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Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of shippos
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

crystal clear brillant amber color with a thin white head. rich depth of chewy malts, bread very appetizing. some hop notes and a slight buttery wift. thin lacking body mild malt character, compared to the aroma it seems like a totally different beer it needs to be alittle more intense for me. still very clean and very drinkable.

shippos, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.38/5  rDev +24.1%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that is light and creamy. It is a bit yeasty. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, light, and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity. It has a slight hop taste that balances the palate and increases it's complexity. The mouthfeel is awesome as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Marzen/Autumn ale. It has good aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy brownish-red color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell consists of malty and grassy aromas. Just a hint of hops too. The taste is very malty up front, with lots of caramel flavor. It is balanced out with a good dose of hops on the finish. Just a bit of alcohol flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong, and the drinkability is really good. A good fall seasonal.

SheepNutz, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

Decent. A dark reddish colour reminscent of fall leaves. A small white head tops this brew, and than quickly dissapears. The aromas are of honeyed malts and light floral hops. The taste is quite malty with some caramel malts coming in to play, and the finish is a bit dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice, and the drinkability is good as well. A decent brew for Weyerbacher, but not that good compared to other Fall brews and O-Fests!

francisweizen, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Weissenheimer
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%

The small bubbly head quickly fades, leaving almost no lacing. The color is a beautiful, deep red/bronze. I don't know if it's just the power of suggestion, but this beer smells like fall to me. Its somewhat earthy scent brings piles of dry leaves to mind.

The taste comes on strong with a bracing and welcoming wave of malty nuttiness. I LOVE the way that nuttiness bounces around in my mouth. The flavor reveals very little hops, which I don't mind. The tingling and the flavor coalesce onto the center of my tongue. I want to say it "reluctantly fades," but I'm the one who's reluctant. I'm left very eager for another swig. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, and definitely my favorite fall beer.

Weissenheimer, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
2.33/5  rDev -34%

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a light wisp of white head. The smell is an off sweet malt. The taste is almost the lightstruck taste...the malt character barely covering up the terrible bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat smooth. As for drinkability, I doubt I'll be able to finish this one, so why would I want another?

I hope I just got a really bad bottle, because otherwise this beer is not good . Some of Weyerbacher's beers can be quite good, so this isn't a brewery-wide problem. If this is a bad batch, then maybe I can have another, but for now, I won't.

beergeek279, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of Jon
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Deep amber/copper appearance with a fizzy, bubbly head with no retention nor lacing. Fruity esters and sweet malt along with notes of spiced apple, earthy hops and a hint of alcohol proliferate in the aroma. Toasted and nutty malt flavors, paired with apricot fruit notes open up as the beer comes to room temperature. A doughy, spiced apple pie character appears, as well, with a consistent, though mild, hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel at times seems thin, and perhaps not quite as full and round as it could be. Quite drinkable, but seems to missing something overall. Not really specific to any particular style, however, this is a pretty decent brew from Weyerbacher.

Jon, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%

This one poured out a bright and attractive amber brown color. The head thinned out quickly and became a film, leaving a sticky lace on the glass. There’s something similar to sour cherries in the aroma. I notice this similarity in their other beers. Maybe it’s the yeast they use, or their water, but it is distinctive to most of the beers I have tried from them. The taste is somewhat spicy with a pleasant nutty malt texture. I also detected some fruit in there, too. A flavorful and easy to drink seasonal ale, that might just be my favorite from this brewer.

pezoids, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%

This is one of the better Oktoberfest style beers that I have had this year thus far. It's an amber/orangey color with a creamy colored head. The head was big and lasted a while, but then died down to a laceing. The smell had some caramel, fruits, nuts, some hops, and malts. You could also smell a little bit of alcohol. The taste was quite similar to the smell, but had more elements of roasted malts and such. I also got a little hint of metal in the mix, but nothing too strong. It was rather light and refreashing, so I think I probably will have to get some more. Kudos to Weyerbacher. on this one.

JISurfer, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%

Dark copper color, slightly hazy, topped by a modest cream hed that fades to a light film. Aroma is very earthy with good toasted malt. Flavor is good, exhibiting a strong roasted componenet coupled with a slight citrus note. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, a decent brew, but definitely average in the realm of fest brews.

aaronh, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

All in all, not a bad Fest brew. Amber in color and slightly spicey and earthy in its aroma, this beer was lacking a little something that I could not put my finger on. Still, not bad and worth the try, but there are better Fests out there worth trying.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Reddish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. Weak malt and caramel aroma. Thin-to-medium body with a sweet malt flavor, along with a light hops presence lingering around. I thought this would be a little more robust given the ABV. The finish is mostly malty with a little fruit and hops thrown in. Barely average overall.

Dogbrick, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of goz
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

Medium-dark copper/amber color, with a very small off-white head that recedes to a small ring, leaving a bit of lace. Aroma is sweet, some fruitiness and caramel, with a hint of hops in the back. Flavor is of sweet malts and some fruitiness, ending with a minimal hop presence. Medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing super exciting, but decent.

goz, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4/5  rDev +13.3%

This is an odd beer, but I like it.

Light mahogany color, very clear, with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is musty, slightly spicy (nutmeg? hard to tell; it's too faint).

Taste is malty. Chewy and deep sweetness, with a line of sour hops in the back, faint fruit, more spice. Slick aftertaste with a barleywine-esque burnt taste under it all.

Really, this is like a thin barleywine. I'm ok with that. Probably won't score points for authentic Marzen qualities, though.

Darkale, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev +13.3%

This may go down as one of the sweeter fall seasonals I have tried. Brownish pour with a thin off-white head. The nose precedes the flavors exactly: caramel and a huge malt profile. Starts off with a range of toasted malt flavors, and finishes on the sweet side with notes of caramel and toffee. To me this is one of the more interesting and unique Oktobers around. I would definitely have this one again.

IrishRedRock, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

2003 version, pours an amber ruby brown very rich looking with a rather thin tan head, leaving uneven lacing to my glass. Aroma contains caramel and roasted nut tones brought through from the use of vienna malts, light underlying fruit tones and a timid hop aroma. Taste consists of a bready mixture of mild spices, toasted nut, all drizzled in an caramelized apple syrup. Mouthfeel is a bit thin in body, but it's carbonation is solid. Overall a decent attempt to emulate a great style like an Oktoberfest/Marzen however this is brewed like an ale still solid and will hit the spot this fall just not that great especially when compared to authentic O fests out there.

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of queenboadicea
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

I know that 'pretty' isn't an adjective usually associated with beer, but that's the first word that came to mind as soon as I poured it into a glass. The color is a clear reddish amber and while the head fades fairly quickly, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell oddly reminds me a lot of a German Pilsner such as Warsteiner. The taste is pleasant and fresh, with a rich roundness that gives it a little weight. I found this to be lighter than other Fall and Oktoberfest beers that I've tried, which might not be a bad thing!

queenboadicea, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

ehhh...Weyerbacher has much much better out there.

Well, to keep this review short and concise I'll simply say that it tastes like a watered down marzen with a 'wheat' like trip to it. Maybe they tried to blend a hefe and marzen. Interesting proposition if this was the case, but this beer did not exactly impress. I think some potential is there. Just needs to refine the recipe maybe. Focus more on seperating the tastes to create a balance instead of just a blend, if thats possible.

I enjoyed it, but not as much as some of their other beers.

allboutbierge, May 17, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium yellow/orange color with a medium tan largish head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is a pleasing breadlike sweetness with a very faint hoppiness. The taste is a pleasant rounded sweet bread with mild increasing bitterness. Although this is not a true Octoberfest since it is an ale, it still tastes pretty similar to style and better than some I have had. Quite drinkable

fattyre, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%

Not a real Oktoberfest beer since it is top fermemted ( an ale ) that is not as smooth due to its time less spent in lagering. It is slighly oily with a pungent aftertaste, though it is fairly light and not filling. It can be a drinkable beer depending on the time and temperature outdoors.

bierman2000, Feb 25, 2003
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

A slightly hazy, medium yellow-orange Octoberfest with a medium tan, largish head. The smell is sweet, nutty, and hoppy. The taste is malty and breadlike, with a slight nuttiness, and a mild bitter finish. The body was firm in my mouth. Overall, an enjoyable Octoberfest.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

Bunnyhop, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Jarod
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%

This beer poured into the glass amber that looked rather sharp in the light. The head was an off white in color that did not last long. There seemed to be very little lace to none at all. The aroma was almost non-existent. Slight hops, malt and spices. The taste was just there. It had a prominent perfume flavor. Some malt and hop bit but if it was not perfume it would have hardly no taste. Sorry, maybe it was the bottle I got , but not a good beer except the color.

Jarod, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Red amber body supports a big fizzy but rapidly decaying head. Nose is nuts and malty sweetness, with some chocolate notes. Taste has some caramel, some chocolate, and a surprising dash of herbal hops. Carbonation adds a wholeness to the mouthfeel, making it full, but not syrupy. Makes for easy drinking. I'm not sure this is a true marzen. I think it is an Octoberfest ale, particularly since I can't at this moment think of another lager by Weyerbacher. The finish is nice, but not lager-like clean. Whatever the case, it is a fine autumn seasonal.

RonfromJersey, Nov 08, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%

Malt/nut nose. Light tan colored head. Deep mahogany colored. The head is rich and lasting. Medium mouth but not very smooth or rich. Taste is quite watery, there is a slight flavor of roast malt and a trace of hop in the finish. The flavors are faint at best. From the look and the smell... the taste disapoints.

frank4sail, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of yen157
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured deep, clear reddish-copper with no head at all, only a curface covered in tiny white bubbles. The nose was full of malt all the way, barely any hop aroma at all.
The beer tasted malty, but not sweet like the style might indicate. With only a touch of bitterness, the hops accentuate the surprising dryness of this beer. The discernable flavors in this beer were of caramel, nuts, and toasted grains. I'm not sure whether it was related to the hops, water chemistry, or what, but there was a pervasive mineral-like quality about this beer that extended a bit into the aftertaste.
I have rated the mouthfeel only as "average" since the body was on the thin side, and the carbonation was very big an unnatural. Overall, an easy-to-drink beer and an appropriate autumn seasonal. It was lacking, though, in the robustness of the flavors. Looking back at the other reviews for this beer, it seems that perhaps my batch may have been off. Maybe next time I have it things will be different.

This was the first of three beers we tried for our regional Oktoberfest tasting, even though it isn’t in the same style as any other Oktoberfest beer out there. (It’s an ale!)

Medium fine foamy yellow-tinted cap. Reddish amber with gold highlights. The first sip of this non-Oktoberfest Oktoberfest beer was on the sour side. The sourness never really went away, but it became a welcome part of the beer helping to dry things out in the end. Semi-sweet but fruity malt don’t stand a chance against the one-two hops-sourness whollops. It’s not sour in the off-tasting kinda way, but rather a subtle, berry-like manner. Anyway, this proved to be a good, refreshing beer that is very unique. One of my favorite autumn beers.

yen157, Nov 03, 2002
Autumn Fest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.