Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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3.75/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

Style: German 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

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#26,082
Reviews:
678
Ratings:
1,721
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
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Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9/17/2018; drinking this beer is like eating a buttered biscuit! Great malts-- you cannot go wrong with the oldest brewery in the world!

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light yellow body with great head. Burnt hoppy aroma with veggie-like quality. Burnt, veggie-like hoppiness and minimal maltiness with no balance and tad sweetness.

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Photo of Mortarforker
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mj24053
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a beer, it's pretty good. But it tastes more like a helles or a pilsner than a marzen/festbier. As a festbier, it's not a very good representation of the style. There are other better ones out there. And there are much better beers from this brewery. This one is ok in a lot of ways but not exceptional in any of them. Kinda disappointing, but only because the bar is set so high by them.

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Photo of MKV
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bit of an odd funky smell. Clean golden color. Full bodied lager with standard bread flavor, but particularly distinguished by some caramel, almost a light molasses-biscuit type thing, on the palate as well. It's more complex than your typical lager. Good mouthfeel. Not very bitter.

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Photo of lastmango
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a very clear straw yellow with a 2 finger white head that quickly dissipated to none. Moderate lacing. This is not what I was expecting for a Marzen. Very mild pale hop and malt aroma. An agreeable sweet and light biscuity taste with a nice light hoppiness on the tail. The mouthfeel was crisp with light to moderate body; moderate carbonation; and a soft lingering feel. Not what I would expect of a festbier but this is really good.

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Photo of Ice_Cream_And_IPAs
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PositivePest
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle

clear pale straw color, foamy white head. aroma is mild pale malt and mild earthy spicy hops. taste is clean, easy drinking. thinner bodied.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Euro Brews just not my thing.

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Photo of CaptainHate
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good thing I know the difference between a festbier and a marzen because there was a time where I'd have gone WTF at the pale clear yellow color and fluffy head. Smell was light funk, bread and grass. Taste was pleasantly sweet. Mouthfeel was crisp and sharp.

I was afraid that it was too late in the season and this may have fallen off. Not a problem to me! I can imagine being in a beer hall and drinking lots of these.

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Photo of Eric_T_07
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfigueroa713
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pale yellow with a large foamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is biscuity malts, toasted bread and floral hops.

T - The taste is biscuity malts, toasted bread, honey, pear and floral hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a clean crisp finish.

O - This is a nice easy drinking Marzen.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nass
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Does not taste like a festbier to me. This taste more like a regular pale lager & not a very good one at that. I am disappointed in this beer. Cheers! C

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Photo of omahawk
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JoshuaShort13
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AllOfTheCats
2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Date code 8238, sampled on 10/06/18.

Very pale yellow, totally transparent with two fingers of tightly compacted head.

Smells light across the board, but not in a bad way. A mild bread like quality and some hops are noticeable, but just enough. There is also that light German beer yeasty funk.

Slight bitter hops hit first, followed by a light honey sweetness. I also get some grassy notes and the aforementioned funk.

This might just be the lightest colored beer I’ve purchased in years and one of the more light tasting as well. It isn’t bad at all and I like like that it is considerably less caramel forward than their Oktoberfest collaboration with Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of charrel
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.76/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,721 ratings