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Autumn Fest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

496 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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 rabsten
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, dark, slightly cloudy amber with good head and lacing.

Mild toasted malt smell. Unremarkable.

Mild flavor, too. Toasted malt again, plus a very ESB-esque character.

Feels good while drinking. Goes down easy. Balanced.

Not an exceptional beer, but a bit above average. Worth a try.

rabsten, May 22, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves ochre with bright pumpkin trim. The pale orange-tinted ecru cap is firm and sports an unruffled upper surface. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a short collar of lace and fear that there won't be much more glass decoration than that. Eventually, a wide band appears at midglass.

One whiff is all it takes to tell me that this is anything but a hoppy beer. If anything, it smells like a mild English pale ale with a soft, herbal, earthy hop aroma (Fuggles?). More prominent by a factor of two is a sweet, toasted maltiness that calls to mind the brewery's description, which is 'an Oktoberfest with a twist'. The nose is better than average, but it fails to grab me.

Autumn Fest doesn't taste like a beer of the stated style, nor does it taste like an Oktoberfest. It isn't hoppy enough to be the former and it isn't malty enough to be the latter. I still come back to the underhopped English pale ale comparison. The flavor profile is dominated by bruised apples soaked in sweet tea, but nothing really stands out. It's as if the ingredients show up, do their job with reluctance and keep one eye on the clock until quitting time.

I keep thinking that with enough beer, enough mouth swirling and enough concentration, I'll find something more exciting to comment on. I'm starting to think that 12 ounces isn't enough for this one to grow on me... and that a case wouldn't be either. This is far from bad beer, it's just supremely uninteresting beer. A moderate amount of sweetness with a slight tweak of countering bitterness provides the only mouth interest.

The mouthfeel is a few clicks shy of medium and doesn't deteriorate in the least as the finish approaches. In addition, the amount of carbonation is nigh on perfect. In combination, they increase drinkability above and beyond what it would otherwise be if based on flavor alone.

I had hoped that Autumn Fest would bring back memories of good beer enjoyed during my favorite season of the year. Because of the lack of style specificity, I had a hard time finding a focal point, something to grab onto and appreciate for its own sake. This is not one of Weyerbacher's better efforts.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a semi-hazy amber orange with a white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Faint aroma of malt. Smells basically good, just not a whole lot to smell.

Nice mild malitness upfront that washes away to a very clean finish. It tastes good, for what flavor there is to taste.

Body is thin.

Easy enough to drink. Just not very exciting...

MaltyGoodness, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy peach color with scant slightly off-white head that quickly feel to a thin ring. Lacing is minimal. Smell is of sweet, toasted malt combined with a dark cherries. Taste is dark and malty. Caramel tastes are to be found. A bit of dryness is revealed that helps to temper the sweet maltiness. Dryness becomes stronger in the finish to get a nice ending. A very good autumn beer.

tgbljb, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of jakester
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at The Pike Cafe in Reading, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.

Arrived a fairly clear light amber with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. This falls to just a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation looks medium to high.

Aroma is faint toasted malt, like Munich, with faint spicy hops way in the back. Smells kind of sweet. This isn't real aromatic.

Flavor is pretty sweet toasted malts, with a very soft hop bitterness and a barely present spicy hop flavor. There is some vegetal off flavor coming through in the aftertaste, probably DMS. Flavor is lacking.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with medium carbonation. The thinness makes this seem more carbonated than it is. Finish is short and empty.

This is probably the most disappointing beer I've had from Weyerbacher to date. Their stuff is usually dead nuts, but this one leaves alot to be desired. Not enough malt character for a good fall seasonal, IMO.

jakester, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the Great Pumpkin '05 for this one.

Pours a nice amber/red color, moderate lacing. Aroma is bready. Taste is slightly sour, and notes of floral hops. It's okay, not great. The sour taste puts me off a bit from it though. It's an okay beer, but it has room to grow and improve.

deejaydan, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark copper with a small, off-white, creamy head with good retention. Ths smell is mostly grassy malt with caramel and some light citrus. The taste is full of big caramel malts with some bread and light esters and a nice, crisp, light citrus finish. It has a medium body, tea-like texture and low carbonation. Quite tasty and just unique enough to keep it separated in my mind from the many other fest/märzens I’ve had lately. A good fall beer.

ski271, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Although initially satisfying, this is a very plain beer with little flavour and strong carbonation. Amber colour, some lace, not much head. Have had much better autumn seasonals. There could be a drop of smoke in mid sip. Touch of hops, not too malty.

Sammy, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of riversider76
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color. Looks like autumn in a glass! One inch head went into a nice lace. Very refreshing, sweet with a nice finish. I would compare it to a good honey brown. I liked this beer a lot. This beer would be a good choice any time of the year!

riversider76, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of Fish113d
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a tap chilled into a pint glass, it pours an amber color w/ a thin white ring around the edge of my glass. Served from a waitress, I didn't notice any real head on top.

Aroma is of some slight apple aroma along with a very earthy hop presence and some caramel malt. Very typical of the style, but sort of weak. Not strong enough; i had to work to get aroma (all but put a straw up my nose!).

Sipping is nice. Slight caramel flavor with some fruit. I think of caramel apples maybe that remind me of Halloween and Autumn. Very mild flavor, but also pleasant. Lacking in boldness a little through the swallow. A slight earthy hop aftertaste finishes this one off nicely.

Smooth and crisp body. Even at 6%, the alcohol presence is mild and the body is just plain wonderful!

Overall, even if you don't get the best "experience" with this one, it is a very easy beer to consume in mass quantities...that is, until you fall over drunk! ;)

Fish113d, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of ChuckD
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with boring label. No date. Very fluffy but unstable head that leaves quickly.

There is something odd to the nose here - almost sour but sweet. I like it. Probably the most interesting thing about the beer.

The taste is decent in the mouth. It tends to be more friendly as it warms. It approaches the thirst quench of a pale - lots of carbonation. The finish is bland - nothing there.

Pretty good - but should be better from this house.

ChuckD, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange color. Decent white head with a heavy pour. Dissipates quickly to a thin lace that leaves nice trails down the glass. Smell is nondescript, slight malt with something a little off, maybe mettalic. Taste is ok, kind of like a mild pale ale. Faint hops finish. Decent feel on the tongue and nice level of carbonation. Not one of Weyerbacher's best offering but worth a try.

beermanbrian, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Ricochet
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Found this a little odd, and hard to pin a style or flavor. It appears a deep orange color with a slight head, but first and foremost the smell. It was all about rusty water, almost like well water I had when I was real young, then the grain smells came around, but not enough. Mouth was slightly better than average because you could feel there was content and was a little sour .

Taste? At first I wanted to say pale ale, as it resembles the bitter taste, but it was sour and had a remote note of fruit. It also was more wheaty flavored with a touch of ale strength but, you know, I'd prefer a cleaner ale because I still could not figure this one out.

Drinkability? Wouldn't again. I got several Octoberfests to try, and while this is a better beer than your average ale, it just didn't make any kind of impression.

Ricochet, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a perfectly clear brown in color with a centimeter thick head.. The head receded to formy a spotty film. Mouthfeel was odd. For a fall seasonal I was expecting something more juicy (which this beer was trying to do) but it had a sudden dry smack on the lips that left me wondering what the hell was going on. Nose is malts that have soured. Flavor is all malts with just a slight hop bitterness towards the very end. Malts come across as bits of biscutis, toast, little bits of pumpkine pie spices and overripe fruit. It was the overripe fruit that knocked this beer off for me. As representative of the style the malts in the beer were too sour and not rich enough.

MuddyFeet, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of surffisher
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light somewhat cloudy orange-amber with decent off-white head that quickly dissipates into only a thin film. Honey smell out of the bottle, but not much aroma in the glass. Good carbonation –a swirl generates a nice cap of very fine bubbles along with a tart aroma behind a carmelized malt front. Definite fruit - tartish apple - taste with a honey malty sweetness reminiscent of the opening aroma. Perhaps a touch of spice – cinnamon? Smooth, with a nice gradual finish. Thin lacing doesn’t hold. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable given its relatively high alcohol content. Fairly light for a octoberfest, correctly identified closer to a red ale here. Either way, a solid autumn seasonal – good fall session beer.

surffisher, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a glowing copper orange with a small off white head. Little bit of lacing is left behind.
Smell is kind of funky with a strange malt that seems to have a mix of caramel and some spices, such as cinnamon that make this a bit of an off shoot of a festbier. I'm surprised that many people on here liken this to a real Oktoberfest. I just don't get that at all from this. No deep malty richness with a sweet and mildly sour dough taste. None of that going on.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp with nothing really clinging inside the mouth. Some spices but it gets washed out quickly.
Drinkability is ok. Nothing special. Perhaps my least favorite brew from Weyerbacher.

weeare138, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.8/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite Oktoberfest/Marzen. It took me a while to find a case of this, and I only live an hour outside of Easton!

The pour was smooth and produced very little head. What did foam up was white with an average bubble size. The head retention was the biggest drawback of this beer; the head from the pour quickly thinned out to a thin, spotty head that floated on the surface of the beer and did not provide any lacing on the glass. The color of this brew made up for the pour head in the appearance category; this beer has a brilliant copper color and poured very clear and crisp. The smell is that of toasted malts with a subtle alcohol nose. Hops were not detected in the aroma, which is true to style guidelines.

The taste was a great combination of noble malts. Hardly any hop bitterness in this brew, just enough to balance the malt bomb character. The mouthfeel was clean with good body. The beer is very drinkable but I would not recommend this as a session beer, each bottle should be savored! Cheers!

DevilDogBeer, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Bright and shiny copper colored brew with orange hues and a hodgepodge of bubble sizes that forms a thin, diminishing eggshell colored lace.

The aroma is quite clean at first, almost neutral, with a faint metallic and soft grain character. Some suggestions of esters and alcohol in the nose, toasty tannins as the beer warms.

Near medium in its body with a smooth mouthfeel upfront. Crisp carbonation breaks this up and scrubs the palate a bit, then slides away to reveal a quick citric hop snap. Sweet-ish malts smooth over the palate with a toased malt edge, drop of caramel, and a dose of raw, wild honey. Fruity esters with hints of ripe pears and apples add depth and interest. Slightly oily leafy/herbal flavor and feel on the palate. Raw grain flavor towards the finish with some lingering husk tannins and growing dryness.

Decent. Approachable. And a good fall-style session brew.

Todd, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of ggroller
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Several bottles provided by my bro this past weekend. The labels were different than the BA pic. Much nicer, I think. A barn, scarecrow, corn stalks, etc.

Pours an amber with a nice rocky head. Plenty of carbonation and the head is very sturdy.

Malt hits my nose big time. Also, bready yeast.

Tastes very malty at first, then some hop bitterness, then saltiness as I swallow. The finish tastes like a buttered biscuit.

This is a middle of the road ale. Very safe, very drinkable.

ggroller, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mellow malt aroma mixed with fresh floral hops and a strange model glue smell. Small light tan colored head faded quickly to a scattered film. Transparent caramel colored beer with streams of tiny bubbles rising slowly within. Slightly sweet solid malt flavor up front is quickly overtaken by sweet floral hops that hold a mildly bitter bite. All comes together in a hop tea flavored finish. Moderately light bodied, goes down smooth.

HappyHourHero, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of maek228
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid Octoberfest beer. Perfect for the style. It is malty and sugary sweet. Has a wheat bread quality to it. Although it is a great example of the Marzen/Octoberfest style...I have to say that I'm not impressed with the style as a whole. So, that's why the average scores.

maek228, May 04, 2005
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice big head, initially a full inch, but rapidly dissipates to a thin layer of clingy suds that leaves a pretty fair amount of lacing. Clear. Sort of a dull copper in color.

S: More subdued than I would like from the style. There are some nice toasted malty aromas here. No hop smells. Smells are good, but a bit of warming and some good swirling couldn't help much. I have had this beer in the fridge for a few months, so I wonder if the age has dulled the aromas any.

T: Nice clean malty sweetness right up front. Letting it rest on the tongue for a second or two brings out some fainter toasty flavors. Very low hoppy character. Finish is slightly bitter, but seems to just get you ready for the next sip. Good flavors, but again, a bit more restrained than I like in a Marzen, especially in a Festbier.

M: Very smooth, with a medium body. Carbonation is spot on. Alcohol level is a bit higher than a normal Marzen, and is very nicely done. Superb job here.

D&N: I would really like to review this beer again with a fresh bottle. As it stands, this beer takes a hit for the smell, but does a fantastic job everywhere else. Highly drinkable, very satisfying, and an all around good beer. If you see this beer, I'd recommend you buy a few.
Edit to add, yes I know it's the wrong time of year, but is there ever a wrong time for a good beer?

JackTheRipper, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy amber color wiht a slightly off white head that stuck around for quite a while and left some lacing. The scent is of sweet malts and fresh bread dough. The taste was of some sweet malts and finished with yet more malt The mouthfeel was pretty decent, it had nice body and good carbonation. I would drink this one again. Yet another good offering from Weyerbacher.

soulfly967, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of yankeeheel
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a see through copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Solid lacing and retntion. Smells quite fruity, mainly apple and pear. Sweetly malty with some fig, raisin, and brown sugar poking around. Turns slightly astringent with a weak hop finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel with a very high drinkability.

yankeeheel, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed copper tone. Thin, bubbly beige head. Moderate lace is left. Nice aroma of toasted malts, vienna malts. Bread is noted as well on the nose. Taste follows through with the toasted/vienna/bread thing, but not to the extent that'd I'd like to see in a marzen. Hops add some drying notes. Malts are represented fairly well here overall and the sweetness is not overbearing. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and the body is round and almost full. Solid Marzen here.

Bighuge, Dec 23, 2004
Autumn Fest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.