1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Weissenohe Monk's FestWeissenohe Monk's Fest

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of lord_jordo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Tamaquadan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 splendidsplinter
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of brandonld23
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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 rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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 logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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 olblueyes1915
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of RWACKO
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
85 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.