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Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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:
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Photo of jdg204
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well it's Autumn and time for another mixed variety case from Weyebacher, and of course I had to get a taste of their Fall seasonal brew.

Appearance - Nice light brown color with a light white head which quickly disipated.

Smell - Nice caramel odor along with light spices give the brew a good cool weather feel.

Taste - Nice dark brown, caramel flavors with hops/carbonation that overpowers the flavor balance a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Flavor disipates a bit too quickly with the lack of flavor balance, but not a bad aftertaste.

Drinkability - So I'll admit this isn't my fav style and this brews just okay, but I still enjoyed it. Weyerbacher has a nice brew you should give a shot if you get a chance, but definetly not one worth going out of your way.

jdg204, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from the Jester's Choice case.

A: The beer is a lighter amber color, sharing equally in deep brown and bright orange colors. The beer is thin, head-wise, with no lacing or foam after the initial pour.

S: The nose is grainy with a sweetness that is concentrated and strong, almost channeling the octoberfestbier spirit in an ale form. There is a noticeable lack of hops.

T: The taste is a dead ringer for a marzen style lager, full of big rounded malt flavors that are concentrated to the point that they take on a sweetness. That sweetness has some apple flavors, not tart green apples, but red or yellow ones. Hop bitterness is on the low-end, adding slight contrast only and no strong taste elements. The finish is the grainy malts, again fooling me into thinking that I had an oktoberfestbier in my hands.

M: The mouthfeel is well-rounded with a strong graininess that pleasantly sweet.

D: The alcohol is well hidden in the big malt flavors. The ale is a good fit for the season.

akorsak, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored, with a decent, slightly off-white head.

Not much to the aroma, some caramel malt, not much hops. Really quite plain. Unfortunately, the same is true of the taste. Some sweet maltiness up front. It finishes real fast, this is pretty clean for an ale. For the most part nondescript though.

Light bodied, and a real easy drinker. Might be a nice one for drinking a sixer out by the fire or something.

ZimZamZoom, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of schoolboy
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a fan of the hop over-loaded Weyerbacher's, I was pretty disappointed with this one. I suppose it is true to the style, but it wasn't clear what the style was when I bought it, and the stuff was pricey.

I think a more descriptive label would have given me a hint (and I might not have picked it up). I guess the others of the Weyerbacher breed had opened the door wide in my mind, and this one just didn't compare. Still, I would not refuse one of these, I just won't buy it again.

schoolboy, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of Bram7
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my favorite glass mug. Aggressive pour gives a good fluffy head that dies quickly. Not very lively, just a few small bubbles rising up. Bright Amber/Gold color. Nice sweet malt smell.
Taste- Slight sweetness that gets better as it warms. Same with mouthfeel, I expected more to be "there".
Overall I could drink several of these but would not seek it out in the future.

Bram7, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles lasting throughout. I really enjoy this smell, very unique. Has a hint of dried leaves almost, and yes, I do enjoy that smell. Also combines some mild caramel sweetness and a tiny bit of floral hops as well. Taste starts off with a clean citrusy hops that is quickly diluted by the malty sweetness. Aftertaste leaves an almost tea like flavor that is quite enjoyable, to me anyway. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I found this one went down much quicker than I had anticipated. Nice twist on the autumn seasonal.

BeerTruth, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first fall beer of the season,not a Octoberfest,an amber didn't seem like an o-fest doesn't say what it is on the bottle. Anyway,poured this beer into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Medium,intense amber color,looks the perfect color for a fall beer,had about a 2" very light tan head that dissapated quickly to a skim coat of foam.Had some good carbination lots of tiny bubbles tighly knitted together whisping from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was on the faint side,light sweet malt,perfumy/flowery and fruity with a bit of a metallic note. Has some butterscotch scents as the beer warms.

Grainy,astrigent with grassiness tastes up front with bittersweet maltiness a nice toastyness,with some herbal/woody hop flavors. A pleasing,crisp,tart light hop bite to the finish.

Grainy, first mouthfeel impression, starts to smooth out the more you drink and becomes drier also. Not bad could drink a few not a beer i would buy,but I won't turn it down either.

jcdiflorio, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter - August 2007 Bottling

Appearance: The beer pours a deep copper color with an off white head that reaches half an inch. Carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass and don't want to let go. Head retention in mediocre.

Smell: Malty, orange, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Alcohol burn in the nose is pleasant. Smells like it has a nice dose of sugar, although it can be cloying in Weyerbachers beers sometimes. What's it taste like?

Taste: Malt profile is sweet and not cloying, yay. Flavors are not strong but include hay, oatmeal, white raisins, orange peel and maybe some cinnamon. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe and creamy. There is also a pleasant warming belt as you near the end of this beer. Alcohol makes a presence in the finish but is not overwhelming at all.

Drinkability: Great for a fall evening. Slightly warming with enough flavor to get you by and not kill you after a six pack. Worth a shot.

Risser09, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with getting a jump start on the fall seasonals. This one pours an amber color with a tannish head that dies down to a thin cap, but leaves ample lacing. Smells of bread with a small malt background, but there's little here to sniff at. Tasting reveals more of the same with a hint of caramel and a slight hop snap. I'm also picking up some hints of honey. Mouthfeel is a little to thin with plenty of carbonation. I could easily see this as a sessionable beer with football on its way. A good choice for a day like today where there are hints of fall coming in the winter, but not a standout brew.

Jmamay22, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came as an extra in a trade from mymrnngjckt.

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue with a nice strong head. The head dies down but what's left leaves behind some lacing.

S: Tons of malt here. Has the typical malty caramel smell found in an Oktoberfest Marzen.

T: A nice brew. I think I enjoy it even more because I am getting a taste of Oktoberfest early in August. There is a nice malty character here with caramel characteristics. There is a yeasty doughie character about it with some hops noted in the finish leaving a little bite as it goes down.

M: Medium bodied and easy drinking.

D: Nice drinking brew. I could session with it come Late September when the weather starts to cool a bit.

Overall: If you can have Christmas in July why not Oktoberfest. This is not a true Marzen (they don’t claim it to be one, though it reminds me of one), but it’s a nice drinker nonetheless. I enjoy Oktoberfest and drinking all the offerings by America's best micro breweries. This beer has me looking forward to the start of fall and to many many cases of different Oktoberfest brews. Prost!

tpd975, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, I've never said this before, but this beer is best enjoyed in larger gulps. Sipping leaves an empty, almost watery taste on your tongue. In larger considerations it has a nice roasted edge and smooth body, making it ideal for the litre steins of O-fest. I don't think I'd go for this outside of the beer holiday however.

tempest, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Braudog
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, I’m probably drinking this a little bit late (February), but oh well. From a 12 oz’er, this poured with the appearance of fall ... bright and orange, with a thin cloud cover. The aroma is light and airy with almost a sense of a gourd. Sweet, to be sure, very much in the Vienna-Fest family, with light caramel all around the edges. This of course isn’t doing anything to warm my blood on this frigid wet February evening, but it would probably be a nice session beer for a cool crisp fall night when the leaves are just starting to fall down. (#2728, 2/25/2007)

Braudog, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with decent head that dissipates very quickly leaving next to no retention. Not much at all in the way of carbonation. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is slightly sweet, maybe a hint of spice, and a feint hop presence. Pretty well balanced but a bit light and bland. Overall, pretty average brew.

number1bum, Jan 21, 2007
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 FenwaySquid
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, no dating of any kind, poured into an Oktoberfest mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The head formed an off-white 1 finger thick and faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts.

Taste: Sweet bready malts with some fruity overtones. There's a slight alcohol warming to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth considering the alcohol content. The carbonation is in good balance as well.

Overall: This one should be listed as a Marzen/Oktoberfest rather than an American Amber/Red. Given that it's a fairly good Oktoberfest, a little sweet for my liking but worth a shot.

FenwaySquid, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of mntlover
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a nice off white head that falls and leaves some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is lightly fruity bready malt. Some nice spice hints peeking out also.

Taste is bready malts mixed with some fruitiness that moves into hops and light spices. Taste is good a little different then most ambers almost taste like they were trying to get it to taste like an Oktoberfest. with the spice and all.

Mouthfeel is about medium nice middle of the road carbonation level.

Drinkability is good and enjoyable enough beer a wee bit different, not bad but don't see making this purchase again as better ambers are available.

mntlover, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Golden and clear, with a large, ivory colored head.

Seemed predominantly malty in aroma. Bread and honey. Some fruit/phenol aromas in the background.

Taste was bready/biscuity. Some toffee like sweetness was present as well. Finish finally brought the hops, which were floral and grassy. Finish also seemed a bit husky/grainy.

Medium bodied, almost chewy. Seems heavier than it probably is because of the texture/graininess. Carbonation was medium, and it had a sweetish finish.

I prefer a bigger hop profile, but that is personal preference and not a style flaw for this beer. It was pretty good, and easy to drink, but I probably won't have it again.

, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to guzzle211 for this excellent beer.

This is more of an Oktoberfest/Marzen style than a red/amber. And I might add...one of the best ones I have had. A copper body with a slim head that sunk down to a thin layer around the glass leaving some lacing down the side after every drink. Nice semi-sweet malt with some caramel undertones. Very smooth and finishes nicely. A highly drinkable take on a lager that compliments the coolness of autumn.

jhammerly, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear amber with a low off-white head which was persistant enough to put some remnants on the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a bit of cinnamon. Caramel was fairly high in the aroma and a candy character was notable. Behind the spice was a bit of a vegetal nature. The aroma became more pronounced in fruity character as it warmed with a sweet cherry aromatic.

The flavor was caramel most notable with the same candy presence that was featured in the aroma. The spice that was present in the aroma was cinnamon, but in the flavor the spice seemed to be more of a clove. The bittering level was well achieved and struck a good balance with the malt overall. The flavor was lightly fruity, but still had a bit of a vegetal character.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of caramel and light spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation level. A nice beer, the vegetal notes detract a bit, but still a drinkable one.

12 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a clear orangey amber with a finger of ecru head that leaves little lacing. The bouquet is buttery, almost sugary/syrupy with toasty/caramel malts, mild hops and some fruity/floral esters. The flavor is the same, light, with a mild bitterness that slowly creeps up on top of a light body that has medium carbonation and leaves a short finish. First off, it needs a lager yeast, as the ale yeast makes it to floral and fruity, but after that they need to beef up the toasted and caramel malts. As is, it's too light and comes across as a Yuengling fermented with ale yeast. I realize they are experimenting a bit, but I think they should have gone a more traditional route.

mmmbeer, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to enola for the gift.
Pours a mixture of amber, orange and gold colors. with beige head that recedes to a halo around the rim of the glass. Looks like Autumn.
Smell is a bit more hoppy than your typical Octoberfest and Pumpkin beers. Still some spice in the nose.
Has kind of a smokey or roasted flavor to it. Toast with some spiciness. Definately not the typical Octoberfest, but a fine beer that does remind you of Autumn.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected. Kind of chewy.
Overall this is an atypical fall beer that still taste like fall. Very solid fall seasonal from Weyerbacher.

wcudwight, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is above average for the style. I think the style listed is not accurate. This beer just does not fit the amber ale style. There is a spiced smell and the taste is like an Oktoberfest. A smooth drinkable beer that is a good way to welcome the fall. I would drink this beer again. There is an ever-so-slight warming feeling to this beer too.

Enola, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This six pack was in the system at the store wrong and I ended up with it for like $6.80...This is beer five(not in a row).

A- Slightly cloudy copper amber color....many visible bubbles...light bubbly lace that follows the beer as it moves....little head. Not too bad, but nothing exceptional.
S-Big sweet caramel, slightly toasted, what I would expect an autumn ale to smell like...I guess this is an american response to the oktoberfest style...I have been drinking alot of oktoberfest lately, and I see that this beer has much less hops in the smell...very pleasant....a just a hint of sweet toffee.
T-Big round caramel malt body...surprisingly there are more hops than I would anticipate by the smell...a nice little crispness to lighten up this very rich malt throughout the body (almost a grassy floral). The roundness of the malt comes and ties the finish together.
M- Much thicker than expected....nice and rich...almost chewy.
D-This one is definitely a session beer....the first night I drank it was before I went out to a concert....easy to drink, slightly filling....overall a good brew...might be a little pricey at its normal price...I think $1.99 a bottle, or $10 a six pack.

jameaterblues, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of Beertroop
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle.

App: Great label design, you know it’s a local micro brew when looking at it. It pours well into a draft glass giving a hazed cooper color with a small head.

Smell: This beer gives off the smell of spices that at first it took some getting use to. Not bad at all after giving it a second sniff. Smell of bread and honey came to mind.

Taste: Great Autumn beer, it was better than expected and it clearly surprised me. Tasted doughie and cameralized with a good malt conbination.
It is a great product from a great brewery that is only located several hours from me. Easton, A. should be drinking this beer all fall season.

Mouth: This beer does not leave any bad taste in your mouth and that’s all that matters.

Drink: It is a very drinkable beer and a great price. Make sure you get a good taste of this beer as you drink it.

Overall I like this beer a great deal and I know several of my friends will like it too. So I guess I will be buying a case to make sure there’s enough.

Beertroop, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, exta in a trade with mtnlover

appearance: pours into imperial pint glass...light clear amber body, initial beige foam leaves decent lace...pretty standard

smell: toatsed malt, caramel, light metallic hop aroma, red apple, moderate amount of fruit sweetness

taste: a little watery, big sour-sweet red apple flavor dominates, caramel sweetness, toasted malt, very little hop. Decent flavor, slightly misleading name but a prett enjoyable beer

mouthfeel: a little tart, medium bodied, well carbonated

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Oct 07, 2006
Autumn Fest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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