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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 79 | 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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Ratings: 1,190 | Reviews: 532
Photo of Flounder57
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Malty and sweet, some grassy notes

Taste: same as above

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, crisp, medium carbonation

Overall: I was expecting more maltiness, nutty notes and color to the beer. This beet is more along the lines of a pilsner or later. A bit dissapointkng and think that things may have been bottles incorrectly at the brewery.

Photo of Tiburon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mcss
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Soomars
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of RickS95
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm giving it a 2 for looks for one reason only. The head is stellar. The beer itself is a click darker than Budweiser. Looks nothing like any Oktoberfest I've seen. Very clear, looks like ginger ale. The head, however is a looker. A couple fingers of white bubbles, good retention. Looks like cotton balls. Thin white lace left behind.

Smells like Budweiser. Nothing to indicate it's an Oktoberfest.

The taste is slightly redeeming. Very much a stock pilsner, but there are some spices in there. Very yeasty with some pepper accents, but mostly standard pilsner malts.

It's light to medium bodied, fairly crisp, with just a hint of some spices. Slight hop presence in the finish.

Overall, it would make for a world class pilsner, but it's fairly lacking for an Oktoberfest. Not sure how they call it a festbier because it just isn't. But nonetheless, it's not a bad tasting beer, just nothing like I was expecting. I'm glad I bought a six pack because it'll make for good drinking, but I wouldn't call it a marzen.

Photo of heygeebee
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger head - very pale straw. Very nice clingy lace.

Aromas of malts and a little something I cannot put my finger on maybe a little lemonade?

Taste is very bready malt driven, quite sweet and just a little hop presence. Hides the 6 percent very well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light easy drinking

Overall too easy to drink at 6 percent

Photo of TheGoldenJ00
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a darker straw color with fantastic clarity. The carbonation isn't as evident as I might have thought it would be, but it's there. The head is a rocky-looking, three finger white color that becomes one fingers high after a short period of time. As it recedes, a nice amount of spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

S: Very zesty noble hops in this one. It actually isn't that malty in the aroma apart from a very faint caramel sweetness. Far more of a pilsner than a marzen.

T: The initial flavors are quite sweet - almost overly so, but not quite. This gradually transitions into a crisp, pleasantly biting hoppy finish. The sweetness is only slightly caramel based, but does enough to mesh with its faintly buttery midtaste. This really isn't much of a marzen, but it's a DAMN good sticke pilsner.

M: Crisp and well carbonated, but not extremely dry. This causes some sweetness to linger on the aftertaste - which makes it seem thicker than it really is. Perhaps it's not as easy to drink as other oktoberfests, but the way the flavor profile reverts from sweet to bitter and back again, it does a good job of keeping the palate guessing.

O:I really shouldn't complain about how it isn't very marzen-y, because I'd have NO trouble drinking a pitcher of this in a biergarten. Actually, my only complaint is that I'm not sure I'd pay $12/6 pack for it again, given its nature.

Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with three-finger, white head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing. Not the color I was expecting though.

S: Hops and fruit.

T: Light sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Mild flavor really. Hops again, which is not what I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O: Different than what I was expecting, which put me off at first, but this is actually a pretty good beer.

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of javahead71
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of MacCherry
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle (shame, shame) into a traditional stein. The pour is light in color and crystal-clear with a mammoth white frothy head. Excellent retention. Nose is sweet and toasty malt, but quite faint.

Nice medium body, firm mouthfeel, and clean malt flavor. Sweet and bready flavors up front are punctuated by more than enough peppery hop notes to aid the drinkability and enhance the flavor. The beer goes down shockingly fast.

I'm going to have to buy more of this stuff. It's a nice, easy-drinking fest beer that has no objectionable qualities whatsoever. I would like a darker, amber color and stronger malt flavor, but this is still very nice.

Photo of BBrewington
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Kiwano
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - straw yellow with light lacing

S - slight honey smell

T - nice malt with honey overtones but not too sweet then slight bitterness at the end

M - lively carbonation

O - nice sweet with malt and bitter at the end balance - Overall nice.

Poured from bottle to glass.

Photo of stephensinner
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kahjdfh
4.75/5  rDev +28%

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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