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

Weissenohe Monk's FestWeissenohe Monk's Fest

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-22-2008)
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 65 | Show All Ratings:
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:41:52 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously it isnt )-fest/Marzen season but I like to find some German beers of the style anytime of year.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear light bronze color with a 1/2 finger white head that has decent lasting power.Aromas of toasted grain and caramel malt stand out most with hint of iron.Not overly complex on the palate but the flavors are nice,toasty with some butter/caramel its obviously malt driven to be expected,its easy going down.Again not really complex but its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 20:29:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 03:19:52 | More by TMoney2591
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swing-top 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a bit metallic but contains caramelized malts, honey, lager yeast, some hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors from lager yeast and a hearty malt character that are quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, nut, honey and some fruit. There's a touch of smokiness in the background as well. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while it's not one of the better O-fest beers that I've had, there are plenty of worse ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:04:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shelton Bros. import label, "Weissenohe Monk's Fest" half-liter fliptop. A slight "pfft" when the seal was broken.

Light orange, high clarity, it glistens in the light. Two fingers of foam settle down to a thin skim. Fruity yeast and bready caramel notes in the aroma. Taste offers the same, an initial light fruity sweetness, caramel middle, light noble hop on the end. Light bodied, pretty much to style. An easy drinker, probably best on tap in a half-liter mug. A little bit pricey ($5) for a Märzen, but it's well made.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 22:41:01 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:27:33 | More by russpowell
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: cask

10-27-2011 02:50:14 | More by jlindros
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest two-finger head with even a violent pour. Settles quickly and leaves no lace. The brew color is lightly dull copper with a slight haze.

Malty, light caramel nose. Little to no hops.

Spritzy on the tongue. Mostly light crystal malt flavors with a mild sweetness. Balancing hop in swallow with some pleasant bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:36:09 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange with a small white head, solid retention, mild lace.

S: Munich malts, with a bit of roast, nutty, minerals.

T: Has the requisite Munich malt caramel taste. The beer also has an intriguing roasty malt character, toasty dark grain flavour, with a minerality. Almost a hybrid of a Keller and a Marzen, from Franconia I'm not surprised.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. A little flabby at times, soft carbonation.

D: Definitely an interesting marzen, has that countryside unfiltered lager feel to it. On the expensive side for this style, but it's a good beer, and I'm glad I found another Oktoberfest beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 06:15:06 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:58:45 | More by mactrail
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse. Served in a standard pint glass, it appears a clear amber-orange with a short white head.

Wow this beer is fresh. Right off the bat, it's an expertly balanced, and seemingly flawless Oktoberfest. The aroma and flavor a filled with a seemingly simple bready and light caramel malt profile that's countered by a subtle hop note. I imagine this is what O-fest's from the big German brewers, especially Spaten, would taste like if they fresh and untainted by travel. Overall, this beer is incredibly drinkable and it's a shame this beer isn't everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 12:14:18 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served on tap in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. There was a deal on that night for a pint of it for four Euro (their beer of the day deal). Pours a clear gould with a one finger, thin, head that doesn't retain well.

Sm: Fizzy off-smell, maybe a note of sourness? Unappealing.

T: Interesting. Notes hit you at the same time: hops, malted barley, and a strange aftertaste - maybe treated yeast.

Mf: Nice and smooth until the coarser finish, which is appropriate.

Dr: I might have it again, but only if it's discounted.

C

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 17:15:16 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-10-2011 22:27:20 | More by Rifugium
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 06:04:52 | More by DoubleJ
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their 2nd annual German beer festival.

The beer pours a rich amber marzen color with OK head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on nose, just some light sweet malt, which is sort of to be expected. On the palate, however, this is a very nice marzen, with the sweet malt balanced quite nicely by some subtle hoppy bitteness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and easy going, but not at all watery or thin. Drinkability is just exceptional... so easy and enjoyable to drink. Good stuff!

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2009 15:11:13 | More by johnmichaelsen
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Weissenohe Monastary in Weissenhoe, Germany.

A: Poured a predominantly pumpkin orange with marzen highlights throughout. The head started out with a macro-bubbly appearance, 1 finger high and was soft beige in color before lapsing to a smooth creamy whipped coating ¼ finger high. Upon the initial pour the inner glass was lined like bubble wrap composed of micro-carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides, which quickly dissolved leaving behind only a faint and light offering. All in all a decent showcase here appearance wise of a traditional german marzen that should generate few complaints.

S: The nose was clean and soft in nature with light hints of semi-dry oranges and sweet caramelized grains. Fresh bread-dough is also evident while the hops were hard to pick up if any with vague hints of fresh flowerys, mostly greenery coming through with perhaps a touch of sunflowers.

T: The flavor starts out with a beautiful and forth-right display of semi-dry noble flowery hops. The malting is smooth and lusciously sweet with a bit of munich dry toasted grain backing. Midway through there is a sharp spicy hop bite (tettnang?) that really stands out giving this some bite. The beer then proceeds to a light lemony hopping and caramelized grain sweetness for the finish accompanied by a fruitiness of ripe apples and pears. This is what I envision a true german marzen to be. A light noble flowery hopping gives some dryness to the finishing fade giving you incentive looking forward to the next taste.

m: The mouthful was soft, creamy with a light bodied and almost no carbonation getting in the way which only increases the soft luscious feel. Very smooth though out, and again better then expected results.

D: A very smooth drinking experience that brings a nice flowery hop bite and smooth creamy malting to the table which only increases its enjoyability factor. There was a slight bit of alcohol presence which may hinder this as an all day drinker, perhaps more suited in more moderate quantities but should achieve a much higher level of satisfaction. Mug worthy toaster with repeat drinkability and purchase, particularly from a brewer I never previously heard of. I would certainly advocate this for strong recommendation at any Octoberfest gathering.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 13:12:22 | More by beerthulhu
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glid02

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of bready and slightly sweet caramel malts with just a hint of earthy hops.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells - caramel malt flavors up front soon gain a bit of body and breadiness that carries through to a slightly sweet and rather crisp ending. As with the smell a light hint of earthy hops enters into things midway through the sip but doesn't manage to do much more than make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer and while the flavors didn't pop as much as others there was the perfect amount of everything present here. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 02:52:13 | More by glid02
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a glow and a quite thin head. Smells very malty and on the sweeter side with aromas of caramel and toffee, and some lager yeastiness. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, and the malt is very firm in the mouth. A touch of Horlicks and burnt sugar, and some burnt toffee. Once again, not very sweet even given these flavor notes. The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, but not sticky or grainy, instead quite drying in the finish, and relatively smooth. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 18:43:50 | More by Georgiabeer
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:23:08 | More by dbrauneis
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Aroma was a little faint, with some traces of malt, hops, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a trace of hops, and that bready quality, but this was a thin, watery brew in the end. Not very compelling or interesting.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 12:09:13 | More by avalon07
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sheesh. Another disappointment in my haul. Swing top bottle started out with a nice pop when opened but pour with a strange soap bubble head along with very fine bubbles which usually indicates going flat and it was. Aroma was caramel malt cloves yeast a bit of butterscotch. Flavor's like aroma. Body was full but almost flat. Finish is like flavor and the memory of the flatness.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:48:46 | More by drpimento
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a reddish brown with big head and steady lace down glass with a semi-sweet, semi-bready malt smell along with some minor spicy hops. Taste is more of the same as there is chewiness to the medium body thanks to dry breadiness and some sticky malts as well. Nice balance between this and the bitter hops that finishes with a good crispness and some carbonation. I found this beer to be a great sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 14:01:23 | More by clayrock81
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, light orange in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and bread

Taste: honey and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: An above average marzen that is not overly complex. True to style. If I wanted a marzen I would consider this one, but would not go out of my way for it otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 14:21:20 | More by tigg924
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morimech

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Smells pretty good with a nice balance of caramel, biscuit malt, and Noble hops with earthy, and herbal elements. The flavor follows the aroma. The hops are not as prominent but still balances the sweeter malt. I think this is a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh because without those hops, this would be a boring beer as the malt is not that complex. The beer needs a little more life in the carbonation department. The body seems on par for the style. Would be an easy beer to drink in the beergarden. Not the most interesting Marzen but for what it is, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 22:02:44 | More by morimech
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crossovert

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Franconian Monk Lager. Comes in a 1pt.9 ounce flip-top with a monk on it.

Large hiss when pepped open. Pours a murky brownish/amber with a 2 finger off white head. I can't say this beer looks too amazing. Could this bee last year's Ofest?

Smell is a bit like a Dunkel. Mostly roasty caramel malt with a hint of white raisin. Slight sourness.

Taste is a bit stale, It may be old, may not be. Has a juicy malt flavor, some metallic notes, water, some sweetness, and a tint of bitter hops. I wish it had more pop.

I want to see what this is like when i know it is for sure fresh, too bad it doesn't have a date on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:14:00 | More by crossovert
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Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.