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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 537
Hads: 1,231
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 39
Gots: 95 | 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 KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a Chester NJ Octoberfest. A lighter bodied Marzen from the get go. Pale yellow color, some amber, white foam. Nose and malty are all malt. Lightly sweet, small hap back. Smooth easy drinker, solid. (214 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A: poured into a giant mug to a fairly deep and clear yellow with carbonation rising and topped by a finger and a half of dense and rocky white head
S: smells of toasty maltyness, some cooked veggies, and spicy hops
T: taste is malty with a little toast, slight sweetness, and spicy hops. swallow is more toasted malt, spicy hop and slight caramel sweetness
M: this beer is somewhat light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Color isn't as dark as some but it doesn't seem to be outside the color scope if you do a google image search for marzen. clean flavors with some complexity going on and no faults (650 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%

Everything you want in an oktoberfest, but not more. Nice malt character, with some lemon and toasted grains. It wasn't too sweet, that was nice. Not a whole lot to talk about here. (181 characters)

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

A bit more of a floral/hoppy aroma and taste than I was expecting from an Oktoberfest. A bit surprising. Clean and crisp, not too heavy, but I would have a hard time distinguishing from a pilsner or helles. (208 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 9/25/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Yellow to Bright Gold in color. Very soft and fluffy pure white head. Plus retention with some carbonation cling to the glass.
Aroma: Very grassy and bright malt aroma. Very clean German lager yeast aroma quickly follows the malts.
Taste: Wow, the malts quickly move from grassy to earthy dirt and wheaty in flavor. The lager yeasts play a large role here as well, very clean and refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Light medium in body. Medium in carbonation. Between the wheats and the lagers this is a very clean clean flavor with no strong lingering presence. Very nice and palate quenching. (684 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Weihenstephaner's Oktoberfestbier last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. It's time to keep the Oktoberfest's rolling and since I've never had this beer before I thought I would take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't make out the bottling date. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into my Oktoberfest stein.

A- The label looks nice, the Oktoberfest colors in the background are fitting and I think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a clear yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy and slightly chunky white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I thought the color was a little light for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly lower amount of medium sweetness with the a fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts a nice pear and light apple juice like aroma that leads right into the malts that impart a slightly grainy and bready aroma with some clean lager yeast showing up in the background. Up next comes a unique perfume aroma that's a little floral and there's a herbal hop aroma also showing up. This beer had a nice and unique aroma, but it didn't seem to be that true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the fruits still being the first to show up and it seems like they impart an even mixture of pear and apple juice like flavors. Up next comes the malts which impart a bready and slightly grainy flavor with some clean lager yeast showing up in the background. On the finish comes that herbal and perfume like aspect that I got in the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it's followed by pretty much no bitterness with a bready, light grainy. pear and light apple juice like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it lacked those light toasted flavors that I look for in the style.

M- Smooth, a little clean, crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer, but I didn't think it was a good example of a Marzen and when it comes down to it I find this to be more Helles Lager like than anything, I didn't mind the taste and aroma, but it just wasn't what I look for in the style. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, a little clean, crisp, not filling at all and the taste did an ok job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these, but it isn't something I would drink if I wanted a good Marzen. What I like the most about this beer was how unique it was, the perfume and herbal aspect was unique and while it was a little weird at first I found myself liking it the more I drank it. What I liked the least about this beer was that it wasn't true to style, it's just not what I expect from the style and I'm pretty sure there would be no way i would guess this is a Marzen if I tried it blind. I might buy this beer again, but not if I wanted a straight up Marzen. I wouldn't turn it down though. I think this is worth giving a try, but I wouldn't recommend it as a good and true to style Marzen. All in all I was a little confused by this beer, I didn't mind it, it's just not really what I was expecting, but I think this might be a nice change of pace if I was drinking traditional Marzens all day. This isn't my favorite beer from this brewery or my favorite Marzen, but I think it's decent in it's own way. I like the uniqueness of this beer, but it's just not what I think of as a Marzen, I appreciate the effort and I didn't expect a brewery that is this so old and traditional to make such a different take on the style. (3,864 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Seidel mug.

A- Massive pale white head, light and foamy. The body is pale golden in color with great clarity.

S- A delicous medley of bright floral and grassy hops blends with a bready sweet malt.

T- True to the nose, there's a continued floral, grassy hop presence. Sweet malt flavors of caramel and a dry bread flavor fill out the flavor.

M- Crisp and clean-drinking, this can get tossed back easily. I could drink a number of these, no problem. There's a hint of hop bitterness and a semi-dry finish, but mostly this is sweet and creamy.

This is just excellent. I may have to compare all other Oktoberfest beers to this one. Then again, this may be a bit too pilsner-like for most. (731 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 9/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

brassy gold with a one finger white head. Decent lacing. and like most German made Maerzens a spicy noble hoppiness is front and center but here it is broad and deep and harmoniously integrated into the aroma. The taste is restrained, balanced and delicious. The mouthfeel is good. Overall, this may be the best of the German Oktoberfest beers. (445 characters)

Photo of MikeKnauf
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from bottle to Pilsner glass

Pours clear, straw yellow, unspectacular looking beer but handsome enough

Smell is very mild grassy, maybe a slight slight sweet aroma.

Taste is very good. Mild malt and sweetness up front, carbonation hitting in the middle and a bit of bitterness at the finish. There is a bit of spicyness in there that is characteristic of a Weihenstephaner.

Overall it's not the best thing Weihenstephaner has brewed but it's very drinkable. To me it's more of a Munich Hell than Oktoberfest, but that's OK - it's a very good Hell, about on par with a Spaten Lager. It goes very good with food, particularly Bratwurst, which puts it up a notch in my book. (687 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Clear yellow golden with modest head, but fair edging. I can't smell much, lightly sweet light grains.

Taste is crisp and clean, cracker, bit of hay; a hint of core fruit-apple/pear, but as an accent. The hops is a little more bold than I expected, for a lager. The flavors they bring are sort of light grass and a hint of lemon, and it does have a drying effect.

Nothing outstanding, but a nice refreshing beer that finishes on a more bitter note than a bunch of lagers. (484 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a clear, straw color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight citrus, pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and euro yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of citrus, hint of hop, and euro yeast. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, decent feel, decent body, and decent blend. (462 characters)

Photo of Tele
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Serving Type: Bottle

A: 4.25 Crystal clear yellow-gold. I was expecting this to be a bit darker, more of a reddish-brown. The two-inch, off-white head is very fluffy and lasts for a few minutes.

S: 4 Smells crisp and clean. A good amount of toasted bread, a bit of grassiness, and candied lemon.

T: 4 Again, clean flavors that highlight the grain. More bread, malt, and some roasted corn (almost like fresh tortillas). There is some mild spice bringing pepper and ginger. The finish is a bit sweet with the lemon and citrus from the nose with a pleasant bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M: 4.25 Light and refreshing with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I would have thought this would have been more full-bodied, however the mouthfeel is still very good.

O: 4 This is very good and refreshing beer. I was thinking it would be a bit darker with more body and roasted malt flavors (like a transition from typical summer beers to dark, winter beers). This reminds me more of a really good pilsner with more interesting flavors and aromas. Still a good beer, just different than I was expecting and hoping for. (1,131 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Sampling right now on 9/13/14. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.75. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Weihenstephaner' .5L handled glass stein.

Pours a straw-yellow in color that is much lighter in color than other Oktoberfest brews I have had with a good 4-finger foamy white head that had lots of lacing when sipped! Very surprised at both actually. Lots going on with the aroma and is of grains, yeast with a hint of citrus. Even more so going on with the taste that has a hint of honey, herbal and bread (yeast). Very tasty and goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Medium bodied as well as medium carbonation. Fantastic brew and the BEST Oktoberfest style beer to date! (761 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a clear light gold with a very short-lived fizzy white head. A little bit a head lasts on the surface, aided by a steady carbonation stream. The aroma is light but distinct: grassy, biscuits, earthy, with the hops dominating. The aroma is in lock-step but a bit more malt-forward, with the hops coming in towards the finish. The body is lighter, but not watery and there's a slight bit of carbonation, but barely noticeable. A really good lager. (452 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance- Clear and golden; looks more like a pilsner or munich helles than an oktoberfest beer. Barely a one finger head produced on this.

Aroma- Sweet toasty malts with a bit of spice hops in there too.

Taste- First sip I get almost a pilsner-esque light nutty malt which gradually gains some toasty/caramel sweetness as well. Definitely get a spice/herbal hop snap at the beginning and it lingers to the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- No complaints here with a light/medium body with a smooth, clean finish.

Overall- Its a good beer, but I expect/prefer oktoberfests to be maltier. While, this has some malt presence, its simply too light and unassertive. Seems like they were going for a balanced approach, which they succeeded in, but some styles are better a little unbalanced (eg. ipas). I would drink this again, but I would not purchase this again. However, I am glad I tried it as it shows the the apparently broad range in which oktoberfests can be made. (80/100) (987 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 CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from bottle(s) into a mug

the beer pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a large frothy white head that recedes quickly and leaves moderate lacing

The flavor and aroma are very similar and comprised mainly of bready malt, and just the slightest hint of floral hops

overall the beer is very clean and quite good, a little lighter than most Marzen style beers I've had, but very good. A lot better than many of the overly sweet American versions that I've had. (476 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%

Pours out a lightly chill hazed gold with a bone white head. Aroma is all bready malt. Such a clean nose. Flavor is fresh baguette with honey with a finish of floral, grassy hops. A little sweet, but drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is right on: smooth and moderate to full. Awesome Ofest. (294 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

500mL bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear light yellow with 3 fingers width of bright white head, which has good retention before dissipating down and leaves a few patches of thick lacing. 3.5

S: Doughy, biscuity, sweet malts, subtle hop spice. 3.75

T: Spice, noble-type floral hops, subtle bitterness, sweet malts to balance. 3.75

M/D: Lighter side of medium body, carbonation on the heavier end, drinkability is good. 3.75

O: Pretty tasty, but not a lot of the typical characteristics that I expect in the style. I enjoyed it quite a bit though. 3.75 (579 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Becker glass. Moderate hand. Label is stamped 0214.

A: 4.0 Golden yellow body with excellent clarity. 1.5 fingers of clean, white head. Good retention. Some lacing.

S: 4.25 Grassy noble hops with floral notes. Pale malts bring cracker, lightly toasted bread. Touches of fruit: apple, lemon.

T: 4.25 A flash of noble hops before a swell of lightly sweet maltiness. A flourish of peppery spice midway. The hops rebuild to a mildly bitter, mostly dry finish. The essence of hops and pale malts intermingle in a very clean aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.25 Moderate carbonation with a light body, but maintains a certain creaminess.

O: 4.25 True, this one is relatively light for a Marzen, but damn if it isn't a fine brew. Superbly drinkable and really suitable for just about any occasion.

Prost! (869 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance - Much lighter than expected, it's just a nice and clear golden yellow. Hard poor generated 2 fingers foamy head that dropped quickly into a thin film , a little lacing.

Smell - Sweet floral and spicy hop aroma, sweet cracker malt, just a touch toasty - very clean, slight whiff of SO2 (sulfur) that is quite nice and adds to the complexity

Feel/Taste - Crisp medium-light body, some prickly and lively carb yet goes down smooth. Taste is very much like smell: super clean, floral/spicy hop bite ending with lightly sweet bready malt, simple but good. Very drinkable.

Overall - Not what I was expecting from an O-Fest after only drinking Sam Adams O-Fest prior. Anyway, it looks, tastes, and feels much more like a traditional pilsner, which isn't bad, just lacking the heavier caramel malt qualities I'm used to. Expectations aside, this is a very tasty, excellent beer. (886 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Red Hook pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw with heavy carbonation. One-inch bone white head.

Aroma: Big malt presence up front. Also some interesting woodiness and nuttiness in there. Some grass, toast, and a small hint of lemon.

Taste: Taste follows the nose - big malt presence up front. It has a nice lingering malt flavor and finishes clean and dry.

Overall: Great all-seasons beer. I love that big malt flavor. Great in October, but also great in every other month. (524 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of colts9016
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (771 characters)

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 537 ratings.