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 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.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fall seasonal from my favorite brewery. Unfortunately, I expect everything from Weyerbacher to be over the top. This one wasn't at all and could actually be sessioned quite easily.

A- Dark ruby amber color. I'm getting a maroon tint on this one. Dark spots with an off white head. Not much lace.

S- Smell was really sweet. This is a malty brew. Some fruityness.

T- I was expecting more, but still, not bad. I didn't get much of the spice that everyone speaks of. Mostly the malts with some straw/grainy notes. Simple, yet it does the job.

M- Sticky and filling.

D- Easy drinking beer. With all the malts and sweets going on I may not be able to drink a ton of these in a sitting. I enjoyed this beer but still I feel like some spice could be added.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. A blazing copper in color with a soapy white head.

S. A strong aroma of malt and toasted grain. There is something else in there, my best desciption would be "vague fruit".

T. A nice caramel malt prescence starts things off. The yeast brings some slight muted fruit. Hops are herbal and slighty biting, pine resin in the distance. Bitter enough to balance the malt well. Overall fairly well rounded and reminiscent of a good Marzen.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied and crisp.

D. This is a good session beer if you don't mind getting a bit silly. I say session away responsibly! Or enjoy one with buffalo chicken dip like I am..

Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze. There is not much carbonation and a very thin white head that goes away almost immediately.
Smell has a very nice sweet malt smell. There is a very nice toffee smell along with a prune smell.
Taste has a very nice toffee malt taste. The toffee taste is taken over slightly by a bit of a fruity prune taste, that cedes to the candy tinge at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice sharp carbonation on the tongue, but has a smooth finish in the throat.
Drinkability is very high. This beer typifies a lot of autumn tastes. It has a great toffee taste and strong malt characteristics. The sharp bite, but smooth finish typifies the weather and attitude of the autumn season that the beer is created for. Definitely recommended to drink on a crisp fall day.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a small beige head that thinned out to a small ring despite the constant bubbles rising.

S - spiced grain.

T - better tasting than the aroma would lead one to believe, malty sweetness, spiced flavor and a light dry bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - a good tasting, easy drinking, fall seasonal brew.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

side note: a very interesting label.

A- pours a clean and cloudy sunset orange color. yields little head and minimal lacing on my glass.

S- sweet and sour fruits and sugar. some malts and dry hops as well.

T- a bittersweet hop and some grainy maltiness. the fruit gets more and more pronounced as i consume. a dark candied fruit mixed with molasses. im guessing here but thats what i tastes like to me.

M- bitter sweet and dry hops. Somewhat crips and refreshing. coats the inside of themouth pretty nicely

D- an interesting mix of flavors here and it is decent and i cuold see myself with a sixer of this. This would be great on a crips and cool autumn day.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received from seanpachefddfa and the East Coast Beer Tour LIF.... poured into my shaped SA glass. thanks Sean.

1" head.. drops leaving little lacing but a nice cap of eggshell foam.. brew is crystal clear amber..

pale malts with a little toastiness.. and some mild caramel.. smell's very clean.

flavor is very reminiscent of an octoberfest.. there is some yeasty fruitiness.. but it isn't distracting.. toasty malts.. and a little bit of caramel.. the carbonation pushes things along quite a bit... a little tannic.. but that doesn't hurt anything.. body is lite/medium .. overall fairly drinkable .. and probably more drinkable than alot of the lackluster octoberfest brews that I've had this fall... crisp and fairly refreshing.

Thanks Sean for the cool LIF... sorry it didn't last longer.


Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a one-finger white head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a second but soon disappears.

Smells alright. It has a very tight aroma of noble hops and sweet malt, and as it warms there is a mild fruit fragrance thrown in there.

Taste is good. There's a noble hop flavor up front that tempers down into sweet malts with a bit of caramel. Every now and then the fruits poke their head through, kind of a pear taste. Nothing really stands out here, but it's solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It could be a little thicker, but the carbonation is good. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly a good tasting beer, just not outstanding in any facet.

Overall this is a good fall beer, but I'm going to stick to traditional Marzens. Worth a shot though.

Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an ornage-amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts mostly and a hint of sweet fruityness at the end of the nose.
T: Very nice sweet malty base with a bit of a bitter hop in the middle and a somewhat sweet fruity aftertaste. Interesting for sure.
M: Crisp, Clean, Fresh, Nice Carbonation amount.
D: Pretty drinkable and certainly worth getting.

Photo of marcpal
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Next step in my tour de octoberfest beer six pack. This 12oz poured into a pilsner glass. Weyerbacher is absolute hit or miss to me and this one is a hit. Other than Alpha, this is now one of my favorite mild offerings from them.

A: Nice copper color of falling autumn leaves. Very fitting. Thin lacing and head that held on for dear life.

N: Extremely sweet with some burnt wood aromas. The malty sweetness surely dominates, most notable of the marzen character this one carries.

T: Extremely sweet with a good balance of sugar, malt, hops, and bitterness. This doesnt taste that strongly of a marzen but still a well concoted fall weather beer with substance.

Recognize more as a winter style absent of the spices which I dont catch.

M: Thick, creamy and coating. The sweetness is not annoying but welcomed.

D: A pleasure to drink, well done. Maybe not a marzen when taken in its entirety, but drinkable- yes. Not great, but awfully tasty.

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.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep amber with a slight red hint to it. little head and not much lace.
Smells of toasted malts with a slight spice and fruit nose to it.
Taste of caramel malts with a mild hop presence. The finish is just a bit sweet but very smooth.
moutfeel a very crisp clean medium body beer.
Drink ability a good beer that was easy to drink. I will buy again next season

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with pghlee at the Brick Store. Thanks Lee. Poured copper colored with a thin head that settled to a thin swirl on top. The smell was very promising with wonderful aromas of sweet, bready malt with banana, clove, and a banana bread finish. Unfortunately the taste was far more washed out, exhibiting none of the richness found in the aroma. Tastes very bready and a bit heavy, but wihout that bread-in-the-oven quality found in the aroma. Grainy, a little thin, and with a metallic zinc-like taste up front followed by a light sweetness and a touch of banana bread on the finish. Fairly highly carbonated but somewhat thin. Lacks a bit of richness. This is okay overall, but there are a number of other fest beers out there I'd choose over this one. Also, what gives? It is August! A bit early yet for the fest season. At least wait for Sep. 1 to release these.

Photo of JamesS
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light copper color, more of a pale ale than an amber/red, but still nice, allows a nice splash of light to come through; has a bit of head that immediately goes away with very little lacing. Nice scent, malty, but with a very sour aroma, much like an Irish red. Very sweet and sour taste, although with very little spices as I would expect from an Autumn brew, although there are very small bits of cinnamon. Goes down fine, but there are better fall beers out there.

Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 ounce bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Island City, Long Island, New York for $1.99...
Pours a reddish, dark-amber color with a minimal frothy and foamy head that eventually receded and left a small amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Grain-laden, amber, earthy aroma bursting through with a nice, neat balance of hops and malts...
Weyerbacher usually churns out rather aggressive, dominating brews, and this one was far from that, with a subtle, tasty, earthy, caramel-filled taste that really hit home and was a great depiction of an Autumn style...
Very pleasing on the pallate with nice earthy notes and a great, creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability was top-notch, and went down very easily without any cloying factors...
Good stuff...

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting in the back of the fridge for a while.

Poured a light amber color with a thick one inch head that gave way to some nice lacing. The smell was not that great. A grassy smell with a hint of sweetness and some hops. The taste was a little better with some sweet caramel and a slight spiciness. Seemed a little watered down for a Weyerbacher brew but it could just be the style. Good drinkability but nothing special.

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

Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is mostly dominant by the caramel malt, little bit of fruit/spice hidden away.

Caramel malt also largely contributes to the taste, has hints of other spice that lingers, not quite typical of an amber/red ale, more of an Oktoberfest style.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep marzen color with a thin light tan head.

S: Very sweet upfront with big a carmael sweet nose, and some earthy fresh vermont woodiness and leaves.

T: Reminds me a of a bigger version of hacker pschor's oktoberfest. Big hearty and sweet caramel flavor with a touch of fresh woodiness and lightly burnt character and earthy hopping

M: Full malty palate, very rich and creamy and full bodied.

D: A hearty and an easy, beautiful drink for the fall season. Can honestly sit and enjoy this all night around the campfire on a brisk fall night.

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.

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12ox bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange/amber color with a small head. Somewhat muted aroma: sweet malt and some fruit. Tasting revealed the fruit to be pumpkin, with a light malt background. I think I also got a hint of maple syrup. A crisp, enjoyable beer; a good session beer.

Photo of Riggsy
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle acquired at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange/amber with a dense 2 finger white head.

Smell: Toasty malts are most prominent with a very slight grassy, floral hop aroma.

Taste: Again toasted malt in the front but with a good hop balance. Clean and crisp with a slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but doesn't miss by much. Carbonation is medium and finish, as mentioned, was dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable autumn brew.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually pretty happy with Weyerbacher, so bought a sixtel of this.

Consistently poured with a large, foamy head (3 finger) that held tight. Deep copper, orange color.

Not much to the smell ... slightly grassy, with very light note of hops.

Taste was average - nothing special... Maybe a hint of carmel maltyness. Certainly not the full flavor that I've come to expect from most Weyerbachers.

Much weaker mouthfeel than I expected - watery even.

Drinkable, but not necessarily enjoyable if you tend to prefer a more robust beer. Then again, this is an amber/ red ale.

Photo of fitzy84
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Surprisingly reddish colored for something I thought would be more "seasonal". Finding out it was a red ale and that the red colors were quite sharp though gave me approval. The aroma definitely had the classic smells: cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, etc. It's taste was a great balance of hops and spice, making it very accessible. It's thick, low-carb feel made it come down smooth. Overall, a very accessible autumnal beer.

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

Of the many "October/Autumn" fests I've had...this one is a very close second to Paulaner O-fest! Very beautiful amber color...nice, smoooth and caramely taste....but not too sweet...and very drinkable. I truly like this one, and was glad my buddy brought some to my place to sample over the weekend. We enjoyed 'em with brats and German fair! Nice brew, Weyerbacher. HIGHLY recommended if you like this style of brew. Great for the fall season, for color, AND flavor. Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

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