Benediktiner Oktoberfest / Festbier
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Benediktiner Oktoberfest / FestbierBenediktiner Oktoberfest / Festbier
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #64
Ranked #24,777
3.82 | pDev: 7.85%
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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Benediktiner Oktoberfest / FestbierBenediktiner Oktoberfest / Festbier
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Photo of Jacobier10
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 mL can.

Continuing to clear out the Oktoberfests from my fridge. I bought several four packs of this over the course of the Fall and my notes are comprised of drinking it over that time.

Pours a beautiful deep gold/light amber with brilliant clarity. Large fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Bready malts in the aroma with lightly spicy hops. Nothing that will blow you away, but perfectly balanced.

The depth of malt flavor is seriously impressive. Rich and bready, it gives the impression of sweetness initially, then backs off and finishes dry, inviting you to take sip after sip.

Feels soft and clean. Medium-light bodied and perfectly carbonated. Depth of flavor? Yep. Well-balanced? Yep. Easy to drink? Absolutely. This checks all of the boxes for me.

A BA member said to me in the forums that one of the great things about Oktoberfest season isn't just drinking the old standbys, it's also about finding new favorites. Well, I found my new favorite this year. What a great surprise! The best Oktoberfest I had in 2019.

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Jacobier10 from New Jersey, Dec 21, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is caramel, toasted malt, and cereal. Light bodied, sweet with medium high carbonation. Makes for a solid, true to style rendition of a marzen. There are better, but this is solid.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Nov 25, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Very bright clear body, with an amber light pale color to it. Big mirror shine to the body with some carbonation. Fluffy uniform fitting white head, three fingers and somewhat frothy and rich. Good staying power for a real nice cap. Excellent looking brew.

Clean sensing aroma with a bit of a solvency touch on the nose slightly. Hints a light caramel, even possibly crispy toffee, with a minimal herbal hop twinge on the nose.

Palate comes simply and nicely. Light sensing toffee notes, with a hint of crispness. Light bodied and slightly pappery feel but a good malt finish of caramel and light hop. Aftertaste hints of biscuit slightly, and a bit of banana seems to be in there as well.

A relatively easier drinking Marzen.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 02, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ML can into a pint glass

Look: Pours a clear, pale golden amber with a foamy white head that dissolves into a thin spotty cap that leaves the tiniest bit of lacing behind.
Smell: Not a ton here. but a light bready malt, apple, caramel, and a light herbal hop note
Taste: Follows the nose but everything is much more pronounced. Toasty, bready malt gives way to a lingering sweet caramel/apple flavor and a crisp finish.
Feel: Medium body with lots of tiny, persistent bubbles.
Overall: Very good Fest, especially considering it's relatively cheap. A great budget buy, but also a great beer in it's own right.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Nov 02, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the art on the can. I do feel however there just isn't enough flavor here. It is a bit mild for an Oktoberfest beer. Could be due to the fact it's shipped in a can. Perhaps the flavor would have been better preserved in a glass bottle. Otherwise it's on point for an Oktoberfest beer.

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G-Style from New York, Nov 02, 2019
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5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: One finger white head, orange body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Caramel, malts, mild noble hops.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and balanced finish.

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Cthulhusquid from Washington, Oct 31, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can, sample purchased.

This is one of those lighter Festbiers so don't think you'll be getting a darker maltier Oktoberfestbiers. With that said, this beer is super drinkable. A clear pale brew that is crisp and leans dry. For the $5.99 a four-pack price tag I should have grabbed a case.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Oct 20, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- toasted bread crust, caramel, forrest floor, dry leaves, red apple, slightly herbal

T- toasted malts give sweet notes of brown bread, followed by notes of caramel. Mid-palate gives some herbal notes, as well as fruity notes of apple. The finish gives a hint of spicy hops, as well as more toasted malt

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- a complex yet extremely drinkable oktoberfest, one of the best I've had

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Oct 19, 2019
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3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden and clear with a full white head. Head retention is excellent.

Aroma: It has a grainy sweet aroma with light apple and subtle herb. There is also a bready component as well.

Taste: There is some grainy sweetness and bread with low herbs. It also has a very light apple taste in the background.

Feel: It has a medium body with a bitter sweet after taste.

Overall, the light apple throws it off a bit, but it's still a decent beer.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Oct 12, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The sun-kissed honey drop body gives up a creamy, slightly off white head.

The nose declares rich Munich malts, and crusty French baguette. There's also a faint sweetness like sugar coated banana.

The flavor almost mirrors the nose, but instead of French baguette I taste pumpernickel.

The body is perfectly thin--something you could drink all damn night long without the bloat.

Overall a fantastic Octoberfest brew.

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Photo of Wildmild
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a beautiful dark gold color, very clear. Little head.

Malty nose with light hops

Flavor is malty up front with lemony? hop. Finish is hoppy

Mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy. Very easy to drink.

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Wildmild from Maryland, Oct 09, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Le Monde, NYC.
Pours a clear copper color with visible carbonation. A moderate and soft foam head displays good retention.
Malt forward aroma showcases Munich and Vienna malts, and evoke notes of brown bread crust and caramel. A touch of grassy and earthy spices comprise the hops aromatics.
A rich amber malt base is doughy, bready and biscuity. The malt flavors impart a caramel like sweetness. Mild hops bitterness, with grassy and spicy flavors, adds a deft balance.
Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Although the malt sweetness provides a soft and silky mouthfeel, the crisp and dry finish balances this out.
A tasty Oktoberfest that is one of the better ones I’ve had this season.

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Gajo74 from New York, Oct 08, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and spicy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has lots of flavors of toasted malts and slight hints of associated sweetness along with bits of spicy hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied, malty, and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the taste of this beer as it had the maltiness and toasted malt flavors but wasn't really that heavy on the palate and was rather easy to drink.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Oct 06, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks again Pat Rick...

Beautiful golden body, crystal clear, with a bone white head that is kind of thin with minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma is bready overall, but first thing I noticed was a big green apple presence.

The apple is apparent in the flavor as well, but again it is dominated by the lightly toasted sourdough breadiness.

Thin and light feeling with a crisp carbonation. Favors sweet but close to balanced. Very easy to drink.

Overall I would say this a decent Oktöberfest from its Homeland. Doesn't beat out the big boys though.


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Photo of Nass
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pour is golden yellow (similar to a pilsner in color) with a big white & fluffy head. The beer is not very well carbonated. I'm picking up on some grains & malts on the aroma. On the taste i'm picking up on the grains & malts as well with a slight skunk/sour character (nothing too offensive) & some biscuits dipped in honey. Furthermore, taste more like a regular pale lager than a marzen. At least they put a canned on date & a best by date on the bottom of the can. Cheers! B-

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Nass from Florida, Oct 04, 2019
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2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a light clear golden color, with a big wispy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells skunky and overly sweet, with a fruity and honey sweetness, slight grain, and a bit of ohps.

I expected quite a bit more out of this one, if I'm being honest. It's got an overly minerally and skunky sweet flavor to it, and it's just pretty unpleasant, unfortunately.

This is light bodied, kind of slick, and not super drinkable.

I guess this disproves the idea that if it's from Germany, the Oktoberfestbier has to be good. This was very disappointing.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Sep 27, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant gold body with perfect clarity. 2 fingers of foamy white head leaves a wispy cap and sticky lace.
The aroma is big and bready malts, minerals and floral hops.
Bready malts in the taste, minerally and earthy, floral hops with a touch botanicals.
Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Nice dry finish.

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PatrickCT from Connecticut, Sep 24, 2019
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: clear bronze color with a large 3 finger solid off-white head

S: tons of sweet malt, grass, lemongrass, hay, and more sweet malt

T: follows the nose. Mostly sweet malt, caramel, grains, a touch of diactyl. Big bready doughy character as well. More malts and grass to close

M: medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation

O: pretty decent Oktoberfest. Definitely on the sweeter/grainer side, but that makes for easy drinking

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Sep 20, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap, poured a deep yellow with a 1 finger head that dissipated quickly.

Almost no noticeable aroma and taste is average at best.

Not the worst Oktoberfest beer I've had, but far from the best.

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jgido759 from New Jersey, Sep 15, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light copper with a finger of dense off-white head. Thick sheets of lacing.

Bready, very lightly toasted, malt aroma with a touch of lemon that makes it a little distinctive.

Less bready tasting than the nose suggested, but the kiss of lemon is again up front. There’s a little breadiness, though, along with solid bitterness for the style. Dry finish.

Creamy feel with some zippy carbonation.

Very tasty beverage with the twist of lemon making it a particular good summer-fall transition beer.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Sep 08, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

best by 05-29-20

L-The beer pours a pale amber with a 2 finger off white head. The head recedes to a thin film with small spots of lacing left behind.
S-The nose is pretty typical for a fest bier with the malt being forward and bready. Overall the intensity is pretty modest.
T-On the palate the beer seems closer to a marzen than an actual Festbier. It's malty and sweet. Hops are overshadowed and this affects the balance. This to me is very similar to Sam Adams in flavor profile.
F-Mouthfeel overall is light. Carbonation is moderate. The lingering sweetness keeps the beer from having that nice dry finish. Drinkability is reduced some what do to this.
O- Like most Benediktiner beers the price point on this beer is excellent. If you like your Octoberfest beers to be slightly sweet than you will find this one to your liking. It's certainly worth a shot for the price. Recommended.

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Photo of muchos
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wee tad on the sweet side, not much bitterness, but a delicious beer nonetheless. Bready and malty with a honey-like sweetness, smooth and substantial yet crisp and somewhat refreshing. Very nice. Cheers!

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muchos from Pennsylvania, Sep 07, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a pale golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is light overall but consists of some bready smells as well as a bit of caramel sweetness and some dough. This is all rounded out by just a touch of earth.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet bready and caramel taste that has a little bit of dough mixed within. Along with these flavors comes some very light roasted notes as well as some very light yeast. These flavors all take the taste to the end, where they leave one with a sweet and bready, but easy drinking taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the sweeter malt and lighter roast the feel is rather well done and makes for a very easy drinking and flavorful brew overall.
Overall – A quite tasty and delicious brew overall. Rather well done.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent light orange color with a small foamy head, Smell is very muted, picking up faint candied apple,mild toffee, Taste is very satisfying with hints of candied apple,toffee, bread crust. Feels well balanced and carbonated. Light bodied ,finishes juicy. Definitely a fine example of a Marzen/fest bier. Overall delicious because of it simplicity. Well done.

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Aug 30, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A few reviewers have described this as being in the Wiesn style, and I am flabbergasted. I expected the same thing given that the can read "Festbier." But this is nothing like (e.g.) Weihenstephaner's Festbier. To me, this looks and drinks like a Marzen. Orange-ish in color. The aroma is sweet, malty and caramel-like. The taste is much the same. I enjoy the Wiesn style more, but I don't dislike the Marzen style. This is a good example. It reminds me of Ayinger.

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ifnkovhg from California, Aug 28, 2019
Benediktiner Oktoberfest / Festbier from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 80 ratings