Weissenohe Monk's Fest - Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 10-22-2008

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Ratings: 106 | Reviews: 70
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark amber to light brown with a slight chill haze under a 1” light tan cap that grips the glass leaving splotches of lace.
S: Dark malt aromas, light bread and grains.
T: Has a clean palate with a rich malt profile and some darker malt or kettle sugar character.
F: clean and smooth. Medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: A little more dark malt character than I expected but very easy to drink.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Says review is optional. It is not

Photo of fourstringer
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5L swing top bottle into a flared pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Nice, rich amber/chestnut brown body with good clarity. 1 finger of dense, off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt notes with nuts, almond, fainter dark fruit, grape. Increasingly fruit-forward as it warms. Apple juice and maybe some green apple towards the bottom of the glass. Touch of floral hops.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity notes open, followed by a rather pronounced pretzel-like malt. More toasted pretzel with buttery, nutty elements lead to a noble hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence. Some lingering toasty bread in the aftertaste, but mostly clean.

M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation with a medium body. Rich feel without any heaviness.

O: Interesting dichotomy of fruit-forward nose and malty flavors that really invoke pretzels on my palate. I really dug this one. Great stuff.

Prost!

Photo of Jaysauras
4/5  rDev +5.3%

This is what you want from a fest beer.

L: Pours a nice crisp amber color with a good amount of head to it. Some notable carbonation and a murky unfiltered look.

S: Toasted Malts and grains with a slight hit of a vague sweetness. Almost citrusy but not quite. Has the same sort of aroma as a belgian.

T: Great sweetness up front without too much carbonation or hoppiness to it. Really nice buttery, fruity, sweet taste to it. Could definitely see this as a sessionable brew due to that. Tastes much like a belgian tripel without the high alcohol content.

F: Moderate carbonation, nice and light.

O: A really solid Märzen. No question. If you are undecided on a fest beer and are looking for an authentic feeling and tasting beer then this is a definite one to check out.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A fine example of a fest beer. Pours a hazy/murky amber with thick beaded bubbles that dies down quickly to a big bubbled light foam with light clinging to the glass. Bready aromas and caramel malt on the nose. Light low carbonated mouthfeel with caramel malts and fresh bread up front and very VERY light bittering hops in the background. True to the style and VERY nice indeed. Cheers.

Photo of alphagnome
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours a surprisingly dark brown color with a slight orange tint with a thin, off-white head. Very murky body with fine sediment and light carbonation.

Aroma:
Clean but thick malty caramel. Fresh bread with light toffee notes and even lighter citrus notes.

Taste:
The phrase "liquid bread" has never rung truer than it does with this beer. Rich caramel and a heavy nuttiness dominate the sweet flavor profile but with an unfinished quality... It reminds me of a sample of wort, fresh off the stove and ready for fermentation to begin. Malt seems a bit burnt. An earthy bitterness hits at the end.

Mouthfeel:
The thick body will slow your sipping as this is one heavy beer. It's very filling! Carbonation is nearly impossible to detect. Sweet, sweet finish.

Overall:
A fantastic example of the style. This is a meal in a glass, so prepare to sip it slow. I highly recommend this one to anyone who likes their beer malty and a bit on the sweet side.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention, soapy lacing, light, clear copper body. Aroma includes a caramel malt sweetness, light bitterness and a nice classic German marzen crispness. Taste follows suit, with a nice nutty, chestnut flavor. Very easy to drink, quite flavorful.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin cap

S: Very bready and malty. A bit of graininess, toastiness, and sweetness as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the grain and huskiness followed by a light toastiness. A hint of sweetness, but not much. Quite hearty and bready. A restrained hop presence sneaks in with a touch of earthiness and a faint herbal note. Finishes clean with a bit more husk

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very hearty and satisfying brew. Quite easy to drink and quaff. Certainly meets the style. Definitely one of the "truer" and more traditional O-Fest beers out there. Worth giving a shot

Photo of jmbranum
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very satisfying beer.

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle (with a ceramic stopper cap) into a pint glass. Honey-amber colored with off-white head. Lots and lots of noticable sediment. I like the hearty look of this beer but I know some will be put off by the amount of visible sediment.

Rich, malty aroma. Flavor is a mouthful. Lots and lots of malt. I can pick up notes of pears, dates, figs and a hint of caramel. Nice background of hops with lots of spices thrown in the mix (I'm assuming from the yeast sediment).

Very full and rich mouthfeel.

Lingering flavors of caramel. A tiny bit of caramel. Very dark-wheat bread-like.

I love this beer and will be drinking more of it in the future.

Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, but effervescent amber/brown with a finger of tan head. Opened with a slight whoosh. Some lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruit, spicy hops

T: Pears & figs up front, some brown bread & some woody hops. More of the same as this warms. Fruittyness & leafy hops, as this warms. Finishes dry with pears, figs & woody hops

MF: Light bodied, fairly soft carbonation

This beer seems a bit tired, nothing special here

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of caramel and bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has light flavors of caramel, but the hops prevent any malty sweetness from being noticeable. There are some hints of spicy yeast towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light amber in color. The beer has a finger tall frothy off-white head that quickly reduces to a thick ring at the edges of the glass and a couple of patches. Light lacing is observed.

S: Some lovely aromas of bready malts, lots of wonderful maltiness and some light caramel sweetness.

T: The flavor very much follows the smell, lots of bready malts and caramel sweetness but there is a pleasant bitterness present in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry and a very slight amount of wateriness.

O: Very easy beer to drink and quite tasty. I found this beer in a random case made up from survivors of cases with breakage for about $2.99 so it is a great bargain (it is a 16.9 oz bottle).

Photo of SLeffler27
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy white head rises to one inch over a dark copper-to-auburn beer with ample carbonation and sticky patches of lace.

Strong caramel and honey! Background of straw with green tea and toasted malt.

The flavors are mild with no real standout, similar to unsweetened tea. A short, mild finish and excellent balance. Wheat bread is evident. Initially, this is not what I had expected from a holiday beer, but after some contemplation as a Marzen, it is on target.

With a full body, smooth texture and no suggestion of alcohol, this is a great thirst-quencher, in a Harp nonic, with light carbonation.

Very inviting, it is no surprise this is a Marzen. Monk’s Fest is comfortable without any dominating qualities. It might even make for a great transition beer for the uninitiated.

Most holiday beers go big…big flavor, big alcohol, big impression. Monk’s Fest, however, is like returning home for an unassuming weekend of relaxation and welcoming comfort. This one is definitely worth remembering.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on firkin at Nerax at Novare Res.

Pours with a light fizzy head, dark amber color.

Nose brings straw, toasty malts, sweet and soft but complex decoction malt aroma, smooth with layered malts, and hints of floral noble hops.

Taste starts clean and crisp, a nice decoction soft layered malt profile again, creamy and smooth for a lager, light lager fruits, plenty of toast and straw, floral and fruity hops with a decent noble hop kick and slight spicy hops. A drier clean and crisp finish with a decent bitterness.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, decent enough carb for firkin.

Overall pretty nice, not the best true German Oktoberfest, but right up there, much better than 95% of the "American" style ones, nice crisp and clean lager, nice soft layered decoction malt profile, some floral noble hops, a bit of cracked straw. It's all there.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to have this beer from a firkin on a special night at the local bar. Thanks to Naugros for telling me about it.

They served it into a pint glass, and it came to my table with about one finger of foam that dissipated quickly. The little bit of carbonation present, had disappeared about half-way through the glass.

I like the coloring on this. Monk's Fest was light brown with tan at the edges.

In the nose I picked up caramel, raisins, and some yeast. The caramel played into each taste. I also get roastiness in the flavor. The after-taste was pretty minimal.

The body was a little thin for my typical preference, but this matched the style properly.

I thought this was a pretty good beer. I liked this experience.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a very dense head of off-white foam (2-3cm) that slowly collapses into a thin sheeting (<0.5cm) across the entire body. Lacing is left on the sides of glass, I'm getting some strange-looking hieroglyphic patterns, quite nice. Body is medium-brown in color, murky/hazy.

Aroma opens with toasted, dark malt sweetness, roasted nuts, caramel/toffee, and roasted malt giving a bit of sweet coffee scent. You can tell from the scent that this is a malt-heavy, malt-forward, hops-be-damned sort of brew.

Taste has a big malt opening with additions of strong nut and mocha flavors. Ends with a bready, nutty flavor. Oh yeah, malty excellence, a definite extreme German way to view a beer: bread-forward.

Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to make itself felt on the tongue. Fairly clean overall; with a beer this into malt, I'd expect something syrupy afterwards, but this is a rather dry, crisp finish. Not cloying at all.

This is the heartiest Oktoberfest I've ever tried. What's surprising is that that ABV isn't particularly high, despite the robust flavors and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely unique among the German varieties I've had. It would be interesting to see how this fared with some hops, but I can appreciate a brewer trying to go all-out for an already bready style.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: gravity cask at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Pretty good. Poured a reddish-brown with a fluff of white head that receded a bit and left some rocky lace. Aroma of honey-roasted nuts, yeast, and a touch of citrus zest. About room temperature when it was served to me, taste of nuts, lightly toasted bread, yeast, honey and caramel, and mild earthy hops. Slightly less than medium-bodied, easy on the palate, and easily drinkable, even if there's nothing overly special going on.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

What a random new O-Fest...glad I get to try it. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of light dusty tan foam. The nose is very straightforward, comprising buttery toffee and light grass. The taste doesn't alter anything, really, as the buttery toffee and light grass stroll back onto the stage for an encore (though playing the same songs? A bit gauche, ain't it?). A small bit of nuttiness tries to crash the stage, but the band seems cool with it, so no one really notices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a generally pleasant O-Fest, even if it is a one-trick pony through and through.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toffee and caramel malts. No real bitterness or hops flavors. Kinda reminds me of a Werther's Original hardcandy from when I was a kid.

The flavor is all sweet malts. Some toasty and roasty malts give off a light coffee flavor and bitterness.

The body is medium with a syrupy quality and average carbonation.

This is decent, not great, not offensive. It just is what it is. Would I drink this again? Probably not. There are better beers for my money.

Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

overall a german perfect simple little wonder of a marzen. on the formally noted dark marzen... not christmas brighter festbeers. a delicate meal. nice froth of thick head that has some spongy lace. copper clear. nose of toasty malt and almonds and a earthy apple bark like quality. palate is a mild mild sweet that is a back bone of firm earthiness that is sustaining but not massive. it still feels light. maple syrup notes of mineral without the sweetness. tight carbonation that contracts into a very subtle apple acidic brightness. but not a bright beer. this i could see could distort the beer for some. still clean transition in form of minerals, earth, and acidic hints.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010: Poured copper coloured and clear with medium sized and white head. Aroma contained caramell and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, molasses, mild roastedness, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. Can't say much more about this decent beer. Had way better Oktoberfests from Germany.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If brewers can release a "spring" beer in the middle of January, then dammit, I can drink a fall beer in January. 500 ml of flip-top liquid bread coming. On to the beer:

Murky medium oakwood color with lighter hues of pale orange at the bottom of the glass. The head forms a finger's thick, drops to a creamy lace on top. Sweet in the nose, baker's chocolate and bread crust.

The taste isn't as strong as expected. Semi-sweet chocolate and bread crust repeat themselves, which I like, but I was hoping for something stronger in flavor. On second though, I shoud be thankful that it isn't a mess like some German beers become after too many days on the store shelf. It reminds me more of a dark mild than a marzen. It also seems somewhat watery. Still, not a bad beer from the beer hotspot of Franconia.

Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, malty amber beer.

Some head and pleasing amber color in the short tumbler. Slightly hazy. Classic light roasted malt flavor, a modest but pleasant aroma. Has that nice mouthfeel of creamy carbonation that the Germans seem to have mastered. Hint of chestnuts, a kind of woodsy flavor, and a slight sharpness like tannic teas. Nicely balanced with the bit of malt sugar.

An unassuming but quaffable beer.

Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from old notes. I have written down here lacing, brown, ruby, amber.

nutty up front.

Thats all I got.

I remember this beer being a good value for the money, like 2 bucks at bev mo and a really nutty malty hearty beer. If you come across it, try it.

Photo of chaz01
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, reviewed from my tasting notes.

A: Clear amber color with rich thick head.

S: Huge malty sweet bready aroma with some waxy piney notes that remind me of citrusy furniture polish -- but in a good way.

T: Bready malty raisins and spicey bread pudding flavors.

M: Medium bodied, rich syrupy mouthfeel, dry finish.

D: Normally, I find a lot of Octoberfest type beers very similar in nature, but this very nice malty beer that stands out from others in the same style. Definitely worth pursuing again.

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Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
85 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.