Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is from a possible bad bottle...

A - Pours a hazy super pale brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malts and metal. Almost a smell of rust.

T - Slightly bitter hop taste to start followed up by a very subdued malty bread flavor. There is a metallic aftertaste on this beer.

M - Low carbonation (not quite flat) with a sticky quality in the mouth.

D - So this may be a bad bottle of this beer, but who knows? There was only 1 bottle left on the shelf at a small liquor store where I live and I haven't seen this one anywhere else. If this is the normal quality the drinkability isn't too good and I wouldn't get it again. However, if I see another bottle someday I might pick it up out of curiousity to rereview. (784 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled down, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface. A slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose. Some hints of floral hops are also perceptible.
T: The initial taste is very malty and has some sweetness with some hints of caramel; these flavors are balanced by the hops, which lend a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is highly drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a single sitting. (700 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour yields a golden-hued brew that is mostly transparent. The head is white and sticks around for just a bit before falling down to a thin cap. Slight amount of lacing. The nose is mostly comprised of bready malts with a touch of caramel and some very, very light hopping. The flavor is again white-bread crust with a bit of sweetness and caramel flavoring. Medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and goes down smoothly even though nothing about it is all that remarkable, especially considering its source. (572 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.1/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a big fan of most Pilsners, and even though this brew is classified as a Marzen I still felt like this was more like a Pils. Big time grassy notes on the palette which is not my favorite thing in beer. The more I drank of this brew, the worse it got. Normally when a good beer gets warmer the flavors get better. This one wasn't like that. I was very happy once I finished this because I was afraid that I wasn't going to. (430 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Extremely clear pale straw. The head pours amply with lots of sticky lace, but retention could be better.

Smell - Toasted grain and caramel with mild noble hops.

Taste - Sweet and spicy, grainy and grassy; a bit mineral as well. Sharp hops in the finish. Long-lasting finish of spicy hops and minerals.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Notes - Quite good but not as noteworthy as some of the other beers from this excellent brewery. An enjoyable lager nonetheless, though one that I feel would be more suited as a summer beer. (582 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (2,071 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, at the Oak Cafe in Wyandotte, Michigan.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of soapy white head, which leaves surprisingly little lace as it slips under. It smells of fairly crisp pale malt, and earthy hops. The taste is sweet wheat, grainy malt, and a bit of acrid, edgy hoppiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and not unsmooth. It finishes with a mildly astringent wheat graininess.

A decent off-dry Oktoberfest, but the German-ness is slightly in question - it's more on the American side of hop indulgence. (579 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Style aside, this is a nice clean German Pils.

Pours a high-clarity golden tone, with a finger of foam. Small bits of lace here and there. Typical grainy malt aroma, clean not skunky.

Taste has a hint of apple and herbal hops that linger in the aftertaste. Well carbonated, giving it a medium level feel. Ultra quaffable, think liter mugs in the shade at a summer picnic.

Subtlety is the key here. It's not an extreme US craft oktoberfest, so lets not get our hopes up too much folks... (492 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this one in the secret Halloween BIF but I am just now getting around to trying it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 12/09/2008.

The pour was decent, clean looking with lots of carbonation sneaking up from the bottom. Formed a tight little head of maybe an inch on the top that faded down gradually and then left behind basically nothing.

The aroma was light, bready malts with a hint of a caramel sweetness. Light touch of grape like fruit in their providing a slight nose of sour. Rich tones working their way in the flavor though. Quick, clean hitting and crisp, this was a definite session beer to say the least. Nice well rounded malt flavor with a hint of light hops toward the end that were just enough to provide a nice touch of balance. Intresting mix of vibrant carbonation and light feel led to a supreme sense of sessionability.

In the end a classic little brew. Nothing to do back flips over but more then decent on every account. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day. (1,047 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, straw yellow color with a creamy/foamy, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of light caramel malt, grains and some grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and had a very light hoppy/grassy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a little disappointing for Weihenstephaner. It was also a little disappointing for a Marzen/Oktoberfest. (420 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, yellow pour with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is bready and biscuity with a slight spiciness and some lightly floral and citrusy hops.

T: There's plenty of spicy and sweet orange hop flavor. The malt provides a bit of bready flavor and substance, though the beer is fairly light.

M: The body is quite light on the tongue with a bubbly carbonation.

D: I don't think Weihenstephaner makes a bad beer, and this one follows that trend. A nice light beer with some pleasant flavor. (523 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack - $8.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, surprisingly light yellow-hued body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Delicate, light pale malt hints glanced by some floral, lightly herbal Noble hop notes.

Taste: Shies away from any complex malt character and instead delivers a rather mild pale maltiness with some basic sugary hints and (at best) very faint notions of wildflower honey. Noble hops are mainly floral with just the lightest amount of lemon citrus in there as well. Low bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes dry with a vague Noble hop flavor ambling into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Huh. Well, it really takes the "ease of copious amount of drinking" route, leaving you wanting a bit more flavor, a bit more character, but, if downed in copious amounts alongside roasted chickens and sausage, you probably wouldn't care at that point anyhow. (964 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Yet another O-Fest finally getting sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, light lemon zest, flowers, wheat, very light green apple, and grass. It's light and airy, but still pretty pleasant. The taste holds notes of spicy rye, light caramel, greens, flowers, grass, orange zest, wheat, and light black pepper. I'm actually surprised the malts came through as well and as strongly as they did here, given the lightness of the look and smell... The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a bit of a contradictory O-Fest here, but one that generally succeeds in pleasing. (784 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A short head of creamy white rises steadily as you pour. The head retention is good and it leaves continuous rings of thin, sticky lace about the glass. The body is deep golden in color with an orange cast, bordering on becoming amber at 5 to 8 SRM.

Rich malt greets you in the nose. It's sweetish, doughy, and softly grassy like dried straw. Floral, spicy, and grassy hops back it up and it's well-rounded and welcoming.

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Very-fine bubbles seem almost natural (but it's not bottle conditioned) and give a gentle caress to the tongue as it passes.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, but with more spicy hops and a solid backing bitterness that help to cut through the sweet, doughy and grainy Munich malts. (Probably a 60/40 blend of Munich and Pils - no Vienna malts present). The first couple sips appear sweet (perhaps the first quarter of the glass), but then your mouth becomes attuned to it and everything falls into place as the herbal, spicy and floral hop flavors and bitterness build on the palate. It finishes dry, herbal, grassy, and lightly spicy but always with some residual, distinctly grainy malt left at the corners and back of your mouth. Very nice!

Superbly rounded and balanced! Remarkably drinkable! A definite "must taste" for anyone interested in the Maerzen style. (1,360 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with 3 big fingers of frothy eggshell colored head, that settles into a finger of creamy and smooth foam which throws thick swathes of lacing that sticks. The aroma is spicy and floral with hops, mixed in with some sweeter tones of bread, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

The taste is a tangy bloom of bread and citrus with a firm dose of spicy Noble hops. Finish with lingering sweetness and a touch dry and spicy from the hops. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with an extremely easy feel and creamy carbonation. While I appreciate the easy approach to this, I think that this maybe could have used a bit more crispness to it, which would have nice complimented the solid hop profile in this.

Not bad. While this drank nicely and offered some decent enough flavors, this could have dialed the citrus back a bit and offered a bit more presence in the body. Decent but not one of the best Märzens that I've had. (981 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color and surprisingly light, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, some spices and a touch of hops, again it’s very light and different for an O-Fest.

T: The taste is very sweet with flavors of light malts and a little bit of hops. I know this is the world’s oldest brewery and they have remarkably held to the noble concept of brewing with only the most elemental of beer ingredients, but this beer doesn’t taste much different than the Weihestephaner Original (which is a Munich Helles Lager) and certainly doesn’t taste anything like a Marzen/Oktoberfest beer.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, this is a good beer in and of itself, but I’m very disappointed by the lack of adherence to the style. I respect this brewer a great deal but I don’t understand how you can call this an Oktoberfest with the characteristics that this beer has. Again, this is a very good beer, it’s just not even close to being an O-Fest. (1,196 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, I had to re-review this beer. My first review was more than 4 years ago when I was still fairly new to reviewing, plus I didn't have a real grasp on what true German Oktoberfest beers were, I was stuck on the sweeter maltier American versions, plus now that I look at it, I probably reviewed a year old bottle. This one is quite fresh, and now I've had so many good German beers I know a bit more about it, and I've trained my senses a bit more.

Decent fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace with decent lacing, lots of bubbles streaming up, crystal clear pale yellow color.

Nose is nice, good decoction lager aromas, soft lager, layered malts, straw, little wheat perhaps, light toasty grainy, cracked grain, mice juicy malt character, hint of light grassy noble hop in the background.

Taste brings nice lager and decoction malt, layered bake complexity with nice softness and depth, nice juicy malt, into toasty grainy straw and cracked wheat. Nice mild grassy floral noble hop with mild bitterness. Light juicy fruity lager and good lager crispness. Malts come nicely for a marzen. Finish is dry, crisp, bit more lingering noble grassy hop character, nice soft layered malt too, bit more straw.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, good soft crisp lager and layered malt.

Overall quite nice. Really glad I re-reviewed it, as this brewery really deserves it. I visited them a couple years ago and really loved the place. I really want to go back again, but in the mean time I can enjoy a lot more of these beers. (1,525 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a brilliant slightly hazed yellow golden hue with a large bright white foaming head rises well above the rim of my 1/2 liter dimpled fest style mug. Head has moderate retention but fine speckled lacing coats evenly with each sip and a big collar of lacing is left as the head dwindles down.

Aromatics offer clean German noble hops with grassy fresh herbal tones, I would venture to say Hallertau and Saaz. Sweet biscuit cereal malt backbone with a touch of mineral water character that makes German lagers what they are.

Nothing about this brew screams Americanized toasted malt caramel O fest this is festbier what you'll be drinking when you show up in late August through September in Munich at the big dance or polka if that makes you happy. A more drinkable version of the brew that is definitely refreshing as all helles in the warm weather months.

Flavor sweet light toasted malts with Noble hop girth throughout with notes of sweet biscuit and honey coated toasted crackers with herbal grassy zesty lemon like hop notes.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied not watery, slightly dry finish with enough malts to keep a great balance on the palate. Carbonation is solid but not overbearing awesome German brew here glad I've finally had the opportunity to try a real festbier.

Drinkability is definitely by the liter forget the caramel sticky sweet toasted malt with a nutty edge Octoberfest beer that we drink. This is the type of beer meant to be drank in number during times of celebration, so enjoy and swing your elbow back and forth, Prost! (1,575 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white head. Leaves ample lace. Crystal clear. Straw color--perhaps light for the style.

Surprising earthiness to the smell. Also, slightly skunky (despite the brown bottle)--no date on the bottle. Slightly sweet.

Partially dry, but with sweet undertone; is that possible? Round mouthfeel with a neutral amount of carbonation. The flavor has some sour elements that peak at the swallow. The aftertaste has some definitive peppery hop. This is a superior Marzen in many ways. (480 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,285 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden (regrettably, not the orangish tradition color, but this has been the trend in the past few years, of the Bavarian O-fests, with some exceptions) with a white fluffy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain with hay and some mustiness. Smells like a Helles Lager.

The taste is of sweet grain and some must. A very slight metallic tinge is there. Light Continental-type hop (Hallertau?) balance smooths out the malty sweetness to a degree. Some nutty flavor mingles in. A touch of raw alcohol is noticeable. Finishes rather abruptly.

Light-bodied, though not fizzy. Fairly smooth.

This is a Helles Lager with a touch more alcohol - a fair one at that. Oddly, I enjoyed other offerings of this brewery much more, including the great lager that they make. This one seems like a mediocre-ish lager with a touch more alcohol. As an O-fest, it's passable, but pretty lame. (904 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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