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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | 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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Photo of OktoberfestTPA
5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on draft and was pleasantly surprised!!
It's a crisp, clean Maerzen beer that is consistent from smell to finish. Great dark amber color (almost a touch of red) and no strong or over-powering hops or malts. The tastes follows the smell. There is slight notes of the Warsteiner pilsner along with the Maerzen malts, so if you like the Pilsner - you're bound to enjoy this Oktoberfest!

Can't wait to have it again & I do encourage trying it on tap! (464 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.86/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely an outstanding example of true German-style Oktoberfest beer--NOT the heavy, dark, American micro-brewer copies. Ironic, as Warsteiner cannot sell this style in Germany...since "Oktoberfest" beers there MUST be Munich brewers (kind of an appellation).

According to the Brewers Association, a German-style Oktoberfest/Wiesen beer should be:

"... characterized by a medium body and light, golden color. Sweet maltiness is mild with an equalizing balance of clean, hop bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor should be low but notable."

"Ale-like fruity esters should not be perceived. Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived. Similar or equal to Dortmunder/European-Style Export"

This describes Warsteiner's Oktoberfest beer to a TEE!

No, it's not the heavy sweet "O-fest" beer American craft-brewers brew every year--of which you can drink a couple (at most) at a sitting. This is a CLASSIC German session beer, meant to pound down glass after glass in Stammtisch.... talking with friends as long as you can stand being around each other! (1,056 characters)

Photo of xare
4.54/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Warsteiner Oktoberfest is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers mainly because it's so different from the other Oktoberfest beers that I enjoy. It has exceptional drinkability and mouthfeel although the taste suffers a bit as a consquence.

Head is very large, creamy, and tasty as well! Lacing is excellent as you drink the beer. The taste is the only true downfall as it tastes pretty smooth but a bit light on flavor. There's also a slight undertone of a flavor I cannot identify that gets more pronounced the more you drink this beer. (537 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.49/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Eli Cannon's.
The beer is a burnished golden amber color, topped with a short, tight white head. Terrific clarity. Tons of lace sticks to the glass as you drink it down, forming thick blobs.
Aroma is basically a study in how to brew a real german oktoberfest marzen. Tons of caramunich malt dominates the aroma, with a mild noble hopping providing a soft herbal smell. A mild corny aroma to the malt. Incredibly clean, with absolutely no imperfections in the malting or hops. Extremely delicate.
The flavor is incredibly clean. Rich, pronounced caramunich malt, providing a toasty caramel flavor in the beginning. Some corn flavor and a bit of toastiness in the middle, sliding directly into a mild herbal noble hopping. The hops provide an almost pilsnery sharpness in the end, with a light wash of alcohol. A quick blink of medicinal flavor at the end, diminshing quickly and leaving no aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a light, spritzy carbonation.
An absolutely spectacular octoberfest marzen, in the lighter true german style, not the heavier, darker sytle brewed for american tastes.. Incredibly clean, pronounced flavors. This is probably one of my favorite octoberfest beers so far. (1,203 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright fruit aromas and toasty malt with apple-like sweetness. A little splash of hops adds increases dimension. Smells like an Oktoberfest to me.

Pale gold with good clarity. Good little head dies a little quick.

Man, that’s good. Deep, rich malt sweetness has elements of honey and fruit juice. That splash of hops pops out for a flavoring and, more prominently, a lasting bittering. The malt character is complex and rich with a good deal of dark, deep roasted chocolate/espresso nuances and plain-old maltiness hidden under that dry, toasty façade. Hop flavor is light and subtle, but its contribution doesn’t go unnoticed. It strikes me as being tea-like and slightly herbal. Body is smooth and thick with low-volume stiff carbonation. Finally I get a spicy alcohol vibe – like that of a cider.

What a joy this brew turned out to be. I have not enjoyed a Warsteiner like this before; and this may be my new favorite Oktoberfest. I’m glad I stumbled upon it. (970 characters)

Photo of weller1js
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A personal favorite. By far my favorite harvest beer.

Appearance: Predominantly golden with a hue of orange. Clean pour yeilds next to no foaming, very little carbonation emanating.

Smell: Clearly an earthy, harvest beer, but not overly intense.

Taste: Smooth and clean, some märzens can be overpowering, this has the appropriate balance of for an enjoyable taste.

Drinkability: very, especially for the season. (416 characters)

Photo of titusgroan
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second rewiew on BA so bear with me... I got a 12 of this at CentralMarket today - really like this, much more than I thought i would. Poured into tall glass - nice head with lots of small bubbles below - very lively carbonation. Head held for a little while then drops to small white ring round the edges. Smell is very pleasant and nice- smells like a nice fall day. The first beer i ever had was in Germany - in high school and this took me there. Also made me think of a beer garden in the early cool fall and made me want to sit outside the rest of the day.... Color is light light amber or darker yellow depending on light. First sip is great - very balanced malt and biscuit/yeasty flavor. Taste like an early fall day somehow. Very lively mouthfeel followed by something spicy or clove... lingers as well and is very pleasant. Another review said this beer was elegant and I would have to agree. This is exactly what i hoped for from a German Octoberfest beer. Thinking of it now - this is exactly what i wish more American beers would go for - simple and GOOD, very clean but lively at the same time- this is what Bud/Miller/Coors should taste like. This is a great beer for sitting in the back yard, enjoying the day and waiting of October to get here. Will get again - soon... (1,287 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.24/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled 8/25/06 at the 36th Germania Society Ofest in Cincinnati.

Appearance - slightly subdued golden color, with some depth. Flat-white head atop, fed with a hefty bead from below. Starts big and pillowy and maintains a solid cover. Sheeted lacing, quite an impressive start.

Aroma - light grain, some sweetness. Not very intense but inviting and fresh.

Taste - easy, sweet grain up front, mildly nutty. Soft balancing bitterness on the swallow. Simple but very nice all around.

Mouthfeel - incredible smoothness, glides over the tongue on a bed of satin. Has a bit of a wet feel at the end, most welcome on a humid evening.

Drinkability - ridiculously drinkable off the tap, far better than the bottled version. (719 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.19/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

Appearance: A fiery bronze, clear body, that takes in the light well, with a creamy, two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin froth with moderate lacing.

Aroma: Some bitterness mixed with grainy presence and malts.

Taste: Moderately malty, with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't overpower. There's a toastiness to it that lingers at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I originally expected, but still fairly solid, The bitterness tingles on the tongue and stays there. There is a good bit of carbonation, obviously, and it finishes dry.

Overall: This is definitely one of the tastier Oktoberfests I've had. I bought the last case of this stuff at my local distributor, and I have no regrets. I can drink several of these puppies in a row, to a nice comfortable effect. Not overpowering, but not weak either. It strikes a pretty good balance overall. (930 characters)

Photo of heine1
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to wonder if the negative reviewers here are judging this alongside cedar-sharp American IPA-style beers; I had a Warsteiner Okt last night after an IPA style and found it odd by comparison. The Warsteiner also needs pouring into a glass to open its flavors up, and it can seem a tad sharp and wallpaper-cleaner tasting sipped out of a bottle--but enough reservations--shove them out of the way. This is a very mature tasting Oktoberfest beer with a nice balance of grain flavors with moderate sharpness, a bare touch of sweetness--balanced as a $300 Mont Blanc pen--a strong (as in, nice-to-have) grain fundament is in the flavor. On in its own terms (that is, if it the first beer you get, and in a glass), it is one of the best beers of this autumn. I have tasted no American Okt beer remotely like this, though, I have to say. It will not slap you about the head with grapefruits and cedar branches. It will taste like an old school, elegant beer. (958 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer at the Virginia Beach Octoberfest on Oct 16th. Disappointed that the beers were served in opaque plastic cups. Sorta guessing at the color, but it looked amber colored and clear as much as I could see it. Nice head, typical carbonation and good head retention and lacing. This is a good tasting beer, very comparable to the Sam Adams Octoberfest I enjoyed last week. The mouthfeel was just right. Light but not watery with no aftertaste other than a good beer taste. I would drinkg this beer again. Enjoyable either for sipping or as a session beer. (569 characters)

Photo of DunkelFester
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've got to write this review, if for no other reason than to provide a counterpoint to some of the strangely negative reviews below.

Appearance: Brown longneck 330 mL bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass to highlight brilliant clarity, lighter in color than most 'export' versions of the style, but spot-on for the versions that one might actually find pouring in Munich. A touch darker than that of a munich helles, but still golden. Similar to festbier offerings from Hofbrau & Loewenbrau. A finger or so of white foam that fades quickly.

Smell: Clean german malts, a hint of alcohol. No discernable hop aroma - which is to be expected (not a flaw).

Taste: Balance, balance, and more balance - leans toward the malt, but is never cloying or overly 'sweet' (a la Paulaner). Hop bitterness is just enough. Clean, well-rounded german lager. No diacetyl, no harsh edges.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Carbonation is just right. Even as it warms, it never goes flat - but, at the same time - is not overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I've had 3 so far this evening, and - if not for the alcohol and the fact that it's a Wednesday night - could very easily drink this all day long, a liter at a time.

Overall: There are some complaints posted by other reviewers stating that this is a beer that is 'just ordinary' and that it won't 'hold your attention'.

To those people I ask: WHY should 'deep thought' or 'lasting attention' be a prerequisite for beer intended for drinking for hours (or days) at a time at the largest beer festival on Earth? Some beers are - by design - intended to be consumed in larger quantities without deep thought. One's attention at oktoberfest should not be centered on the *complexity* of the beer in one's mug - but, rather, the experience and the comraderie.

That's not to say the beer should be bland (and this one is NOT) - just fresh, tasty, and enjoyable, with a distinctly 'german' flavor that few domestic brewers can duplicate.

As for being expensive? It retails stateside for ~ $24/cs. A buck a bottle is expensive? Since when?

This is the first time I've seen Oktoberfest from Warsteiner locally, and I'm really glad I picked it up. It strikes me as a surprisingly solid festbier at a more than reasonable price. If you want to wallow in the chewy toasted malt of an all-munich malt/caramunich brew, look elsewhere. But if you want an affordable, imported, sessionable festbier? This one is worth sampling.

$0.02 (2,459 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.09/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served from the tap in to a German yard at an Oktoberfest celebration.

A-light gold, thin tan, lots of bubbles!

S-very impressive honey, barley, and hops scent!

T-has a great toasted feel to the barley and honey. the after-taste has more honey to it.

M-medium carbonation and creamy with a smooth finish

D-very drinkable, the thing with oktoberfest beers is that you're going to be drinking large amounts of it if in the right setting. i definitely want to drink large amounts of this. i could have as many german yards of this as it would take for me to pass out. (569 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Max's Taphouse Baltimore.

Light fizzy head, crystal clear golden pale color.

Nose light straw malts, toasty malts, hint of creamy malts and light noble hops

Taste nice toasty malts, cracked straw, light sweet malts, light creamy, light noble hop bitterness, nice decoction flavor, light sweet and fruity malt. Finishes dry and crisp, light lager fruit, light noble hop.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb, clean and crisp.

Overall great. Nice malts, straw, toast, dry, clean and crisp, noble hops, just delicious. (534 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear golden with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Retention is decent, head settles to a thick cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Soft, sweet malt. Caramel and biscuity with a toasted aroma. Spiciness in the background.

T - A perfect balance of the caramel and biscuit-ness from the nose start things off with a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops pulls through near the finish with a peppery and floral taste. Alcohol moves in just a bit to dry thinks out in the finish. Aftertaste of slight alcohol and toasted bread.

M - Medium bodied, extremely smooth, moderate carbonation.

D - This was a surprisingly good oktoberfest. Very mild with excellent emphasis on the malt. (729 characters)

Photo of britemidnght777
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pilsner glass is made for beers like this, with a large fine head over a clear old gold to dark amber beer below, and a coating of fine lace.

The aroma is dominated by honey and fresh hay, nicely done, but lacking any impressiveness.

The light hop bitterness and clean crisp flavors are as expected, with excellent balance. There is some straw and graininess in the finish.

With a light body and slick texture, there is little surprise here. Light carbonation and a drying finish make this a refreshing experience.

While too high for a session beer, one could easily go round after round, while relaxing with friends or watching a game. Not pretentions or hugely over the top, this one is just well done. (712 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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? (675 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice golden color with ample head

S: Wonderful bready/biscuity goodness

T: Breadiness carries over to the taste with a sweetness that builds as you drink.

M: Good carbination. The beer coats the mouth wonderfully.

D: Easy to drink but becomes sweeter and sweeter and the alcohol becomes more and more present. (325 characters)

Photo of godlessape
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich clear golden sunshine body with a thin creamy head that dissipates to a mere skim.
With the nose, that sweet German malt comes on strong along with a yeasty moist doughy aroma.
The flavor is big with earthy Teutonic malt notes and just the right amount of a hop slap on the tail end to balance it off perfectly.
The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation lively. Very refreshing.
Overall a great brew. I'm shocked at the less then stellar rating it receives here. (477 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/deep yellow color (nice German brewed coloring) with some very nice head and a bit of lacing. Nice clean and malty scent, with just a hint of spiciness. Great flavor, a nice and deep maltiness, thick with a nice caramel tone to it. Went down great. Very nice Oktoberfest. (291 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served several 12 ounce plastic cups of this brew at the Oktober Fest in Puyallup, Washington.

A: It poured a light copper hue with a slight head that receded quickly to collar the cup and leave a middling amount of lacing.

S: Dominant sweet malt aroma with toffee undertones.

T: The sweet malts dominated the taste. It had a clean finish and no bitterness. There was a slight bite from the hops but it was not abrasive.

M: Light body with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

D: This is an easy brew to drink. At the festival (of the five beers availably) it was easily the best of the crop.

Comment: It was a nice beer and complemented the event well. I'd like to try again with a glass and after fewer "starter" beers. (725 characters)

Photo of Rio
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold in color, with a good bit of off-white foam that hung around for a while. Bit of a floral/earthy aroma.

A bit of a toasted malt flavor to start, followed by a very solid hop bitterness, and a bit of the floral/earthy flavor. Crisp and smooth.

One of my favorite O'fests this year, and last year. (311 characters)

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.89/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had, though admittedly I'm not a big marzen fan. It looks like a classic marzen, with a deep auburn transparent color that almost glows in the late summer light. But, unlike many marzens, this one pours an outstanding soft white head that pumps up to three fingers deep, and has great retention over a leisurely quaff, leaving a lovely diffuse lacing on the glass as you go. Through the head, a soft but pronounced fruity bouquet entices you to allow your nose to linger over the glass. The flavor on the palate does not disappoint, with a malty semi-sweet character quickly evolving into pure malt on the front and middle of the palate, but finishing with a slight hoppy transient bitterness that subsides to leave the malt persistent in the aftertaste. The full smooth mouthfeel combines with a perfect carbonation that makes this beer very drinkable. This beer is perfect for the late-summer waning heat, as the evenings prolong into the early autumn coolness. A great seasonal session beer, but with an ABV of 5.9% the sessions should be on the weekend or holidays. (1,116 characters)

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