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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 32
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 aasher
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I figured I'd try this one since I really like Weihenstephaner and apparently it's Oktoberfest season.

It pours a very light and watery bright, very clean gold in color with a slight white head. It smells of pale German malts, biscuit malts, grains, and has a very subtle bitter hop finish. The flavors are very bland for the style. It is light malts, light honey sweetness, with a slight bitter hop finish. It features the usual flavors but it's really, really light and subtle. For being fresh, this drinks in a really dull manner. It's also very, very watery. I can see this being popular during a festival but alone this beer is pretty weak. It's definitely not on par with Weihenstephaner's other offerings.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 0.9 fl. oz. bottle. 4 digit code on back label.

Pours a very clear, light, golden-yellow. A white head soon rings. Lots of slow carbonation. Smell is mineral, cracker, and biscuit. Some crisp noble hop asserts itself more on the taste. A good peppery aftertaste, this brew is balanced moreso on the hop side, imo. Good, clean mouthfeel. All in all, a decent drinker, but nothing spectacular from the okoberfest style.

Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale gold beer with not much head at all. There is a lot of carbonation to the body. The aroma is very nice with a lot of earthy grain malt like smells. The flavor to me was more like a pilsner than a marzen. It was grainy like with a lot of earth after tones. The body was like a marzen just because felt more full than a pils.

Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a pretty good rendering in the more golden fruit colored fest beers. this is a bottle from last year but it has maintained. golden on the the very light orange yellow. nose is pollen mineral a bit of freshness from hopping. palate is chalk dry. to the point that it feels like sodium. salty hints. sweet overtone that somehow blend into the works. nice carbonation. munich and honey.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Weihenstephan Weizen glass.

A - Pours a clear golden pale yellow colour with abubbly white head that dies quick.

S - Aromas of sweet grain.

T - Taste is similar to the smell in sweet grains citrus and small hops.

M - Light body and carbonation, maybe a little undercarbonated.

O - Not the best example of the style.

Photo of Cmack15
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very solid good beer. The beer looks lovely in my tulip glass showing off its light golden hue and lacing on the sides as I sip it. The aroma is nice bready/yeasty mix that smells refreshing and inviting. The taste is very clean with subtle malt notes. This beer is an easy sipper and would also be great on a hot summer night (if only they served these at the Pawsox games). I have found a new appreciation for German beers after visiting Munich.

Photo of Knapp85
2.03/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a big fan of most Pilsners, and even though this brew is classified as a Marzen I still felt like this was more like a Pils. Big time grassy notes on the palette which is not my favorite thing in beer. The more I drank of this brew, the worse it got. Normally when a good beer gets warmer the flavors get better. This one wasn't like that. I was very happy once I finished this because I was afraid that I wasn't going to.

Photo of jbertsch
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Weihenstephaner Festiber

Half hazed pale yellow in color. A frothy white head sits massively in my tall Ayinger weizen glass.

Aromas of crisp cracker-like malt, that familiar German mustiness, lemon, and yeasty bread.

Flavor profile is pretty bright and almost summery for a marzen style. Bready malts, faint sweetness, yeastiness, and some lemon zest leaves a slight tang on the finish.

Lighter, refreshing, and a super quenching character gives this high drinkability.

I just wish its malt character was a tad more robust as it's fairly light for a marzen.
This drinks like a nice summery beer, but if I want a marzen I'll reach for Ayinger or something else.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pour yields a golden-hued brew that is mostly transparent. The head is white and sticks around for just a bit before falling down to a thin cap. Slight amount of lacing. The nose is mostly comprised of bready malts with a touch of caramel and some very, very light hopping. The flavor is again white-bread crust with a bit of sweetness and caramel flavoring. Medium body with good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and goes down smoothly even though nothing about it is all that remarkable, especially considering its source.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap from a restaurant in Arlington, VA and from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is golden yellow with medium small white head. Nicely carbonated. Aroma gives off sweet malts. Taste is incredible malt, honey, grain. A slight bit of roast. Mild spicy hops and roast keep this balanced but this is a malt forward beer. Palate is malty sweet and crisp as can be. Hops bitterness balanced perfectly with the hints of roast malt to keep this from being cloying. Overall an excellent beer. This isnt what everyone considers an Oktoberfest/Marzen, but more a slightly stronger, malty'er version of a helles with the slightest hint of roast... a Festbier or Wiesen.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.99 from Whole Foods.

Grabbed the weiss glass on instinct. Whatever.

First thing that I noticed was that it was a bit pale for an O'fest brew. Pale, chill hazed gold. Not quite vivid, but with a constant stream of activity. Decently stacked dollops of eggshell white head. Flimsy strings of lace, though it froths nicely with just a soft shake.

Smell is doughy with many unnecessary fruit esters. Do I smell banana again, or is this glass permanently stained with Weihenstephaner? Stickier Euro malt below it. Faint grassy hops along an unwelcomed yeasty backdrop.

Taste thankfully goes away from the traditional house flavor. Subtly sweet sourdough-like flavor. Hops are brighter then expected(being leafy & slightly biting), but not quite approaching Pilsener territory. Brief metallic note somewhere in the middle. Finish Ritz crackers & some mildly macerated lettuce.

Carbonation is solid. Feel is light bodied, with a slightly grainy character. Needs a bit more residual sweetness for the style, but I like it for what it is.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear yellow color. The white head is big, rocky, mountainous, and lasting. Loads of sticky puffy lace - more like thick hanging vertical foam.

S- A faint skunkiness blew right off leaving a very light grassy/grainy aroma.

T- Light, sweet, clean malt and cereal grains. Astringent hoppy finish.

M, D- Light and clean - but too light. Drinkable, but uninspiring.

This is not up to the usual very high standards of this brewery, and couldn't hold up against a mediocre Czech lager.

Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12 oz bottle to pint

Pours a very pale, light yellow-peach, slightly hazy, and forms a 1-inch head in the pint glass. Very little lacing. It gives off some nice, bready malt aromas, some banana esters from the yeast, a touch of citrusy hops in the background. The nose is quite pronounced and surprising, given the pale complexion. Smells like an Oktoberfest should.

Your palate is met with bready malts upfront, which also give the beer a chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Again, not expecting this from the appearance. The malts carry a touch of banana, met with a dash of lemon. Some earthy, leafy hops are just noted in the background, but the sweet, lightly roasted malts close out the finish. The sweet finish is nicely cleansed by ample carbonation.

This is up there with the easiest of beers to drink. Not my favorite from Weihenstephaner, but I can see why they made this their 'fest beer'. These will knock back easily, should lead to a good night. Prost!

Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Skipped over this one during the fest season but always looking to try a different Weihenstephan beer.

Pours a color a few shades lighter than most Oktoberfestbiers, being a bit more yellow than orange. Foamy and thick pure white head sits atop nicely.

Aroma is full of bready malts with some sweetness but also a nice noble hop aroma with some spice and grassy notes.

Flavor matches the aroma very well being only a bit sweeter than the nose would suggest. Some nice bread or biscuit like malt flavors are well balanced by some caramel sweetness and a healthy dose of European hops.

Mouthfeel is light with a clean and smooth presence. Overall, this is another top notch beer from one of the world's best.

Photo of jporf911
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance- 3 out of 5. This beer is a totally translucent tint of yellow with a splash of gold in the center. Ample carbonation rises to form a wonderful two-finger head that leaves behind huge chunks of foam like bloated white continents floating in a golden-yellow ocean. In some respects, it seems to be a hybrid between Pilsner and adjunct lager; regardless, it looks nothing like a traditional Oktoberfest-Märzen, though its topaz-translucency is still enthralling when held up to the light.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. Light Pilsner malt dominates the nose, which again detracts from this beer being labeled as an Oktoberfest-Märzen. For it's worth, the malt smells juicy and clean, but it lacks the rich toasted grain scent that I was expecting. Fruity alcohol esters briefly flit around before fading. A weak whiff of hops shows up at the end along with lemon grass and a tiny twang of citrus peel. It's appealing, but again, not Märzen-like at all.

Taste- 3.5 out of 5. The first sip seals the deal for me-- this not an Oktoberfest-Märzen; it's a mislabeled, mutated Pilsner. If you're expecting a Märzen, you will be unpleasantly disappointed; however, the beer in the bottle isn't bad at all. That malt is doughy like freshly-risen white bread-- not deeply so but delicious nonetheless. Surprisingly, the hops overtake the taste. Lemony Saaz hops wash around the tongue, leaving a tingling bitter sensation that is accentuated by the earthy aftertaste. Once you get past the fact that this isn't a Märzen, it's actually bolder and more fulfilling than its color may have first made you think.

Mouthfeel- 3.5 out of 5. It has a borderline-medium body that is light yet somewhat creamy-- probably from the copious quantities of foam idly floating around the surface, leaving malty mustaches on your upper lip.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. This is a pretty good beer; unfortunately, it falls short in two places-- it's not actually an Oktoberfest-Märzen at all, and the Pilsner category it more closely resembles has better brews you could buy. Still, if you're in the mood for a clear beer with more punch than most Pilsners, you could easily drink quite a few of these in a single sitting. It's a step above most of the lighter German offerings I've had lately while still staying true to the Reinheitsgebot (the German purity law of 1516 mandating that only barley, hops, water, and yeast be used in the production of beer).

Overall, a B-.

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

One of my frequent traders, tone77, dropped off some bottles for me the other day, having noticed that I am on a short CAN hiatus. Cool!

My pour resulted in a thick, foamy cap of two fingers' worth of bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose had a pleasant maltiness, not too sweet, more subtle than I expected, frankly. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lager sweetness accompanied by a grassy hoppiness. Finish was likewise pleasantly sweet, very clean in its aftertaste.

Photo of SickGnar
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale, yet verging on hearty, golden straw with a decent white head. Although the foam falls fairly fast it keeps a cap and leaves pretty damn decent lacing. Just barely less than crystal clear with lost of dancing bubbles. This beer is quite pretty to look at.

S: Distinct and fairly strong fruity euro-lager esters show first and are backed up by a slightly sweet doughy malt. Malt is a bit grainy, but mostly juicy, fresh, robust, yet pale lager malts. Pils / Vienna / light munich - light, light - emphasis is almost more on grainy (but sweetly so) than on malty. Hops make barest hint of a showing and come across as mostly floral. Hop aroma grows a hair as the brew warms and takes on a soft lemon edge. Emphasis is fruity lager esters and sweet light malt grain.

T: Palate is quite a bit more hop forward. Sweet and floral spicey, and a little bit minty with some grassy / leafy background notes. Saaz / Hallertau with maybe something else for bittering. (This is not the first thing you would notice about an Octoberfest. Nor does this have rich malty notes. This is something else, and a fine beer.) The doughy grainy malts have a pretty good level of cookie like sweetness. The malts are light (probably a lot of pils in this one) and not complex at all, but have great depth and roundness. Hops match malts in strength up front but linger longer in the finish. A balanced beer, but both the hops and malts are bigger and badder than the color of the beer would seem to indicate.

M: Solidly medium body with a carbonation level and character that is elegant yet firm. CO2 helps lighten the heft and helps give a crispness to the finish while contributing an overall creamy mouthfeel.

D: This is not an O-fest. The blue & white Bavarian chevrons, product placement with other o-fests, time of year, etc - all had me thinking that this would be malty & rich. This is a bigger than everyday beer, but not a Marzen. Weihenstephaner's original is a helles, and this seems to be a bigger, "fest" version. A sort of extra special helles, or Helles Bock, or Maibock. A very nice beer. And you have got to like the partying nuns on the six pack - not your run of the mill marketing.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a light yellow hue and completely transparent. There is a nice, fluffy inch of head that sticks around for a few minutes, leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is somewhat subdued, with scents primarily of pils malt.

T: This beer tastes great, but I would never have guessed that this is an Oktoberfest or festbier. It tastes like a German pilsner. The color, aroma, and taste profile are not indicative of the style. That being said, this is a clean, refreshing brew that goes down very easily. Deduction for style, but still a tasty beverage.

M: Thin, light, and crisp.

D: Highly drinkable. It would be very easy to throw back a few pints. Whether or not it's true to style, it's still a tasty offering from one of the best breweries in Germany.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 30 July 2011, drank in my Cork hotel room in mid Nov 2010.

The beer had a good mid-gold, solid look to it, on top a good white foaming head.

A Marzen should have some colour to it (not like some of the modern golden ones), it should also smell and taste of malts somewhat. This beer fits the bill nicely.

A very easy to drink beer and a fine example of the style, the 5.8% being just about perfect for the body and depth this beer has.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- yellow, almost exactly as their original, clear

S- same maltiness as their original

T- very unexciting, every bit of this beer reminded me of their original

M- good, clean, and crisp

D- very drinkable, it was smooth and could drink a few of these a night

overall, would i buy this again? no, id buy their original because it was very similar

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner festbier has a light brown, translucent body with at least two fingers of off-white head that leaves behind bits of lacing.

The aroma of this beer provides a good bit of noble hops, with lemon grass and earthy smells. Just a little bit of malt in the background that is sweet-smelling, but not very powerful and a little bit pale.

Well the malt character is definitely light for a festbier, just like the smell suggests. In fact, it's pretty damn pale on top of being light, so I'm not sure what to make of this beer style-wise, but it tastes good. The hops are more powerful than the malt, with a bunch of skunky lemongrass (saaz I would guess) and bit of grassy flavors. A little bite of bitterness, a hint of fruit from the yeast, and then pale malts take it home.

Mouthfeel is a little bit on the light side.

Weihenstephaner festbier is a pretty good beer, and you'll have no problem handling the pint-sized bottles it comes in.

Photo of thekanna
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, clear yellow with a quickly-dissipating white head.

S: Sweet malts, banana.. or rather, banana bread, and some light yeasts.

T: Lots of malts and yeast; biscuity with grassy hops. Bit of slighly smoked herbs, followed by some tartness.

M: A bit thin with medium carbonation.

D: Not bad, not great, but slightly below what i'd expect coming out of the Weihenstephaner brand.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled down, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface. A slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose. Some hints of floral hops are also perceptible.
T: The initial taste is very malty and has some sweetness with some hints of caramel; these flavors are balanced by the hops, which lend a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is highly drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a single sitting.

Photo of monkjuice
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into a weizen glass. Only because said weizen glass bears the Weihenstephan Crest.

A: A pale-ish yellow with a light white foam. Decent lacing. Crystal clear, makes me feel like I'm drinking a random European pilsner. My wife said "finally, you're drinking a beer that actually looks like beer" She can tolerate Bud Light et al, if I guilt her in to "sharing my passion", but her admiring this brew's light refracting qualities does nothing for me.

S: Bready malts, light floral hops, and a weird Splenda-like sweetness. I get raisins as well, there must be something in my glass. Must check the dishwasher.

T: Taste isn't that bad. Fairly bready, light hopping that factors in only a bit. A bit of tartness at the end, which probably helps save this puppy.

M: "Finally, you're drinking a beer that feels like beer...". Not sure if this is a good thing. Don't think I'll be running back to the ice box any time soon for another one of these

D: Meh.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My journey through Weihenstephaner seems to be the reverse of most people. I scored their Original lower than most, and now I'm scoring their Festbier higher than their Original. Seems a step up in every category - brighter color, better head, crisper and more complex taste and with a little hint of citrus.

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
84 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.