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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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 hops4me


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not what I thought it was going to be. Not even close. Pours brilliant gold with a white head that quickly falls into the glass. Does not look like the amber O-fests that I have become accustomed to. Looks great just not like an O-fest. The smell is sweet, bready, and clean spicy hops. Good smell just not as malty as one would expect from the style. Taste is crisp sweet lager. Not the fruitiness and malt I thought it would be. Good just not the style (see the trend yet?). Mouthfeel is light. The beer is extremely drinkable. Tastes like a good German Pils to me. I like it alot. It just isn't true to style.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 18:57:38 | More by hops4me
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a tight pure white head that quickly settles into a very light ring. The aroma reminds me of a Euro lager, a bit skunky, sulfer, grainy, and grassy nobel hops. The taste seems to be a watered down version of the aroma. Less skunky and grainy taste but very bland. Doesn't seem to have any Munich malt flavors or the slightly bolder Oktoberfest flavor. No hints of caramel or toasted munich malt. The feel is light to moderate with plenty of fizzy carbonation. Nice crisp lager. This is a very disappointing Oktoberfest from a great German brewery. Totally missed the mark and came off as a Euro lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 04:09:51 | More by Gmann
Photo of jlindros


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

OK, I had to re-review this beer. My first review was more than 4 years ago when I was still fairly new to reviewing, plus I didn't have a real grasp on what true German Oktoberfest beers were, I was stuck on the sweeter maltier American versions, plus now that I look at it, I probably reviewed a year old bottle. This one is quite fresh, and now I've had so many good German beers I know a bit more about it, and I've trained my senses a bit more.

Decent fluffy fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace with decent lacing, lots of bubbles streaming up, crystal clear pale yellow color.

Nose is nice, good decoction lager aromas, soft lager, layered malts, straw, little wheat perhaps, light toasty grainy, cracked grain, mice juicy malt character, hint of light grassy noble hop in the background.

Taste brings nice lager and decoction malt, layered bake complexity with nice softness and depth, nice juicy malt, into toasty grainy straw and cracked wheat. Nice mild grassy floral noble hop with mild bitterness. Light juicy fruity lager and good lager crispness. Malts come nicely for a marzen. Finish is dry, crisp, bit more lingering noble grassy hop character, nice soft layered malt too, bit more straw.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb, good soft crisp lager and layered malt.

Overall quite nice. Really glad I re-reviewed it, as this brewery really deserves it. I visited them a couple years ago and really loved the place. I really want to go back again, but in the mean time I can enjoy a lot more of these beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 22:57:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 0.5l bottle of this today at The Liquor Shop in Tyngsboro ($3.45 + tax/dep). Oddly called "malt liquor" on the label, and there's a code (5269) on the back which means nichts to me.

Poured into a 0.5l Spaten stange, a billowy, 1" dollop of creamy whiteness topped a clear, light golden liquid. Carbo was plentiful and rapidly rising, adding to the healthy head. The foam ebbed slowly though never disappeared, leaving some top-shelf lacing behind. Aroma is full of bready maltiness, with a nice bit of grassy hops adding to the pleasantries. This Festbier was quite numerous bubbles in the liquid. Bodywise, it is a touch shy of medium.

Flavor kicks off with a superb level of sweetness for the style; you know the sugars are there, but they don't bowl you over. Quite well played, with the bready, crackery malt laying it nicely on the palate. But it's not just about the malts here; the hops keep things in balance with a very tasty florality bittering things up at the finish, lingering well. This is a verrry drinkable OFest becuase it never gets into being a dark copper, cloying, spicy American version. It may not be in the classic style as it used to be in Germany years ago, but it gets the job done but good.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:01:04 | More by Bierman9
Photo of smcolw


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge white head. Leaves ample lace. Crystal clear. Straw color--perhaps light for the style.

Surprising earthiness to the smell. Also, slightly skunky (despite the brown bottle)--no date on the bottle. Slightly sweet.

Partially dry, but with sweet undertone; is that possible? Round mouthfeel with a neutral amount of carbonation. The flavor has some sour elements that peak at the swallow. The aftertaste has some definitive peppery hop. This is a superior Marzen in many ways.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 18:25:02 | More by smcolw
Photo of Tomas77


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

First batch to arrive at my local package store.

Appearance-Yellow gold with a white pillowy one finger head of foam that lasts and sticks well to the sides of the glass.
Aroma-A sweet malt aroma with a bit of graininess up front. Some corn followed by a nice noble hop bouquet.
Flavor-Like the aroma, a sweet malt flavor with less of the grainy corn-like features. More toasted malt character shows up now and a floral/perfumey hop comes into play that balances it nicely.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with med-high carbonation that makes this oktoberfest very quenching.
I'm ready for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 01:38:37 | More by Tomas77
Photo of civilizedpsycho


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

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Poured a golden, clear color with a nice head.

Smell: Very hoppy aroma, but a little funky. Not exactly appealing.

Taste: This was bitter and a little funky flavor, but it finished smooth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. Not much to tell here.

Drinkability: This is a beer that's good enough for me to finish the 6-pack I bought, but not good enough for me to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 04:21:21 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of erz316


3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into spaten becker.

A - a bright and clear medium straw colour. big frothy white head, good retention. bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. chunky lacing. doesnt really look like a festbier, more like a hellesbier. still looks good to me, though.

S - very rich malt character, quite full and developed. the top notes are of this big, malty malt scent, very pure, and some yeast, adding a bready smell. the middle notes are hoppy, slightly piney, and maybe a bit of herbal spice, not too bitter though. the back nose is more of the hops, but a more delicate side, almost grassy and floral.

T - Thats a great tasting beer, but I'm not sure it is a great festbier. the profile of the beer is quite dynamic, noticeably changing in each stage of drinking even without any analysis, or care taken to savor the brew. the initial taste is from the malts, exerting an almost woody flavour, slightly sweet; maybe this rusticity i am identifying is the yeast, but the beer looks way too clear to have the yeast be any major part of the brew. hops are also in the initial, adding a slightly spicy vegetative aspect. the hops really combat the sweetness of the malts very well, and the beer only comes out as tasting slightly bitter. the finish is slightly dry and quite bitter from the hops; the malt completely breaks down and the hops are able to totally dominate the finish, spicy grassy hoppy goodness. the aftertaste is much like the initial, with the hops serving to keep tabs on the sweet malts. so it comes out as only being slightly bitter, but with a noticeable backing of sweetness at time.

MF&D - a well carbonated brew, with a light medium body. the carbonation makes the beer quite filling, but the mouthfeel is very smooth and lends itself to more and more drinking. very palatable, and easily enjoyed on the hottest of summer days, or in Maßkrüge at the fest.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 18:32:30 | More by erz316
Photo of akorsak


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle picked up at Marino's Beverage in Toledo, OH.

A: The oktoberfestbier is a pale straw colored wonder, far lighter than I was expecting for the style. Looks like a macro with a bit of heft behind it. A small head on pour was content to just sit there.

S: The lager is crisp and grainy, coming across clean with a nice flourish midway through. Very bready.

T: The lager is malty, strong with a sweet bready finish. The full grains are lightly roasted, adding just a pinch of caramel. Earthy hops accentuate the sweetness. Citrus aromas, not arising from the hoppiness, add a nice presence. A warming brew that isn't very strong.

M: The mouthfeel is all-malt goodness, a chewy bready body that brings a wide spectrum to the palate.

D: Yes, please, I'd like some more. That's all that I can say to Weihenstephaner, a top notch brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 20:51:20 | More by akorsak
Photo of ifnkovhg


3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Meh. Everything about this beer is bland. Unassuming straw-colored appearance. The aroma is also of straw. I'm having a hard time locking the taste down, because as far as I can tell there really isn't one. I guess there's a hop bitterness. I don't know if I'd call this beer bad, but it's certainly bland.

That said, drinkability is good. If you're at a BBQ this beer would serve you well. It doesn't drink like a 5.8 beer at all.

This does NOT taste like an Oktoberfest beer to me. It's more like a Helles.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 04:29:45 | More by ifnkovhg
Photo of Wheelinb


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at The Stable in St Louis. Pours a golden yellow with a nice thick head. It smelled very bready and the taste was yeasty with a slight lemon taste as well. It sort of reminds me of a helles. It was not very remarkable but not bad either. It was fairly easy drinking but seemed to be filling so I don't think it would make for a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2009 22:36:58 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of allengarvin


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

This 'festbier' pours out a very bright gold color with a dense half-inch head on top. The aroma is a bit disappointing, especially for a Weihenstephan beer which are usually so good--very light malt, somewhat grainy, with a dusting of noble hops. The flavor is closer to a pils or helles than an oktoberfest--plenty of hop flavor, though bitterness is restrained, and a light touch on the malt. It might pass as a Maibock as well.

An alright beer, but not the stellar ones I usually expect from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 05:27:15 | More by allengarvin
Photo of laituegonflable


3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with lots of little sediment floaties, head is snowy with visibly large bubbles towards the top. Leaves a very nice, sticky film of lacing around the edges. Slow bead runs through the glass. Looks refreshing and interesting.

Nose is disappointingly lax, with a lot of the things I don't like about lagers being prominent. A strong whiff of bread yeast mixed with honey. A distinct graininess like puffed rice on there as well, smells like it might give you gas. Getting over the initial disappointment though it's not too bad, but certainly nothing special.

Taste is very grainy, with a long wheaty, ricey king of texture to the palate. There is a slight caramel sweetness on the middle and then cut off by a subtle hoppiness that's quite difficult to detect. Hops are very German in their earthy acidity. I would guess Hallertauer is at least used, if not on its own. I have to bear two things in mind here: one, that this beer is past the best before date on the bottle (by 2 days); and two, this is a style designed for quaffing while singing and dancing to an oom-pah band. On both counts, it scores quite well. I don't think the flavour is greatly diminished by being old, although the hop profile may have flattened a bit. It's also quite enjoyable for downing.

Unfortunately a bit sweet for me, but it's cleaned up by the end, there's a minimum of yeast and it has a soft, velvety mouthfeel to boot. Not my ideal quaffer because it's a smidgeon heavy on malt, but at 5.8% it's a decent party beer. Bring on the bratwürst!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 00:39:32 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light cloudy yellow gold with a thick and happy head of white bubbles. Lots of lacing, and lots of very fine carbonation. Looks great; I only wish I were sipping it in a gigantic beer tent in Munich.

Lots of bready notes on the nose - huge yeast characters, wet grain, a little honey, and some organic floral notes. Almost an oxidised wet cardboard character as well, but that's probably giving too negative a connotation. It's quite pleasant.

Quite clean on the palate, an initial sweet floral honey character, clarified by a light phenolic bitterness on the back palate. Surprisingly smooth - I would have expected more of a sharp crisp character to it. The back note of acetone, still with that light honey fragrance lasts for a long time. It lingers a little too long to my mind.

It's a reasonably drinkable beer - goes down easily, although the flavours jangle a little in the mouth, leaving me unsure as to whether they really fit together that well. Still, it's smooth enough, and presumably easy to quaff from litre steins. That's what we're really after, right?

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 03:35:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle poured into my dimpled mug. Appears a slightly cloudy medium apricot color with a full inch of fluffy off white lingering foam. Nose and flavor consist of floral hops, caramel, medium toasted grain, a touch of spiciness, a bit fruity and malty. About a notch better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Certainly worth a try for any marzen fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 23:53:12 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy neon yellow hues with a nice white creamy looking head. This is a very strange color. Not what I was expecting.
S: Very grainy, almost wet and adjuncty. A bit of spice does pull through in the back, as well as a smack of clean hay.
T/M: Low carbonation. Light and sometimes watery with a clean hay and fresh grain profile. Citrus hops come in to balance out. Bitterness lingers, and I almost sense a bit of alcohol.
D: An interesting brew, for sure. Not my favorite, but it does indeed have refreshing qualities.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 23:40:44 | More by washburnkid
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow with a two inch head and decent lace.
The aroma was of hops,bread notes,citrus hint and grassy notes.

The taste was sweet,mild malts and some light citrus. Grains and yeast notes were very subtle.

The feel was light. Light carbonation with just a touch of crisp bitterness on the finish. Smooth and sweet.

Notes: Not a complex beer,but session worthy with an overall agreeable taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 01:59:27 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Kegatron


3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale gold with 3 big fingers of frothy eggshell colored head, that settles into a finger of creamy and smooth foam which throws thick swathes of lacing that sticks. The aroma is spicy and floral with hops, mixed in with some sweeter tones of bread, caramel, and a touch of citrus.

The taste is a tangy bloom of bread and citrus with a firm dose of spicy Noble hops. Finish with lingering sweetness and a touch dry and spicy from the hops. The mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied with an extremely easy feel and creamy carbonation. While I appreciate the easy approach to this, I think that this maybe could have used a bit more crispness to it, which would have nice complimented the solid hop profile in this.

Not bad. While this drank nicely and offered some decent enough flavors, this could have dialed the citrus back a bit and offered a bit more presence in the body. Decent but not one of the best Märzens that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 01:17:59 | More by Kegatron
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

500ml bottle. back label has "3248" batch number.

golden straw color. clear. moderate head fades to wispy layer. a few decent rings of lace.

bready malt aroma. gentle sulfur mixes into grassy noble hop.

lightly malty sweet palate, mild noble hops with a restrained, balanced bitterness. trace of phenolic quality near the finish. otherwise clean.

not too thin, smooth enough albeit light. crisp carbonation.

supposedly this is the style of beer now served at the oktoberfest. decent, but i prefer the toffee/caramelization notes in those more "traditional" amber-colored marzens.

NOTE: a more positive re-review is forthcoming

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 02:00:05 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of prototypic


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's clear and a lighter gold color. The color's much lighter than I'm used to seeing for the style. The head is foamy white and reaches about a finger or so deep. It was quick to recede given what appears to be very active carbonation. Very light lacing lined the glass.

Smell: I'm really questioning the style classification at this point. Festbier has no toasted malt that's so common in Oktoberfests. There's no real malt presence to speak of. Rather, this one features some nice, sweet citrus fruit notes. There's some light orange and lemon that are apparent. A nice floral hop aroma is noted. It has a prevalent grainy/earthy presence throughout. It's overall a nice smelling beer.

Taste: The flavor profile is predominantly earthy, grassy, and somewhat grainy. It features a very nice floral hop flavor. There is a sweet, citrusy flavor that consists of mostly lemon and orange. It finishes grassy and a little hoppy. Once again, nothing remotely close to an Oktoberfest here. No toasted malt flavor (or malt presence at all). I actually like the flavor quite a bit, but disagree with the style label here. I'll get into that a bit more later.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty smooth feel. Carbonation is active, but isn't distracting. It goes down very smooth and easy. Drinkability is very high. I like the flavor and abv is just right for drinking a few. I could drink a few of these with ease.

I'm impressed with Festbier. It's good stuff. Nicely done all around. I really disagree with the style classification here on the site. This isn't really close to being an Oktoberfest. I don't see any information on the label that claims such a title, so I'm not penalizing the beer for being a poor representation. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 02:16:14 | More by prototypic
Photo of zeff80


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, straw yellow color with a creamy/foamy, white, two-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of light caramel malt, grains and some grassy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet grains and had a very light hoppy/grassy kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a little disappointing for Weihenstephaner. It was also a little disappointing for a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 01:24:33 | More by zeff80
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


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

An average beer from one of my favorite breweries. Has a rich, sweeter taste than I was expecting and left my bitter tastes buds wanting more hops. Some spicy flavors, lemon peels and herbal tastes, make the brew more interesting, but it doesn't entirely work.

Felt like any other average beer. Nothing overly significant, but by no means a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 21:04:26 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of Greggy


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1 finger white head, semi fluffy. The body is shockingly light golden in color and has some light yeast sediment. Golden.. ? Odd for a Marzen.

S- Great nose. Nice caramel, biscuit, a bit of citrus fruits. Very clean and malty with hints of grassy citrus hops. Nice.

T- Starts out with a light malty biscuit note, some breadiness in the mid palatte with a touch of honey. The finish is very biscuity and long. Solid all the way through.

M- Light to medium carbonation. Overall a tiny bit thinner than your typical marzen but this just works.

D- Like mentioned above, a hair less body than your typical marzen and the color is definitely lighter. I'll definitely have this again as it's more sessionable than the heavier fest biers.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:05:39 | More by Greggy
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a yellow straw color, a thin layer of white on top. Some good streaks and patches of lace. Upon closer examination of the 'chill haze', I see that it's actually lots of tiny particles in suspension.

Aroma - a light, bread dough graininess.

Taste - bready, sourdough-like flavor. Almost a fishy flavor in the early goings. A decent hit of hops on the swallow, quite pilsery. A touch sweet on the aftertaste, and quite a bit of dryness at the end.

Mouthfeel - moderate body, good and crisp, and with a noticeable element of smoothness.

Drinkability - a little out of place here in February but I could see this as a suitable barbecue session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 21:20:26 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of BedetheVenerable


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

Presentation: 16.9oz brown bottle with classic Weihenstephaner label

Appearance: Ever so SLIGHTLY hazy straw beer, capped with a nice, dense stark white head...this beer has nice carbonation levels and just the hint of bottle-conditioned yeast sediment

Smell: Bright malt and yeast aromas predominate...there's a fresh sharp graininess that predominates here...very bright and clean

Taste: Malt forward, with a hint of estery yeast as well..hops stay in the background; there's just a hint of bitterness to balance, but it's almost imperceivable

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, crisp, perfect

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Not what you might expect for the style, but oh so very tasty...this is one I discovered by accident (buying a sixer for a friend's 22nd birthday) but I will definitely revisit it

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 04:25:37 | More by BedetheVenerable
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
83 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.