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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | 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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1/5  rDev -70.6%

Photo of becktone
1.23/5  rDev -63.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed as an Oktoberfest, which is proudly stated on the label. "Warsteiner edition, Oktoberfest"....This is bullshit.

As a matter of fact when I bought this brew, I thought " Is this an Oktoberfest, or is it simply Warsteiner with an 'Oktoberfest' label on the bottle.?"

Eye: Nice overall appearance, but not what I want from an Oktoberfest. The head is an almost rocky white, large with good retention and decent lacing but white, whereas it should be more yellow or tan in color. The color of the beer could be more accurately described as as pils, it is crystal clear golden yellow, nothing like an O-fest. Good job Warsteiner, why don't you add an extra pound of malt to each batch and call it an Oktoberfest? What's that? Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the color is a few SRMs darker than Premium Verum, sorry it doesn't look the same....

Nose: Strong aroma, but all wrong for and Oktoberfest. I smell hops, and lots of them, Sazz most likely, in my opinion this is just about the same as Premium Verum. Besides the hops there is also a graininess, no big malt presence as there should be. The aroma is lame, especially for something that they are marketing as an Oktoberfest, this is nothing more than Premium Verum with a fancy Oktoberfest edition label on it, is this beer actually an oktoberfest? No.

Tongue: Okay, here's the first real difference between this and Premium Verum...ready? A bit more malt, oh my God! This shit is amazing, just because its from warsteiner and from Germany it must be an authentic Oktoberfest. Fuck this beer. I am really pissed. This is nothing like an Oktoberfest should be. Shame on Warsteiner for the false advertisement. I mean this is the same as Budweiser changing the color of the aluminum bottles from blue to orange for the fall, looks like a different beer, but its the same shit inside. What a let down...

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is light bodied and of a higher carbonation, nothing at all like an Oktoberfest. The label is misleading, damn this beer to hell, damn Warsteiner to hell, may they burn forever. My their beer always be spoiled and infected. I am actually not sorry to say that I will never buy this beer again. Infact were I you, I'd not ever buy this beer, it is not an Oktoberfest, it is Warsteiner trying to con the man into thinking that this is something different, sure all the fratties that drink this will say "Wow, there is so much difference!" but fuck that, this is pretty much the same damned thing! Sure its easy to drink, but I want something for fall, something to celebrate slightly cooler temps, this is not it. This beer is straight out stupid...words cannot express how pissed I am about this beer. Basically, this is not what you're looking for, as a matter of fact noone is looking for this beer, it completely sucks, it is as false as Ashley Simpson on SNL if not more...

Photo of HardTarget
1.82/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle Inspection: 330 ml (11.2 fl. oz.) brown bottle. Best before 23 Jul 08 11:14 (sampled 19 Oct 07 20:48). I’ve never seen a best by date and TIME. Premium Ale on the top, but that might be due to our crazy laws.

Aroma: Slight skunky note has me worried. Light metallic edge as well. Mild floral hops with a touch of toasted malt sweetness.

Appearance: Bright gold glass struggles to hold a soapy white cover. Head fails to hold and only gives up spots of lace.

Flavor: Nice German yeast, noble hop toasted barley thing going, but there’s that metallic edge at the finish that really calls the cops on the party. There’s a vegetal note that comes out as it warms with a musty side that really doesn’t help much.

Mouthfeel: Watery and oily, light body, low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Wow, my least favorite Oktoberfest so far. Something funky in there that’s not clean or malty. Can’t recommend this one at all.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Haystack gold with a faint orangish tint. This is definitely one of the lightest Oktoberfests in recent memory. My fear is that the flavor will match the appearance. The lid is a large chunk of bone white foam that looks decent enough and that leaves a decent amount of lace.

If blinded, Euro pale lager would have been my guess after the smell test. There's nothing about Warsteiner Oktoberfest's nose that is the least bit Oktoberfestish. It's pale grainy with an underlying stale, musty hoppiness. I might have suspected old age, but the 'best before' date is still more than five months away.

Maybe... maybe I can taste the resemblance to the stated style, although I still wouldn't have guessed it right off. It tastes as if a few ounces of a substandard Oktoberfest were added to at least three times that much Warsteiner Premium Verum (not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination).

The appearance did not lie. There's an insufficient amount of malt that isn't nearly toasted or nutty enough. This is such a crappy beer that I can't bring myself to go on. How does this brewery continue to survive when there have to be hundreds, if not thousands, of German Oktoberfests that kick its ass up one side of the autobahn and down the other?

Needless to say, the mouthfeel is way too light. It's also insufficiently carbonated and has no spark whatsoever. Thin and borderline flat is a less than compelling combination. Not good. Not good at all.

I would have bet a lot of money that I wouldn't run across a beer as bad as Warsteiner Premium Fresh (a low alcohol beer). Wrong again. I'm pretty damn sure this is the worst Oktoberfest in the long, storied history of Oktoberfests. If it isn't, I don't want to taste whatever is.

Photo of siddhartha
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of Reanimator
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a veeerrryyy light, pale golden-yellow color. Definitely not characteristic of the Oktoberfest style. Has an interesting, spicy aroma.

The taste is phenomenally disappointing. Generic flavor almost like a light lager with only a glimpse of any sort of characteristic O-fest kick. Mouthfeel is irrelevant at this point.

Very unpleasant and not good at all. Don't even bother with this beer.

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of nrbw23
2.05/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head and little lacing. Not at all what I expected or hoped for.

S- Very weak here also light bready malts.

T- Again weak light bready malts, some yeast and that's about it.

M- Light in body, thin and watery.

D- I struggled with this one big time and gave a lot of the bottles I had away. No thanks.

Photo of shortkut
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's never too late for an Oktobefestbier...as long as it's consumed before the best by date (which this bottle is). On to the beer:

Clear straw yellowish-orange is the color of the beer, topped off by a big fizzy head. A little grass and skunk in the aroma, not very pleasing. Fortunately the taste is okay. Very simple lager with a sweet note. A kick of alcohol then numbs the tongue. It's very light bodied for an O-Fest, similar feel to a pale lager. I wasn't impressed by this beer.

Photo of JDK
2.38/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearence reminded me more of a ginger ale, no head or lacing but plenty of carbonation.
It really tastes a lot different from the other Oktoberfest brews I've tried, more like a plain lager. Couldn't pick up any of the pronounced flavors I find in the Sam Adams, Summit, Great Lakes, etc.
It has a very light mouthfeel with almost no lingering after taste and one could drink several of these in a session but there are far better Oktoberfest brewers out there, in my opinion.

Photo of StaveHooks
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden straw. Big fluffy 2 finger head. Blots of lacing left behind.

S - Husk and sweet grain. Earthy lager yeast.

T - Spicy hops off the top. Earthy grains flowing heavy. Weird honey kissed malt. The malt slowly starts showing up more as it sets. I poured the beer at 47 degrees F.

This is not a good representation of the style by any means. I think they got the Pilsner tanks mixed up with the Marzen tanks. It's like a macro pilsner with artificial sweetener.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass but it doesn't like much like an O-Fest at all.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out flavors of spices and berries (not like an O-Fest to have a berry flavor) and there's a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and does not create much balance. The after-taste is slightly fruity.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style, there aren't a lot of qualities that make this beer anything like a typical O-Fest and overall, it's not a beer that I would want to drink again.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear yellow brown. Medium thickness head that doesn't retain well, but leaves lots of lacing.

2.0 S: Really weak smell, the only thing I could pick up was corn.

2.5 T: Not really balanced well. Biscuit malts and a bit of spice are there, but the hop character is minimal.

3.0 M: A bit stingy, but okay otherwise.

2.5 D: Simply a case of a boring, but not terrible beer.

For the price, I have no problem kicking back a few now and then, but one day I'll have some money and won't ever have to drink this again.

Photo of malcontent
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

By far the palest marzen I've ever seen. Head makes only the feeblest attempt before imploding.

Smell is an improvement upon the appearance although it's hardly earth-shaking. Smells like a typical bock with a touch of grainy staleness.

Not the total train wreck I was expecting. Certainly on the sweet side although in a natural way; honeydew and prunes, if that can be believed. Finishing bitterness really balances the beer out and makes it drinkable. Wow! I ended up stripping a full point off taste after allowing the beer to warm some. Strong flavors of artificial sweetener and must surface.

Tends toward a flat, syrupy mouthfeel. Makes it seem much heavier than it is. Really not impressed with this brew and with so many other Oktoberfests available I'm not sure why you'd choose this one. Definitely a product aimed at Americans familiar with the Warsteiner name but not necessarily classic Oktoberfests.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.