Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Hads: 1,201
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 jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Established in 1040, this is the world's oldest brewer. You figure they should have it down by now. Anyway, it pours out a thick and heavy foam that lingers awhile to leave a translucent straw-colored body - this is more of a helles than anything else in the German beer repetoire

There is a mild nose of wet straw with bits of honey whiffs about; the taste is subtly sweet and a bit grassy with some shy candy corn motes. No hoppiness, no maltiness; a quenching and crisp mouthfeel that leaves the palate refreshed with a pleasant aftertaste. Es ist gut, nicht wahr? (569 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden straw colored with a large white head tha dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: light grain, mineral water, toast, biscuit

T: lightly flavored toasty grain, biscuit, malt

M: light and crisp

O: clean flavored lager, nice malty grain flavors (313 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an attractive light golden color with a 3F head in a stein- the best glass for this style.

The head resolved itself within minutes to about a 1F.

Wonderful aroma- fruit and spice- a touch of cinnamon.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated with slight bitterness.

The taste is strong apple with full fruit which finishes crisply.

This is an excellent Oktoberfest: well balanced, fruit, zesty, and perfect for the Autumn. (433 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier has a very thick, slightly off-white, frothy head, heavy lacing, and a clear, highly-carbonated, golden straw appearance. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, full biscuit, and the taste is of rich, sweet, bready, barley malt, a pleasant and hearty hop bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.

RJT (469 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale crystal clear straw colored yellow. Watery but effrevescent. Two finger foamy white head with a minutes worth of retention before dissolving into a filmy layer of bubbles. Patchy lacing. I can already tell this is going to be very different than the Americanized fest beers

Smells familiar. Lager yeast shining through. Metallic, coppery. Big graininess. The hops that come through are herbal. Not bad but not enough for me

Tastes a little skunky - reminiscent of a Heineken as a couple of other reviewers mentioned. Doughy like white bread. Somewhat spicy noble hops coming through. Peppery but never overwhelming. Maybe a little rye. Aftertaste is a tad bitter - herbal with lemongrass being most prevalent but short

Feels carbonated, light bodied, spicy. Off dry. Low bitterness. Low acidity

Overall different than what I'm used to for the style. More along the lines of a Euro pale lager than a marzen. Even so this doesn't do anything new or exciting...except that they were probably doing this decades, if not centuries, before anyone else. Not my cup of tea but good overall (1,103 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Lots of graininess to go with some floral and lightly spicy hops. Lightly bready

T: Starts off with quite a bit of bready malts along with the floral and spicy hops. Graininess is there, but not nearly as much as in the aroma. Finishes clean with a very light fruitiness and some more breadiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Probably the lightest O-Fest I've had (in terms of color, at least) but it's definitely still solid and easy to quaff. Great price as always. Definitely worth trying (630 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- clean, bright golden body sports moderate carbonation. 1-1/2 finger, white head drops to a thin film. Awesome rings left on the glass.

S- lots of doughy malts. Noble hops give a spicy and slightly grassy aroma. Hopping actually seems to crank up with warmth.

T- some pizza dough or fresh, French loaf bread. Spicy hops, Saaz maybe, in the finish that really clean/dry things up. Great mix of refreshing and flavorful. A lot hoppier than the copper colored versions that have been most popular stateside.

M- clean and crisp. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O- I'm adjusting to the popularity of the lighter o'fests. They actually seem more in tune with what was served in the Munich tents some years ago when I attended. Great compliment to an early fall day. Refreshing in the warm sun. Robust enough to stand up to the cool of the evening. Would buy again in quantity. (925 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a light gold, with a one finger head. Lacing is present. Overall, what I expect from an Octoberfest.

Aroma: I was worried when I saw the light colored bottle, and my worries were validated. Fairly skunked. It doesn't allow me to get into the meat of the aroma, and that's a bummer. It goes away as time goes by, but not by much, and not enough to enjoy what should have been.

Taste: A bit of skunk, but luckily what is supposed to be, comes through as well. A very calm sweetness that must be the malts, with a bit of grassy bread as well. Pleasant enough, but not "great" so to speak.

Feel: This is where the brew shines. Medium bodied, decent bite with a compliment from the sweetness. True Octoberfest style here.

Overall: Super bummed by the skunkyness. Seriously, why does this still happen? I understand using a certain bottle locally... (I guess) but if you are importing it, use a dark bottle. Come on! I bet fresh, this is a great beer, however, after a couple of months in a light bottle, being imported overseas, just slightly above average. Meh. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

I really think this one deserves a better rating on here. Right when you're drinking all these sweet, malty pumpkin/Oktoberfest/marzen style beers, this one pops up and punches you in the mouth with clean, crisp refreshment.

Pours a brilliant straw gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Light to moderate lacing as you drink it down. A good looking beer.

Next major impression is the smell, which is slightly skunky in that Heineken sort of way. That's the only place this beer stumbles, but that's almost to be expected from this style of pale lager.

Taste is super fresh and clean - lemongrass, straw, melon and a floral effervescence. There's a perfectly sweet malt backbone that justifies the beer being named an Oktoberfest. This is cloaked in a well executed noble hop profile that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this beer drinks more like a very good pilsner, and offers a nice reprieve from the more conventional Oktoberfest style beers this time of year. (985 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the pint glass

A: lighter in color than many oktoberfests, especially American styles. Lighter than hacker pschorr but darker than hofbrau. Good lacing and head and a lot of carbonation.

S: not too strong of a smell... But I do get bready malts in there.

T: not too strong but there's grain grass and it is bready. Slight hop bitterness to balance it out on the back end

M: crisp clean dry finish, very nice

O: I expected a little more from my favorite German brewery but this is in no way a bad Oktoberfest. I'd still prefer hacker pschorr's, Great Lakes, and victory's offerings (613 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden body, fizzy white head that settles and leaves some slight lacing bubbles.

S- Smells like their pilsner with hints of toasted malt mixed in with pilsner malts. Nice noble hop presence, but not the caramel malt roastiness I was expecting.

T- Hints of toasted malts, with pilsner malts. Some toast, grainy malts, some noble hops too.

M- Medium bodied, slight breadiness, medium carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but not what I think of when I look for a marzen. (471 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - lighter than most; golden topped w a frothy white head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S - grassy hops, toasty grain, lager yeast
T - slight tartness, fruity, toasty, grassy, yeast, touch of caramel sweetness.
M - very smooth and creamy, finishes dry and tart, fairly clean
O - decent Märzen, and unique enough to stand apart from the crowd. Not my favorite, but I'll usually get a bottle for Oktoberfest if I see it. (440 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - I can already tell this is a sub par marzen. Very light bright yellow not amber or brown in color as traditional styles. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Pilsner malts, slight grassy hops, and mild bread. Is this a marzen or a Pilsner?
T - Well it kind of taste like the style. Mild white bread, slight grassy hops, some bitter skunk flavors. I don't really like it.
M - Light to medium in body. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall Kind of like a different take on the Helles lager but not even close to what I expected. Pity since I love this brewery. (602 characters)

Photo of MSandahl23
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my Brewery Ommegang Tulip

A: Pours a with a strong fall hay color with a billowy white head. And endless parade of bubbles rises to the top....

S: Smells of grassy hops with some baked bread undertones...

T: Taste is a little heavier on the bread than the smell was with the grassy hops washing in at the end.

M: Plenty of good carbonation, light and crisp on the tongue.

O: Not my favorite Marzen, but certainly not a bad one either. B- (473 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.82/5  rDev -23%
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...?... (538 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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 grassiness.

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. (380 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.58/5  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. (742 characters)

Photo of bushwik
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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! (304 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  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. (835 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.17/5  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. (2,300 characters)

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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