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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 33
Gots: 67 | 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 procha1970
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that disipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma is light , bready malts and floral hops.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma.

Overall a very good beer that I usually drink once or twice a year.

procha1970, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a big mug. The abv is listed on the label at 5.8% and there is no freshness date. This is the first Oktoberfest I have seen this year so I'm sure it's very fresh.

Appearance: The body has a bright gold color with excellent clarity and some visible carbonation. On top it forms a tall bright white head of tightly packed foam. The head has good retention but makes very little lacing.

Smell: The aroma has equal parts bready and nutty malt with fresh floral hops.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body has balanced mix of bready malt with nutty and light honey like sweetness backed up buy floral/botanical, almost grassy hops. The finish is quick and refreshing. It just begs for another sip.

Notes: This is an outstanding, highly drinkable Fest bier. It's not very complex but what's there is very good!!!

generallee, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with large poof of white head.

aroma is bready and sweet, barely there really.

Flavor is sweet and lightly malty, small amount of hop bitterness balances the bier decently on the backend, lightly mettalic.

A fairly drinkable, fairly mundane beer, capable of doing its job, getting drunk all day without wrecking someone.

SShelly, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Hershdawg
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle into a stien

A: Golden yellow color with a good inch of head. a little lacing. i was expecting a darker color from something that claims to a be a Marzen.

S: Honey malts, slight hop citrusness. Not bad but not typical.

T: Lighter flavor then most Marzens. Malt sweetness not too much caramel. Much closer to their Helles then to a oktoberfest. Usual lager finish.

M: Light, good carbonation.

D: Easy to go through a ton.

Hershdawg, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of baos
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into uber tall glass dudes.

A: Nice giant head of white power that is four fingers high. Lacing is above par.

S: Nice grainy malty sweetness.

T: Nice malty euro flavor. Although it doesn't match the style. Its more like Landbier to me. With a bit more sweetness und body.

M: Not bad medium feel.

D: throw them toward

baos, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows grassy hops with faint spicy notes along with tempting bready malt.
Flavours show a little of the above hops with some bready, almost grainy, malt in the background.
Nice low carbonation and moderately-light body.

CrazyDavros, May 27, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Festbier was a golden color with a one inch, white head that showed pretty good retention. The aroma was malty sweet and grainy. The taste was sweet and grainy, like the aroma. A buttery flavor was also prominent. Other than the butter it was similar to a common lager, I liked it though. The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated. Drinkability was good, reasonable price, taste and ABV.

kegger22, May 23, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is from a possible bad bottle...

A - Pours a hazy super pale brown/orange color with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malts and metal. Almost a smell of rust.

T - Slightly bitter hop taste to start followed up by a very subdued malty bread flavor. There is a metallic aftertaste on this beer.

M - Low carbonation (not quite flat) with a sticky quality in the mouth.

D - So this may be a bad bottle of this beer, but who knows? There was only 1 bottle left on the shelf at a small liquor store where I live and I haven't seen this one anywhere else. If this is the normal quality the drinkability isn't too good and I wouldn't get it again. However, if I see another bottle someday I might pick it up out of curiousity to rereview.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy, yellow pour with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is bready and biscuity with a slight spiciness and some lightly floral and citrusy hops.

T: There's plenty of spicy and sweet orange hop flavor. The malt provides a bit of bready flavor and substance, though the beer is fairly light.

M: The body is quite light on the tongue with a bubbly carbonation.

D: I don't think Weihenstephaner makes a bad beer, and this one follows that trend. A nice light beer with some pleasant flavor.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I usually drink a beer twice when reviewing. The first time I sit, drink, and think about it. The second time I log in to BA, pour the beer, and review. The first time I had this I poured aggressively and that yielded a huge foamy white head. The second time I intentionally poured in a much less aggressive fashion. I ended up with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissapated. The color is straw/ blonde.

S - Sweet smelling honey with a malty background. Very faint hops?

T & M - Honey on the front end and in the finish, framed by a thin bitterness. Getting a malty backbone through it all. Medium body, full flavored and rich. Nothing thin here.

D -

AlFromBayShore, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of FishGetter
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with loads of carbination. Thick bubbly head.
Brilliant earthy malt nose. Some pear aroma too.
Mostly base malt blended nicley with a mild pear flavor. Some lemon peel hops alomg with mild bitterness.
For the most part on the thin side for mouthfeel. Semi-dry in the mouth. Reminence of a white wine.
Non-traditional for a Marzen style brew. Don't know if this is what we in America have come to expect out of one, or if its a true European Marzen. Neverless, a decent brew.

FishGetter, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale golden colour, no head

Bought a six pack last weekend, just cracked opened one of the beers. I gotta agree with Geeman on this. To me, from the different types of Octoberfest biers I've had, this is totally in left field and seemingly not representative of the style. None of the colors, aromas or tastes of a traditional octoberfest (deep malt, carmel flavors that make me think "octoberfest flavor) This tastes almost like a Euro lager. I love Weihenstephaner, in the past I'v eenjoyed all of their offerings, but this is the only style from them that I would not buy from them again. Considering all of the tasty treats I have sampled from them recently, they get a pass from me for this particular style that just seems to have missed the mark.

keithmurray, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very light pale golden, moderately clear, with a nicely bubbled white hat. Lace is sticky and plentiful and the foam has a wrinkly pock-marked hoppy look to it.

S- loads of hops in the nose, noble saaz I presume, with merely a hint of toasted malt sweetness in the background. Lemony, grassy, and floral, this one smells more like a helles or a pils than an Oktoberfest. Or at least the ones I'm used to.

T- finely balanced, more hop flavor than bitterness thanks to plentiful malty sweetness and a nice clean metallic edge. Herbal hops, sweet bread, apple skin and white grape with a bit of a vinous flavor. Definitely hoppier that many other examples, especially as it finishes, spicy, peppery, and bitter with a light bready flavor.

MF- heavier than light bodied and brightly carbonated, with a Chardonnay type dryness. Some powdery feel as well.

D- a different type of marzen than I usually go for, it's light like hofbrau, heavier and well hopped, still rather sweet, and easily drinkable. Not my favorite, but respectable nonetheless.

hustlesworth, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light, straw colored beer with good clarity and a small white head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with a firm presence of noble hops. The flavor is crisp, clean and spicy with a touch of sweetness. I expected a thinner consistency but it's more in the moderate range and the carbonation was low. This is a very easy drinking yet flavorful beer.

GJ40, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Walken
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner: Festbier
16.9 oz. bottle, poured into a dimple mug.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden colored liquid fills the glass, topped by a diverse head, bubbly & foamy on the bottom, meringue on top, big and badass. Retention is stellar as it fades down into a half-inch cap, leaving large chunks of lace.
Odor: Fresh toasted white bread, rich melanoidin character and a big kiss of spicy, slightly citrusy hop aroma. Hints of wheat tang maybe?
Consistency: On the full end of medium bodied. Not mouth-coating or anywhere nearing heavy, but there's a richness, a perception of girth that's quite pleasing. Medium carbonation lends a solid smoothness, broken up by some surprisingly assertive bitterness.
Flavor: Taste is similar to the aroma, very much like a cranked up version of their helles. Rich white bread, the kind of melanoidiny flavors that can come from decoction mashing. Oh hey, another surprise, serious spicy/citrus hop character, likely saaz, only slightly bitter. Flavors go grainier into the finish, hops linger, relatively clean when all is said and done.

This was interesting. I've seen quite a bit of variation within this style, from the pilsner-like marzens consumed at the festival, to the fat, bock-ish versions that seem to be the favorite among American craft drinkers. This is somewhat of an oddity, walking the line between the two with a spicy/citrus hop punch to boot. I dig it, even if it's a bit off-kilter for the style.

Walken, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon a Festbier this day, and a fresh one at that, just a couple months old. Having seen this brew in the past, I've passed on it given its age.

I pour this Weihenstephaner offering into a wine glass knowing not to expect the 'typical' Oktoberfest. The beer pours a hazy orange/lemonade with a half inch of white foam. This settles to a thin cap and offers light lacing throughout. A light boil emanates from the bottom of the glass all the while.

Some noble hops on the nose combine with some lemony citric malts. Originally thinking that if my eyes were closed I couldn't differentiate this from any other festbier, I find that the hops take the forefront for the style, and balance with some pilsener flavors and help explain the relatively light color of the pour.

Flavor follows the nose. Light and smooth for the style, yet offering just enough malt base to justify its position thereof. But then it could be dubbed a Munich Helles as well. Oddly aside of its cohorts, this beer drinks easily for the style that I feel, like others, that it doesn't really belong in. A very worthy beer nonetheless, though more of a fall seasonal Pils/Helles than an Oktoberfest.

HalfFull, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of hippityhops85
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in my beer club's octoberfest case, was expecting a dark marzen until I took a gander at the bottle, wow it's clear! The smell is basically non-existant to me. Light golden tones give it more of a spring (feel free to ? me) feel. The taste I can agree to an early fall feel. It still has a slight springy/freshly cut grass taste. All in all not a bad beer by any means. Exceptionally drinkable. Just not sure why it's a "fall" oriented beer.

hippityhops85, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first thought was, "this is possibly the best pilsner I've ever had"...then my second thought was, "oh...wait..."
I find it funny that the oldest brewery in the world has trouble classifying their beers, however this is still thoroughly enjoyable and very drinkable...call it a pilsner and I'll give it an A+, call it a marzen and I'm confused.

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first thing I noticed about this beer is that it is way lighter in color than I expected. A light, bright, and crystal clear yellow, one finger white head, and bubbles streaming up the glass. This style of beer is typically darker than this.

The beer has a distinct lager nose with a good amount of sulfur. The malt aroma is light and grainy, with not a lot of depth to it. That German pilsner malt aroma is definitley there, but no specialty malts are detected. There is also a bit of lemony hops in the nose.

The taste is a typical light, German lager with very little hops. It doesn't taste anything like a Marzen besides tasting like a German Lager. Even if I were judging this as a light, German lager, its not all that great. There is a sweet, pilsner malt with a light, almost apple like fruitiness. It's not bad, but its not good and its certainly not to style.

The mouthfeel is light as you would expect by the color, but you can feel some depth in the body. Nothing noteworthy or bad about the mouthfeel. The beer scores an average for drinkability. It's light and easy to drink, but I don't want another one and it wasn't very memorable.

jeffthecheff, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: See through, light golden-yellow liquid. Couple finger head quickly dissipates. Lots of tiny bubbled lacing.

S: A classic German hop and malt smell. Distinctive in its German-ness, but not too distinctive from other pale pilsners/lagers.

T: Classic German hop and pale malt taste. Flavor settles on the tongue for a very long lasting and satisfying taste. Not a very distinctive taste, but very well done.

M: Nice carbonated lift up front. Finish is very dry and satisfying and settles in the middle of the tongue.

D: Easy to drink and small enough to enjoy several. Carbonation makes it refreshing for warm weather while malts and hop dryness give it enough of a warming feel.

Served: in a mug.

Review from notes taken on: 10/21/09.

eljefe21, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, golden color. Light carbonation bubbles. Head formation is strong, well retained, very bright white. Reminds me of a pilsner, and not a marzen.

S - Speaking of pilsner malts, I smell a ton of it here. That almost funky, almost skunky, sweet malt is very evident.

T - Okay I hate to abuse the theme, but is this a marzen or a pilsner? Huge pilsner malt sweetness starts off which only gets moderated lightly by bitterness in the mid-stream. Noble hops are lightly present. Finishes with alot more of the same. Very monolithic beer.

M - Moderate beer body - improved slightly by a decent carbonation profile. Leaves behind a light clinging sugar sweetness.

D - Easy drinking. Manageable ABV. Smooth going down, not filling. Flavors are not overwhelming.

If this was listed as a pils, I'd be all up in it. But this is not my style of marzen where I prefer a much more malted, roasted, toffee base.

katan, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a huge foamy white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing.

Light malt scents, some metallic and grassy notes.

Light and refreshing, some light malt, tons of sweet grass and grain, light hop bitterness, clean finish. Nice beer, but no true depth.

Moderately fizzy with fair body.

Overall, a decent brew, but far from what one would expect for an Oktobrfest. Very Pils-like (not just the appearance). I'd actually enjoy this in warmer weather, or no frills with pizza. Just ok.

OtherShoe2, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of abrand
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from batch #2269 poured into the pint glass.

The Festbier pours a golden straw color with lots of carbonation that leaves a fizzy head about 1 finger thick. No lacing is noted along the pint glass. Color is much paler than I like to see in a Marzen. Nose is nothing special with very subtle hints of malts and bready aromas. Taste is also very mild with very little alcohol being noticed but also not too many other flavors popping up. Taste of sweet citrus along with the traditional marzen malts. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and drinkability is mediocre. Many other marzen's that I much prefer but a solid beer nonetheless.

abrand, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from K&L Redwood City. Meh, this is the first from this brewery that I've found to be rather unexciting.

A - Pours a very clear pale golden color with a dissipating white head.

S - Aroma is caramel and pale malt, rather muted but pleasant.

T - Flavor is again pleasant but not very exciting, with pilsner malt, caramel, and just a touch of herbal hops. No roast to speak of, which I expect some of from this style.

M - Palate is very light and crisp, refreshing but uninspiring.

D - Drinkability is high, but water is really drinkable too. Overall this is around average for the style.

nickd717, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours an unexpected bright yellow. About a finger and a half of white foam. Retention is pretty good, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.

Weihenstephaner Festbier didn't look like an oktoberfest, and it doesn't really smell like one either. The lemony aroma seems fitting, given the yellow color. Not loaded with sweet malt like I'm used to from oktoberfests. Smells more like a pilsener to me.

Flavor matches the aroma. There's a really nice balance between hops and malt. After submitting my review, I read a few others that said this resembled a Munich Helles Lager. I think that's more appropriate than my pilsener comparison. Not nearly as sweet as other festbiers I've tried. Really is a nicely balanced brew.

Body is on the lighter side, and seems slightly undercarbonated. Crisp and refreshing, and a supremely easy drinker.

When I saw this beer was next on my to-drink list, I figured that it would be a classic oktoberfest and fit the style guidelines perfect since it's coming from Weihenstephan. It's anything but your typical festbier, but it's still quite good, which I've come to expect from the world's oldest brewery.

Gyle41386, Oct 30, 2009
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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