Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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:
AutumnFest is Weyerbacher’s own unique twist on the German Oktoberfest style. Copper-amber in color, AutumnFest is made with Vienna and Munich malts for that authentic, Bavarian easy drinking taste. Each sip imparts a wonderful roastiness of malt on the tongue followed by a smooth, consistent finish.

Wonderfully balanced with a clean, velvety, slightly fruity taste, AutumnFest is the perfect beer for the Fall – a nice transition between the lighter beers of summer and the darker, heavier winter brews. It’s a favorite of many Weyerbacher aficionados, who anticipate the end of summer with this wonderful beer.
Weyerbacher’s AutumnFest, 5.4% ABV, is generally available in stores August through November. Pick up a case to celebrate the change of seasons. Prost!

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of jdubjacket
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Green's on Ponce. Pours a red/amber color with very little head or lacing on the glass. Bready nose with a little bit of malt. Taste is pretty average. Malty, bready, and a little bit of sweetness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Relatively low ABV make this pretty drinkable. Average at best.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a big three-finger beige head that didn't last long.
. The smell is sweet malt with some vanilla. The taste starts off with some toasted malt with toffee and some of the vanilla in the nose that gives way to a tiny hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some nonagressive carbonation. This is tasty little beer that has really impressed me for the price I found it for.

Photo of jpaltan
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hue. plenty of carbonation that keeps a nice layer of head on top of the beer. smell is malty with notes of grass. taste is slightly bitter up front, then trickles into a sweetness, then back to a strong bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is creamier than i would have expected, especially from a growler pour.

Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an amber body with a white, one-finger head with very nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some vanilla extract notes that seemed well to compliment the maltiness.

T: A malty, toffee taste with hints of vanilla. A sweet, burnt toffee aftertaste that was quite good.

M: A medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel that was quite pleasing on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination yielded and very nice, good drinking fall beer. An excellent malt backbone made for a very good beer overall.

Photo of AltBock
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with an early 1990's computer generated label of an eastern PA farm during the fall season. You'll see 2 barns, leaves falling from a tree, a crow, a cornfield, and a scarecrow. If you want to see freaky in all of its nature, then look closely at the scarecrow. It looks like a dead alien or a mummy. Whatever it is, it's dead for sure. It's freaking me out man! Weyerbacher doesn't date their bottles so don't waste your time looking for some kind of date.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, this Weyerbacher poured a slightly hazy amber orange color with a 1/2 an inch head of fluffy white foam on top. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a thin string of white rings. It didn't even bother to leave behind any kind of lace in its tracks.

The aroma was lightly toasted with toasted malts, a hint of toffee, and pretzel salt. Where in the hell did that come from? Pretzel salt? I'm not sure if it was pretzel salt or salt water I was smelling. Whatever it was, it was definitely salty.

Luckily, there wasn't any salt in the taste. Instead, the taste was simply toasted with a hint of toasted malts, a gentle touch of juicy fruits, and then this toasted taste finishes up with a pinch of crispy floral hops. It was basically just a plain and simple toasted and fruity Ale.

This was a light bodied beer with medium carbonation and a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts, crispy floral hops, and a few dried juicy fruits.

In the end, it was just another simple crispy toasted Ale, but what separates this one from the others is that this beer has a dead alien or a mummy on the label. Was it a Fall treat? I guess, but one should do the trick. I couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting because there's really nothing to this beer. It's just an average beer.

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty and yeasty with an ESB type of yeast that gives it a nutty and funky twang. There is also a hint of hops. The appearance is amber with a pleasant looking head. The flavor is like the aroma which isnt actually all that bad. The palate is smooth but a little thin. Overall its decent.

Photo of jwinship83
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from yesac in trade. thanks.

A- light amber colored body under a semi sticky off-white head. a steady stream of tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up to the top of the glass.

S- caramel/toffee malts upfront with something spice like in the middle that i cant quite put my finger on.

T- the malts i could smell, and then it trails off into basically nothing. pretty bland unfortunately

M- very light and watery with a high level of carbonation

D- meh this one just doesnt do it for me. too bland and tasteless. glad i got to try it, i dont think ill be having this one again.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, caramel, slight spice. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

Photo of Minkybut
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a redish copper color. The beer poured a nice big head that was white and I had high hopes. The beer was kinda sweet and bready. However it really lacked any body and was watery fake tasteing. I will not buy again.

Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good seasonal offering from a great brewery. It does manage to capture some of the feel of fall without a lot of gimmicks.

Pours a rich copper with dense head and great lacing. The aroma is malty and biscuity, like the smell of dry autumn leaves. The flavor is smooth and malty, slightly pumpkiny, with a nice burn down the throat. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth.

Photo of Phillyduke
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is copper-hued with a slight chill haze. Some visible active carbonation, and a nice, one-finger head of off-white bubbly foam that recedes to a thin cap. Some very fine lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Grassy and herbal up front with hints of caramel malt. Fruity ale character reveals itself as the brew warms. Some autumn spices and a twinge of alcohol mix in for good measure.

T/M: Initial taste is quite malty and a little on the sweet side, then a citrus hop bite and a faint fruity/apple flavor kick in. Spices tingle the tongue on the finish, which is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is nice - crisp, tingly and refreshing.

D/O: An interesting ale-interpretation of a traditional lager-style. The fruity qualities actually mix with the traditional Oktoberfest flavors quite well, forming a whole host of seasonal tastes in one bottle. Flavor masks the ABV well, making this an easy one to enjoy over the course of several pints. Overall an extremely enjoyable celebration of the changing of seasons.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had during Thanksgiving dinner

A: A decent copper color. A decent foam head, about one finger. Has some retention and lacing.

S: Lots of bready hops, caramel, toffee and biscuit. Nothing overwhelming.

T: I liked the flavor, went well with the meal, good complement. Lots of caramel and bread tastes.

M: Seemed a tad thin, but had good carbonation throughout.

D: I had a few with my meal, a decent sessionable Ale.

Photo of ericlawton007
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color, head sticking to the glass for just a little bit. This beer is properly labeled as an amber ale and not an oktoberfest, as the malt presence is definetly not the same. That being said, this beer still tastes of autumn. Apple and plum notes are found in the aroma and the taste. Malt and hop charactersitics balance really nicely in the aftertaste and the low alcohol make this a great fall session beer.

Photo of beernut
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Smells nutty, with some bready-caramel background. Taste is weak, almost watered down, no hops here. Like drinking a soggy nut-bread. Good carbonation thru-out. Can't say I enjoyed, can't say I hated it. I'm just stuck in the middle.

Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color with two-finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing

S: Initially metallic; some caramel aroma; sweet maltiness. Better as the beer sits and warms.

T: Malty caramel with some earthiness. Crisp with a clean finish.

MF: Moderate carbonation; easy on the palate; clean finish that is slightly dry.

D: Goes down easy. Sessionable and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of DefenCorps
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Guinness pint glass

A: Mostly clear amber with a thin off-white head that recedes to a disk very quickly. Plenty of visible carbonation with pretty big bubbles. Decent

S: Nutty and toffee malts up front with a sweet toasted bread aroma (that's the Munich?). Not much more going on here, I wish there was a little hop aroma to balance the sweetness

T: Opens up with a good deal of nutty and bread-dough flavors with a mild sweetness before a rather dry and flavorless finish comes through with a hint of bitterness.

M: Pleasingly light in body with nice carbonation, this one loses out on the finish

D: This will be gone fairly soon but I doubt I'll necessarily grab another anytime soon

Photo of CoolJosh
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Finger of white head, that disappears faster then you can say "Chinchilla."

S A whiff of pumpkin, some nutmeg. Very sweet. Really spicey in the nose, with little to no hops or malts coming through.

T Incredibly light, with a macro light beer taste carrying through all the way. Very carbonated and malty all throughout. Again, the spices come through but not as sweet as in the nasal. Some grains come through at the end. Leaves a dismal, bland after taste on the palate.

Not worth a second try.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a small head to leaves almost immediately. Would be pretty but the lack of head kills the appearance. Doesn't smell like anything.

Wow, this is sweet. Sweet apple, sugar and honey up front. No carbonation at first but fizzy and dry at the finish. Very mild hop

Kinda like an Oktoberfest apple cider. Too sweet to drink many more than one.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Thanks Timmush for the opportunity to taste this one.

Color is rich amber color, a touch cloudy. Off white head hall away quite quickly leaving a ring.
Smells fruity, bready and rich...malty...caramel
Sweet fruit is at the forefront of taste. A hint of caramel. Little dry on the finish.
Medium body. Carbonation is mellow yet a little course going down the throat.
It is a pleasant beer, easily drinkable but probably not my first..or second choice when grabbing a fest beer in the fall.

Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber, almost copper hue. Brilliant clarity. No head.

S: A nice husky malt aroma with some caramel thrown in to boot. Some noble hop araoma and fruitiness.

T: Fruity with a strong caramel malt flavor. A touch of bitterness on the back end. A nice clean finish.

MF: Spritzy carbonation; clean finish that is slightly dry.

D, notes: A nice sessionable red ale for the fall.

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.

Photo of thespaceman
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange in color, very nice clarity as well. Pretty thin head with mild lacing.

Smell: Nice floral notes here, fruity twang spices up the smell with a nice hint of bready malts.

Taste: A nice flavor here, maltiness is accompanied by honey and caramel, sweeter then expected by the smell but the balance of the wheat and fruit malts is tremendous.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, light and wet on the tongue, not as stagnant as some other Autumn selections

Drinkability: This is where Weyerbacher shined with this, excellent drinkability, very light on the pallete, yet still delivers a solid offering at 6.10 ABV. This is a little more instrumental then alot of other selections out there, but overall it's very sessionable and a perfect match to those cold weather evenings.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. crystal clear fall orange color. nice light tan head. good retention...mild lacing.

S: nice fall fruit aromas, hint of spices in the nose.

T: nice clove and cinnamon spiced taste. good crystal malt backbone. good fall flavor with the apple and pear fruit notes.

M: medium-bodied. good carbonation level. nice and crisp mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable amber ale, and the spices make this a great fall classic. well worthy of a try.

Photo of ncvbc
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange in color with a thin head and spotty lacing. Lower carbonation. Smell is fairly light. Toasted bready malts and light sweetness. Not much to say for hops except for an herbal, earthy quality that they bring to the brew. Taste is also big on the light toasted malts. A small touch of chocolate comes through. Also a tea like quality. Pretty thin feeling in the mouth. Lacking in carbonation and perhaps a touch more hop character. I can see how this is something like an Oktoberfest brew and moving toward an Amber. It's nothing terrible and pretty interesting, though I doubt it's one I'll return to often.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a medium-dark amber with a fluffy off-white head that stuck around for a little while.
Sweet aromas, but a little more complex than some others I had that night. Some general fruitiness and breads come through along with the caramel/brown sugar aromas.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely. Caramel/brown sugar coated fruits with some alcohol thrown in.
Medium bodied. Like other O'fests, it coats the palate with sweetness that doesn't leave quickly.
Reasonably drinkable. Higher ABV may keep this from being an all night drinker, but the smooth flavors help hide the "punch" of this beer.
Quite tasty. I don't think you will find this in liter steins anywhere, but I would turn this down if offered again.

Autumn Fest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.