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AutumnFest - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002

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!
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Ratings: 535 | Reviews: 298
Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
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
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
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
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.17/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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
2.54/5  rDev -28%
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
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
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
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
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
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.31/5  rDev +22.1%
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

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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