Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: marburg on 09-03-2003

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Reviews by righlander:
Photo of righlander
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
big foamy head that lasts a bit.
smells pretty clean, although i detect some munich malt faintly.
not a lot of hops on the nose as expected.
taste is nice. a faint toasty malt going on but very crisp and light. you can sure tell this beer was made for mass consumption, but it's quite enjoyable. got this right as it came out late in august. i'm a fan of marzen and this doesn't really match up to most. really good none the less. i can't wait for the paulaner okto's to come out though.
mouth feel is nice and light. drinkability is there.

More User Reviews:
Photo of babyhobbes
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with an inch and half head over a nice golden colored brew. The was a slight smell of malt but not much else. This tastes malty and sweet. It's a very light beer and quite drinkable. However, I expected a little more from Warsteiner in there Oktoberfest.

Photo of generallee
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into my Spaten Oktoberfest stange glass. There is a "best before end" date of 09.JUN.10 and it was sampled on 10-23-09.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with lots of nice carbonation and great clarity. A small bright white and loosely packed head sits on top but it quickly disappears and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: The nose has light malt with a touch of toasted biscuit and some nice floral/perfume like hops. Also noticeable is a hard mineral water note in the nose.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has the same toasted biscuity malt and floral hops in the nose with mineral sweetness up front that quickly turns dry by the finish. The palate has a light to medium body with smooth yet active carbonation.

Notes: This was a very basic but very drinkable Oktoberfest beer. I did enjoy it but I would have loved more head retention!!!

Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a rather light color for an ocktoberfest. deep golden, slight brown amber color with some soapy slight off white head that only had a little retention. just a tiny bit of lacing.

the aroma is filled primarily with the smell of grains. sorta like a pilsner or euro type lager. though according to the bottle, this is a ale, not a lager as the style suggests. slight toasted malt aroma going on, maybe a touch of some floral hops, but not much else going on here.

a little better in the taste, still has a grainy finish. toasted caramel malts in there as well. some floral hops.

medium to light bodied. smooth mouthfeel. prolly wouldnt want to drink too many of these in a night, not my favorite style, but thats just my opinion.

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent honey color with a white bubbly head. Low sweet malt aroma. Flavor is a light sweet malt, with doughey highlights, and hints of flowers. Light hoppy finish, and a lingering sweet flowery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is tingly and crisp. Not blown away at first, but I'm warming up to it. The more I sip, the more flavors that rise up out of it. One of the best of the very traditional German Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown pour, some clarity for a light brown beer, mild head, no retention or lace. Aroma was skunky dishsoap.

Taste of raisin, mild sweetness if you look for it. Light caramel, off flavor metallic bitterness rather than the characteristic smoothness you would hop for, not even nutty depth. Thin body. Not even really easy drinking for me, just kept thinking about the relative rip off price for a beer with hardly any substance to it and a few off flavors. Maybe a little bit of old toffee from grandma's candy dish from like 10 years ago.

Not impressed, wouldn't recommend, especially at close to $10 a 6 pack, I don't know what you're paying for.

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz 2014 bottle a few days past the 2015 BB date.
Looks as it should, with lots of visible carbonation rising thru a clear amber body to form a thick white head. Ample lacing is left on the glass.
Skunky, but I allow some tolerance for this given the dating. Less malty than typical for style.

Photo of timontheroad
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden yellow color, nice big thick fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma was mostly sweet bready malt, with just a touch of some grassy notes. The flavor was pretty sweet, but with a very nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was pretty thick for a lighter beer, not bad. Overall, this was a pretty good beer, good lagers always sit well with me.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer may have the least variation from tap to bottle of any I've had. That said...
As stated a light, golden color, lots of clarity. There's a bit of a yellow-tinted off-white head, somewhat consistent, with lacing that is likewise somewhat consistent.
It's a bit light in the aroma; a light malts backbone adds a touch of caramel sweetness and it does evidence a light dose of hops. Grains linger in the back. There's not much transition from aroma to flavor. True, it can be light and no, it doesn't have to be a bruiser, but to the detractors of American craft who favor the German subtlety I will say this: being more flavorful is an improvement, not something to dismiss.
The same goes for the feel. The improvements brewers are making aren't something to shy away from. It's light and has a bit of a crisp nip under a steady carbonation with some smoothness as well. Making a beer more lush and full (not filling) on the palate isn't a bad thing.
This beer sticks with tradition, and that's good. It's not, however, in the same league as some that have taken the style and built upon it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, and formed a few wispy clouds that covered the top of the beer. Actually, it looks like a MBC beer. Not attractive in my opinion.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy at the same time. Salty too.

Taste: Malty, hoppy, floral, salty. Actually quite good. Malty up front, followed by some salty caramel flavor, followed by some hoppy bitterness. The balance is tipped more in the hops favor, but not unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but with some really good carbonation to slap the taste buds awake. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate, but just a touch.

Overall: It’s interesting to see a Northern German brewery brew an Oktoberfest beer, as that style of beer is traditionally only brewed by Bavarian breweries. Maybe because of the popularity of the style here in the U.S.? This one is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as those from the Bavarian breweries.

Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint from the Oktoberfest line-up at the Old Chicago in Southgate, Michigan, during the twin sensory attack of Tigers and Lions games being played (and rapturously followed) at the same time.

This beer appears a crystal clear medium golden colour, with one finger of soapy, creamy off-white head, which renders a wall of pocked painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready cracker malt, a bit of yeast, and mild citrusy, earthy hops. The taste is warm bready, grainy malt, mild edgy yeast, leafy, earthy hops, and some metallic alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body somehow vibrating, and not quite smooth. It finishes warm and grainy, some weak earthy hops fishing about.

Not crisp enough to engender any desire for more - and too much German lager diesel character to boot...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warsteiner- Oktoberfest

A- Light clear orange with a small soapy filmy head. Light amount of lacing along the top edge of the glass.
S- Light crisp cereal grains, caramel, buttery malt.
T- Light cereal grain; corn, wheat, and oat. A light touch of buttery sweet caramel with a minute' touch of earthy dry hops.
M- Light watery and crisp. Light flavors with a mild sugary sweet finish.

Overall- Non offensive and an easy drinker.

Photo of cokes
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shadowy dark gold (approximating dilute amber). White froth on top initially, but goes bald after a minute or two.
Grainy, Germanic hopped nose. Though substancially muted for my likings.
Begins quietly toasted. The toasty hues fade quickly and are replaced by raw grain. Goes akwardly vacant for a moment prior to the less-than-emphatic hop closure. Light gassy and grassy bitterness late.
Bland and clumsy are not a good couple.
Light bodied with steady-rising carbonation.
Quaffable, yes. But nevertheless, one of the least inspired German festbiers I've tried.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap a pint at Pizza Plant. Fresh with abundant lace and white head, apple juice appearance of body. Taste is a bit complex, with fruity toasty nutty malty character. Nothing tremendous. Fizzy carbonation detracted. Ayinger was superior vertical on Octoberfest.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewhaus...glad to see that they stock a good variety of O-Fests and Pumpkin ales. I'm all about drinking what's in season!

A - Deep orange... slightly hazy with a nice fat finger of khaki head. Some decent lace sticks to the glass.

S - Malty and thick, like a big 'ole scone for breakfast. This is lightly toasted and pretty aromatic. Reminds me of some autumn candles my wife puts out this time of year.

T - As I could guess from the nose, this is a malt bomb. This is full of biscuity, yeasty, toasted notes that fit this brisk evening perfectly.

M - Full bodied, lightly carbonated, and very smooth. The only thing keeping me from liking this more is the slick sugary feel in my mouth. That could get annoying after two or more of these bad boys.

D - This is a really good O-Fest straight from the region who's inhabitants started that crazy party tradition. I'd drink this again, but it's nothing to get super excited about.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is the palest Oktoberfest beer I've seen. Golden with decent foam and good carbonation. Overall this is a solid appearance.

Smell: Pretty strong in my opinion. Spicy, peppery, floral, citrusy hops all combined. Packs a decent punch.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good hop combination, like with the smell. Also a pretty decent mouthfeel as well. Well-carbonated and enjoyable, but not amazing. Good thickness in my opinion.

Drinkability: The crispness makes this nice.

Overall: It's actually been a while since I had this so I am doing this largely from memory. Very different from other beers in this style. Maybe this is a more accurate representation of the style?

Photo of bditty187
2.71/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New insights from 10/01/04:

Clear, gold in hue, it was served with a modest white head of about a finger in height. The head retention was good and it laced fairly well. Still the appearance is average and disappointing for the style (yes, I’m jaded). The nose is vaguely malty sweet, however it smells very similar to the Premium Verum. There has too much grass and grain. I don’t find the bouquet to be inviting. Ditto on the taste, it is kind of malty sweet but I don’t think the hops work in harmony, as I don’t enjoy the stark grassiness. It is also too clean. This says nothing about the grainy flavors either. The palate is really poor for an Oktoberfest-bier and frankly it would be poor for a Helles. It is medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel at times but the carbonation is too noticeable in the small-framed body. Sure, it is clean, easy to drink but what is the point. Not recommended.

(Old score: 4/2.5/2.5/3/3)

Photo of tkelley
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 Mp bottle poured into my Hogwarts glass Stein. Accio beer!

A - pale copper color. Inch of white head with fine pillowy bubbles and decent retention.

N - toasty and grassy. Little bit of hops. Smells like a lager beer from my childhood.

T - good. Not as malty as other marzens but still good and toadty with an earthy or forestry quality. Sweet aftertaste.

M - fair. Good normal carbonation.

O - a good solid fest beer. Dig it. Prost!

Photo of MikeTaz
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this with lunch out and was not impressed. The best by date appeared to be Jun 10,2010 unless that was some other date. It wasn't labeled.

The color was much lighter than most Oktoberfests and the head was non existent.

There was a definite hoppy and citrus presence but none of the typical spices and maltiness I expected.

If you remember college and losing at Beiruit, how the beer you had to drink as a penalty always tasted worse and was hard to get down. Thats what this beer reminded me of.

Photo of britemidnght777
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what? minimum of 250 characters. i'm not hoity-toity. this is a great beer for Americans. the buzz is excellant. f*** the S-A-S-T-M-O. the regular guy that is used to the 3 big American breweries will like this beer. Stop with the bourgeuois b*** s***. f*** the craft and micro brews. they are overkill.

Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color with an average white head that settled into a slight cap. The aroma is of bready Munich malt with some peppery hop spice, quite Pils like. The taste is a sweet doughy caramel malt, spicy noble hop, a touch of a lime sourness. Definitely on the dry end of the Oktoberfest scale, more of a malty Pils. The feel is light, almost watery, good carbonation, finishes dry and astringent. A different Oktoberfest, average. Cross between an Oktober and Pils. Easy drinking, good conversion brew.

Photo of AppalachianGyration
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Maltiness with just enough hops to let you know you've got an honest to god german beer here. Decent beer at a good price. Bonus points for weighting in at a none too shabby 5.9 ABV.

Photo of Generik420
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the many beers I got to sample at the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Very good Oktoberfest beer. Medium brown in color but appeared to be fairly clear. Drinking out of plastic fest cups, so difficult to get a full read on the appearance. Smell was nice, lightly hopped, semi-sweet aroma. Flavor had a nice slightly malty sweetness with a touch of roastiness. Very easy drinking and light mouthfeel.

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Uno's pizza in Langhorne, PA, just a stones throw from the kids day at Sesame Place.

Medium amber, bordering on the light side for an Octoberfest. Thinly malty in both the nose and taste. Evenly carbonated.

Not a distinguished marzen, but a nice taste, well balanced, and really drinkable. Goes down easy, and encourages you to go for more.

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale yellow color with about a 1/2 inch of head. Aroma was somewhat skunky. Tasted somewhat malty and decent but not overpowering flavor. there is a slight aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth and is fairly drinkable. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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