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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 581
Hads: 1,388
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 43
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor. Prost!
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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Festbier

Appearance- Light cloudy yellow with a huge frothy white head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Lemony, grainy, unsweetened tea.
Taste- Weak iced tea with lemon and malt.
Mouthfeel- Flavors really bud early. This beer quickly turns light, sweet, and watery in the end.

Overall- A lackluster beer for sure. This is a good primer (pre-beer) beer. Pound a pint of this then move on up to something a little better.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen and noticed a rapidly dissipating head but long lacing. Colour is translucent (hazy) straw/amber. I got a mild grainy aroma but not very strong or persistent. Tast was big and malty with some grassiness to give it an edge and some late bitterness in the finish. It's well balanced and very drinkable. Other reviewers rated this down but I really love it and if it were more available it would be my session beer even above my beloved Little Critters.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle. Freshness date on back label but I can't read it.
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy and biscuty.

Flavor is mildly bitter, light grain, acidic finish.

I expect better from this brewery. Maybe it has been sitting on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, decanted into a pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow-gold color with moderate carbonation; one-finger head of white quickly fades down to a spotty cap and ring with low amounts of lacing. Nose of tea and citrus, somewhat musty, some honey-sweet malt present. Tastes citrusy with mild-sweet malt, light and crisp character with mild, slightly bitter hops and a touch of malt liquor and again tea. Good flavor. Mouth is light, crisp, wet, and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is good overall, clean and enjoyable.

Overall: A good but largely unremarkable brew. Certainly worth a try, but hardly at the pinnacle of style.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall hefe glass.

Big frothy white head, pale yellow colour & light bubbling.

Grainy, cereal, biscuity, touch of green fruit like apple or pear. Slight S note.

Grain-dominated flavour, followed up with light hop metallic note, and medium bitterness.

Tastes to me very much like a pilsener, but with balance more towards the grain notes.

Pleasant and refreshing, not as crisp as pilseners - more like northern lager.

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Photo of cameraman
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A medium yellow color, with a small white head forming, that retains very well. By the color I am wondering if this is a fest beer or a helles, or even a pilsner. Light floral fragrance, mostly bread and biscuit aroma is most prevelent. The taste is mild, bringing those bread and biscuit scents in flavor, with a slight tinge of bitterness at the end. It has a thin consistancy, there fore the lingering on the palate is surprising. I am still trying to figure out what this is, a marzen, which it is listed as, or another type of german lager. It is very typical of most german lagers, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of kohoutek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opalescent straw color with thin, creamy white lace that slowly dissipates.

The aroma is a combination of mild Bavarian lager breadiness, sun filled straw fields and muted herbal hoppiness. The noblest of hops!

This beer mimics in its flavor what it delivers in the nose with added iron well water, mineral flint and fresh baked wheat crackers.

A very crisp, clean refined bitterness. Very cleansing on the palette with refreshing, refined flavors. Almost stark, yet well balanced. On a summer day this beer is my best friend.

A final note: This beer is essentially a robust Pils. It being listed as Marzen/Octoberfest is a bit odd to me.

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

Bright canary yellow chock full of large bubbles passing small bubbles on their mutual journey up to a polished ivory cap. Is this really an Oktoberfest? I know that 'fest' appears in the name, but it doesn't look like any beer of that style that I've ever seen. Frankly, it looks like a Munich helles lager. It's a good looking one too, especially given a better than average display of lace.

The sniff test tells me that Festbier is anything but an Oktoberfest. It's noble hoppy, probably Saaz, with plenty of lemony brightness. No malt is appreciated in the nose, so it's gotta be pils malt. Now that we have the style confusion sorted out... this is another wonderful smelling beer from the good folks at Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Definitely a Saaz-hopped lager. I'd love to taste this one side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Original since that one is designated as a Munich helles lager. The differences and similarities would be interesting and instructive, I'll bet. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't appear on the brewery's website, so I have no idea what the people who created it think it is.

Festbier is obviously a hop-focused lager with plenty of pungent, citrusy goodness in each mouthful. It's acceptably balanced with a restrained sweetness lurking in the shadows. Most hopheads would consider it to be balanced, even if the majority of beer drinkers wouldn't. I'm glad it comes in pint bottles since I'm enjoying it so much.

The light mouthfeel could stand more bubbles. It lacks a certain expansiveness in the mouth, a light creaminess that more carbonation would provide. While the mouthfeel that has been provided enhances drinkability, it falls a bit short in terms of pleasurabilty.

Weihenstephaner Festbier is a good little noble-hopped lager from a world-class outfit. Even though it's one of my least favorite offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery', it's going up against some pretty stiff competition with the likes of Hefeweissbier and Korbinian. Bottom line: you really can't go wrong with any beer that has Weihenstephaner on the label.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so it doesn't look like what you might be expecting.

Yellow gold body, lively carbonation, topped by a level slab of soft snow white foam. Good lacing. I'm adjusting to the idea that a German festbier can look like a helles.

Extraordinarily mild nose. Faint hints of toast and hay/grass, but I practically have to inhale the liquid to get any sensation at all.

Lightly sweet start, neither too sweet, nor dark chocolatey. Enjoyable toasty taste follows. Good use of balancing earthy noble hops, not overly intrusive, but with a peasant nip. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light without being watery.

Drinkability is quite good, though possibly fueled more by ease than desire.

Far more helles than marzen, a good example of the lighter approach to festbier that we hear about Octoberfest these days. A fine social beer, whether eating or having a few with friends.

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Photo of mcallister
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing triggers any emotion from this beer. It pours a clear, pale yellow, with a below average white head, fades very quickly and leaves a little ring around the top.

Smell isn't as bad as the appearance but is still lacking. A slight lemon, honey suckle, malt, and hints of flowery hops.

Again just very average. Not a bad beer by any means but not one I will find myselft buying again. Nicely carbonated, with the same flavors the nose contained. A little bit of hop bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light. Could drink many if you were at an outside type of event.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bright and translucent greenish yellow with quickly diminishing white head

a little nutty, a little white grape

Not very exciting actually. A little watery at first. But then you get a little white grape and some floral suggestions. This is quickly overpowered by a toasty rye bitterness, reminiscent of many a big name pils, but more pronounced than most.

mouthfeel is thin and overly acrid

Not what I expected at all. Most of the Oktoberfest beer's I have tasted have been American interpretations, so dare I say this German Oktoberfest is out of style? Yeah...I guess...Maybe the Fest in the Festbier is so enjoyable those participating lack the capacity to differentiate between styles. Or more likely, perhaps this Festbier is from a warmer region in Germany which believes a lighter Munich Helles or pilsner type brew greater facilitates the Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves a broken lacing pattern on the side of the glass as it falls back into the beer. The aroma has a clean grain character to it; a touch of sweet malt, a dry toasted biscuit like note and a bit of a grassy grain character. This has a nice hop touch as well; it is lightly spicy with a definite herbal edge and even some more complimentary grassy notes.

Has a light, sweet grain flavor up front, which is quickly followed by a spicy herbal hoppiness that ends with a light bitterness. Quite quaffable, while light it does have a certain heft to it that allows for the malt character to stick to the mouth. The finish has a lingeringly astringent bitter note to it that becomes more noticeable as my palate gets used to it. Definitely does not have the malt depth of a beer made with Munich, or even Vienna malt, but it is quite malty for the pale beer that it is. I like the balance between the malt and hops; this is more chewy and malty than your typical traditional Pils, though perhaps not as hoppy. Despite this beers bowing to the pale O'Fest trend, I find it quite tasty and drinkable.

Purchased at: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Festbier pours a light golden yellow with a white head that did stick around very long from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is very mild, I'm only getting the slightest amounts of malt. Taste is lighter than I expected for an Oktoberfest, spicy hops dominate. It's a little sweet, and there is a flash of metallic flavor at some points and some citric flavors are also present. This is very drinkable even if not to style.

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Photo of stouty1
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Porued into my Bubba Gump Kona, Ha. Weizen glass. It gave a huge 4 finger fluffy white head. Disappated to a 2 finger until I took my firdt drink. Then it just a left a foamy soap like appearance on the top of the beer. Golden yellow with nice bubbles running to the top.

S: Like a wet dog!

T: Tastes malty with a smiidge of sweet. Slight bittery finish. Not too much sweetness or bitterness makes it very drinkable. Almost tastes like a Corona, with the skunkiness.

M: Light and fizzy but at a very satisfying level.

D: I could have several of these and find myself not being able to stand!

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Festbier

A = Poured a pale straw colour with a thick fluffy head that dissapated almost instanteously.

S = Smelt of Eau De Wet Dog. Not Impressed.

T = There is an inital sweet malt taste that gives way to a medicinal, almost grassy middle and a slight dry finish. There is a slight honeyish aftertaste. It is better then average. But nothing to write home about.

M = Moderately carbonated making it easy to drink.

D = Pretty good session beer. It aint too sweet that would make it unbearable after a few over time. But yet not lack luster in the way of only wanting one. Weihenstephaner do better beers than this. A little dissapointing actually.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a weizen glass, pours a transparent straw yellow with brilliant head and excellent lacing down glass. Sweet malt, slight citrus, also a grainy, almost grassy feel to it. Aromatic noble hops obviously, all quite nice. Taste, good sweet malts, hops are nice, citric in quality, a good bittering toward end with a dry finish, kind of screws my mouth up into a grin. nice. Mouth puckers a bit here and there, though is smooth and a little oily from hops, a really easy drinking but not boring.

What I'm thinking about now, as I drink this, is Oktoberfest. How perfect is this beer for such an event, easy to drink, rather tasty and smells good, good mouth, good drink in general... really, just a very good beer to have over and over and over again, whether you're paying attention to it or not.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow gold color. No head, light to moderate carbonation level. Smell of traditional German hops, and a little bit of a wet hay smell. Taste is very clean, but somehow is also big. Very malty with the hops coming through strong. Slight metallic finish. This goes down fairly light and easy but has enough flavor to give it some interest. At first it hints at being a typical light Euro beer but it finishes with a little bit of kick. Not bad, but not really what i was expecting either. A good thirst quencher.

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Photo of jdoolin
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1pt 9oz bottle, poured into a hefty mug.

Appearance: A crystalline, pale gold with a 3 finger head that dwindled slightly with nice lacing.

Aroma: A very nice noble hop aroma along with a grainy, slightly sweet malt, but otherwise clean. Smells like a Helles.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very good German malt and hop flavor, blending well. Very crisp and clean, with the hop balance just barely on the bitter side. Thin mouthfeel and very easy to drink. You could pound these all day.

Notes: Not at all what I expected an Oktoberfest to be like. This is way more like a Helles. The color was too light, the malt flavor and aroma wasn't what it should have been. This was a great beer, and I think a great crossover beer as well, but not what I'd seek out if I'm in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.49 at Ramsey Liquors... I've never seen this one before. 8266 is lasered into the gold area on the back label. Served at slightly over fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow gold, by far the lightest I've ever seen for the style. Gentle carbonation emerges from the depths of my glass, and the head is snow white and dropping from a full three fingers down to a soapy, wet hat. Gobs of spotty lacing ornament the walls of the vessel.

Smell- Strong, undeniable German hop profile... smelling husky and raw, the Purity Law takes hold and showcases a damn clean aroma, no bullshit. It smells quenching, like this could most certainly be an all-day quaffer.

Taste- It's almost like every ounce of barley malt, hops, water, and yeast is placed under a microscope and zoomed in 1000X... this is good German beer, but it's overamplified. I appreciate the big flavors completely... they're enormously clean... but food is really essential here. I'm sure that with traditional Oktoberfest vittles this beer would shine... but right now, it's got bedhead.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- In the mouth, it stumbles and awkwardly takes its first steps... there isn't much coordination or grace here. The beer flattens prematurely and, although not terrible, isn't interesting in the least. It feels like a beer brewed to be guzzled by the barrel, and maybe that's the intent since it is a festbier. I could see myself enjoying this in the right context, with the right food, with the right weather... damn I'm reaching here. All in all, a clean, honest beer for the Fall... but it doesn't even rank in my top 10 for this year's Marzen beers.

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Photo of evanackerman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hmm, this beer pours blonde with a fizzy white head, pretty light for a Marzen.

aroma is hey and sweet malt.

taste is exactly like a really solid Helles Lager, i would certainly identify it as one if I was tasting this blind.

mouthfeel is appropriate and drinkablility is high.

overall, this is a very delicious beer, tastes like a great Helles, does not taste anything like any Marzen i've ever had but it is still pretty darn good whatever it is.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poure into the glass clear pale straw with a white and moderately frothy head which rose well and fell to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong Saaz character when first opened. After the head retreated a bit the aroma became spicy noble hops with hints of light caramel and malt. The aroma also contained a lightly grassy character to it and as the head diminished some lightly nutty Munich and Vienna malt presence could be detected.

The flavor was fairly dry, moderately spicy and just a bit metallic. The malt flavor in the beer was very low and only had traces of the nuttiness one might expect from a fest beer. The hop level was fairly high and though nothing was overpowering in the beer the balance was decidedly toward hop bittering.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and a bit of spicy hop presence into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a moderate level of carbonation. An easy drinking beer, but without much character except for what the hops provide.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've never seen this available before and judging by the brewerie's other offerings I knew I had to pick some of this up. Pours a glimmering bright gold in color with noticable carbonation. Has a bright white head that fizzled into a creamy crown throughout the pint. Nose is lightly malty, quite clean. Taste again is lightly malty with nice hop balance. Nothing over the top here, but easy to see how they are trying for something easily sessionable and at that they have succeeded marvelously. Body is medium, a bit heavier than the appearance might suggest.

This isn't a huge beer by any stretch, just a good solid beer to be quaffed in good amounts when the occasion calls for it.


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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at both Hotel Lerner and Staatbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany during my Bavarian sojourn in September of 2006.

Straw-golden in color, this brew left a pillowy head atop itself. This vanished to a respectable lacing along the side of my 0.5L mug all thoughout. Bready malty goodness and floral, earthy hops fill the sinuses. Very easy to drink, the balance of this offering was a pleasure to behold. The flavor was not overly malty in any way. Well worth the price of admission.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really surprised with this one. Pours an awesome head with good lacing down the glass. Looks more like a pilsner, very clean looking and clear, unlike most Festbiers. Very nutty on the palate with some nice corny and bready features. Goes down smooth, seems like an all barley malt beer. Highly recommended, wish I'd have picked up more than one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a small white head that quickly turns into sporadic lace. Aroma is biscuity malt and a bit of spicey hops. Taste is bready malts followed by some more of the spicey hop notes that were present in the aroma. Mouthfeel is light bodied that is a bit prickly from the carbonation. Overall, this really is not your typical Marzen but a good brew nonetheless.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.