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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marburg on 09-03-2003)
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Photo of OktoberfestTPA


5/5  rDev +47.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 18:39:56 | More by OktoberfestTPA
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North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +44.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 20:17:22 | More by AnalogReigns
Photo of Beergelden


4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

11-26-2013 12:18:49 | More by Beergelden
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4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

09-12-2012 20:44:37 | More by RockinRob925
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 23:40:06 | More by xare
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

02-28-2012 04:26:15 | More by Powerstroker90
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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

10-07-2013 15:03:23 | More by RuebenRox
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4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 04:08:12 | More by UnionMade
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4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 05:05:50 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:48:17 | More by weller1js
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4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:49:31 | More by titusgroan
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

08-31-2012 22:38:35 | More by Riverared
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

10-11-2013 00:59:07 | More by OregonGrown7
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

01-22-2014 16:08:38 | More by Bolivian22
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 04:16:03 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

02-23-2014 05:37:05 | More by aqualung23
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4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 02:22:00 | More by heine1
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4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2005 22:23:50 | More by JayQue
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4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 18:06:03 | More by AdamBear
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4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 02:16:03 | More by DunkelFester
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4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 19:46:29 | More by Generik420
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4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 00:58:49 | More by jlindros
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 04:05:22 | More by PatrickJR
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

12-13-2011 17:30:51 | More by valkyre65
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4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:29:30 | More by britemidnght777
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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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