Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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2.98/5 rDev -19%
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.
09-22-2008 23:49:32 | More by Sammy
2.93/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
05-14-2010 04:38:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
02-23-2011 20:18:10 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-01-2010 02:34:23 | More by metter98
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
12-28-2006 20:58:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
08-25-2008 18:18:31 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
12-10-2008 01:55:40 | More by mikesgroove
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
03-27-2010 06:49:56 | More by womencantsail
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
09-27-2009 04:11:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.03/5 rDev -44.8%
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.
03-20-2011 16:44:52 | More by Knapp85
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
08-20-2007 23:44:44 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-18-2011 20:39:41 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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...
09-05-2007 23:34:35 | More by emerge077
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-17-2009 01:24:33 | More by zeff80
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
12-05-2007 03:21:22 | More by largadeer
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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