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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer looks nice coming out of the bottle and into the glass. A burnt amber color with a nice white head. Some lacing is left. Downhill from there.

Aroma is a weak malt. Hints of caramel. Mostly a corn smell. Sweet almost malt liquor smells as well. Not very "autumny". In fact, not impressive at all.

Taste is rather unimpressive. Watered down and sour. Some caramel, no hops, sweet. Smells and tastes very off. Doesnt really seem to be a bad beer, just not well made, in my opinion.

No mouthfeel. Very watery and hardly any body. I only bought a six pack, but I should have purchased a single. Not a very good beer. I like most other Weyerbacher offerings, this one completely misses.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, brassy orange body topped by a one finger almond hued head. Some sparse patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is toasty malt and floral and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body with a pleasant moderate carbonation.

Taste features bittersweet biscuity malts with a subdued, but balancing, spicy hops profile. Very nice and well balanced. Very tasty and quite sessionable considering the abv. An excellent effort from this underappreciated brewery. Thanks to mntlover for sending this one out my way.

Photo of techdiver
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Good malty smell with no notice of hops. The taste is quite good, well balanced with a smooth, clean finish. As it turns out seems a very drinkable brew, could easily throw down a few more of these.

Photo of cubedbee
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up because I thought it was an Oktoberfest from the bottle and name, rather disappointed to find that it isn't. Pours a bright clear copper-red, a thin white head that vanishes quickly, no lacing. Nose is a slight, somewhat sweet, malt, slight bit of fruit, not much going on. Taste is a biscuity, slightly sweet malt upfront, a hint of apple, caramel, and hops coming through in the middle, finishing with a nice amount of bitterness and a small hint of alcohol. Nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing really that great either, and combined with the thin mouthfeel, it's really not a beer I'm likely to buy again.

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

It pours a crystal clear new-penny copper. A thin finger of off-white head shrinks quickly to wispy traces. Thin lines of lacing track the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings well-toasted bread crust malt, slightly sweet and with a hint of cherry. A whispery air of hop spice flits softly.

Upon tasting, there's a suggestion of sweetness, the result of toasty malt that dries promptly but carries dark cherry, bakes dough, and toffee. A narrow but savory band of spicy hops crisps the middle ground. Another glimpse of biscuit, as well as a general yeastiness, segue into a briefly lingering light bitterness. It's neither remarkable nor despicable, and comes in at least a bit above mediocre.

Between light and medium bodied, it's reasonably coating but somewhat brief in its retention.

It's not densely so, but it is certainly malty, and with a light snap of spice to boot. The combination actually makes it more drinkable as it moves along, and a bit more as a whole than just a reflection of each part. It's not a great offering, or even a real good one, but I wouldn't turn down another one.

Photo of RedChrome
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour produced a medium copper color with red hues. A nice thick head was off white and stayed about two inches before fading after a few minutes. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising. Thick clumpy lacing.

An off balance malt scent turned me off to the initial smell. There was a light plastic aroma that seems to hold down the rest of the scent. Just not very nice in the nose. There is a light alcohol burn to finish off the smell.

An average taste had a light malted taste. There was a note of bitter alcohol which seemed out of place to the very subdued malt. Doesn't have any overall quality that would make this a bad tasting beer, just off balance and weak.

Decent body. Not watery, but nothing thick. An average carbonation hit on the tongue.

An average beer. This has it's drawbacks and it's strengths. Might go good with a blue cheese coated steak. I wouldn't go lookiiing for this, and would pass it by if I saw it, all in the hunt for something better.

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

Pours out a light amber color with a bubbly off white head, which dissapeared pretty quick. I get some spicy hops in the nose, and some pretty sweet malt. It tastes pretty good, same spicy hops, but the malt tastes more toasted than sweet. It is not particularly full bodied, kind of falls flat. In terms of the style, it is pretty easy drinking. In terms of the brewer, Weyerbacher, it is way tame. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with some decent carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinking beer, and a nice change of pace for someone who isn't a serious beer drinker. For someone looking for a fuller beer, keep looking.

Photo of buckiflyer
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an autumn orange color with a good white fluffy head. Some lacing. Not much smell, slight hop and grain aroma. Smooth taste with a slight malt finish. Good balance between the hops and malts Good drinkability, could be a decent session beer. I like the autumnFest name. Great artwork on bottle

Photo of jaluria
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark-brown color with a soft, thin, white-colored head. The surface was covered with small bubbles, leaving behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of malt, dried fruit, cream, and freshly baked pie. Creamy and sweet with a nice hop finish. A gentle roasted flavor with grain/bread flavors. Light texture, but still smooth and slightly velvet-like. In my opinion, this tasted like a cross between an English IPA and an English Brown Ale. Overall, I enjoyed this beer with its great texture and varied flavors.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a bright orange amber with good carbonation. A smaller head about 1 finger could be the pour.

The smell is reminiscent of a marzen, good carmely with a distinct hop aroma

The taste follows, a soft Carmel malt taste, (Keep in mind this is fest in name only, not a marzen) not like a typical marzen but a lot like this years Hofbrau Oktoberfest brew. Also slight alcohol and a very good hopy bite over the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel in medium bode maybe even thinner. Great carbonation adding bite and breaking up a very good tasting malt.

The drinkability on this beer is very high. It is enjoyable from the top down. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Photo of Phatz
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a decent simple Amber Ale but be alert it is an Amber and not an Oktoberfest Märzen.

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny copper color with a decent head and moderate lacing. The halo lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: It has a nice malty aroma with a controlled hint of butterscotch and candied malts with and a bit of grain dipped in apple juice. Minimal if any hop character.

Taste: This beer is light and simple in the mouth. It has a bit of bread grain flavor that is mildly sweet, a hint of fruit & honey, tartness, and a lightly dry bitter hop finish. The hops barely show through in the almost astringent aftertaste that has a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp beer. It is a bit thin but has enough activity going on through the carbonation and the bitter flavors to keep it interesting all the way through the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a good beer for big swallows; boy it goes down fast and easy. To me this is a beer meant more for drinking than studying. I may take a case to a to the Halloween Party. Sessionable – certainly. Transition beer – could be. Easy – definitely!

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, off white head that recedes to a chunky ring around the glass and a smattering of tiny bubbles on the surface. The beer is a medium orange-amber in color.

smell: Light to moderately sweet caramel malt notes are noticed first, alongside a nice hop aroma. Hints of tree nuts, sugary dark fruits, a touch of maple, and tropical fruits are noted. Subtle yet with a well balanced character.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body in the lighter half of the medium range.

taste: Grainy caramel and toast upfront with light hop notes. A light sweetness is properly offset by a light, drying bitterness. Clean and well balanced.

drinkability: quite easily drinkable

Single bottle purchased at Whole Foods Raleigh

Photo of sacfly
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, no fresh date.
Pours a clear orange/amber color with a medium head of tan bubbles. Aroma is a mix of grain and earthy hops. Taste follows the aroma with just a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste is mild, slight bitter earthy twang. Not bad. Average to above average amber ale. Don’t get too excited, but this is a solid fall session beer. Very easy to drink. To be honest, this reminded me of Yuengling with a bit more malt. Perhaps a big brother?

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

Crystal clear amber with a short cap of white foam. Good retention and a bit of lacing. Malty aroma with notes of caramel and honey, slightly floral. Mostly sweet, the malt character is still a little thin. Light floral bitterness as well. Dry finish. Not bad, but fairly average. There are a lot of Octoberfests and other seasonals that I'd go for before having this again.

Photo of NEhophead
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle; No best before date.

Light, clean copper in color. Lightly creamy off-white head that fades quickly to a few whisps. Light patches of lacing with average strength.

Malty sweetness with a fragrant mustiness from earthen, noble hops. Fig and raisin aromas with a subtle hint of alcohol.

Sweet and creamy toffee and toasted malts; deep, rustic-sweet character. Notes of aged plum, raisin, and date. Gritty and full, earthen hops from beginning to end. Smooth bitterness with a dark caramel-flavored aftertaste.

Medium in body; smooth and creamy, rather pleasant and full enough to balance a hefty malt profile with a hefty hop character.

Nothing groundbreaking from Weyerbacher, but a pleasant offering that foreshadows fallen leaves and cooler weather.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is really excellent here with a nice amber body and a big tan colored head that retains impressively. The aroma is mostly authentic with caramel and toasted bread upfront, along with a spicy and floral hops presence, some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with caramel malts upfront along with some toasted bread, dark fruits, spicy and floral hops, some mild yeastiness and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with excellent drinkability. A solid and moderately complex octoberfest.

Photo of Higravity
4.55/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously good stuff here. A crystal amber with a off white head that gives up some lacing. A dominating German malt smell that is slacked with some gentle earthy hops. The taste is everything I thought it would be from the smell. It has that fall O-fest taste but is bodied up and their is a creamy aspect to this beer as well. The hops help dry out the finish. Not too thick not too thin right on time, this beer should be put into year round production.

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a beautiful clear dark amber. The two finger tan head left quickly leaving some nice lace on my glass. This however left quickly as well.

The smell was a bit grainy and metallic. Some slight alcohol notes. And slightly spicy.

The flavor was dominated by the Bavarian malts. Toasted grains with a bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly sweet burned sugar flavors. And a definite spiciness.

The mouthfeel was quite smooth. Almost velvety.

Very drinkable brew. Flavorful enough to keep me interested, but no so much so that it hampered the drinkability. This would indeed be a great brew to have a few of at a festival.

All in all a nice Autumn offering. I could easily drink a few on the patio and watch the leaves turn colors.

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