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
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#27,435
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
1,653
pDev:
12.57%
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Photo of Amendm
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-oz. bottle poured heavily into a 16-oz. mug creates a half finger sized foamy white head that fades to a ring with sticky lacing. Clear golden-yellow color turns pale yellow in front of light. Tiny rising bubbles around the mug.
Smell features lager yeast, rye bread and faint hops.
Taste follows with added malty sweetness and sour flavor plus stronger floral hops.
Mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation, ends with a semi-dry slightly bitter finish.
Despite the strong pour needed to get a decent sized head there is enough CO2 to keep up the middle of the taste/feel. Abundant malts, both sweet and slightly sour, and moderate hops are well balanced. Smooth easy drinker.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle code 4248
1/2" dense white head with outstanding retention at 1/4" and then a solid cap. Straw gold color with great clarity and a consistent carbonation rising from the bottom. Persistent lacing.
Bready malt, soft malt aroma with a spicy hop overtone.
Outstanding balance of malt and hops, so well done....it is definitely a "more-ish" beer and a little hard for me to describe other than I really like it.
Clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. The hops linger in a very pleasant unexpected way.
Drinkability and flavor is top notch. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chilmer
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spectru
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite pale with a foamy white head; A sweet musty aroma; the taste is slightly sweet and flavorful; Mouthfeel is smooth and foamy; A good drinkable beer.

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Photo of corywalston
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rostie
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, the brew date is "0227" which I understand to be the 22nd week of 2017 or about June 1, 2017.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head, good retention, slowly dissipated until a thin, mostly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: faint to the nose, brown sugar and toasted bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and lightly toasted bread, then a light kiss of noble hops at the end.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: I like this Marzen better than most because the roasted note is less pronounced and there is a more assertive hop profile, make no mistake, it's still a malt forward beer as you would expect from the style, I enjoyed this and would buy again no problem, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hacefresco
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chazjunior
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very smooth Ocktoberfest beer. Not real heavy.

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Photo of atlandy
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pcrowell
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-s
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OzmanBey
4.94/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bankboy66
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great beer but not your typical October fare. To me there is still a familiar Pilsner lager backbone. No caramel or sweetness to speak of. Give it a try

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of daem3384
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hasse67
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,653 ratings