Weihenstephaner Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #71
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,352
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
707
Ratings:
1,793
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
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Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
Notes: 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!
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Photo of chitoryu12
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear gold with a huge, three finger foaming white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Mild citrusy hops, lemon peel.

Taste: Light balance of bready malt and hops with gentle bitterness. The flavor is generally light and mild.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light body with very high carbonation.

Overall: A bit lighter than a typical Märzen. Refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of ATL6245
4.56/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brilliant, clear gold color. Fluffy white head with excellent retention. Fast rising bubbles.

Aroma: Floral and grainy

Taste: Herbal and spicy. Restrained bitterness. Grain malt flavor. Low to moderate sweetness.

Mouth feel: Low carbonation. Dry, crisp medium length finish.

Overall: A solid German Festbier. Very enjoyable to drink. Light to medium bodied. This lager just hits all the appearance, aroma and flavor marks well. Cant' go wrong selecting this beer for Oktoberfest.

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Photo of highdesertdrinker
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Opening the bottle reveals a pungent whiff of spicy hops, and wonderful, biscuity german malt. A little head, light golden in color, and some wispy lacing, and also well carbonated. The taste is spicy hops, and biscuity malt with some herbal, grassy notes. This is a very well executed, balanced lager that is super easy to drink, and easily my favorite of the Festbiers. I haven't had a less than stellar Weihenstephener yet, and the overall rating to style is crazy low, IMO.

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Photo of defunksta
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden, mostly yellow color with a small white head. SRM of 7.5. Very much like a lager rather than most Marzens or even Festbiers. (3.50)

Aroma: Mild aromas. Just some bread and maltiness. Not much on the nose overall. (3.25)

Flavor: Mild on the tongue too. First some lager yeast. Maybe some pepper and herbs. A hint of grass. Light and clean. (3.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Good carbonation. Alcohol is detectable. Finishes with a slight astringency. (3.75)

Overall: I was underwhelmed by this one. Drinks sort of like a heavier Helles but with less grassy or bready notes. Maybe some more Munich maltiness and spice, but the flavor really dropped the ball here and I was expecting more. (3.32)

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour into pub glass-
Perfectly clear light golden nectar, marginal white head
Floral clover grassy aromas of malt grain
big buttery malty sweetness, pure water and delicate hop balance, lightly crisp
Feels real goooood
Overall, an excellent, lighter, interesting and authentic beer! Glad to find and proud to share!

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Photo of G-Style
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good well balanced Oktoberfest. Great gold color, think head. Nice wheat, peppery, malt flavor. If your a fan of Oktoberfest beers this one is easily drinkable.

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Photo of moodenba
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The draft Weihenstephaner Festbier was tasted at a restaurant in October, 2019. This bier shares with most modern fest/maerzen beers a characteristic of being almost as pale as a typical Helles. At least it retains some malt heft. It is an enjoyable lager that went well with some bar snacks. (I also got a taste of the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen that the bartender mistakenly poured. It was excellent but I preferred a less tart brew to go with food.)

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear gold color with a small, quickly disappearing white head.
Sweet malt aroma, outdoorsy.
Caramel taste up front, late grassy hops.
Sweet in the mouth, easy-drinking.

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Photo of izraelc
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow. Smells skunky. I would call this Oktoberfest light. It tastes very weak. Not much flavor or character. Pretty bland. Future me will pass on this one.

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Photo of Beech105
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a traditional Oktoberfest mug. Very clear, gold color. The head is white and the bier laced very well. This is the fest bier I have been looking for since drinking fest biers in Germany. I could drink this all day. Mild smell of honey, and noble hops. Good carbonation, great taste.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in the Festbier/Wies'n style. Clear gold with a fluffy white cap.

Aromas of honey, hay, grains and grass.

Grainy and husky upfront, with a tantalizing honey sweetness on toasted white bread in the middle, soft mineral water, leading to a surprisingly prominent Noble hop presence of grass and bell pepper and a light balancing spicy bitterness.

Soft and creamy carbonation, yet enough to move it smoothly across the palate.

Amazing beer, what else can I say?

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Photo of DrBeergood
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's an excellent German lager. How many ways can you say good beer? It tastes exactly how you expect. If you want the details, it's light, gold in color, little head, full of flavor, and look, beer!

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Clear amber color with a finger of white head. Typical grain/floral lager smell. Medium feel. Smooth, malty flavors up front with a slightly bitter floral hop finish. Very good, a little lighter than other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. brown bottle with no dates. Served in a seidel.

Appearance: The bright white, one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a foam layer and a lot of patchy lacing. It's a clear, bright gold color.

Smell: The smell is soft but pleasant and balanced with hints of malt, floral hops, and a musty, woodsy, mildly herbal finish.

Taste: The malty, bready sweetness hits the palate first followed by the floral, hoppy, mildly bitter finish. It's a very well balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, light and very refreshing but with a subtle creaminess and a medium-ish body that gives it some heft. Carbonation is medium.

Overall: Though Weihenstephan is not one of the six breweries that make "official" Festbier for the Wiesn (they're not located in Munich proper), this is still one of the best examples of the style out there hands down. It looks right, the taste and texture are right and overall, it's just a fantastic beer. 

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As usual, the inventory at Total Wine at The Forum in Selma, TX, is messed up so this beer isn’t on my itemized receipt. Therefore priceless. Reviewed 9/28/19.
Stamped on bottom of label “2249 12:36:34”. I don’t have my Enigma Beer Decoder so there’s no telling how old this is, but the bottle is a European 330 mL (11.2 oz) bottle rather than the former 500mL (16.9 oz) bottle. On shelf at store, stored and served at reefer temperature.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Very light yellow, clear.
Body – Light yellow, clear, slight effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), white, high density, average duration, diminishing to an eight mm torn lacing crown and complete thin cap. Many irregular islands of lacing remain on the glass.
Lacing – Fair. Tiny to small bubbles form pieces of torn reticulum. See also above.
Aroma – 3 – Initially, some grain and some hops.
Flavor – 4 – Very light taste of grain and Nobel hops, so light it’s nearly flavorless. Subsequent belches recap the flavor but concentrated. No alcohol (5.8% ABV) flavor or aroma, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation – 3.5 – This is a brew I could easily drink all day – the flavor is pleasing and not over-whelming, perhaps a little lighter on the maltiness and hopier than the average German Festbier.

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Photo of hophead723
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Oktoberfest is Hofbrau, but this is a respected brewery so I gave it a try to compare. Here we go.
Poured fresh into a pint glass.
Appearance: Lovely golden core with slightly more amber edges and a sail-colored head with good linger. The carbonation was ample and the light really plays with the color. Beautiful.
Smell: The aroma is toasty and bready, with a dominant biscuit malt character. There are hints of grass and honey that intrigue the nose and make the mouth water.
Taste; This one is complex. It has a full flavor packed wallop of pure biscuit malt, with some honey and burlap in the backround.
Mouthfeel: The body is full and rich, much smoother yet more yeasty than the Hofbrau. The finish falls short of being as drinkable as a good Oktoberfest should be, with somewhat distracting yeast esters throwing off the balance. The finish is too lingering, normally a quality trait to some extent but with this is makes is difficult to crush as easily as the Hofbrau or even the excellent Sierra Nevada and Bitburger collab this year.
Overall: This beer is quality and tasty for sure, but the finish is not dry enough to beg for the next gulp like a good Festbier. It simply is not crushable. I could only drink two of these but I can down a six pack of Hofbrau with a smile on my face.

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Photo of h22lude
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw in color with a nice white head. Aroma of pilsner malt with slight munich in the background. Taste is the same with hint of German noble hops. If you want to taste what a festbier should be, buy a 6 of this. This is the quintessential German festbier. Can't get much better than this.

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Photo of nasharm
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to the Weisenstephaner name. They can never make a bad beer. Not as good as some other beers (Vitus) from the brewery but smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle reads '7269' (case box indicates best by 6/27/2020)

Pours a crystal clear honey gold layered with multiple fingers of cascading white foam; great retention yields a soapy tapestry of lasting lacing and a slight foam sitting atop the surface.

Aromas open with herbal honeysuckle and a mild Noble hop presence, building to clean bready malts and a light white bread crust char.

Taste brings out plenty of honeyed grain touched with rounded grassy tonesass Noble hops develop on the back end of the palate; honeysuckle, bread crusts, and doughy white bread are all consistently prominent in the profile.

Mouthfeel shows a body on the lighter end of medium, with ample level carbonation carrying across the palate to a dry finish with an even lingering of hoppy bitterness and malty sweetness.

Semi-sweet, robust, and rounded festbier showing a lightness and balance encouraging constant drinkability. This one really highlights the classic simplicity in the paler Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw-colored beer under a finger or so of white foam in a dimpled mug... Apparent from the eye and confirmed on the nose and palate, a nice, crisp, bitter beer done well... Aromas will suggest grainy fields and dry white bread, with an herbal overtone... Flavors presents impressions of wet barley and fresh water, floral and herbal bitter hops and dry cracked biscuit... Light and smooth, moderately bitter, mildly sweet up front with some honeyed grain notes, but it dries between sips and resonates more dry and bitter than sweet... Ample carbonation keeps it lively and tingly on the tongue, effervescent on the palate...

Has a four digit code 9289 - don't know if that translates to a date...

Classic beer profile from the masters, from toward the brighter and sharper end of the marzen spectrum......

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been awhile since the last time I had this. One of those German beers I first came across at the Polish deli.

Pours a light caramel SRM that is lighter than average, goes into those gold hues as much as it does amber. Solid 3/4" white head. And it holds up for days. Aroma is more of that maltiness. Here comes the breadiness.

Taste and mouth feel are actually lighter than you might expect as well, almost goes into a helles like territory with the relative levity and crispness out of it. The hopping might be de minimis, but it isn't for style, hence the other allusion to that other style. Its relatively easy to drink. Very consistent every time I've had it over the last 20 years or so. Far from a style I get excited about, but its a nice fall beer to have around for when you're still going outside and getting into adventures, half the ladies don't like that bitter or sour stuff anyways, so this is easy to find a home in the fridge or cooler .

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Photo of dele
2.48/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is remarkably pale for a festbier, with a color more like a helles than a marzen: very light orange-yellow with a quickly vanishing head. On the nose, a little bread and honey with little of the yeastiness one expects from this style, and instead, a dose of funky grassiness. The taste of the beer is disappointing. A touch of skunkiness despite the beer's being relatively fresh; only a hint of malt and breadiness. Sweetness prevails; there is no bitterness or spice to balance it out. The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is higher than expected.

As a big fan of oktoberfest beers in both their German and American variants, I found this one remarkably underwhelming, especially given the pedigree of the brewer. I would rather drink nearly any other festbier and I won't be buying this again. Spaten, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, and Ayinger all far superior.

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Photo of DFred
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Oktoberfest lager. Pours pale yellow with a head that dissipates quickly. Nose, taste, and feel are what you'd expect--it's a little bit hoppier than their original lager but very easy drinking--highly recommended!

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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but oddly recedes quickly especially for the style. There is some nice lace left behind though.
S: Grains and cracker like malts. Bread, some herbal tea like aromas and Saaz hops.
T: Follows the nose with grains, cracker and bread y malts. A touch of a honey like character and hint of apple. I really like the malts here. With a quick lingering grassy bitterness and Saaz hops.
M/O: A light body as a Festbier should be. Excellent carbonation that has a nice crisp bite but also supremely smooth and clean. Downed in big gulps and I can keep coming back to this again and again.

I have had this many times over the years, but just now getting around to reviewing. For as lauded as this brewery is, for whatever reason this offering has never been considered one of the tops in the style. I personally love it, and was surprised that I hadn't put a review down after all these years. This is one I look forward to every year.

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Photo of VABA
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had hop hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a hop flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent Festbier

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1793 ratings