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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 73 | 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 UDbeernut
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oktoberfest session during sunday football. pours a golden hue into my mug, small foamy head with little retention. sweet malty nose. Sweet on the palate with noble hops trying their best to balance. very drinkable on a rainy september day. paired well with my wife's chili.

Photo of yankeej13
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in new to my liquor store and I respect everything they brew so I wanted to pick up a bottle.

A- Has a really nice golden color. A small amount of foam that quickly disappears. Has a heavy amount of carbonation.

S- A nice refreshing wheat beer smell to it. It has a mild amount of different hops as well as malts.

T- It is very crisp and refreshing. A nice variety of malts and floral hops gives it a great mid palette flavor. Leaves your mouth with a nice wheat flavor.

M- Great drinkability. Very smooth refreshing and crisp. Leaves your mouth with a nice floral hop taste.

Overall- I really enjoyed it, did just what I wanted it to do. Cheers!

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden light yellow and ultra clear. Nice pure white head that lasts and deposits good lacing. A little carbonation visible as well.

S - Strong typical German lager aroma, full of light biscuit and sweet malts.

T - Tastes slightly darker than the aroma/color suggests. Light malts and a sweet honey taste. Fresh bread in the end as well as sweet malt sugars.

M - Medium body with carbonation on the low end for the style. Finishes sweet on the palate and chewy. Very easy sipper and pleasant to drink.

O - A very traditional beer for the style and quite obvious this brewery hasn't change it in forever. Reminds me of the changing of the seasons with the lighter color but slight dark flavors/aromas.

Photo of adamette
2.52/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single last week from Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $1.68 into my “The Second City” Weizen glass. “4241” stamped on the bottom of the back label, whatever that means.

A 3 inch off white meringue head over a surprisingly light, golden, translucent body with minimal trails of bubbles rising up from the bottom. Ho-hum look really. 2.0

S The expected barley malt smell is there but it is really a bit thin. I had to sniff a few times to appreciate the grains in the smell. 2.5

T Again the expected barley malt is there but I am surprised (and a little dissapointed) to report that it is a rather thin tasting beer. I just had Victory’s version of a Marzen and it was much fuller, more satisfying than this one. It is not like this brewery has not had time to get it right, it is the “World’s Oldest Brewery” afterall! 2.5

M Again, rather thin. I have to admit I am dissapointed in the feel of this beer. 2.0

D/O Drinkability is high (as per the style) but overall this is a thin example of the style. I believe that I would much rather have a Victory Festbier. 3.0

Photo of jale
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear lighter yellow with two fingers of white head. Lacing lasts a few minutes.

S: Very light malt and a hint of lemon tartness.

T: Sweet to start moving into light malt then a hint of lemon tartness. Small amount of spicy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Light body with good carbonation.

O: Nice light refreshing beer.

Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden in color & much lighter than most O-fests i've had.

S: Some sweet malt notes...rather subdued. Not much in the way of floral notes.

T: Mild start leads to sweet leads to some restrained hop bitterness. Balance is more than expected. Good job balancing...but I like my Festivus beers more malt dominant.

M: Medium body....crisp & clean.

O: An easy to drink beer with a lot of balance. Almost a Festbier-lite if you ask me. Nice...but I'll stick with more malt forward versions like GL or SA.

Photo of codfeast
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap Crown and Anchor.

A: Gold in color, lighter than I was was expecting, thin head.

S: Malt and Hops, hints bread, biscut.

T: Like the smell, sweet malt, with a bit of bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium body, smooth, nice dry finish.

O: Easy drinking, good Marzen. Not a big flavor profile, but very well balanced.

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from (Yay!) brown bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a bright white two-finger head of foam that fades even as I finish pouring.
Aroma-faint grain, with a subtle hop note
Taste-Cracker and pilsner malt, subtle Saaz hop presence leading to a dry finish. Crisp and very drinkable, but more like a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. Not bad just the same.

Photo of rwathree
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: golden color is lighter than what I expected; looks more like a pilsner than marzen. Nice, fluffy cap of white foam at the top, which leaves a sticky lace at the top of the glass.

S: Floral hops (saaz?), wheat, a slight touch of sugar. Kind of nondescript, but nothing offensive here either.

T: really not much going on here. This is a very clean beer, but I really want more malt from the style. I'm getting moderate hop bitterness and not much else.

M: decent carbonation, goes down smooth, a little thin-bodied but not too much so.

O: I'm not crazy about this beer. Maybe my expectations are skewed/Americanized, but I always took Oktoberfest beers to be richer than this. Just feel like I'm drinking a well-balanced, easy-drinking pilsner, which is fine, but not what I signed on for.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours golden and clear, I was expecting more of a clear orangeish brown. Head was white only about a finger thick but didn't last very long.
S: sweet malt, a little bit grainy not much in the way of hops.
T: as the style should be, nothing crazy, simple malty light sweetness, lightly grassy hop.
M: light and clean, good carbonation
O: a very poundable beer, could probably drink several liters of this.

Photo of aasher
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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 -4.3%
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
3.79/5  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 +5.1%
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 -8.4%
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 +8.6%
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
2.1/5  rDev -43.4%
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
3.75/5  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%
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 -5.7%
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
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.57/5  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-.

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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