Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 1,582 Ratings
Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,582 |  Reviews: 636
Photo of davillanx
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fuhrman
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic beer, but pretty light on flavor and color. Slightly dry taste with a quick dissipating head after the pour.

116 characters

Photo of acurtis
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/16/17

A: Medium to deep gold - crystal clear - pours with a large, fluffy, white head, retains a small cap and a medium collar, leaves some nice lacing -

S: Mild overall - bready and grainy with some bread dough, freshly baked bread, touch of toasted bread, raw grains and light toasted grains - some floral notes - lager yeast - lightly grassy - light fruit and low sweetness

T: Grainy and bready, more like a pilsner than I would have expected for the style - light grains, some lightly toasted grains - bread dough, bread, toasted light bread, bread crust, hint of biscuits - floral - lightly grassy - some dark bread/bread crust sweetness and some grape-like sweetness, but mostly dry

M: Light body, crisp, very drinkable

O: Do I even understand the Märzen style enough to make sense of this beer?

I've been drinking a lot of lagers this year, and I've actually been drinking a lot of Weihenstephaner lately. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high, as I am not particularly blown away by their Festbier. I was expecting something more toasty caramel flavor. But should I have expected that? Regardless, most of Weihenstepaner's catalog is world class, so it's hard for every beer to be so perfect.

 1,221 characters

Photo of jkblr
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottled 4/1/17 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with fluffy off white head. The head sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is bready and yeasty. The taste is semisweet malt and a touch of bitterness to balance and dry out the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. This is a fuller bodied, maltier pilsner and it's really good.

 462 characters

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

Photo of Steve-Atlantic
4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing German masterpiece this beer is. Everytime I drink this beer I'm surpised at how much I enjoy it. The creamy mouthfeel, (small bubbles like their Pilsener) subtle spice and nice German hop presence make it the perfect beer for the early fall in New England.

 273 characters

Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a clear gold with an sufficient amount of puffy white head. Decent retention, but not mustaches clinging like a typical Oktoberfest.

It smells like browned/ toasted white bread crust and honey and dough, with a light floral note.

Sweet and bready grains up front followed by a decent amount of spicy and grassy hops with a Maibock like bitterness in the end.

Fairly creamy feel, but crisp at the same time and very dry in the finish.

This is exactly what it says. A Festbier. It isn't quite as malty or sweet as many Oktoberfests. It is kind of like a Maibock or a heavy bodied pilsner. Great beer.

 612 characters

Photo of andrewh995
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a white head. Smells of bread and sweet malt. Tastes of sweet malt, German yeast, bread, and very subtle spices. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall this is definitely the best festbier I've tried. These guys don't make a less than awesome beer.

 288 characters

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

Best Weihenstephaner beer i've tried, easily the best Oktoberfest out there next to the Ayinger Oktoberfest beer. Quite a treat. Light, refreshing, sweet and crisp. Maybe the best all-round lager. Felt more like a Helles than a Marzen.

 235 characters

Photo of matcris
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A crystal clear, straw/golden, with a finger of white foam that quickly settles to a ring. Very mild lacing down the glass. The aroma is lots of light bready grain, and mildly spicy/grassy hops. The flavor, is, sweet, lightly toasted grain, and then comes a balancing hop, mild, bitterness on the finish. The feel, is, perfect. Full carbonation, medium body, and quite dry, but, a little sticky on the lips. Overall, perfect, for me, for a fest brew, if you don't want the big caramel malt type O'fest brew.

 507 characters

Photo of ZEB89
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with ample white head & lacing.

Aroma is bready malt, with a damp, slightly sweet, floral note.

Flavor follows nose, finishing with a light, pleasant bitterness.

Feel is smooth, and slightly creamy, with very fine carbonation. Still, comes across as moderately crisp, overall.

Overall, a nice, easy-drinking-all-day kind of beer. Seems like a slightly sweet pils, in its lightness, and crispness, rather than the usual Oktoberfest's emphasis on deep maltiness. I would like this anytime, not just late summer/fall. : )

 552 characters

Photo of Vidblain
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a golden color with a nice head, soon reducing to a modest head and remaining for a bit. Malt in the nose, malt in the mouth. Gutes Bier!

 165 characters

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: light straw, small head that downs to a ring.

Nose: Malty, with a subtle hop sting.

Taste: Nice malt, cracker, honey, faint hop crisp.

Mouth: Light medium. Smooth, light carb.

One of the better helles Oktoberfests. Still carries the typical 5+ ABV of aged lager, with a lighter profile than amber varieties. A refreshing invite to cooler weather.

 393 characters

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beerucee
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a wheat beer. Not my favorite Marsden by far.

50 characters

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11 2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium large tulip (why not?!)

Totally crystal clear golden nugget color. Light carbonation but enough to create and support a fine white, bubbly foam topping. Nice lacing and good bubbly coverage.

Freshly baked white bread malty aroma hits the nose first. Wild honey pie, green veggie and herbs for the hops, spice racK attack and some earthy, grains like corn and wheat pop out pretty huge.

A cleaner, and more complex light golden malt effect than it's commonly imported cousin : Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier.

The malt is sweet and sour, bready with honey and herbs. Classic Fest bier style, but old world style....a lighter malt but still sweet. Sour and wild lager yeast with mostly herbal and spicy hops to back it up. Just perfect style balance and authenticity. Medium level of complexity but true to style. A fine example.

I must admit, I like the authentic, golden hued festbier's from D-land. Not heavy, but festy!

 974 characters

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

Such a solid beer. Definitely lighter than a typical Oktoberfest but it is so refreshing and crisp while still maintaining a full flavor. Sometimes it's hard to top tradition and experience. yb

 193 characters

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 9267-10:06:43. Sampled on August 30, 2017.

It pours a very heady golden yellow with good clarity. The white head is frothy and long lasting.

The aroma is about what I would expect from the style with a nice cracker and bread Euro-malt character, sweet caramel, and grassy hops. It smells clean and fresh.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is that rich, sweet Euro-malt toastiness with not as much grass and a mild to medium dry finish on the backside. A feint lemon zest effervescence too. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

 564 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 55.8% out of 100 with 1,582 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.