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

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Weissenohe Monk's FestWeissenohe Monk's Fest

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BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tempest on 10-22-2008)
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-26-2012 16:13:08 | More by rolltide8425
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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logicalparadox

New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-11-2012 23:59:01 | More by logicalparadox
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SLeffler27

New York

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 22:32:28 | More by SLeffler27
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olblueyes1915

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-15-2011 03:59:20 | More by olblueyes1915
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RWACKO

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

11-21-2011 00:20:52 | More by RWACKO
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-29-2011 01:46:02 | More by ummswimmin
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:57:21 | More by falloutsnow
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 23:21:03 | More by AleWatcher
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rtepiak

Poland

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 22:55:36 | More by rtepiak
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 21:46:21 | More by CuriousMonk
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DoubleJ

California

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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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mactrail

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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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Murchmac

California

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:54:38 | More by Murchmac
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chaz01

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:38:40 | More by chaz01
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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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avalon07

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
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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steveh

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I've heard nothing, but good reports on this beer. Finally got a local retailer who pulled the right strings.

I hope I'm not over-expecting, but I sampled a bottle over the weekend and was sort of underwhelmed. However, it was not on a clean palate, so here goes.

A -- Poured into a .25 Willi Becker: clear, deep, copper-amber color with a dense, light tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing.

S -- Malty to nutty nose, not big in a decoction mash melanoidin character. Vague DMS, yeasty breadiness back.

T -- Flavor is nutty up front blending into spicy hoppiness and finishing with an earthy nuttiness. Not exactly the big toasted bread flavor so prominent in a good Bavarian Oktoberfest, but still flavorful.

M -- Body is medium with a soft mouthfeel and very dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is very good. This beer really reminds me of an American Oktoberfest (Capital, Flying Dog, Summit) in its nutty character. Not what I expect in a German Okto, but it goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:45:57 | More by steveh
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange/gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into nothing more than lacing on the surface of the liquid.

A pronounced roasted smell is what I can detect first, followed by a subtly sweet grain note, and a strange and surprising whiff of bitter chocolate.

The taste is reminiscent of a nice toasted biscuit, with a deliciously bready aftertaste. Very simple and satisfying. Medium-bodied, very smooth, and excellently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 04:02:42 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.