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

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: tempest on 10-22-2008

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 69
Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 -2.4%
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 -6.9%
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 -18.2%
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 +7.7%
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%
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 -12.9%
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 -4.5%
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 -6.9%
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 +4.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  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.


Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Photo of steveh
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of mlazzaro
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml flip top bottle, served cold

orange caramel color. good carbonation. rings of head from every sip lacing the glass.

smells of lager yeast. mild aroma

caramel malty start, with a nice crisp lager finish. taste better as I continue to sip on it for a while.

soft mouthfeel, easy drinking beer. little bland for my taste. but highly drinkable.

wish I had a few more to sip on.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super clear light orange color with a thick white head that is well retained, leaves a nice lacing

S - grainy, bready malt aroma, clean - no esters or phenols with no hop

T - like aroma, sweet bready malt with a touch of toast; clean and finishes with a slight hop

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - This is quite a nice authentic märzen. It really delivers everything expected in the style in an unassuming manner - just clean, good and well crafted. I wish I had a few more on hand.

Photo of herman77
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bulldog Northeast had a firkin of this for yesterday only.

A: Very hazy brownish/orange with a thin off white head.

S: Lightly toasted carmel malt and some bready notes. Fairly week nose.

T: Light bread notes with some a little bit of toasted malt and carmel sweetness. It does have a odd sourish taste in the finish, other than that it has a great balance. Very smooth and crisp.

M: Medium to fuller body. Incredibly smooth carbonation makes it feel creamy and velvety.

D: Very good drinkability. Nothing complex, very straightforward.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. flip-top bottle, poured into a stein.

A: Pours an orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that settles quickly. Upon opening, the top barely popped, and pouring yields little carbonation.

S: Some caramel-like malt notes, with some bready character. Hops aren't real present on the nose until the end, where some floral notes shine through.

T&M: Something tells me this beer was under-fermented. Grainy malt and sweet caramel are most prominent, although not offensive. Hops lend fruity undertones, along with a grassy character. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and it's somewhat flat, but it finishes nicely.

D: While this beer is worth trying, there are definitely other Marzens that I would go for before this one. Sort of a shame, as other brews from this producer have always been pretty solid.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Marzen style beer although almost a tad over the line into a bockish flavor. Poured from the 25 oz flippy, it's nice looking in the glass; a cloudy amber capped with a soon diminished frothy head. Deep malty smells wafted up from the pilsner glass, slightly caramel in nature. Big malty flavor with some real sweetness although there is a decent hop backbone giving this beer great balance for all the flavor. The finish is real good. A very nice beer!

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 25oz. Bottle, no expiration date.

Smell: Musty, herbal and earthy. Very bready. Light apple cider, lilies, and toffee.

Taste: Reminiscent of nice, smooth semisweet apple bread. Some caramel. Floral flavors add depth to the intense bready profile up front. Quite smooth and creamy and easy to drink. In the middle juicy apples rush in bolstered by a touch of carbonation, spices and yeast. A rich, balanced profile. Finish is moderately sweet with residual apple and caramel flavors and a floral, hoppy depth.

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Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
85 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.