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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 1,189
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 78 | 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 steinlifter
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale straw hue, clear and bubbly, thick rich head that retained well.
aroma had a bit of a hop whiff,
taste was to me akin to a "Heineken" bit of hops some maltiness...not really what I was expecting...this just doesn't feel like an "O'fest", maybe that's why it just say's "fest bier"? anyway...mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy, and drinkability is fine, just seems a bit light for a Marzen....but still very nice....cheers!

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a slightly darker/copper-ish gold hue, with a 2 finger head, with good retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, various grains, and grassy, lightly floral hops

T - Taste is similar to a pilsner/pale lager, but with some caramel & honey sweetness. Finishes with balancing hops, which are on the grassy/floral side, and are somewhat moderate for the style.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Moderately carbonated, and easy drinking.

D - Pretty quaffable stuff, up there with most other lagers, albeit slighty stronger for a session beer (close to 6%).

Overall - IMO, not the most complex/tasty Marzen out there (that's Ayinger for me), but a solid offering from an otherwise outstanding brewery.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. A lot of thick, white foam developed (which was my fault) so I needed to let it settle before filling the glass full. The color is very light for a märzen, at least from my experience. It is a pale straw yellow with just a tint of gold.

Smell: Smells much more like a helles than a märzen. Crisp barnyard malts, zesty lemon citrus, and just a touch of hop spice.

Taste: Follows the smell, but offers a little more. Crisp barnyard malts, and the lemon citrus adds a tinge of sourness. There are also some floral notes. At the end it leaves a nice, bitter hop bite on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: This is not my favorite märzen, but it is drinkable. It's more of a traditional lager than festbier in my opinion.

Photo of karait95
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice golden pure color, really good head on top compact bubbles with pale color, slow dissipation that lea
ves a lot of traces on the glass.

S: intense and deep malty smell with some sweetness that make it pleasant to the nose.

T: a full malty flavor at the beginning but then a hopsy bitterness takes control of the mouth it is a complex tasting. Hard to sense but a faint sweetness can be sensed.

M: light body, very refreshing sensation at first but then a strong bitterness fills all your mouth and also in the back.

Photo of Jayli
2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 10/4
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a somewhat hazy, straw yellow with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes leaving minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is grainy, bready, a bit of off malt sweetness.

T: Taste abundantly sweet. Grains, bread, and sweet malt flavoring. Sweetness mingled with the grains and bread are just not blended well, sweetness is actually more cloying. Finish has just a hint of earthy hops.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, thin bodied and somewhat watery with a potentially crisp finish.

D: Doesn't go down all that easily, minor kick, not a very good representation of the style. I would definitely opt for others of the style.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color is a cloudy golden amber with a medium-sized snow-white head and lots of sticky and trailing lace.
The smell is certainly German OFest-like. Grassy malt, citrus fruit, pears, minty herbs and a hint of vodka.
Sweet honey maltiness supports a nice blend of citric and spicy hops. A little fresh bread, mellon and hint of mint round things out.
The body is slick, almost buttery and so rounded and smooth.
You really should buy at least two of these beauties because it goes down so easy and delightful.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from bottle

poured light gold yellow with big white fluffy head that retained for a while.

smelled of grass, honey, and hay

taste of apple, grass, honey, straw, and white grape. Sweet finish but not overwhelming

clean finish

I could easily drink these all night. I chose to just rate this as is neglecting to take style into consideration. Marzen/okto?

Photo of ksimons
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.52/5  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
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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 -1.6%
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
4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
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
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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
3.49/5  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
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -3.5%
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 +10.5%
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
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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 +3.8%
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
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
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
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -6.2%
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.

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
84 out of 100 based on 1,189 ratings.