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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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989 Ratings
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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 29
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 jushoppy2beer
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%

This is typical of a Munich Marzen style beer, light in color with a modest to slight head, subtle aroma of malts, and a clean crisp dry taste. Unlike the American Marzens that have risen in popularity, this one lacks any sign of sweetness, but sports a clean carbonated finish with a slight hop a the end. A very drinkable beer for the earlier days of Oktoberfest season, but perhaps a bit light for the days of waning daylight.

jushoppy2beer, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/28/08.

Pours a clear bright golden-straw color with about one finger of whitish head. The head dropped slowly, little lacing. Aroma is very malty and biscuit-like with a bit of floral hops.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. A honey-biscuit-like malt sweetness combined with subtle floral hops, and hints of orange and lemon. Feel is crisp and clean with ample carbonation. Light-bodied with a somewhat dry finish. Drinkability is great. The taste is good and it goes down real easy. Very sessionable.

Pretty good. Tasty and very drinkable.

bkilpatr, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Appearance: Golden/yellow with decent foam. Kind of pale for an Oktoberfest, I'd say.

Aroma: Grainy/bready with some honey

Taste: Bready and honey, just like the aroma. Malts. Some bitterness as well. Pretty mild, its not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of the Oktoberfest scale, crisp as well.

Drinkability: Not typical for the style, but its still drinkable.

I've had better Oktoberfests, and I usually expect much better from this brewery. Its still a solid beer, but I'm slightly disappointed.

kshankar, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Weihenstephan's Oktoberfest pours a much paler color that most other Oktoberfests. It is a hazy pale yellow with a white cap. The aroma consists of fresh baked bread, there's almost a pretzel-like quality to it. The hops are lemony. The mouthfeel is soft and full-bodied. There's a bready maltiness to it upfront. Hops appear grassy and add some balance to the malt sweetness. They linger into the finish and add a small bit of lemony tartness to the flavor. It's a little different than your average Oktobefests in color and flavor, but it's still a smooth and enjoyable drinker.

Winter, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
2.15/5  rDev -41.7%

It poured pale yellow with one finger of head and moderate carbonation. The head quickly retreated into a lite lacing.

It had an astringent off scent that was accented by hops. There was adjunct like qualities. No definitive barley or wheat malt characteristics from what I can tell.

It tasted bitter, slightly hoppy. Those astringent scent characteristics really took over in the taste department. It had a lite to medium body what was smooth and refreshing.

It's drinkable, but not very. I am not impressed. I had heard good things about this beer but it did not live up to the hype. I question the ability of this being sold as a Marzen. Not to be crude, but this is almost what I urinate after a night of drinking real Marzens.

Rennpferd, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Clear light gold color with a frothy white head. Good retention and lacing. Toasted straw and grain aroma with Saaz hop spiciness. Munich maltiness, some nice moderate sweetness with a citrus/lemongrass hoppiness that provides balance. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation is soft but adequate, body is medium-thin but full-flavored, drinkability is excellent.

illidurit, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Gish
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours a clear yellow with an average head. Decent lacing.

S - A bit of honey with nice fresh bread.

T - Very tasty! Fairly crisp with a touch of sweetness. A bit doughy with just enough hop bite to balance things out.

M - The body is fairly light, not overly carbonated.

D - Very, very drinkable. Has just enough flavor to make you want more without any overpowering characteristics. The pale Oktoberfests are new to me, but I'm not disappointed so far!

Gish, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

I'm excited to try this beer. I saw it in the store and know that Weihenstephaner makes some pretty tasty brews so I had to try this one.

A- I do have to say this looks like an American lager in terms of look. The pail straw color with lots of activity in the glass. The head is very fluffy and loose, like the girl on the corner. The beer is pretty light compared to other Octoberfests I've had before.

S- Lots of grains and earthy bready smells. There is a slight hint of honey and sweetness.

T- There is a definite malt taste, its very grain orientated. There is touch of honey/sweetness. Its almost like a golden honey bread, only really light. There is a slight bitter after taste, kinda nutty and earthy. This is a light October fest IMO.

M- Feels good in the mouth, nice balance in feel.

D- Yeah, especially if you don't want to be bogged down with the heaviness some O-fest beers present.

Wetpaperbag, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

pours a super light golden with white head

lager aroma, dry hops, slight banana and lemony notes

lager yeast, slight fruit, and decent hops on the finish

light bodied, without the sweetness of a hefe

smooth, not overly sweet, just too light for my preference

bitterthebetter, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Picked up a single in a mixed 6'er from Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a clear gold, like an export lager. In fact, there are a lot of ways this beer is more like a Dortmunder/export lager. The aroma and flavor are dominated by a sweet bready malt taste with a hint of smooth caramel. There's also a mild, spicy hop note at the end of the beer. It's drinkable like a typical O-fest and similarly hoppe, but the malt profile is lighter.

tempest, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

pours a clear surprisingly pale YELLOW color w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my pilsn glass ; huh, smells like a pilsner w/ more emphasis on malts, some grassy hop aroma as well ; tastes like a pilsner too, thought is was mislabled 'till i got on & checked, steely grain and some noble hop flavors, more hop bite than other Ger. fests ; dry & light bodied with plenty of carbonation ; pretty drinkable, if it was a pils or helles it would be excellent, but IMO this is not a 'fest at all...

animal69, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Stopped in for lunch today at a small German deli, grabbed a bottle of this from the cooler to enjoy with a fat, kraut & mustard-laden Beer Sausage. Poured from a 16.9 oz/500ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: Unlike most 'standard' copper-hued Oktoberfests, this pours a warm wheat-yellow. Carbonation roils around a faint haze as this pours, bubbles spin wildly. Head builds to a tight layer of white suds, stopping just shy of a finger. Lacing is magnificent - thick cobwebs stretch from top to bottom. I actually stopped to admire the banding, criss-crossed lace before placing the glass in the cleaning bin when finished.

S: Almost all malt: a honey-sweet, vaguely floral aroma mixed with buttered biscuits or toasted crackers. Hints of grassy hops.

T: Dry and bready, a biscuit dough with faint herbs and a light honeyed touch. Nuanced flavors of light citrus (orange and lemon zest), finishing with a cracked pepper dryness.

M: Crisp, clean, 'fresh'. Modest carbonation, an effervescing zip. Finishes dry and gingerly hopped, leaving flecks of lasting sweet malt at the corners of the mouth. Body is light-medium.

D: Drinkable - to a fault. This is one of those beers that paired so perfectly with the food and generally disappeared in gulps rather than sips, eliciting a 'where did it go?' response when I looked down at a half sausage and an empty glass. I'm puzzled by the style and intrigued: this didn't 'seem' like a Märzen/Oktoberfest like I'm used to...could have been a doughy Kellerbier or Helles instead, though I'm still 'learning' these styles and their subtleties... No matter, I enjoyed this and would definitely have one again.

msubulldog25, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Nice white frothy head,camp crystal lake clear pale yellow.

Some fruity smells, malts, but mostly beer smell. 1, 2, festbiers coming for you.

Great fruity tastes, hoppy, but nice sweet malts. Sweet bready malts, 3,4 better lock the door.

Nice body, clean finish. Like chucky.

Murchmac, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of nickynick
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Weihenstephaner Festbier poured a light, and slightly cloudy amber color. Smell was good, flowers, and mildly spicy hops. Taste was mild all around. Some sweetness in the front, followed by hit of hop spice. Mouthfell was good. Drinkability is very good. This is a good example of a festbier, easy to drink, and offers some nice flavors. I would drink this again.

nickynick, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a golden, yellow amber color with a tinge of rusty orange. Good clarity with a sudsy head of white foam which left a bit of lacing.

S: Smells of toasted grain with a dash of spicy hop notes.

T: Taste is a very crisp blend of lightly toasted caramel malt and bready grains combined with a bit of fruity sweetness and a dry, slightly spiced hop finish.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, yet light-medium bodied, and pretty drinkable.

D: A lighter flavor than expected, but a good balance and a nice compliment to the cooler weather. It's not the best marzen I've had, but it's a very drinkable one and free from any major flaw.

I was expecting more of a copper color with a richer, sweeter malt character, but such was not the case here. This reminded me very much of Hofbrau's Oktoberfest, which can be hit or miss itself.

Gambrinus1184, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

.5L bottle poured into my Yuengling pils glass,
Weihenstephaner Festbier is a clear fizzy yellow with a white head that leaves nice spidery lace all the way down. Still, I don't care for the modernized pale märzens at all!!!

Smell is really nice, soft and fruity, a bit like a fine Belgian blonde, but with less depth, sugar, grainy pils and herbal hops.

Taste is pretty good, a soft sweet bread dough, nice hop flavor with just enough bitterness to provide an edge to the finish. Honey, fresh cut grass, not as sweet as the nose, some spice from the alcohol. It seems simple at first blush, but there's a lot of subtle depth to it, very well made and tasty. There's something to be said for the helle's-with-extra-alcohol o-fests, at least the ones that taste like this. But they're still my 2nd choice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick with a bit of crispness on the dry finish. Something about it though seems kind of heavy in the belly though.

Drinkability is pretty high. None of the Munich malt I look for in the style, but the sucker is made to drink by the liter. And I'd probably be able to do so, and for the modern style, it's one of the better examples. Still, I'm just not a modern guy...and would prefer a maltier brew rather then then the fraternity party deluxe.

ccrida, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

The Festbier poured a lager like dark straw with a single finger foam head and tiny bubble lacing. Good webbing lacing.

The smell was somewhat fruity and slightly malty. The taste was malty that hung on the tongue and seemed pretty sticky in the mouth. As the festbier gets warmer it gets sweeter. Overall it was a very enjoyable Marzen.

cswhitehorse, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%

pours a yellow gold in color with a one finger white head and a light sheeting of lace on the glass. herbal aroma with a touch of mint. taste is is same very clean with no after taste. mouthfeel medium and good carbonation. nice taste to this beer very drinkable and has a nice body to it.

billybob, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

The nose on this beer smells like a standard German pilsner; there are malts and a large lager smell. The beer is a light yellow? It has a cm head and decent retention. This is really an Oktoberfest? There is a nice big fruitiness to the beer that comes through; the beer is crisp and dry. It's probably closer to a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It has an okay flavour, but I just don't think it does a very good job as a pilsner nor an Oktoberfest. The mouthfeel is okay. All around, I find the lager bite to be the most prominent in the beer rather than the all around sweetness or toastiness of an Oktoberfest or the maltiness of a pilsner.. There is just no real balance to this beer.

This is the first Weihenstephaner I have not enjoyed much.

swizzlenuts, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A transparent straw yellow-bodied beer - very light, almost witbier -esque - with a foamy, bubbly snow white head with average retention that fades into a ring of lace. Plenty of fine, suspended particulate matter, but very sparse, big-bubbled carbonation. Lacing isn't half-bad.

Aroma: A very light, faint, grainy nose - pils-like malts, rich, with a hint of roast - with some nice, spicy hops, very Noble-smelling.

Taste: Incredibly clean and neat. Very sweet, fine grain notes, crisp, doughy without being bready, with more light, herbal, grassy hop notes, a mild bitterness, and some light, spicy phenols.

Mouthfeel: The best part of this beer, in my opinion. It's big bodied, but very soft and smooth, fluffy, and largely even. Does leave a bit of an after-feel, though - a nice, creamy mouthcoating. Still though, nice.

Drinkability: Incredilbly clean, smooth, easy-going, and drinkable. This one would be a very early-Oktoberfest festbier ... it seems more suited for summer than anything. Not necessarily one I'd get again though ... while it is light and fresh and whatnot, it's just not terribly interesting. Guess I've been officially spoiled by American beer.

CrellMoset, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very light with a nice clean taste and finish. The beer was very refreshing also. It was a very light blond color. The head did not last at all and the beer only had fair lacing qualities. I would buy again

Minkybut, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Surprise!!

I had long since written off the Oktoberfest group. I bought this beer thinking "it is Weihenstephaner and is probably good but I don't like the excess roasted malt and the lager edge that most of these beers have."

I poured this beer and saw that it looked like an American macro. Moderate head with clear yellow body. The nose is not very strong with grains and yeast.

Taste is very clean and balanced. A hint of hops with very little roasted malt, caramel or other Oktoberfest tastes that I have come to expect. This turns out to be one of the most drinkable beers I have had in ages. At least a new drinkable beer; I have others.

Mouth feel is clean, slightly tingly. A very good beer for session drinking. Hard to find another. Does anyone have a large tent and a band available?

daledeee, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.58/5  rDev -3%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Not the amber color I am used to with an Oktoberfest. There is a good amount of carbonation that create a thin white head with slight retention.
Good smell on this beer. There is a strong hop presence, also unlike most marzens. There is a slight candy smell and toffee malt as well.
Taste is a fairly nice balance between the European hops and the sweet malts. The hops win out, tasting more like a pilsner than a marzen.
Mouthfeel has a very nice smoothness to it. The thickness is not there.
Nice drinkability, which is what one expects out of a festbier. A good balance makes it drinkable, and a sweet finish lends the pallet to want another sip. This beer is a unique and good example of an oktoberfest that is worth a try.

BDIMike, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%

Day six of Oktoberfest has me sampling Weihenstephaner's year-round Festbier.

Pours a bright straw-yellow color with a fluffy two-finger white pillow that slowly fades to a small cap that leaves heaps of stick on the glass.

Smells oddly of herbal hops, with notes of grass and hay, along with a slight hint of alcohol.

Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Faintly sweet malts touch the front of the palate, followed quickly by grassy hop bitterness, with a fair bit of hay-corn-and-alcohol-like flavor as well. Finishes fairly dry and bitter.

Drinkability is good; this is a beer that is light and easy-drinking, well-balanced and inoffensive.

Very different from the other Oktoberfest beers sampled thus far. Lighter in malt character as well as color, making it much more akin to a Helles, but this is simply a "Festbier," after all, and not an "Oktoberfestbier." Year-round availability and easy drinkability make this one good for any Fest.

superdedooperboy, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

light clear gold with a nice rocky white head. nose is fresh doughy bread and grassy noble hops. lightly sweet pale malts up front with light, smooth hop bitterness leading to a crisp finish. nicely carbonated, light to medium in body, definitely sessionable and approachable.

MrMcGibblets, Sep 26, 2008
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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