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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | 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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -41%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some hints of grain and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't a bad representation of the style.

metter98, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.8/5  rDev -46.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. Not overly complicated, not outstanding; just pure and simple. A golden-copper, crystal clear hue, moderately carbonated and forms a 1/2" white head with a little lacing. Smells softly of barley malt, caramel, toffee, and spiciness. Flavors of classic german pilsner flavors with a little toasty quality. Throw in a bit of caramel and toffee. Spicy with added noble hops. No off flavors. Body is medium and airy. Finish is fleeting, but not dry or abrupt. Very clean and crisp. A well brewed beer, but not a favorite among high gravity lovers.

BEERchitect, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.5%

jaydoc, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kylehay2004, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper body with a small, tight white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of toasted grain husks, a drop of honey, and spicy hop.

Taste: Toasted grain huskiness and caramel malt flavor. Hint of honey. Fairly subdued sweetness. The spicy hops, while present, never provide much bitterness and drop out somewhat quickly. Finishes with a light honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The Warsteiner Oktoberfest is non-offensive, but not very interesting, either. It's definitely at the lighter end of the Oktoberfest spectrum.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My Oktoberfest season hasn't ended just yet... This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, toffee, grass, a touch of butter, and a few sprinklings of mild greens. The taste brings in more of the same, but ups the grass and greens and adds a touch of orange peel. Still, the dry, buttery biscuit steals the show. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but I'd put it in the lower echelon of those from the Fatherland.

TMoney2591, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
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...

biboergosum, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a proper octoberfest i think. darker, like an amber in appearance. with a small and fading off white head. however, the smell is malty but not sweet, which is perfect in this style. the flavor imports a much more dark malt profile into one of these oktobers. roasty and rich, less sugary and filling than some can be. i would drink several liters of this no worries. there is also a sort of essence of fall to this, which is not necessarily explained easily, but it works for me. the feel is good, heavier in body than most, but well carbonated and plenty drinkable. im really into it. great with a smoked ham hock, and one of those seasonals ill go back to again and again. lovely and underrated.

StonedTrippin, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +18%

nickfl, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in ’06. (they had a large seating area set up just for Warsteiner) Pours golden amber with a head that doesn’t stick around too long. Nose is virtually non-existent. Flavor seemed to have a fruity edge to it and it seems to stay on your mouth for some time. Feel is thick and frothy. Definitely drinkable, but one of the weakest of the style I have ever had.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

jlindros, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +18%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

A lesser alternative to a Spaten, Warsteiner's marzen pours a clear copper color with a small head that displays moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, sweet malts, pretty standard for the style. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains, caramel malts, cardboard, light hops give a mildly bitter finish. Light-medium body, a bit thin and bland overall, but easily drinkable at least.

Rifugium, May 23, 2012
Photo of WesWes
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thin fizzy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent with a faint Munich malt sweetness and next to no hop aroma. The taste is below average. It has a very bland pilsner flavor with an ultra dry finish. It's got zero Marzen character and little to be festive about. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much CO2. This is a beer for the scrap heap. It's a poor example of the style.

WesWes, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light translucent orange with a golden hue. A white head descends to a thin cover that lasts most of the duration before becoming a patch. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and husky with just a tad of caramel. Smells more like an EPL (maybe more of a pils? oddly enough) with a touch of vague caramel - not really what I would expect from an O-fest.

The taste is husky/grainy with a touch of almost artificial caramelish sweetness added to it with a spattering of warming alcohol. Blandish, sweetish finish.

It lacks the texture of an O-fest, being a bit too fizzy and on the lighter side in body.

Pretty drinkable while going down, it does leave a blandish aftertaste. It has a surprising drinkability for all the drawbacks. Still, it's not worth getting this one when there are smoother, tastier, better examples of the style that are just as easily attainable.

jwc215, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DrunkinYogi, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a shade darker than pale yellow, but not amber, medium white head, good head retention, spotty lacing.

S: Cooked cereal, wet grain, grass, don't get a real caramel component.

T: Very husky grain character, with a light toffee character. Hops give an earthy grass note, with a hint of spearmint, not typical marzen flavours, more in the Helles style, like a 80/20 Helles/Marzen mix.

M: Light-bodied and drinkable, moderate carbonation, light viscosity on the tongue, thin at times, has an off-dry finish.

D: This is pretty much a middle of the road marzen, similar to what I found in their Helles. Inexpensive for an import, I'll give it that, but there are much more enjoyable and tasty German examples out there.

Halcyondays, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of stakem
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew appears a clear light color of yellowish coper with 2 fingers white head. The cap fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

The aroma is fruity/floral with caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Some mineral aspect but overall a decent smelling brew with perhaps a touch too much focus on diacetyl.

The taste has some caramel/toffee malt sweetness with buttery diacetyl and herbal hops. Some mineral/carbonic quality with sulfur. Fruity to floral aspects emerge as it warms.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Fairly crisp and balanaced for the style. It carries with it a bit of straw/grassy bitterness found in some other warsteiner offerings. I found this to be the best of the 3 offerings I had from this brewery but still, probably would not purchase again.

stakem, Jan 30, 2014
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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
78 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.