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Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

456 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Although initially satisfying, this is a very plain beer with little flavour and strong carbonation. Amber colour, some lace, not much head. Have had much better autumn seasonals. There could be a drop of smoke in mid sip. Touch of hops, not too malty.

Sammy, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that displays decent retention and lacing

Smell: Bready aroma with a touch of caramel and some fruity esters

Taste: Starts with a bready, Vienna malt flavor; after the swallow, some moderate earthy hop and fruity flavors climb in to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What an Oktoberfest would be if an Oktoberfest could be an ale; come to think of it, that's not such a bad idea for a beer; decent session beer

brentk56, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves ochre with bright pumpkin trim. The pale orange-tinted ecru cap is firm and sports an unruffled upper surface. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a short collar of lace and fear that there won't be much more glass decoration than that. Eventually, a wide band appears at midglass.

One whiff is all it takes to tell me that this is anything but a hoppy beer. If anything, it smells like a mild English pale ale with a soft, herbal, earthy hop aroma (Fuggles?). More prominent by a factor of two is a sweet, toasted maltiness that calls to mind the brewery's description, which is 'an Oktoberfest with a twist'. The nose is better than average, but it fails to grab me.

Autumn Fest doesn't taste like a beer of the stated style, nor does it taste like an Oktoberfest. It isn't hoppy enough to be the former and it isn't malty enough to be the latter. I still come back to the underhopped English pale ale comparison. The flavor profile is dominated by bruised apples soaked in sweet tea, but nothing really stands out. It's as if the ingredients show up, do their job with reluctance and keep one eye on the clock until quitting time.

I keep thinking that with enough beer, enough mouth swirling and enough concentration, I'll find something more exciting to comment on. I'm starting to think that 12 ounces isn't enough for this one to grow on me... and that a case wouldn't be either. This is far from bad beer, it's just supremely uninteresting beer. A moderate amount of sweetness with a slight tweak of countering bitterness provides the only mouth interest.

The mouthfeel is a few clicks shy of medium and doesn't deteriorate in the least as the finish approaches. In addition, the amount of carbonation is nigh on perfect. In combination, they increase drinkability above and beyond what it would otherwise be if based on flavor alone.

I had hoped that Autumn Fest would bring back memories of good beer enjoyed during my favorite season of the year. Because of the lack of style specificity, I had a hard time finding a focal point, something to grab onto and appreciate for its own sake. This is not one of Weyerbacher's better efforts.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color lager with an average head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel hops with no discernable hops or many other characteristics. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt. I know this is not the most extreme style out there and it is meant to be drank in large quantities but this one was just a bit too average in all aspects.

Phyl21ca, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on tap at Barleys last night, basically cause everything else I asked for was not tapped yet, wtf? Anyway, served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/05/2008.

The pour was decent with a clear, orange tinted amber color being presented before me. Little in the way of head, maybe an inch at the top at first, but settling down quickly thereafter. No noticeable side glass presentation, and only marginal carbonation visible.

The aroma was rather weak to be honest, no where near the robust smell I was looking for. Light malt notes, somewhat bready with a healthy dose of grain thrown in. The flavor was more of the same, just too light to really make an impression on me either way. Some light off fruit notes were notices, but again unremarkable. Decent carbonation kept it feeling lively, but to be honest it was just too thin to really pull it all together for me. Easy to drink as it was light as hell and nothing really stopped you from throwing it down quite fast.

Overall my thoughts would be ehh. Forgettable, boring, and painfully average. Not a bad beer per se, just not something i would particularly want to go back to.

mikesgroove, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15%

GRG1313, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright amber body with a small, though lasting white head.

Smell: Toasted caramel aroma with a hint of vine-ripe fruitiness.

Taste: Rich toasted caramel taste that's a bit bready. Slight fruitiness. Hints of brown sugar and spice. Floral hops with a reserved spicy bitterness that lingers softly into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All the flavors come together nicely to create a pleasing, refreshing Oktoberfest beer.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was very good, I've had several Octoberfest style beers that I wasn't too fond of but this was a winner. Great flavor of spices and all around well balanced beer. The color was a reddish brown that fit for the season. The aromas were spicy and earthy. It had a good taste too, This ones flavor was of some allspice and some nutmeg. The malts balance the brew out a bit so it's not just a spicy mess. This is a good beer for the season.

Knapp85, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Autumn Fest
Notes: Nice head, creamy antique white with a bit of tan. Slight haze. Deep amber-orange w/ golden & orange highlights. Aroma: malty, caramelish, lightly fruity. Fresh. Grape? Apple. Noble hop?... floral, grassy. Mouth: creamy as it warms, fluffy. Medium. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Nice. Flavor: Caramel malt. Hint of sugar/honey. Light fruitiness. Nutty, then grassy/spicy, floral at finish = good flavor transitions throughout. Balanced bitterness just pokes above to lend a slight edge. Delightful. Head retention average to less. Minor lacing, some small spots. Kind of hints at a German beer but remains straightforward (American, not English... clean yeast, malt, balance, body). Some malt does linger on the palate halfway through. Not bad, the hops keep it from becoming sweet or cloying. Nicely done. Improved. Better balance, better focus, better technique. (Look for more Weyerbacher).

NeroFiddled, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear tawny color, good lacing. Nothing more I’d expect from a Autumn seasonal.

Smell: Definite but mild ale twang with a spicy alcohol hop mix in the nose. Sweet and lightly fruit as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Wet bready palate, restrained toasted malt with a deep sugar flavor reminiscent of a dark raw honey … perhaps buckwheat. Solid bitterness with a level estery character that is not harsh but does let you know there is more than a modest amount of alcohol here.

Drinkability & Notes: Delicious, with that psuedo-ocktoberfest flavor. This is just the kind of beer that I want to lead into the cooler months with.

Jason, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of caramel, cinnamon and dark fruits. The malt character is very hearty. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, this one seems to be a hybrid of an Oktoberfest and a Winter Warmer. I could drink a few of them, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2003 version, pours an amber ruby brown very rich looking with a rather thin tan head, leaving uneven lacing to my glass. Aroma contains caramel and roasted nut tones brought through from the use of vienna malts, light underlying fruit tones and a timid hop aroma. Taste consists of a bready mixture of mild spices, toasted nut, all drizzled in an caramelized apple syrup. Mouthfeel is a bit thin in body, but it's carbonation is solid. Overall a decent attempt to emulate a great style like an Oktoberfest/Marzen however this is brewed like an ale still solid and will hit the spot this fall just not that great especially when compared to authentic O fests out there.

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very foggy orange-ish brown. No head in my Duvel tulip. Nose is slightly leafy. Very little to it. Flavor is even and constant with a slow drop off. Profile has a obvious leafy thing going on. Beyond that it's a very mild almost citric thing. More like the flavor of an orange with absolutely no sweetness from it. More like old almost dead orange outer skins. Okay. Enough typing out of my ass. Feel is decent. Low bubble hitting my tongue. Liquid is decent. Overall this is a very easy drinker. Nothing wild or crazy. Just a smooth and even brew. Worth a shot.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on an orange-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A big, sweet aroma of toasted malt and caramel, otherwise quite clean.

T - Lots of toasted malt and a little bit of caramel. Some slightly fruity plum notes and a light roast. The finish is malty a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body, and a dry finish.

D - This is easily drinkable, as all fest beers should be, though the malt character lacks the depth and richness of some other examples of the style.

nickfl, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this from the bottle enjoyed in a can shaped glassed well chilled.

The color is deep amber with light haze and thick pale cream head. The smell has a light creamy malty sweet nose with some dried milk scents. The feel is decent but a light mineral and nutty with a dry light roasted tinge and subtle alcohol

The flavor has mostly caramel malt with toast and light diacetyl buttery tinge with a slight earthy taste. The flavor of alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Overall I liked this okay but there are much better examples of the style and would probably not buy it again.

Slatetank, May 16, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle, poured into a pint glass. Orange in color, minimal carbonation, head sticks close to glass, minimal lacing.
Aroma is primarily malt, no spice or hop character to speak of, you can smell the sweetness of the beer. Beer is full bodied, has an aftertaste, seem like a heavy lager almost. Does not taste bad, interesting malt character in the forward and back flavors, no hop bitterness at all. Overall drinkability average.

drabmuh, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of jlindros
2.17/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Very clear toasty brown color with slight reddish hue, big frothy 1.5 head that fades pretty slowly

N: Nose has some malt, sweet molasses, and a touch of vanilla and roast, slightly nutty, the nose seems pretty artificial

T: Blech! Some malt and sweet dark flavors, taste a lot like an extract brew, some nuts and nutmeg, sticky fake sweetness, a slight bitterness, pretty watery otherwise, slightly roasted fake firesmoke like taste, some vanilla, its pretty fake tasting

M: Very watery and light

F: Almost don't want to get to the finish, but its inevitable, the sweetness dries quickly, leaves a dirty earthy nutty and nutmeg taste, slight cinnamon, leaves a nagging bad bitter taste in the mouth

Final thoughts: Until this beer I was a big fan of Weyerbacher. This beer alone has made me think twice about that. It's like a fake version of a Fireside or bad Autumnfest. Pretty sweet, artificial flavors, Almost a drain pour... wait, I think it IS a drain pour!

jlindros, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -15%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Very nice! Poured amber with a small white head. Aroma of toasted grains and lots of sweetness. Bready taste, caramel, and I got lots of honey from it too. Some fruity tones as well. Lots of sweetness, like I said, but there's still a nice floral hoppiness that come in mid- to end-palate. Medium body and very easily drinkable.

Rifugium, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that is light and creamy. It is a bit yeasty. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, light, and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity. It has a slight hop taste that balances the palate and increases it's complexity. The mouthfeel is awesome as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Marzen/Autumn ale. It has good aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 26, 2004
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Autumn Fest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.