up to expectations for this brewery. Some astringency offset by sweetness from wheat. Drinkable in a pinch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 23:49:32 | More by Sammy
Photo of DeepSix


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light amber/cooper color. A bit of head was there at first, but disappeared quickly, with not much lacing.

Smells of mostly malt with some hop presence, a little grainy.

Light taste for a supposed Märzen / Oktoberfest. Would expect some a bit different, if just darker, can't seem to place what made it not other then that, not quite "dark". The sweetness of the style was there though. The mouthfeel goes with the lightness I was talking about, light body, mild carbonation, something I don't usually note in what this style is "supposed" to be.

Yeah this is a pretty good beer, but like others I ask is this a truly a Märzen / Oktoberfest? This site isn't the only place to call it that, where I got it (Max's) did, and the guy sitting next to me did as well when I asked him his recommendation for the style, so I dunno...anyway not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 01:38:27 | More by DeepSix
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a light gold color, not what I usually associate with Marzens or Oktoberfest beers. The beer has decent head retention and OK lacing, and I get some nice roasty malt on the nose. The beer certainly smells like a marzen, even if it doesn't really look like one. On the palate this beer is very light, with not a lot of flavor. The beer is pleasant, but really pretty simple. It's certainly quite drinkable, but I'd like a marzen with a bit more flavor.

A good beer, if nothing special. I think Weihenstephan should probably stick to wheat beers (where they truly excel).

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2007 14:10:22 | More by johnmichaelsen
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 Gusler


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught @ Papago Brewery

The beer pours a limpid golden amber color, the head is statuesque, and a brilliant white, creamy in texture and as it evaporates, the lace forms a tight and sealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of sweet malt and a citrus like crispness dominate the nose, fresh, clean and inviting with a lightly sweet and malt laden start, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is pleasing in its hop spiciness, the acidity mellow, the aftertaste desert dry, and a fine drinking beer as is all of this breweries beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2003 14:46:21 | More by Gusler
Photo of bushbeer75


3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz brown bottle - coded 1243 that I think translates to bottled on June 11, 2013

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier filled my pint glass with a very light cloudy golden hue, not your typical dark/copper color of the style. Atop was a white 1-finger head with good retention. The nose was clean, floral and grassy. The taste is a little bready with a light somewhat spicy hop bitterness. The finish is clean and refreshing making for good drinkability. Mouth feel is pleasant , clean and crisp with moderate carbonation.

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier is a solid marzen, however to me it does not measure up to their Hefeweissbier or Korbinian.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:01:06 | More by bushbeer75
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Thick, billowy , bubbly white foam head atop a a clear golden liquid with trails of carbonation. Nice lacings as the fistful of foam settles down.

Aroma of grass and grains.

Carbonation of the front of the tongue , light mouthfeel. Malts and grains.

I love this brewer and expected much, much more from this beer. It's light, not a lot of flavor. Quaffable for sitting at a beer table during Oktoberfest but this would not be my first choice of brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 18:41:35 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of colts9016


2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A monster three finger head that is foamy and creamy that has good retention. The head left a good amount of lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale yellow color and very clear. The beer has a good amount of carbonation bubbles. Overall the appearance of the beer is good. I would have like to seen a bit darker beer color.

Nose: A floral aroma, with toasted malt, biscuit, yeast, and some funk.

Taste: A moderately sweet flavor with floral, toasted malt, biscuit, and yeast.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and astringent.

Overall: This beer is a bit off for being a Marzen style beer. The beer has some funk to it. Also the beer is supposed to be absent of hop like flavors and it beer has some present.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 06:34:01 | More by colts9016
Photo of sweemzander


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours the lightest color I have ever seen for a Marzen: a clear but very pale light yellowish hue. Some great white froth formed with solid retention and lacing.

(S)- A very light lemon / grassy graininess that quickly follows with a smooth yet even lighter honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A light graininess with a touch of yeasty lemon follows into a smooth honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and crispness to it, though quite light for the style. Very low bitterness and a good refreshing quality to it.

(O)- Easily the lightest example of a Marzen I have encountered, almost a borderline Helles. I just barely see it in the grain profile, but just missing that slight tip towards a nuttier/richer malt region which I love so much about this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 15:16:54 | More by sweemzander
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 22:05:01 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of dwren89


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:11:10 | More by dwren89
Photo of Murrhey


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1pt .9oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head with two-minute long retention. Nice fluffy white lacing. Golden-amber color with high clarity. Fine looking beer.

S- Noble hops, kind of grassy surprisingly. European yeast character. Crisp and lighter aroma without too much bitterness from hops.

T- Slightly nutty and warm flavor with a distinct crispness, like a pilsner. Mix between Marzen and Pils. Interesting.

M- Lighter body with healthy carbonation. Semi-wet finish.

O- Middling beer and certainly not even close to the best Weihestephan has to offer... but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 06:32:19 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Fatehunter


2.53/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is metallic and dry grain; much like a Euro pale lager....
The taste starts sweet and then alternates between metallic bitter and dry bitter. Not pleasing.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An unpleasant experience overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 23:13:23 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of hopsputin


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: absolutely clean golden yellow with a nice 2 finger white head

s: sweet malts, berries, straw. real sweet

t: follows the nose pretty accurately. sweet malt, honey, and that generic berry flavor dominate the taste. ends with an earthy straw-like bitterness and a hint of that metallic flavor

m: medium with pretty full carbonation

o: not my favorite from Weihenstephaner. its good, but the flavors initially fight for room in your mouth before they all blend together. its good, but not my favorite representation of the style. still an enjoyable drinker though, and easy to put back

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 23:03:32 | More by hopsputin
Photo of soju6


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, fresh grain and mild citrus in the background.

T: Taste of a light malt sweetness, some grain and bit of citrus in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a very clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, clean and quite refreshing. Has a nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style. It looks a bit like a typical Oktoberfest, but it is still quite flavorful

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 14:34:42 | More by soju6
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