Weihenstephaner Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
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From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Style:
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #39
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,499
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
779
Ratings:
1,178
Status:
Active
Rated:
Friday at 07:13 AM
Added:
Oct 27, 2002
Wants:
  67
Gots:
  262
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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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I’m not feeling very festy, you know? Like, I’m not parting like “Black Opheus.” It’s ok, but that’s about it. And from the gods of Weihenstephaner, it’s like Shakira singing the A B C’a in an off key - I’m not feeling it.

Goodbye for now.
Friday at 07:13 AM
 
Rated: 4.18 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Jan 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
500 ml can purchased from American market in Salem OR.
$3
Pours a nice hued golden body. has a good sized thick and frothy pure white head.
Lovely creamy malty aromas, with a touch of noble hops. Very simple and very good!
Taste similar to the aroma, honeyish malts and a touch of grassy/floral hops. Delicious.
Great mouth feel well carbonated yet not too thin. Dryish ending.
Super drinkable in the modern fest style.
Dec 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by clm9 from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2022
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Reviewed by StephenLovett from California

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Want something mildly sweet, very drinkable, and that will sneak up on you :)

Pours a crystal clear mellow gold color with a white head. The head didn't last long. Mildly carbonated. Not much of a nose, but not a bad thing. Imagine a warm sweet bread or dinner roll right out of the oven, and you'll be pretty close. The flavor follows the aroma, mildly sweet with a pleasant malt forward flavor that doesn't overwhelm. The sweetness is well balanced with just a touch of old school hops. The mild carbonation and very smooth mouthfeel make if feel like a session-able beer. For me it's not. Toss back a few of these and you're going to feel it. Overall a really nice example of style, highly recommended.
Nov 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.48 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.46 by stephenlee93 from England

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.89 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2022
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of if not the best beer in this style.
There's nothing bad to say about it.
Delicious
Oct 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Spike from England

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle. Malt-forward lager with extra smooth mouthfeel and a bready nose. Very easy drinking. Maybe a little too light bodied and not much to look at but enjoyable.
Oct 14, 2022
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a very good festbier, if maybe a touch too high in ABV for a traditional version of this style. This is to say that you probably couldn't have multiple liters of it at an Oktoberfest event, but you certainly can put down a few of them in an evening. It's got just a touch of spicy hop, but is nicely balanced by the malt backbone without being too sweet. This is the world's oldest brewery, according to the label, and they've clearly learned a thing or two in the millenium that they have been doing this.
Oct 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A bit late, but we have an old standard, Weihenstephaner festbier. It pours a transparent gold with white head, normally associated with pilsners. The nose is decidedly malty, which is also present in the taste. It's got a clean mouthfeel that leaves you ready for more.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by loch8534 from Illinois

Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.37 by Aichelberger from Maryland

Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a clear chalice-like glass. The pour was a deep golden color with a slight haze and a white head. The taste to me was exceptional and reminded me of my days stationed in Germany. Overall, this was definitely one I'll be drinking again.
Oct 05, 2022
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle pour- clear golden straw color with foamy white head leaving scattered lacing. Nose is sweet with malt and floral notes. Taste follows with more cereal grain and a crisp dryish finish.
Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by TylerJ from Iowa

Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.35 by DarrellK from Florida

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500mL can purchased off the shelf as part of a 4-pack for $14.49. Best By date of 06.10.2023.

Look: Pours an essentially clear medium gold color. An aggressive pour yielded a fluffy white head that gradually reduced to a thin layer.

Smell: On the nose, this initially almost gives me the impression that it's a Belgian beer. It's a bit fruity, floral, yeasty, spicy, and grassy. There's a very nice doughy malt base behind those notes. After pouring the bottom of the can, I detect a mild white grape flavor along with more subtle fresh-picked apples.

Taste: Really delicious. This is a very drinkable beer and it is also packed with flavor. Up front, there is that nice doughy/crackery malt that I detected on the nose. There's some fruity/estery flavors along with floral honeyed notes.
The finish is a bit spicy/peppery with a mild bitterness that gradually fades out. Nice Noble hop character on the finish. The finish is crisp and clean.

Feel: It's light to medium bodied, super clean and crisp, and there is a really nice softness to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot on - super fine bubbles. This could be the real Champagne of beers! The mouthfeel has a fullness for its size. While this beer is 5.8% ABV, it's still relatively light.

Overall: This beer is akin to going to a bakery and smelling the fresh-baked bread. This is the kind of beer that I would like to experience as a result of going to a brewery to get a fresh-brewed beer. It has so many of those classic, textbook elements that draw you in - appearance, aroma, flavor, and drinkability. Nothing over the top, no flaws, and classically produced.
Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I'm submitting a new rating because it has been a decade since I last reviewed this beer, and I think I've learned a thing or two since then (for instance, I did not realize that Märzen and festbier are actually distinct styles; I think they might have previously been consolidated under a style called "Oktoberfest")...

500mL can (best before 06.10.2023) into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful clear golden color. Nice bright white head sustained by lively carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is clean, grassy, subtly floral and spicy. Pale bready malt, yeast, and Old World hops.

Taste follows nose. Grassy, bready malt, floral delicate hops, and pure water with just a hint of mineral. So drinkable.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with just a touch of hoppy bitterness and crisp carbonation to wash the palate clean on each sip. Medium body, just right.

Overall an outstanding rendition of the style. Hard to imagine it getting much better than this.
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Previous review (preserved for posterity)

9/3/2012

3.72/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
500mL (#8192) into a weizen glass. Pours a clear, pale golden color w/ lively carb, 2-finger head.

Aroma is fruity and sweet, grassy: pale barley malt and a hint of apple juice.

Taste is dry, bready, slightly grainy malt, floral old world hops, clean pure water. Less caramel malt than most Märzens I've tried.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing with a very light body. Highly drinkable.

Overall a tasty Märzen. A little lighter in both color and body than other Märzens I've tried, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by JuanPn from Louisiana

Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by JScoby

Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by steverx8 from England

Sep 25, 2022
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Rated by AdamPuchalski

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Has a nice bready chewiness to it. Good lacy head retention, warm golden color. Not much aroma that I could detect, but delicate hop character.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Glad to have found this, the last of the Weihenstephaner's with good Chicagoland distribution that I have not had. (This is my 9th unique.) This review is summarized in my post on this year's O-Fest thread.

This Festbier Looks only slightly above average compared to its style: a beautiful bubbly blond, but very short hair (I mean foam.) Smells open as a malt-head's delight, but end more mediocre. Tastes are balanced, remain sweet but never stay too sweet. Refreshing and medium-mouthed, I want this Fest next year.

Weihenstephaner is one of the great originators underpinning the Bavarian tradition and continuing it one millennium later. And for that, I give them pretty good Overall Hugs.
Sep 24, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle into a 0.3L mug.
L: Pours crystal clear golden caramel w good carbo, 1/4" white head goes quickly to a skin & edge foam, very light lacing.
S: Lightly caramelized malts, warm white bread, grains, very clean.
T: Extremely clean, rich, pure, unmolested caramel malts, a light hop fizz, a fazz, a fizz-fazz, a suggestion of bread, a very light honey glaze, fairly rich and moderately sweet. There's a slight bitter citrus zest tang at the end that lingers but after a minute the tastes just vanish.
F: Gently brisk, clean, glassy& smooth, med to med-light feel with a linger then a sharp drop off. Fairly dry at the finish w good carbo until the end.
O: This beer has a little bite up front then is quite malty w a lighter bodied feel than many. Very clean & well carb'd. An absolutely gorgeous beer with a beautiful blend. It is excellent in it's style.
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Nice foamy head and lace, with golden color. Aroma is bread. Taste is toasted malt and bread, with a crisp, clean finish. I rate this one a little higher than the other festbiers I have had. Very drinkable. I could definitely knock down a few of these and listen to an oom-pah band, I love this brewery and buy the Helles often, which is one of the finest beers in the world in my humble opinion.
Sep 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin

Sep 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.95 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Sep 18, 2022
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Rated by B501 from Arkansas

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
More skunky/hoppy then other festbier offerings still worthy of consideration for certain
Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.92 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
pour is crystal clear, moderately deep golden yellow with a moderate cap of chalk white foam.
nose is immediately toasted bread crust, nutty, hint of caramel/toffee, lightly browned biscuit
Taste is nutty, toasted malts, biscuit, bread crust. hint of grassy hops.
Wonderful. Very easy to drink.
Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by OakyTones

Sep 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Definitely aGerman beer, has this bread like taste. Has a slight citrusy zing to it. Light color, sort of light carbonation, body also on the light side. This is very easy to drink! But it isn't that special for me, I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.
Sep 10, 2022
Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1957 ratings