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Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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527 Ratings
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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 PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Completely transparent rust colored body that pours with a thin foamy white head that quickly fades to a nice thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass and plenty of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Nose is heavy on pale malt with some caramel malt and hop aromas.

T- Subtle flavors of pale and caramel malt upfront. Soft bittering hops accent the finish but soon fade away. Lots of pale malt sweetness and hints of caramel malt linger on the palate. Is that cinnamon lingering too? Nice soft spice touch at the end.

M-Low to medium carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This one looks and tastes like an ale version of Oktoberfest. Its a good idea and a decent beer but for this brew's color I expected a lot more caramel malt presence. Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable. Not my favorite from Weyerbacher.

Photo of shivtim
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like clear dark apple juice with a couple of bubbles. Has a dense off-white head. Nose is gentle hops and slight biscuity malts. Taste has a hint of metallic flavor, with a malty backbone, a mile unnatural sweetness, and some alcohol on the end. Not too much good going on here. However, mouthfeel is above average, it's more dense than expected and really fills out your mouth. Drinkability is exactly average.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle from the Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an amber red translucent body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells like roasted malt with a hint of diacetyl. Roasty husky malt dominate with little hops to speak of, with hints of diacetyl. Light to medium in body with just enough carbonation to make it a fairly drinkable brew. Tasty enough, but not their best offering, nor is it the best "Octoberfest" ale out there.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Glowing orange color with some ambery hues. Moderate amount of creamy off-white head that settles slowly at first and leaves thin foamy lacing down the glass. After the first few sips, though, there's little head to be seen.
S: Clean and grassy smell up front, with a lingering scent of caramel malts. Stronger whiffs reveal a deep fruity smell with some roasted sugars, almost candy-like. Mostly crisp and floral with a sweet malty character.
T: Crisp and slightly hoppy up front, mostly tastes of floral hops and sugars. The midtaste is even a bit sweeter and yields some caramel malt flavors. The finish is sweet and smooth, with more maltiness than before. A caramel flavor lingers for a while in the mouth.
M: Crisp and refreshing. One of the better aspects of this beer.
D: Pretty good. The mouthfeel is great and makes this beer quite quaffable. However, the fake candy-like sugary taste in the finish is slightly off-putting and hard to stomach.
Overall, not too bad. Could stand alone outside the fall seasonal time as a reasonable light amber ale.

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

This one's new to me...

Appearance- Rich copper, creamy well structured light beige head. Clear, good activity in the glass.

Smell- Toasted malts combined with some caramel... not too complex but enjoyable.

Taste- Malty and clean, with a long crisp, yeasty, bready finish. Pretty good, this bottle's a month-and-a-half old. This tastes like Fall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Phenomenal. Great beer.

Photo of AndoBrew
2.3/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not like at all and would never buy*

app: deep copper but a little bit dull. suddsy white head.

smell: odd hop headache smell. normal malts from a fest but a bit trashed smelling.

taste: yuck. candied fake sugar spiked flavor sneaking around in there.. like some of the avery beers. odd hops un balanced non uniform flavors. the flavors are everywhere and fatigue my tounge.

mf: fine, a bit thick in the back of the throat but fine.

drinkable?: not much

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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