Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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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 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)

Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.56/5  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. (752 characters)

Photo of dwren89
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (685 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 (590 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.36/5  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 (477 characters)

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.