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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
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 ksimons
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a clear light golden color with about an inch of nice white head

S-crisp, floral and sweet, some hop bitterness

T-similar to the smell, very light, citrus, some bitter hops, and some malt flavors

M-medium carbonation, light body, very crisp

D-reminds me more of a summer beer than a fall one, still a good beer, but not what I was expecting. All in all a decent beer, but nothing special

Photo of nickadams2
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Golden amber color with a thick fluffy white head.Thick, sticky lacing.Lots of carbonation.

S_Malt,bread,fruit and floral notes.Little bit of spice.

T_Sweet malt,honey. Kind of fruity. Floral notes.Pale ,bisquity malt. Very clean.Touch of hops.

M_Thin, crisp and highly carbonated. Very clean, easy drinking Okto.

D_Super drinkable. Great low ABV session.

Photo of bfree
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: some head which sits atop a rather bland looking beer, however the bubbles coming up from the bottom give it a champagne-like appearance along with the color

S: pleasantly fruity and floral, but not strong

T: fruity, malty, corn

M: very carbonated with a dry finish

D: This beer is not too filling and is very drinkable, and there is not much of an aftertaste. It is a good representative of the Oktoberfest genre which I am not a huge fan of, so take my review with a grain of salt if you are big on Oktoberfest beers

Photo of JamisonM
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: what?!?! a gold color the color of a lager??? bright white head. where are the darker malts? missing!

S: some honey sweetness but something is missing its the darker malts that remind me of fall and caramel

T: balanced and clean taste bit of sweetness its got that lager taste

M: light mouth high carbonation

D: well it is drinkable

I can see that this is a very drinkable beer and if it was in the style of a German Pilsner I might rate this higher but for the style it was a big fat disappointment and I love Weihenstephaner.

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

Light biscuit nose, with a bright white head of good proportion.

Golden yellow color and very clear, with good lacing and steady carbonation.

A well-balanced Octoberfest, with some malt presence and a fruity hop flavor accentuated by the frothy carbonation.

A good example of the style, but a bit on the light side.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would not call this a Märzen! As a Märzen it would deserve a low rating for not being true to the style. This is a Festbier, pity that a separate catagory doesn't exist for this style on this site, for this beer deserves better reviews. This style is like a Helles/Märzen hybrid.

appearance; clear, pale yellow. Nice white and frothy beer foam, nice retention, with mild lacing.

smell; mild, flowery hops, some wet malt aromas as well.

taste; some malts at first, but a bitter hop spice takes over, by no means overpowering, more tart and fresh. Tartness combines with the malts in the aftertaste and makes a flavor similar to white grapes, with hints of alcohol.

mouthfeel; Zesty and clean carbonation, gets frothy and thick when swished around the palate. Refined sharpness that goes down smooth.

drinkability; very drinkable and smooth. The alcohol will sneak up on you though.

Photo of smokeypeat
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Very light golden color with a frothy white head that went quickly leaving a slight lacing. Smell is much more floral than I expected. Caught a hint of lavender even. I was surprised that the taste followed suit. Much lighter in taste than I expected, and very crisp dry finish. As some other reviewers stated it was almost pilsner like. I liked the beer and it drinks very easy, but it just wasn't what I was expecting for the style. I wish it came out as a late spring/early summer beer. It's not what I was looking for in early autumn.

Photo of weller1js
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a faintly-hazy bold yellow with heavy carbonation; moderate foam with light lacing.

smell: the scent is unmistakably harvest malts, fresh and sweet smelling, yet distinctively lacking a slight age/toasted undertone, yet pleasant nonetheless.

taste: more representative of a pilsner than a märzen, the sweetness of the malts is there but again lacking in the aged/toasted essence; a more prounounced hop flavor becomes evident throughout the middle and finish

drinkability: for its category, it is lacking in some of the fundamental components, but is still a very drinkable beer in-general, fresh and more pleasant than a pilsner or typical lager.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is a light yellowish gold with a white head building with average staying power. Lot of carbonation.

It does not look like a Maerzen and also does not taste like one.Also it smelled inviting, it was not my favorite taste, probably because the bottle I opened was an import bottle with preservatives. It has a fuzzyness to it which disappears after letting it sit in your mouth. you certainly can taste the german hops in the beginning , but it will give an almost corn aftertaste.

To me it is an average beer.

Photo of gfreed
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly darker in color than the Weihenstephaner lager, with a head that is every bit as frothy and happy. Fizzy bubbles everywhere in the glass, swirling from the bottom rather than rising in a straight line. How do they do that? Somewhat light in the aroma department; ditto for the taste-- both were rather thin for my liking in this style. I detected some fruityness and a flabby layer of malt; if the latter were pulled forward it would really improve this beer. The dryness at the end is nice but it tastes a little corny overall. Have one so you can say you did, then go find a six of Hacker-Pschorr.

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

Consumed during a mammoth Oktoberfest tasting session with two other folks.

A - Yellow, streams of bubble piling into a frothy head. Laced well despite our no longer beer-clean glassware.
S - Neglected to note specific flavors, but as it was our favorite, i assume it was clean with nice floral hops.
T - Best modern/fest style Oktoberfest that was tasted all night
M - Very clean, prickly carbonation, but not a tongue killer.
D - Totally made to drink in large quantities, i.e. oktoberfest.

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

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a light clear yellow pils color with almost no head and it fades. Nose is malty and sweet with a light hoppiness.

Taste is malty and crisp with some sharp bitterness. It like more of a biscuit maltiness though. Mouthfeel is a bit light bit cramy an easy drinking. Overall decent.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, clear gold color with a slightly above average sized, thick, sticky, creamy, pearl white head. Good retention leaving a foamy, sticky layer of lace.

S - Good amount of doughy, bready aroma with a spicy and floral hop aroma on top of that. Some grassy hops as well. Very German smelling, but not very much like a märzen.

T - Similar to the nose with a nice bready, doughy taste making up the backbone. Pretty sweet flavors in the background. Good amount of spicy herbal, floral and grassy hops. Some faint citrus flavors and a hint of mineral taste.

M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and slightly drying.

D - Easy to drink beer with a nice mix of sweet bready/doughy malt flavors as well as spicy, hoppy flavors. Very refreshing and crisp.

Notes: Not really like a Märzen, but a tasty beer. Definitely German tasting with German hops and bready/doughy malt taste. Overall another tasty beer from the brewery, but like the weizenbock (Vitus) it doesn't really seem to fit the style too well.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz glass. No date but "7240" printed on the label.

Chrystal clear, yellow and a thick white head. The aroma is sweet pear, pilsner malt, and the slightest hint of noble hops. The beer has a light body with pils malt and a doughy, bread like flavor that is more like a helles than a Marzen. A very drinkable beer. It would be easy to drink quite a few of these, but it's not a Marzen. As a helles I would give this more points, but as a Marzen not so much.

Photo of cetherid
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass


A nice golden color with a large white head. a decent amount of lacing as well.


A nice bready/doughy smell to it. faint hops.


a very clean taste. bready malt taste to it with little bitterness. a little minerally as others have stated. a hint of metallic taste, like a canned beer..nothing nasty though. IMO, this is what I wish a beer like Miller Lite tasted like. a watery beer but good flavor.


A light bodied beer. goes down very smooth.a good amount of carbonation.


I rate this pretty high. It feels like a lite beer. like your standard American macro beers. A good flavor...as said before, I wish your standard party keg beers like Miller Lite or Keystone tasted like this.

Photo of drabmuh
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow adn clear with a big white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing (or very little) on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low but steady. Looks good.

Aroma is mostly pilsen malts, pretty good.

Beer is mildly sweet and completely clean. Finishes without an aftertaste. It has a slight dryness and hoppy bitterness to it on the backend. Its interesting and like most lagers underrated. Its about the most drinkable beer imaginable.

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

Served vom fass in a tall tower 0.5 mug with a 1" head. Crystal clear gold yellow. Ample carbonation trickling up from bottom of mug. Clean fresh aroma and taste of well balanced malt and hops.
Stable in taste and mouthfeel over a long session - took my sweet time with this half-liter. Definitelty thirst quenching.
Weihenstephan is about 25-30 minutes north of Munich in the town of Freising. I had my Festbier and Kasespaeztle in their neat vaulted brick beer cellar.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Festbier pours a crystal-clear, lemon-drop yellow with plenty of carbonation running up from the etching on my glass into a finger-point-five of white, foamy head. Decent retention and it left some thin lacy lacing. Man I'm descriptive tonight.

The smell is fairly assertive, but it's not that complex. This actually doesn't seem like any other marzens I've had before.... it's thin-smelling, slightly grainy with some light herbal/floral hoppiness detectable.

Hoppy flavor, in a different kind of way. Floral, slightly spicy hops on a light, pilsener-like background. Again, I don't think this falls into the category of a Marzen... at least not from my experience (which is limited, I could be completely wrong). Either way, it's not bad... I actually think my bottle is a little old as its out of season right now, so maybe the hops have faded a bit, too. Not bad, though.

The mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated... a little much on the carbonation if you ask me. Other than that, the thin, buttery body kinda compliments the flavor.

Overall, a fairly drinkable beer that I'm not sure is spot-on for the style, but it's not bad. Light, easy to drink, and fairly tasty.... but definitely not the greatest from the Weihenstephaner brewery.

Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's the season of marzens and this beer comes along at a far more appropriate time (as opposed to early August).

Pours a nice golden color with a two-finger head that's quick to recede, leaving behind lacing.

Aroma is sweet and grainy with just a hint of brown sugar. I don't see anything unusual here.

Taste is chock full of sweet, grainy malt with a slight chewiness to it. Easy to drink and enjoyable as it is.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet and grainy malt It's what you'd expect.

The marzen is an excellent style for late summer-early fall crowd. It hints at colder weather to come without losing sight of what makes summer fun (the beer, of course!). This example is tasty and simple and just like it should be. I'd recommend it.

Photo of r0nyn
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15 oz bottle into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Appearance is a pale, transparent yellow with a large, fat white head that leaves loose lacing and takes a while to recede. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom. It looks almost like a light lager or ginger ale and nothing like any other marzen I've had before. Smell is also very lager-like, which is very atypical and makes me wonder if this beer is in the wrong classification. I detect malts, malts and more malts, with just the slightest hint of clove at the end. Interesting, to say the least.

From the first sip, I'm convinced that this is definitely not a marzen. Clean malt sweetness starts it off and lingers over the palate, followed by a subtle breadiness and slight banana undertone. Finishes like it started, clean and smooth, with no lingering aftertaste to speak of. Definitely not what I was expecting, but a pleasing flavor experience nonetheless. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, thanks to the crisp, clean flavor and finish and lightweight ABV. Would definitely have another one of these, given the chance. But I wouldn't call it a marzen, because it most certainly isn't one. Another great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of milkbaby9
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass produced a 3 finger head that settles down to 1/2 finger leaving great lacing. Color is unexpectedly light being straw to light gold, though it is stunningly clear.

Aroma of sweet malt plus a slight off aroma, kinda sour and metallic. Maybe first hint of something wrong with this bottle? Taste starts with a light maltiness into a bit of a tart astringency, then finishes with sweet malt and a bit of an oily piney hop bitterness lingering.

Carbonation is crisp and just peppy enough to be enjoyable. This is light-bodied and with a crisp finish. I would actually prefer more malt through the finish and aftertaste for this Oktoberfest.

Having enjoyed everything else I've tried by Weihenstephan in the past, this was a little disappointing for me from the light color through the taste. I'm shocked to say that I much prefer this year's Sam Adams Oktoberfest! I did take a sniff and sip of this beer from a friend's glass a day later and it didn't seem to be as disappointing as this bottle. Maybe I just got a bad one? I think this is too far off the traditional Oktoberfest/Marzen style. Will try again and update later...

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours a typical Pilsner-pale lager appearance except it has unusually huge white pillows of froth and is leaving huge swaths of lace.

S - Mineral and breadiness are the base aromatic, also herbal spiciness and vague green apple are there if you stretch your olfactory to the limit.

T - So it is a delicious beer... I was expecting a copper caramelized Oktoberfest-style brew, but one was not delivered. In this case, that suits me just fine. This beer deftly balances sweetness, breadiness, mineral astringency, vague green apple and herbal spicy continental hoppiness. I still feel that the flavor profile tends toward Pilsner or Munich Helles as opposed to Märzen.

M - Light-bodied and well-carbonated.

D - The definition of drinkable.

Photo of malloyca
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Frankfurt stein, this showed brilliant, clear yellow-golden color and a thick, foamy white head. Aromas were of clean hops, grains and dough, with some very faint herbal aspects. The mild hop and grain aromas carried through to the flavor, which was perfectly balanced by plentiful carbonation. A delicious, fresh, refined and very drinkable beer that I can't wait to have again.

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Festbier is a beer in the modern tradition of Festbiers, more closely resembling a traditional Munich Helles Lager than a Marzen, there is nothing amber about this bier! The crystal clear golden yellow body is topped by a creamy thick bone white head which leave thick swathes of lacing.

The aroma breathes like pilsner malts with a fresh grassy hoppiness reeking of European hops (Saaz perhaps among others).

While not a traditional Marzen I have no complaints in the taste department. Lovely fresh bready malts swarm the senses with a lightly sweet nuttiness while a mild lemony, slightlly spicy hoppiness balances things out perfectly.

The mouthfeel manages to be firm and light at the same time while the carbonation keeps things lively but is moderate enough to not get in the way.

Fresh, mild, tasty, only a dedicated and fervent hophead could have any complaints with this beer. I've often wondered why they switched to a lighter colored lager at the modern Oktoberfest but if they are all as drinkable as this bier I can understand why, this glass is dissappearing rapidly. I may not forsake my beloved amber Marzens but I sure won't turn my nose up at these lightre colored Festbiers anymore!

Photo of jpro
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, clear gold with an impressive snow white head. There are a few specks of lace that stick to the glass as the head dissipates to the slightest layer of foam. Smell is pretty up front and clean: light bready malts and floral / spicy hops. Taste is clean, too: grains, a touch doughy and a light touch of pepper from the hops. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very drinkable brew... kind of lighter than I was expecting, but good stuff. I'd bust it out during an Oktoberfest party.

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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