Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouth-feel and lots of flavor. Prost!

Added by mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,544
Reviews:
620
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
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49
Gots:
205
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0
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Photo of yaron73
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbehlar
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: doughy, malty, grainy nose. Malt aromas are moderate, toasty aromas are low and floral, spicy hops are medium low. there are no strong toast, biscuit or caramel aromas.

L: Brilliant light gold pour producing a 1.5" foam cap that takes a full 5 minutes to reduce to a thick, lacy film. Steady stream of bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

T: Start with medium light doughy malt and a soft sweetness quickly balanced with a medium low bitterness and seasoned with medium low spicy floral hops. The beer has a clean fermentation character with very slight toasty aspects.

F: A very smooth and creamy medium body with medium carbonation make this very easy to drink.

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Photo of DallasK
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SGR1220
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ShepardCommander
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mribbens
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMillard
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Difficult to tell the difference between this and the original helles, even when drinking back to back. Obviously, this is a good thing as helped us a benchmark. Color is slightly more Amber and taste a tad sweeter, but otherwise similar. This reminds be of my favorite Oktoberfest beer, Augustiner, though it has more marzen characteristics than this. But neither this nor Augustiner nor Hofbrau have the darker malt and associated flavor you get with Paulander, Haacker, or Spaten or the heavy yeast of Ayinger. This is a very light bodied, extraordinarily balanced Oktoberfest and as it is usually priced less than their helped lager, you should buy and drink 6 to 24.

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Photo of brunop
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfvarela
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear pale golden body with a lasting white head. Aroma of bread, hay and floral hops. Taste is what the aroma suggests with notes of bread, hay, biscuit and floral hops even honey. . I think it’s a bit more bitter than an average Oktoberfest beer. Balanced, crisp and clean. Simple, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Clear bright gold in color with very thick white fluffy head, it stands with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot along the way, moderate visible carbonation.

Floral and leafty hop, very sweet honey, bread, toasted biscuit, cereal grain, sweet dough, mild fruity, some cooked veggies, lots of malty goodness here in a nose.

Sweetness in the taste like honey and caramel and breadiness like all those malt characters stated in the aroma as well as some toasted trait, some crisp of herbal and earthy hop and some bitterness too as well as subtle fruity citrus.

Medium to rather full body with smooth mouthfeel from its moderate lively crisp carbonation, quite refreshing, finish is dry and clean.

Another pretty good offering from ones of the oldest brewery in the world, it will never go wrong when it comes to Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phantom2665
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajdemma
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmorris15
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a lovely octoberfest. This brew has a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a whole bunch of malts and a taste of sweet apples. This beer is effervescent and bubbly. It is like what a coors, budlight, Miller which they could be. It tastes like a pilsner on steroids.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Southpawwp
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dinglehacker
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Ring of head, very little lace. Pale straw color.

Nose is a little dank, cracker malt.

Taste of skunked hops, biscuit, bitter spice, very crisp and not too clear.

Mouths smooth and refreshing for all the crispness.

While on the helles/pilsener side of the Oktoberfest spectrum, this Wiesn-worthy variety is surprisingly complex. Not a bad lager at all.

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Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kavinci
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,544 ratings.
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