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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 60 | 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 glid02
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a straw color with a two-finger bright white head. The head falls into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of earthy and somewhat spicy hops, pilsner malts (?), and a small amount of breadiness. As the beer warms the bready aromas intensify.

Tastes very good. Light malt flavors up front are joined almost immediately by a good amount of biscuity malts that meld with rather than overtake the lighter malt flavors. Midway through the sip a good deal of earthy and spicy hop flavors enter into the fray before a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a creamy thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the six-pack quickly and I'm a bit upset this is my last one.

Overall I didn't think I'd be a big fan of this beer after my first whiff, but it combines the qualities of a crisp pilsner and an Oktoberfest to create a very nice beer. While it may not be traditional, this may be my new go-to Oktoberfest beer. Definitely worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, like everyone else, surprised this doesn't really look or taste much like any marzen I've had before. Moving on...

Pours a clear golden straw color with a steady stream of small rising bubbles that tries to support an ivory head that dissipates to a film with streaky lacing. Aroma is sweet and grassy hops, with some grain but not particularly strong. Light, creamy body, with sharp carbonation and mild hop bitterness in the finish. Flavor is pale malts, slightly sweet and grainy, with floral, grassy hops in the finish. The finish and aftertaste start to come around to more a typical marzen, even if the body seems more pils-ish. Overall, a nice easy drinking fall beer, even if its not the best marzen or Weihenstephaner offering.

yourefragile, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of khumbard
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. This is a very nice looking beer. Golden yellow with decent carbonation, left a decent head. I was expecting this to be a little darker. Tastes very much like a normal pilsner. Not a lot of hops or maltiness, just pretty straightfoward. Clean finish, easy drinking. Not bad, but probably not worth the $9 for the sixer. Don't think I'll go out of my way to have it again.

khumbard, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of kels
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours into my pint a bright, straw yellow, completely clear, with a moderate amount of carbonation running throughout. The initial 2 finger white, thick, creamy white head fades to a well-retained 1/2 finger. Big swathes of white, soft lace hang on the walls of the glass. Honestly this beer looks very good - but not what I expected for the style.

Smell: Very crisp and light. Aromas of biscuity malts come through along with a hint of lemony hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is very pleasant - strongly carbonated and very refreshing. The fizziness fills the mouth and bubbles all the way down. The flavors of lightly toasted, crispy grains are the focal point of the beer, and they are joined by a slight lemony bite.

Drinkability: Pretty high. Not exactly what I expected for the style overall, but the high drinkability is right on, and it is even increased by the light and refreshing feel and flavors.

kels, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack - $8.69 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, surprisingly light yellow-hued body with a frothy, white head.

Smell: Delicate, light pale malt hints glanced by some floral, lightly herbal Noble hop notes.

Taste: Shies away from any complex malt character and instead delivers a rather mild pale maltiness with some basic sugary hints and (at best) very faint notions of wildflower honey. Noble hops are mainly floral with just the lightest amount of lemon citrus in there as well. Low bitterness. Slight yeastiness. Finishes dry with a vague Noble hop flavor ambling into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: Huh. Well, it really takes the "ease of copious amount of drinking" route, leaving you wanting a bit more flavor, a bit more character, but, if downed in copious amounts alongside roasted chickens and sausage, you probably wouldn't care at that point anyhow.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow color.. fizzy and well carbonated. Smell combines white grapes and hops. Taste is very clean and refreshing: mild malt balanced with crisp hops. Not as heavy as I expected from an oktoberfest and to me seems very similar to a pilsner.. but style aside this is a light and drinkable beer.

webmanspidey, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 3 finger head that quickly dissipates but leaves the best lacing I have seen yet in an Oktoberfest. The body of the beer is orangeish/gold and significantly lighter than a typical Oktoberfest.

Smells between a typical munich helles and an Oktoberfest. Malty but with some noble hops balancing it.

Edt: Got a fresh bottle. The taste is much like a Hacker-Pschorr maerzen, but with a little bit more hops and a bit lighter on the palate.

It is a killer Festbier, just get it fresh, I made the mistake of having older bottles in years' past.

crossovert, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of necoadam
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a light yellow/golden color with a thin head.

Slight aroma of yeast, wheat, malt, hops, with a hint spice in the undertones.

Taste started out with a biscuity characteristic with a little bit of hops and malts meddling in between. A little bit of a disappointment.

Mouthfeel was light to light-medium. Carbonation seemed ok. Finished crisp, but frizzy.

A little bit of a disappointment. If you're looking for an oktoberfest style beer, this isn't it. But if you want a cross between a hefe and a munich helles lager, this is your choice. Personally, I was expecting better from this brewery. I'll stick with their regular hefe.

necoadam, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BJDuty
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad example of an "Oktoberfest" style beer. I like a more amber color than what this brew gives you, but it doesn't fall short on flavor. Full flavors but with an excellent drinkability that is commonly found amongst the Marzen style beers. Overall a good choice when the weather starts to cool down.

BJDuty, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this really a Marzen? If so, this completely misses the mark.

Is this a Helles? If so, it is a very good rendition of a Helles.

Light in color, yellow. No bitterness. Generic malt/Helles taste, but in a good way. Nice white head.

Probably the best thing to say is buyer beware. If you expect a Helles, good news. If you expect a "fest beer", don't expect a Marzen.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of hdofu
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't say I'm enjoying this beer. Generally I like a bit of flavor with my beer. This one is bitter with a bland finish. It had some carbanation which sort of helped and it had a pleasant sour wine smell. The drink-ability wasn't high in my opinion.

hdofu, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very clear, straw colored with a big foamy head. Attractive lacing.

Smell: a very fresh, grainy aroma. Nice.

Taste: the flavor has a little more character than the aroma. It starts out with the same grainy flavor, then mellows to a nice malt flavor with just a little sweetness. Hops are not prominent but there is a nice little bit of peppery hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: mouthfeel is quite good; carbonated enough to be satisfying but not overdone.

Drinkability: this beer is eminently sessionable. I'm just sad I'm not drinking a Maß of this in Munich.

flagmantho, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: poured macro lager yellow, with a nice head, that lingered. Not what I expect from a Marzen.

S: Malts, some citrusy hops.

T: While I REALLY like this beer, it is missing many of the typical Marzen/ O-fest sweet nutty, and malty flavor. It seems like a slightly maltier Pils. Has really nice hop/malt balance.

M: Light, very crisp. decent carbonation.

D: A 5 here. Being withing style doen't really count on this one. Having said that, this beer is wonderful. With a 5.8% ABV, this is a highly sessionable, easy drinking, refreshing beer.

KI9A, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aw heck, I knew I shouldn't have read BuckeyeNation's review first. You know, I was all ready to put my stamp on this thing but I made the mistake of glancing at his take first and I utterly agree with it.

Bottom line: I wouldn't call this a Marzen; it may be brewed for the season but that's 'bout it... no caramel, nutty, rich malt here - this is just a hoppy German lager that is a little maltier, a little heavier and simply gorgeous to behold.

Absolutely anything Weihenstephaner makes is worth drinking, and Festbier is no exception, but I can't claim to have enjoyed it near as much as the rest of their lineup. Simply "good" from a brewery that makes astounding beers.

Still recommended, I could drink a bunch of these little guys in short order.

kkipple, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear, pale yellow color with loads of effervescence initially. The tall white head is creamy, thick, and frothy. Retention is solid, and lacing is very nice.

S: The nose is grainy up front but not in the sweet Oktoberfest sense I was expecting. A nice dose of spicy German noble hops adds character. A faint lemony twang. Also a mild metallic note.

T: Again, a firm graininess at first. Sweetness is low. A considerable shot of textbook German hops provides solid bitterness and a spicy, herbal, and mildly citric flavor. I do get a faint metallic flavor as well.

M: Medium bodied. Crisp, with tingly carbonation. Definitely dry into the finish.

D: This is kind of an oddball...definitely doesn't fit into the standard O-fest definition, although it doesn't actually say it's an Oktoberfest anywhere on the bottle. Interesting. All that aside, a pretty decent, hoppy German lager.

Clydesdale, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of bbeerman
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A..Golden hue. Average appearance for this style.

S..A bit toasty sweet, if that makes any sense.

T..A sweet flavor up front that fades near the back end. Not a very strong Oktoberfest beer though, with respect to flavor.

M..Above average. Light bodied for this style; a nice difference.

D..Easy to drink, that is certain. However, some might not like the sweet flavor in this beer. Not what I was hoping for in a traditional Oktoberfest but worth a try once.

bbeerman, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of JMD
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S: Very light aroma of grass and grain, some sweet bread, and light fruit.

T: Taste is pretty light as well. Sweet and fruity upfront, with some bready notes. Finishes with some faint hops.

M; Very light and finishes a little dry.

D: I had high expectations for this beer, and it's just OK. They go down easy, but they're very light for the style. There are much better Oktoberfests out there.

JMD, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very clear and very light copper, almost yellowish. most marzens are deeper copper in color. giant 3inch plus head that slowly gives way with excellent lacing.

very malty, bread like up front with a touch of sweetness

sweet up front and quite light with light malty bread flavors. light floral and bitter hop flavor

very smooth and easy with a light body and light carbonation.

a great marzen! very easy to drink and very refreshing.

hooliganlife, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of MillySox
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden from a bottle. Much lighter than any other beer I've seen labeled Festbier. Had a sharp hop flavor and a slightly tart taste to it. The extra ABV is detectable and basically what sets it apart from a Pils or Helles. Nothing wrong with this beer except that it is so much lighter and sharper any of the other Marzens I've been drinking this fall.

MillySox, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass this does not look like a marzen at all. It's clear golden yellow. The head is thick and pillowy white. I had to finish pouring twice. After it settles plenty of white lace covers the glass then dissapears rather quickly. The smell is sweet grains. Hops and wet grass. It sort has an adjunct air about it. The flavor is much of the same. Sweet grain, sweet hops, bready, grassy. This is more like a adjunct then a marzen. Medium to light body with just a hint of carbonation. This is maybe the most dissapointing Oktoberfest experiance to date. It was more pilsner then any other style.

beerwolf77, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of punkrkr27
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow pour with a tall, short lived, loose white head. The aroma is grassy with slight light citrus, a little biscuit malt, and some noble hop spice. Lightly sweet and bready malt backbone with some lemon zest and a mildly spicy and peppery noble hop finish. Light body with moderate carbonation. I suppose I might not be fully versed in proper German styles, but this does not seem like an Oktoberfest at all. It's a nice, light drinking beer, more like a Kolsh to me, but doesn't have the hearty malty flavor that I look forward to drinking in Fall.

punkrkr27, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber color with clear light orange hues when held to a light source and a foamy one finger white head. Visible carbonation bubbling up the glass.

Aroma is similar to a wheat beer with lots of bready yeast, banana, citrus fruit and some clove spice.

Slightly watered down medium body with a lot of clove spice, ripe banana, citrus fruit and bready yeast. Slightly dry finish.

corby112, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of popery
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours bright and yellow with a healthy amount of white lacing. The aroma is grassy and sweet with simple but fresh malt. It's hoppier than I was expecting. There are strong, grassy hop notes. The malt is a tad sweet but it's a crisp, refreshing beer. I'm not usually a fan of Marzen (and this beer isn't really brewed to style, as far as I can tell), but I find this beer quite good. It's simple, fresh and refreshing.

popery, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. The color is too light, but it is still a great looking beer.

Scent of grain, earth, a hint of spice, and some light fruitiness. A solid scent, balanced well and not too light.

Taste of grain, light fruitiness, and a slight metallic flavor. Not impressive, but I would have no problem drinking a couple of these.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth; it lacks the sharp refreshing bit of carbonation that I look for in a beer like this.

paco1029384756, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of hops4me
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

hops4me, Sep 06, 2009
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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