Fest Amber Lager | Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery

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Fest Amber LagerFest Amber Lager

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Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by akorsak on 10-01-2007

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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by sulldaddy:
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3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im drinking this beer at cellar temp and pouring into a chalice.
The beer pours a clear bright chestnut color with some light red undertones. A spongey eggshell white head of 3 cm foams up even with a gentle pour. The head fades gradually leaving a cratered surface layer and windowpane lattice.
The aroma is grainy and lagery malt with hints of caramel and spicy hops. Fairly mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body and fine spacious carbonation.
Flavor is grainy malt and hints of caramel which roll to herbal and lingering hop finish. Well balanced brew that drinks very easily.
A nice clean easy drinking lager.

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Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remeber a few years back going to the old brewpub and restaurant in Manteo and meeting the owner,it was a nice experience,good food and decent beer.This marzen poured into a .5 liter stein a slight hazed bronze with a fluffy two finger white head that held good retention.Lighter aromas but pleasant,caramel malt mixed with a touch of anise and iron,quite a thin near watery mouthfeel was the first turn off to this beer for me.Flavors have a sour side to them that obviously shouldnt be there,there is subtle toasy and caramel sweet noats but they are overpowered by that off sourness.Well the beer seemed more promising at first but it ended badly,is this the same recipe as the old one?

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Photo of Soonami
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weeping Radish Fest is a beer that I've never seen before but since it was available here in the OBX on vacation I decided to give it a try. The beer is a bright orange amber with the a fluffy white head, the head retention is fairly good with a little bit of lacing left. The beer has a lager aroma with crisp Noble hops reminescent of Budweiser. The beer is oddly sweet at first before the malt subsides and the leaves you with just a woody/herbal bitterness. This is a beer is slightly above average, not great, but for $3 a bomber it's not a bad choice.

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Photo of MTWood
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tempest
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up along with a bottle of their black beer from Harris Teeter in Corolla NC. Neither beers were fantastic, but I preferred this one. There's a tangy caramel and toasted toffee taste but not much else. The beer finishes with a mild kick of hops to balance things out, but this tastes more like a macrobrewery's take on the style.

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Photo of ewright
1.16/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: A murky amber color with a thin, watery looking head that rapidly dissipated.

S: A strong sulfuric smell coupled with awful sour notes. I think there was a bit of spice buried in there, but I didn't stick around long enough to find out.

T: The hints of spice disappear behind overwhelming sour flavors.

M: Thin, low in carbonation.

D: Just horrid. One of my very few drain pours.

I've heard a lot of stories about Weeping Radish beers not bottling/traveling well. I guess I'm a firm believer now.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.66/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber picked up at the Food Lion in Kitty Hawk, subsequently dispensed into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy amber with immense white foam, coupled with lots of a lacing. Malty soapy smell. Light malt taste, very clean, with a smooth finish. Some caramel taste, but on the thinner side. Mild hop finish. Nice tasty brew, quite drinkable.

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Photo of akorsak
3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500 mL bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

A: The lager is brilliant copper, clear with little head. What popped up on pour quickly dissapated.

S: The nose is grainy sweet, biscuity with a concentration that has an odd onion-like aroma that could also have some horseradish to it.

T: Despite that 'unique' aroma, the body has a solid marzenbier flavor, thick with malty sweetness and a mere kiss of hop bitterness. The finish has a nice carbonated kick that sends the stronger malt profile off into the sunset.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, thick with a strong sweetness that never loses its biscuity ekement.

D: The lager is low in alcohol with a nice taste. If you seek this one out, look for it fresh as that seems to be when Weeping Radish is at its best.

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Photo of buzzy
2.75/5  rDev -11%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle to pint glass.

A - Medium pale yellow. Half inch of off-white head that immediately disappeared.

S - Bready malts with a decent sweetness and a light hop presence in the background.

T - Sweet bready malts with a touch of caramel. Very light hop presence in the background provides a touch of bitterness. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Mudawg
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

maybe it was me but i actually really liked this beer. served to me i could tell right away it had a nice dark amber color to it that i was going to love. small cap of white comes up and over the top and hangs around forever before settling back down.

aroma is deep caramel malts at first. sweet with hints of buttery notes as well, but as it warms some light fruit notes and light hops start to come out and offer some nice balance. medium body is wonderfully suited for the style and really helps it to pick up. smooth caramel welcomes you, sweetening you up and leading the charge with lovely tones. but a nice and comsistent hop presence seals it for me an leaves me looking around for another sip right away

overall a very solid beer with a nice little profile and smooth, clean taste. i coul do this again any time.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from their restaurant on Manteo.

Pours an amber color with a sweet smell.

The taste has a malty sweetness that is balanced out with a heaping of hops. Not as spicy as some other Oktoberfest beers, but that's alright, a little subtlety is a nice change of pace for this style.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Brew Thru in Kildevil Hill this past Labor Day weekend. I'm always looking to try new Oktoberfest style beers so this was a nice pick up. This pours a reddish golden color with a tiny wisp of head and a malty, slightly spicy nose.

The taste is surprisingly yeasty with a sour aftertaste that almost reminds me of a rye beer, although the label indicates otherwise. The malt is kind of light and the mouthfeel is watery and doesn't really support the flavor. This is an unusual and interesting beer but not really my idea of a great Marzen due to the sourness. Still, this is worth a try if you like German ingenuity.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's good to see a row of five or six Weeping Radish beers on the shelves at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham. Since the Manteo location closed, I wondered if I'd ever see them around here again. Tonight I picked up a bottle of the Fest for sampling.

It pours a hazy dark orange, with a lean white head that rose no higher than 1/8" even with a vigorous pouring. The aroma is very grainy and sweet. Likewise, the flavor is full of grain characters with an intense sweetness that is a tad overwhelming, to say the least. It very nearly develops into a full-blown sour effect on the palate. No real hop bitterness is detectable during the finish, but there's surely a bit here just to balance the sweetness during the lingering aftertaste.

I have to wonder if this was the intent or just a bad bottle (or batch). It's just too sour to believe this was the intended product. On the other hand, this is an authentic Bavarian brewer who seems to know his stuff with other styles I've tried. Any chance this is close to a true, Bavarian-style Marzen/Oktoberfest?

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sweisel80
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of hardcor33
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -2.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of cichief
1.71/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased a bottle in Fredericksburg, VA. Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber with a thin tan head. The beer was clear.

S- Hints of sulfur (not unusual) but lots of sourness.

T- Very sour, somewhat medicinal and a metallic aftertaste, not very good at all.

M- Somewhat thin, very carbonated.

D- Sorry, this is the second beer I've tried from the Farm Brewery that was sour. Maybe the beer doesn't travel well??? I think it is infected, I had to pour it dwn the drain.

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3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in NC while on vacation.

Light amber color. Clear. Medium sized, light tan head.

Very mild aroma. What I could get struck me as grassy hops.

Taste was more sweet than bitter, but good balance. Sweet component was mainly wheat bread, bitter came from a grass/herb finish.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Not particularly dry.

Overall, good, I would drink again. Well balanced, but a touch sweeter than I care for.

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Fest Amber Lager from Weeping Radish Eco Farm & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.09 out of 5 with 39 ratings