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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002)
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Photo of mvanaskie13


3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into sam adams custom glass, color is gold to straw, very pale, head is bright white, and thins quickly, leaving a ring.

Smell is pretty thin, mostly pils or adjunct(?) malts, grassy hops.

Taste is thin, mostly pils, touch of vienna maybe providing some sweetness, adjunct or really thin pilsner flavor comes through strong, hops are grassy, slightly fruity.

Mouthfeel is crisp, lager style carbonation, strong on the tongue and cleans up flavors that linger.

Overall, a thin marzen style brew, maybe a slightly stronger lager with a touch of vienna; i prefer the maltier or hoppier types.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:30:37 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of harrymel


2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2013 version

Grain with a solid quilt of whites, a little light colored for a marzen. Smells like a good pilsner: grain, corn, sweet pils malt, just a hint of hop. I like the nose very much, but not under this style. Flavor is bitter, some bits of corn and grain, a little bit of anise almost in the back. Light bodied with higher carb and a dry finish with a rubbing tongue feel. This is the least impressive of Weihenstephan's beers. The beer is misrepresentative of marzen IMO, but maybe in Munchen they play by different rules...?...

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 07:00:06 | More by harrymel
Photo of bnes09


3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with good clarity. Lots of bubbles rising to the top. Rich, foamy head with exceptional retention and heavy lines of lacing.

Bready malt aroma with grass and leaf hop character. Fresh on the nose.

White bread malt flavor, mild and smooth. Balanced well with a leafy, citric hop.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth drink with a crisp, clean finish. Slick and somewhat sticky.

All around tasty, refreshing and easy-drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:41:42 | More by bnes09
Photo of Mikecap


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance; Aggressive pour yield a golden blonde appearance with a huge white head that fades pretty quickly, lining the sides of my glass with solid lacing.

Smell- Mild with notes of biscuit and bread, cereal grain, very characteristic of a lager. Not a great aroma for an Oktoberfest, typically see more spice.

Taste: Very grainy, with tastes reminiscent of a light pilsner. Some fruity notes and a touch of earthiness, hops do come through but really as an afterthought.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation and relatively low bitterness. Easy drinking.

Overall: Not a huge fan of the style, so based on style, I'd say this is slightly above average. Honestly I'd probably rather have something like a Sam Adams Oktoberfest which is tough to say about a beer made by Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 01:14:32 | More by Mikecap
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a very clear pale yellow color with tons of streaming carbonation, soapy white head tht left webbed lacing.

S- Very aromatic with cereal malt, biscuity malt, pilsner malt, grainy, fruity/grape, and grassy notes.

T- Big pilsner malt, fruity/grape notes, cereal malt, and grainy notes. Some floral and grassy hop character that gives the beer a surprising hop bitterness.

M- High prickly carbonation, medium to lighter bodied, very refreshing, and very dry.

O- This is a very refreshing and surprising Oktoberfest beer from Germany- lighter in color, bigger hop character, and more pilsner malt character than I usually associate with the style. I really enjoyed and it it quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 03:10:09 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Rich clear golden color. White head that leaves a film and light spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, toasty grains, and faint barley.

Taste: A slight tanginess, but mostly sweet malt body with toasted bready grains.

Mouthfeel: Bright, crisp, clean.

Overall: A very decent brew, but very different from the Americanized caramel bombs.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 17:02:32 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Crystal clear pale straw colored body with a creamy white head that fizzles to a thin soapy layer.

S: Spicy yeast ester, touches of banana, lemon zest, toasted wheat grain, clove, honey, bartlett pears, rich caramel malt, pilsner malt, metallic aroma and a subtle skunky funk.

T/M: Lots of spice up front along with citrus sparkling mineral water to tingle the tongue. Toasted malts, yeast, with a mild bitter arugula finish. Crisp medium body that is quite vivacious.

O: Crisp clean and on point. A great beer for early autumn that gives a nice mild bitterness. The spice profile is various and elegant while the yeast doesn't overpower but nestles nicely in the background.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 14:55:30 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of StaveHooks


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at McNellies South in Tulsa
24 oz glass

A - Golden straw colored with a creamy white head. Seetles nicely into a solid cap.

S - Bready yeast with a hefty malt profile, various spices, wheat, light fruits, apples, peppery noble hops.

T - Hefty wheat and pilsner malts, spicy yeast, coriander and hints of cloves, very bready, with a nice fruity/orange sweetness. Honey bread sweetness holds up but finish slightly grainy with a nice crispness.

M - Thicker feel for the style, full feel, low to medium carbonation, smooth in the middle with a crisp finish.

This is a hefty Marzen. Various spices mixed in with light spicy hops to balance the honey sweetness. Not quite what you typically look for style wise but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2013 03:37:23 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of bushwik


4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is not a Marzen. This is a Munich Helles Lager in the Fest Bier style. Oktoberfest beer comes in variety styles including Marzen and Helles. This beer is one of the best I've had in Munich and consistently delivers in the bottle at home. There is Weihenstephaner and there is everything else. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:42:05 | More by bushwik
Photo of bmwats


3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Plenty of rising effervescence. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, leaving a fine blanket of foam on the surface. Slight beer ring.

S: Sourdough bread, banana peel, a little honey, some lemon zest, and a little diacetyl.

T: Lightly pungent, lightly sweet... great balance. A little citrus and honey balances out a yeasty body.

M: Light and crisp... with a little bit of a syrupy feel on the palate. Lightly bittersweet finish.

D: MMM.... sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Great head, a constant foam blanket, and a light yet persistent beer ring. Nose is bready with bitter and sweet fruit notes and some honey. Nicely balanced yeasty pungent and sweet characteristics, accentuated with some sweet and fruit. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:53:15 | More by bmwats
Photo of magictacosinus


4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a pokal glass. Haven't seen this one in the US before, so looking forward to trying it.

Pours a golden color with light amber hues, making this totally different for what the style is known for. However, it still retains that wonderfully frothy head this brewery always delivers, as well as tons of carbonation in the process. Leaves solid lacing behind. The bubbles seem to last forever. Generic in some respects, but still eye candy in its own way.

The aroma resembles very closely the same profile that makes up their "original" lager recipe - white grapes, light raisins, ripe bananas, crisp cereal grains, lemon peel, and a breezy grassy flavor. Not too complex, but unbelievably pleasant. Reminds me of being outside on a warm day right after it just had a bit of rain and moisture. Crisp, mellow, but also extremely subdued in some ways. Unlike other märzens I've had, this is pretty subtle, even for the the style at hand. Hard to know the difference between this and their main pilsner, except for the fact that this may be a little more intentionally skunky or hoppy.

The flavor is about the same, delivering a higher abundance of sweetness and dried, grassy hops right at the front of the tongue. Ripe white grape must, fresh grass, bananas, nectarines, sweetened lemons (almost like lemonade), and notes cane sugar and honey. Very well put together - the finish is increasingly complex with an aftertaste that is both juicy and zesty. Pretty hoppy, actually, especially for an Oktoberfest offering. Carbonation is plentiful here, with a sensation that brings forth the subtle flavors, and allows it to be even more crisp and refreshing in the process. I admit I may have downed half the bottle in about 15 minutes - it simply is delicious and bright, no matter how simple it may be in several respects.

It may not be the most diverse offering from Weihenstephan, but it's nevertheless highly drinkable and extremely easy to sit with for hours on end. After an intense week with sours and bitter ales, this is refreshing and highly welcoming. I want more American brewers to deliver beers like this in their Oktoberfest offerings - hoppy, yes, but also fruity, well carbonated, and juicy. Definitely might pick this up again at the crazily low price.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 06:03:26 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of ranger7


3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Central Market as part of a Pick 6.
From the bottle into a Rahr "Come and Drink It" pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Golden, bright, and bubbly. Small finger of bright white head. Looks light and refreshing.

S - Very complex. I get whiffs of sourness - lemon, maybe a little green apple? Pear!

T - Very nice. Light and full of flavor. Some hops, but not much. I could drink a lot of this.

M - Little to no carbonation. Clean.

Summary - This stuff is terrific. Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers I've ever had. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 03:22:45 | More by ranger7
Photo of MattSweatshirt


3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick sudsy white head on top of a clear bright golden body. head falls down to a thin film and leaves lacing down the glass.

A slightly toasted bready maltiness to it. Gets a touch fruity. Floral and grassy hop.

Bready pilsner malt flavor and a decent hoppy flavor.

The feel is smooth and bubbly. Crisp and refreshing.

A little disappointing in the aroma and flavor levels, but ultimately a really nice beer and six packs are super cheap.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:07:19 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of tkelley


3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

TWO 11.2 oz bottles poured into a big glass stein. Oktoberfest! Prost!

A -- Clear straw color. Frothy white head with moderate lacing. Lots of tiny bubbles bubbling up to the top.

N -- Grassy, bready malt. Light nose.

T -- Light but flavorful. Little bit of hops. Straw flavor and bread/biscuit malts. Not toasty at all.

M -- Crisp. Very Crisp.

O -- Excellent for a warmer fall day. Love a German 'Fest in the fall. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 17:14:20 | More by tkelley
Photo of t420o


3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier

A- pour yields a 1-1/2 finger fluffy white head resting on a pale body
Different then what you'd usually think of as an "Oktoberfest" 3.5

S- Noble hops are plenty, pilsener malt, yeast is lightly present. Grapes, apples. 3.5

T- much like the nose it is very hoppy with noble hops taking front seat. Malt is in good balance. Definite euro taste. Grape, musk, grain, and green apple tastes also present.

M- crisp carbonation and light to light-medium body 4

O- different than the traditional "Oktoberfest/Marzen" and I prefer the more common way. But this is nice and refreshing. Very drinkable. 3.75


Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 06:16:14 | More by t420o
Photo of cbutova


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this one a few times in the past but not this year and it certainly has been a while. Huge fan of their portfolio

A- A dark golden beer comes from the bottle and into my glass with a super clear appearance, no haze whatsoever. A nice white foam builds up atop the golden brew to about two fingers high and retains nicely. Head retention is pretty good and thick lace forms as it collapses. Creamy ring leaves spotty clouds of lace further down the glass.

S- With some warmth a nice toasted biscuit maltiness opens up as well as herbal Noble hops and general fruit feel. Slight buttery feel above that all.

T- Right off the bat notice the emphasis on Noble hop flavors. Pretty grassy, spicy and herbal like a good Pilsener. Malts are slightly secondary but provide nice toast and biscuit notes. Some fruitiness like apple and white grape throughout. Slightly buttery.

MF- Super creamy and silky texture with a light-medium body. Carbonation is high but so smooth. Light bitterness lingers on the palate.

Pretty damn hoppy for a style that emphasizes a lack of hops. Good malt character and tasty overall but not what you expect in a Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 02:07:12 | More by cbutova
Photo of rx-beer

Puerto Rico

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml (11.2 fl oz) poured into 0.5ml dimpled stein.

A - Pours a nice clear golden yellow with about an inch of head that fades into a lasting thin ribbon. Noticeably sexy lacing makes you want to just keep on drinking.

S - Mildly toasty aroma with a barely noticeable touch of hops.

T - A very crisp, well-balanced taste: malty with a hint of sweetness and a dash of lingering spice.

M - Smooth with an enjoyably light carbonation.

O - This beer is light enough to drink all day yet complex enough to keep you interested. The appearance and taste of the beer is very appealing yet the aroma leaves a bit to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 01:49:34 | More by rx-beer
Photo of Megahertz


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two 12 oz bottles, 2013 vintage, into a 0.5L masskrug.

A - Brilliantly clear deep gold with meringue-like foam. Copious lacing. Looking at it makes me very thirsty. This is the perfect looking beer. Flawless; a work of art.

S - Toasted, sweet malts with a very faint herbal hint of Noble hops.

T - A beer that defines how you can have malty without being sweet. The continental malt flavor is intense and satisfying. The noble hops are just barely present. Excellent.

M - Surprisingly heavy body while maintaining drinkability.

OI - A classic example of the modern "Wiesn" style oktoberfestbier. A great beer for exploring continental malts, German melanoidins, and Noble hop characters.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 20:04:15 | More by Megahertz
Photo of JednoPivoProsim


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

Poured from a 330 ML/11.2 FL.OZ. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow pale lager body. Subtle head with decent carbonation. If I understand correctly, a more original, less commercial Maerzen/Oktoberfest appearance.

Smell: Aroma of Euro Noble hops. Grassy Euro pale lager smell.

Taste: One of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. Probably, because it does not have the caramel-flavor of most other amber-colored, maltier Oktoberfest beers. Much more of a strong Euro pale lager flavor. Emphasis on the grassy Euro Noble hops. Slight maltiness on the backend.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing and dry. Nicely carbonated.

Overall: As stated above, probably one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers - only because I tend to favor pale lagers over amber/Vienna-style lagers. Crisp, refreshing, and with a slightly higher alcohol content. Reminds me more of a Dortmunder-style of strong pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:41:04 | More by JednoPivoProsim
Photo of morimech


3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden color with one finger of head that quickly settles to a thin cap. A little lacing is left down the glass. Looks like a pilsner.

It smells like a pilsner as well. Mostly noble hops but I do start picking up some signs of a marzen by the slightly sweet bready malt.

Really hoppy flavor. The noble hops add plenty of spice and pepper. Surprised by how dry the malt profile turned out to be.

Light body and nicely carbonated. Well matched for the flavor and body.

If they called this a pilsner, it would be a pretty good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 19:26:31 | More by morimech
Photo of thebigredone


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hoping to find a few new favorites on my quest to continue trying new Oktoberfests.

Initial impression of the Weihenstephaner is not great. Pours a very pale golden color into the glass, looks like a pilsner or even a kolsch.

Smell is more in line with an Oktoberfest, bready and biscuit. Tempting.

Taste is very surprising. Bready malts with a snap of clean noble hops. Kind of like a cross between a pilsner and an Oktoberfest. Not necessarily true to style, but I really like it.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and creamy.

On the whole, a great beer. I would drink this year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 17:43:29 | More by thebigredone
Photo of BierStein711


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden beer poured into shaker pint. Two finger off-white head with modest retention and elegant lacing.

moderate carbonation

Smells: The only flaw, skunky nose with some apple

Taste: Grassy, herbal, wet grain, and a hint of maltiness at the end

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet thinner

Overall, this was a very refreshing beer. So sublime, I'm going to get it in my fridge soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 05:23:24 | More by BierStein711
Photo of general_staal


4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a 12oz tulip glass. It has a very nice thick head ~1/2-3/4" with nice lacing. It is a hazy golden yellow color to it. My wife says that it looks like dark pee.

It has a nice malty smell. It smells of yeast and bread and has a very nice Oktoberfest feel to it.

It's a nice malty hearty flavor. It is a very beery flavored beer if that makes sense. It has a very good feel on the tongue also. It has a nice tight carbonation.

This is now one of my new favorite Oktoberfest. It's right up there with Great Lakes and Warsteiner. I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 00:44:56 | More by general_staal
Photo of EricSonOfTom


3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle at 49 degrees into my Stone Vertical Epic Ale glass (I’d call it a modified weizen glass). 7262 is printed on the bottle. The bottle also says “Oktoberfestbier” rather than “Festbier.”

Appearance – Pours a faded, clear yellow w/ a champagne-like swirl of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Thin head that largely dissipates quickly, though a trace remains circumferentially along the rim. Moderate lacing.

Aroma – Apple and esters predominate. Subtle lemon/citrus. Light. Minimal hop aroma. Subtle pine essence.

Taste – Fruity and wheat taste throughout. Grain malt. Mild sour and acidic undertones. Moderately dry and bitter. Aftertaste is of fleeting apple with a subtle bitter character.

Mouthfeel – More creamy and full than I expected. Coats the mouth well.

Overall –Apple is the main thing I relate this beer to. I respect Weihenstephaner very much, and if I had only one of their brews to choose from, I’d reach for their classic hefeweizen, but this is a respectable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 21:32:51 | More by EricSonOfTom
Photo of Pencible


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear light gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sweet corn and honey, with some creamy wheat and a little grassy and lemon hops.
T: It tasted like light lemon and copper and grassy hops, with fresh wheat and sweet honey. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Fairly light body.
D: This was a nice wheat beer, but not very heavy for a fest beer. It had a clean and crisp scent and taste and body. It had a mellow finish, so it was easy to drink. Great for the first day of Oktoberfest, but not very unique from Weihenstephan's Hefeweissbier.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2013 21:50:12 | More by Pencible
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.