Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest - Warsteiner Brauerei

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 455
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 9
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 MrHungryMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +29.9%
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 HardTarget
1.82/5  rDev -45.5%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of Procrastinator
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. brown bottle is part of a 12-pack, second one this season. Purchased for $8.99 for the 12-pack. Best before 22 Jul 08 on rear label. Poured into Sam Adams pint glass. I've had endless quantities of Warsteiner pilseners in my time, but this is the first time for the marzen.

Appearance: golden yellow body with billowing white big-bubbled head which quickly dies to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Streams of endless carbonation dance to the top. Surface has a somewhat oily finish.

Smell: sweet raisins and honey and slight scent of alcohol. No hops are detected.

Taste: upfront sweet cereal grains and honey sweetness immediately balanced by a bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated with a thin to medium body that contains a slickness at the finish. Nicely balanced.

Drinkability: While I usually like my marzen to have more body and complexity, this is an easy drinking satisfying beer with balanced flavors and mild alcohol. I could easily put a sixer away while playing the "air" tuba. Oompah, Oompah... (1,029 characters)

Photo of 1fastz28
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a light golden color with a bit white frothy head that doesn't leave an ounce of lacing. has a great malty smell to it, but no hops are present. taste is ok, has a good clean taste but nothing that really jumps out at me. its kinda watery but i can drink them all night long since its a realitvely good beer and is pretty cheap (333 characters)

Photo of shroompod
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden clear color , a shade lighter than I'd like. Decent head.

Smell is predominantly malty with a nice hint of hops.

Taste is crisp, some malty caramel coming through. A slight hop bite.

Mouthfeel is light, good carbonation.

Overall a decent beer thats easy enough to drink. (289 characters)

Photo of becktone
1.23/5  rDev -63.2%
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... (2,883 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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 whynot44
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale copper color with a moderate white head that retreats quickly to just a collar but does leave a bit of lacing.

The aroma is mild grainy malt and some grassy hop notes.

The taste is also mild bready malt with just a hint of fruit and caramel. The finish is fairly dry, slightly carbonic, and light grassy hops.

Light bodied, very drinkable. this is another Oktoberfest Lite, somewhere between Oktoberfest and a regular European Pale Lager. (455 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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 xare
4.54/5  rDev +35.9%
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 JDK
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of malcontent
2.49/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (917 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first time seeing this brew in a bottle, don't know if this is its first time in this area or what. Best before July 23, 2008. ABV is 5.9 percent. Brew pours a very pale amber, sort of light for this style; white fizzy head soon dissipates with no head left standing after a while. Not much in the smell, some marmalade and fruit mixed with a yeasty aroma and floral hops you would normally associate with a pilsner. Beer tastes like a suped-up pilsner too, not bad, but not much there that you would ever associate this with an Octoberfest brew if you had this in a blind taste test. Goes down smooth and refreshing, despite the no head, there is no evidence of it being skunked or spoiled.

A nice solid brew that is very drinkable. But there's nothing I can detect that makes this an Octoberfest beer. There's a lot better out there. (847 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Dallas Gingerman. Bright copper color with a small head. Nose is a little grainy, a mix of malts and very light hops. Flavor is quite disappointing for an oktoberfest. The malty palate is bland at best, no hint of toastiness, though there's a little caramel in there. Bitterness is moderate. Finish is clean.

Tastes like a slightly stronger version of the Warsteiner pils, which is alright as far as it goes, but it's not a very good oktoberfest. (466 characters)

Photo of soupyman10
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on-tap at the Berkley Front in Berkley, MI. Poured a light brown-amber color with a bit of off-white head on top. No real lacing. Nose was mild, a touch of spicy malt. Taste was similar, although it had a little bit more to it. Caramel malt, brown sugar, and then some ginger spiciness in the middle. A very light hop character came through at the end. Feel was a little thin, but with fairly good carbonation. This one wasn't bad, although I'm looking forward to trying a few more robust Oktoberfests this year. (525 characters)

Photo of Stimack
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this brew on tap last evening and was my only mistake of the evening. The brew poured to a light golden color with an amber hue. Had hardly any head and left no real lacing. The aroma was of caramel malts leading to a sweet scent. The taste is very grainy, and not in a good way, mixed with a somewhat sweet taste from the malt. The flavor just seems to be missing something, this is not a very good brew and I feel a pretty poor Octoberfest compaired to Hacker-Pshorr and Paulaner (485 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
2.97/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It would not be fair to say I "reluctantly" try Oktoberfest beers come October, but so much of it is hype and so much of it is bad.

I've never had Warsteiner's version before last night. It was actually my first Oktoberfest of the year.

Served in a wide-mouthed goblet, my sample was a light amber color with little to no head. The aroma was caramel, melanoidin, a candy. No hops present.

There was a subtle spice of peppery hops in the beginning, but the beer faded with a medium-bodied malty sweetness.

One of my least favorite things about a bad lager beer is that you need to slam it or its simply undrinkable. I love ales because you can drink at your own pace, and if the beer warms up, it tastes better. With a bad lager beer, the more the beer warms up, the worse it gets.

As this sample warmed up, a very cloying and unpleasant apple ester started to emerge. It was a struggle to finish the last few ounces.

A decent beer, at best, but there are most definitely better versions out there - produced both here and in Germany. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Morris729
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber in color with a frothy white head that soon fades into a thin lace. Nose is sweet malt along with some grassy notes. Taste has some sweet caramel malt along with fresh grain and some herbal hop bitterness. Quite light for the style. Not terrible, but there are better Oktoberfests to be had. (310 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
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 plaid75
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was upfront sweet malt. Hints of caramel and hazelnuts also were detected.

The flavor was likewise malty. However, there was a certain dullness to the malt. I believe the bee could have used a bit more hop spice.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side.

Overall a decent German macro Oktoberfest. Certainly not as complex of a malt profile as other offerings, but certainly drinkable. (499 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer the last few years at the Zincinnati Oktoberfest. This year I went to the Germania Oktoberfest and decided to sneak in a glass so I could review my beers in somewhat proper glassware.

A pale copper color. Clear and clean with a lackadaisical white head. Highly carboanated.

Layers of malt with a twinge of hop and light fruits in the aroma. Complex smells for an Oktoberfest.

Very similar to the Warsteiner Verum. Same hop profile and presence with more malt backbone. I like this take but seems somewhat untraditional in style. Mouth is smooth, and creamy, very refreshing.

This Oky sets itself apart from others in style. (656 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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 TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had in a 1 liter glass at brewery night at the Flying Saucer. Feeling pretty good after that one. Bar was darkish so hard to tell color but looked golden. Had a light bouquet. Small head (but not sure how long it sat before being delivered) and some carbonation. Overall had a good taste with a slight bitter taste at the end. Good but not great beer. Avery Kaiser kicks its butt. (380 characters)

Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
77 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.