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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 537
Hads: 1,226
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 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)

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)

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