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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 567
Hads: 1,343
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 42
Gots: 126 | 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

A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor. Prost!
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Photo of kpoole25
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale yellow, fluffy white head, lots of carbonation. Sweet crackery smell, a little sulphur. Taste is sweet and light malt, a little more sulphur, but blows off as I get into it, moderate to light bittering. Crisp and very drinkable, reminds me of a pilsner really. This is the last bottle of the handful of Oktoberfest beers I've tried so far this season. Clear 'winner' for me was the Paulaner, then the Sierra Nevada - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration, then probably this beer, followed by a local offering (San Tan Brewing), and last for me was the Left Hand. Lots of variation in color, maltiness, alcohol..something for everyone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is straight up where its at in the fall, beer geeks seem to need complexity these days, barrels and wild microbes and blends and everything else. well. this proves that simplicity can still be amazing. crystal clear yellow beer here, none of the oranges and caramel colors we are used to in octoberfest types. it has a ton of carbonation, and a puffy white head with great retention, smells like fresh german pale malts, even pils based, with a nice grassy hop thing going on and an autumnal lager yeast that brings it all together. purity in its finest form here, this is traditional and standard setting in my opinion, a perfect example of the style. i dont miss the sweeter malts, and actually prefer this drier and lighter version. i think its really light but still fits the early fall. afterall, octoberfest is in september, not october, and its still warm out, this works beautifully this time of year. refreshing and infinitely drinkable. i wish my fridge was full of them on this first nfl sunday, i could hammer these all afternoon. these guys continue to be the gold standard of german stuff. so affordable too, buying this again for sure. perfect really, underrated by a mile

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Photo of McMatt7
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how to rate this, but it's beautiful and delicious, it smells clean, the cleanest, a little sweet, mellow hop, baked bread, love it, damn fantastic beer.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking out of a pint glass, at work, because someone dropped a six pack.

Great light-gold color, very clear, with all but no head. Mildly aromatic, great gobs of honey all over the nose, but light enough to be enchanting. The honey returns on the palette, a bright sweetness riding on mild-to-medium bitterness that fades into a malty end. Great effervescence, no alcohol anywhere.

This is brighter and more inviting of a second than most Octoberfests I've had - I think someone, here, mentioned this is not a typical marzen? And it feels atypical, but in a very positive way, especially given the September heatwave we are suffering, right now. Gosh, but you could finish a pint of this quickly.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with plenty of carbonation. Has a two finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Malty smell with a sweet almost fruity smell. Hoppier and sweeter than most octoberfests. Not as much malt either. Very crisp and refreshing. Very good German hop taste. The ingredients make very balanced. Though different, very good.

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Photo of 3toes
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of people are reviewing this as a Marzen/Oktoberfest, when it really is a separate style. From the BJCP 2015 guidelines: "Paulaner first created the golden version in the mid-1970s because they thought the traditional Oktoberfest was too filling. So they developed a lighter, more drinkable but still malty version that they wanted to be “more poundable” (according to the head brewer at Paulaner). But the actual type of beer served at Oktoberfest is set by a Munich city committee. Style Comparison: Less intense and less richly toasted than a Märzen. More rich-heavy in body than a Helles, with more hop flavor and higher alcohol. Less rich in malt intensity than a Maibock. The malt complexity is similar to a higher-gravity Czech Premium Pale Lager, although without the associated hops."

So this is the type of beer that is served in the garden during Oktoberfest, and not what most of us think of when we hear "oktoberfest beer."

That being said this is an excellent example of a festbier and has a wonderfully malty yet clean profile.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

ONE PIN, 0.9 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a dimpled mug

This beer pours a golden color with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with several inches of rocky white head that leaves some decent lacing.

As soon as I start pouring it I can smell that it is skunked. It is hard to discern anything past the skunk smell. I get some grain and that is about it.

The taste begins with a sweet grain flavor. Then I get some slight bitterness with a skunked finish.

Moderate body and mouthfeel

This beer is quite a disappointment. It is the first skunked beer that I have had from Weihenstephaner. I will have to revisit this beer on tap somewhere where light will have no influence on the taste.

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Photo of teromous
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label says 2235 12:16:32 so after a little decoding it looks like 2nd day of the 23rd week of 2015 so 02 JUN 2015 appears to be the bottle date. The bottle is a 330ml/11.2oz long-neck that appears different from the one displayed on this page. The is the review of an imported bottle.

Appearance: It pours straw gold into a very light gold absolutely transparent body with a very thick fluffy white head. Vivacious carbonation.

Aroma: I can smell the aroma of the beer just by pouring it. There is a cereal sweetness on the nose along with a very light noble hop aroma that smells a bit like leaves. It is a very faint aroma. There is a sweet honey scent to the beer.

Taste: It doesn't carry a whole lot of flavor. There's a light bit of sweet malt flavor followed by an extremely mellow bitterness and finished by a light bread crust flavor. It's pretty good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's nice and smooth, extremely drinkable, and it just brings the quality of this beer to another level. It not only makes the beer easy to drink but it gives it this fullness to the palate while keeping the beer nice and light.

Overall: It was an enjoyable Oktoberfest. It would be easy to drink quite a few of these. The flavor character was not very pronounced and it didn't have a fresh flavor. As an import it has held up very well. I'm not getting any oxidation or light-struck qualities in this beer so it would be one of the imports that I would choose again for an Oktoberfest beer. I would prefer to buy it either fresh from Germany or in a keg, but as a bottle this really does well. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Lucular
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks, smells, tastes and feels like a Munich helles lager. I'm not sure how or why this is an Oktoberfest, but I'm willing to assume the error is on my end and not on the end of the centuries-old brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Dimpled stein.

A: lightest gold; thin head. No lacing. Fair retention.

S: quite hoppy, soapy floral, cherrylike aroma.

T: much like the nose, a soapiness that I don't appreciate. Not much maltiness or sweetness.

M: perfect for a lager other than a Marzen; clean, well carbonated; lighter side of midweight.

T: quite hoppy in a floral way; not very sweet For a Marzen, but sweeter than a Helles; slightly malty, not really bitter at all.

O: not a repeat purchase for Marzen, but a definite repeat for a hoppy German lager. Too floral and not malty enough.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This really tastes and feels more like a watery pils or lager. The nose has a bit of skunk to it. It's that thick yeast smell that draws me away from Marzen and Belgian styles alike...not my thing. However, it's only a faint wiff. Once it reaches the tongue it's gone and what you are left with is a carmel, strawlike American Adjunct.

I gave it OK reviews because it's refreashing and unoffensive. Something I can't say about most of the Marzens/Octoberfests I've picked up. But, I'm not sure if it's true to the style. But, yeah they are the German ones right?

Bottom line is I'm loving this on a Summer Evening fighting off the sweat and mosquitoes here in FL.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale straw yellow in color. No head whatsoever. Also has little to no carbonation bubbles present.

This has a very imported aroma, if a beer could have such a thing. I would consider passing it off as mildly skunky, but I do not think thats the case.... it just has a certain smell to it that I cant call anything other than "imported". Malts are present here, but they dont take a forward approach like the other octoberfests I've enjoyed.

Just pinch of that skunkiness comes through in the flavor, not nearly as much as the aroma.

Honestly speaking here, for a classic german brewery making a style of beer I've already come to love, I am completely unimpressed with this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's. This traditional fest pours a bright golden honey color with a moderate white head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin layer, modest ring, and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, and a touch of hops. Flavors surpass the nose with moderately sweet caramel malts and light honey on the front and sides, followed by medium strong grain notes to the mid and rear, then a touch of grassy hops. Solid for the style. Medium carbonation, crisp and smooth mouth feel. Excellent representation of the style from a world class brewery.


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is nice but a bit light, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, toasted malt, and some grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), and there's also some apple fruitiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and goes down easy with a good amount of carbonation. Worth a try at least once, at $3.49 a bottle it's not a bad deal at all, I'd pick it up again at that price.

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Photo of 303beer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white rocky head. Lots of carbonation. Has a light clear yellow to it. Sweet malty smell. Light malt flavot. Very drinkable. I'm surprised by the light clear color of it. As opposed to most October fest style beers

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Photo of CitizenGenet
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner makes good beer. End of story. So why not try their Märzen even if it suspiciously appears to be a pilsner or lager?

L - Golden yellow, plenty of carbonation. A little foam scum lingers on the surface after pour.

S - Pretty standard pilsnery funk, but not full pilsner. Still cleaner and crisper.

T - Little different from a pilsner or a lager, as I expected. Not as much funk as a pilsner and slightly more character than a lager. A little malt, a little bitter. Slight lingering fruit but you really have to search for it.

F - Feels like drinking an American adjunct lager. Not as smooth as a European pilsner.

Overall - Not a bad beer and it would be great to enjoy after mowing the lawn or canoeing down the river, but let's be honest. Why would you drink this if you have access to standard Euro pilsners like Stiegl Pils, with it's smoother feel and lovely floral experience? Why drink this if you have access to almost any (gasp!) American adjunct style lager? It's outgunned by almost everything.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE Weihenstephaner beers, so I'm stoked to try this one! Approximately 7 weeks old, according to the date code, but properly kept cold, so should be reasonably fresh for an import.
A: Pours a clear pale gold, much lighter then any marzen I've seen before... Thin snow white head.
S: Strong "Lager" aroma, with a hint of malt. No confusing THIS beer for an Ale!.
T: Rich malt, Concord grape, slight hint of esters from the yeast. No perceived hops, but PERFECTLY BALANCED sweetness... Amazing!
M: Finishes clean & dry, begging for another sip. COMPLETELY hiding its alcohol. SO DRINKABLE!
O: Not the usual marzen, but in this case, that's what makes this one great! YET ANOTHER WORLD CLASS BREW FROM WEIHENSTEPHANER!!! These guys can do NO WRONG!

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Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Felt so lucky that I could get my hands on a fresh bottled 2015 Edition. You know what: The first batches Weihenstephan fills in kegs or bottles are for their Export customers in the US or Australia. That usually happens around that time: May/June. Anyway, I tried that fresh filled 11.2 oz bottle. Real fresh bottled beer, only 2 or 3 days in the bottle. Color is golden (EBC 9 or 10); Nice Filtration, average head. Smells like honey, sweet malts, barley, a bit of wild herbs and biscuits...all in all very sweet on the nose. First sip. Mhhh...the aroma is nice, aromatic, sweet, malty and a nice balanced bitterness at the end. Good Märzen! Handcrafted German Style! Prost!

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Photo of travolta
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful head with very nice clingy retention and lacing. Super clear golden yellow.

Nose: Yeasty on the nose up front, some lager malt, pilsner malt, a little lemon brightness, and a tiny finish of spice.

Taste: Carmel right up front which goes into a drier pilsner malt and a lager finish.

Notes: Lots of lager and pilsner character in this beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours an incredibly clear light golden-yellow. 2-3 fingers of white foaminess upon initial pouring. Dissipates down over time. Can see lots of carbonation rising up at an average rate

Smell - 4/5
Mostly a very strong (but nice) lager smell. That was unexpected to me because I thought this was an Oktoberfest beer, and I've never had any like this one. Maybe some faint fruitiness, floral hops, and maltiness.

Taste - 4/5
About equal components of traditional lager taste and the sweet maltiness which is typical of oktoberfest beers. Moderately sweet, there is a mild fruitiness to it. Overall, not totally what I was expecting taste-wise, but still a good beer.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-light in body, fairly crisp. There is a light amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Overall, has a nice light and smooth feel in the mouth. No major complaints.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was a really good beer. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. But this is my first authentically German Oktoberfest, so perhaps us Americans are just doing it wrong :)

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Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 4 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a perfect golden color, crystal clear, with sizeable carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice one finger foamy white head that leaves appreciable lacing and takes forever to die out.

Smell: Initially smelled really skunky and dank, definitely not appealing. It aired out for a bit and began smelling better, but still maintained a skunky edge to it, along with some sweet malts.

Taste: Lighter and less caramelly than your standard Märzen, but definitely a beer with full flavor. The flavors are more subdued and muted, but there are still perceptible notes of caramel sweetness, a pinch of biscuitiness, and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation gives this beer a substantial mouthfeel for something so lightly colored.

Overall: Definitely not the best by Weihenstephaner, but not a bad beer either. A good switch from the darker Märzen beers and a refreshing beer that is easy to go down in quantity.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; pale gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: pilsner malt;

T: a light sulfur all the way through; up front, a bit of toast and pilsner malt;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little tingly; moderately dry finish;

O: seems a little light, both in color and flavor;

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Photo of breadwinner
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite festbiers, this one is of the pale variety. I appreciate its extreme restraint when it comes to sweetness, a characteristic that seems to overwhelm too many examples of the style. Just lots of good malty goodness here. There's something about German-brewed beers (though I got it in some English ones as well) -- you can literally taste the malted barley. Clear as crystal, lingering cloud of foam atop -- absolutely gorgeous. Definitely make sure this one enters your Oktoberfest rotation.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a nice 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: malt and grassy tones are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some grass, mild lemon citrus, and a moderate hop presence.

Feel: very crisp from start to finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: easy to drink and a nice full flavor oktoberfest that will satisfy anyone.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Lasts about five minutes and puts some lacing on the sides. Aroma is all grain malts. Taste is clean malts with a good amount of noble hops. Kind of Pils like but less forward bitterness. A touch of lemon dances across the palette.
Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect.
Overall a very tasty beer that might not be a Marzen but I could drink this all day. I bought a single but I should have sprung for a six pack. Hard to believe this is 5.8%abv.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.