Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #87
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,257
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.43%
Reviews:
738
Ratings:
1,850
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
85
Very Good
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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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mactrail from Washington

3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow brew with plenty of foam in the Baltimore Brewing stein. Pleasantly sudsy in the mouth with a tangy touch. Warm and malty, nice roasted grainy taste. Aroma is just beery with a hint of herbs and that euro "musty" note.

The slight bitter aftertaste gives a little balance to the not oversweet malt. All in all, a modest but very quaffable Oktoberfest brew that hits the right spot. From the 330 ml bottle purchased at the local beer store. The date code is 7220, which translates to May 31, 2020. The 7th day of the 22nd week of (202)0.

Nov 15, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/18/20

Here we have a traditional example of a festbier. I've heard good things about this one despite the less than stellar reviews that it's received on this site

Pours a clear yellow gold with a finger of quickly dissipating white head and leaves minimal lacing

The first thing that jumps out at me in the nose is a honey sweetness. This is matched with notes of toasty bread, lager yeast, apple skin, and floral hops

The smooth honey is front and center in the taste with some mildly bitter grassy hops to balance it out along with some light citrus. This trends sweet on the finish with notes of caramel, toast, and another light burst of floral hops

A nice light/medium body combines with moderate carbonation for a crisp and easy drinking beer. Finishes mostly dry, probably the best part of this one

Definitely an enjoyable festbier, I like examples of the style that lean more towards malt than hops. This is a very good beer even outside of the style

Nov 14, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of eggshell white around the rim and covering nearly all of the top. The aroma is of pale malt and faint, grassy hops. I’m tasting a blend of pale malt and light, grassy hops. The mouth is light, crisp, and refreshing.

Nov 14, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L- Quite pale gold, clear, pours with 5mm white head plus lively ongoing rising CO2.
S- Bready grains, I'm too congested to register any finer details.
T- Nice, the ^bready grains reads across, then a quite notably hoppy-dry yet malty-meaty middle into a hoppy-dry flourish in the finish.
F- The balance between hoppy-dry malty-meaty and great CO2 in the mouth is something really special.
O- Something different in that it's just a very good example of a lager without big drama/statement/ABV/weird flavours etc. Aka it's a fine example of something pretty uncomplicated, which ironically takes great skill to achieve. I particularly admire how they have balanced the dry-side with the maltier main body here. As the chill slowly comes off it opens up more too, I suggest not drinking it hard-chilled. I'm down to about 100ml left, the malty/meaty side is growing and this beer is growing on me!
A very nice beer, the Smell was very light but the rest made up for it. ps. HTH did I manage to live in Berlin for three years, aim to buy every new German brew I encounted (hundreds), yet I'd never even heard of this beer until 2 weeks ago in the UK. If I still lived there I'd be happy to session this gem. Ex-Germany of course it's accorded a much higher price.
500ml bottle. BB: 13/07/21. Bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK as part of a DIY-pick mixed-case or two for home delivery to London. £3.60.

Nov 13, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2020-11-04
12oz bottle served in a tulip. No idea what it means, but 8250 16:22:25 is printed on the label. Bought it last weekend at a BevMo.

Pours clear pale golden with a big creamy head and a reasonable amount of carbonation. Head collapses into a thick caldera, clinging to the sides of the glass. Smell is lager yeast, earthy, hint of honeysuckle and grass.

Taste is moderately strong lager yeast/funk, a little lemon peel, definite grain characteristic. Kind of floral in the aftertaste, overall somewhat sweet.

Mouthfeel is light, almost thin. Overall, nice beer.

Nov 05, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a white frothy head that leaves some nice lace.

Smells of sweet cereal malt, roasted nuts, and yeasty bread.

Bright fruity hops with a toasted nut bread middle. It finishes dry with oaky fruit notes.

Oct 28, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a case where false expectations have unfairly ruined the rating. Like ordering a coke and getting a sprite. I thought I ordered a Marzen and got a Festbier. And it is a very good Festbier. Great body, easy drinking. Attractive light golden in color with ample carbonation and three fingers of white foam. Tasty biscuit and floral sweetness. Overall quite a nice beer. Prost!

Oct 24, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.
Bottled 6/8/20

Brilliant pale/gold, showing some slow rising bubbles feeding the one finger thick, white head. The nose is mild bread grain and cracker. The flavor is the same grain and cracker as the nose with the addition of herbal and floral hops and mild alcohol. Bitterness is mild but is a bit more prominent than the low sweetness. The finish is dry-ish with the floral hops opening up a bit. The light body is crisp and just a touch creamy. Good Festbier. Perhaps not as malty as I would like but it seems true to style.

Oct 19, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
L: slightly hazed golden colored festbier with a foamy white head - looks like the Helles variety of Oktoberfestbiers
S: grassy & spicy herbal noble hops, biscuity malt; smells like a Helles
T: biscuity grain, very light caramel, malt is a bit doughy as well; earthy/spicy/grassy hops
F: super smooth, light-to-medium body, ample carbonation, semi-dry finish
O: I could drink a lot of these, but I do prefer the Märzen type of Oktoberfest beers vs the Helles type

Oct 16, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow, light head that quickly dissipates, little retention but big visible carbonation. Not much aroma up front - light straw and grass, a touch of earthy hops. Dominant flavors are light malt sweetness and yeast. Mouthfeel is on the thicker side, full carbonation, dry finish. On the sweeter side among festier styles.

Oct 10, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle. Perfectly clear golden color, light malt and yeast aroma, malty sweet flavor but medium body. Very drinkable, but on the sweet side for festbier, in that respect more marzen-like. Overall, I like it better than most festbiers, because it features malt over hops , and is still quite quaffable.

Oct 07, 2020
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DrunkenClam from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clean Helles style beer. Even though it's called a festbier, it's much closer to a Pilsner than the Märzen aka "Octoberfest" style of lagers. Easy to enjoy a couple of these.

Oct 01, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is malt, bread, toast, citrus, grass, floral and earthy hops.
The taste is dry with bready malt notes in the background. The finish is bitter with herbal and earthy hop notes. The flavours are nicely ballanced. Creamy and crisp mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
This was a really delicious festbier. Nicely in every aspect.

Sep 25, 2020
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banjopup from Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was definitely surprised by this beer at first pour and how much I enjoyed it after getting over my surprise. I hadn't researched this brew ahead of time and purchased it on a whim based on familiarity with the brewery from a trip to Bavaria. I was expecting a fuller bodied and more typical Marzen and was initially disappointed at what looked like a standard golden German lager. I'm a fan of a good Helles or Kellerbier so decided to keep an open mind. To my delight this is a fantastic German lager. Sweet enough to be pleasing but not so much as to disrupt the delicate balance. More body than expected and the feel is spectacular. I could definitely drink this all day. In fact, it's time to pour another.This is definitely going on my favorites list.

Sep 22, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear pale gold, tall white head from a vigorous pour. Head retention is moderate, leaving thick lacing. This is a very good looking beer.

Aroma is a bit weak, but malty. Biscuity, slight herbal or grassy. Lager yeast.

The taste is, like the aroma, more generic lager than Märzen. Biscuit, herbal, and a bit of spice. Bitterness is present from the get-go, and remains throughout. Overall this beer is simple, well-brewed, and tasty. Very enjoyable. The finish is crisp and dry.

The mouth presence is thin to moderate.

Overall, and excellent German lager, but that pretty much also sums up why I prefer the Märzen substyle. While this style may be superior for all day drinking at the Fest, I don't buy these beers (or any beer these days) for that. The so-called Fest substyle just drinks to me like a generic German lager, rather than a seasonal to look forward to.

Sep 21, 2020
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a clear yellow-gold body with rising bubbles. A fluffy 1" white head of foam disipates to a wispy cap with stepped lacing left behind.

Aroma is floral, white bread.

Taste is bready malt balanced with a slight floral, spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a lighter medium, well carbonated, including almost a bite.

Overall a well traveled import given the light green glass bottle.

Sep 20, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a clear gold color with a bubbly white head. Head stars about two fingers but fades away quickly to almost nothing.

Smell is clean - light malts, a bright spot of floral hops, and a bit of fresh baked bread too.

Taste is extraordinarily robust for its color (I know those two things aren’t necessarily inverse but they are in many beers I have tried). It follows the nose with the bread and floral hops up front, followed by malts and some sweetness, but there is a nuttiness that steals the show in the finish. Finish a touch on the long side but I’m not complaining.

Feel - it’s VERY hard for me to give something 5 on any aspect, but I believe it is deserved here. Full bodied, yet light on the stomach. Perfect carbonation. Easy to drink if you want something quick but also good to stand on its own for a while if you want it to last. I can think of only a couple other beers that are this enjoyable to drink in terms of feel.

Overall - definite winner here. I’ll be looking for this one more often when it is in season.

Sep 20, 2020
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle, date code is "8240"... it's a recent batch, some time mid-2020 I suppose.

This is a very pale golden festbier. Light biscuity malts and herbal grassy hops. Some apparent lager yeast aromas, maybe some very slight skunky odor (lightstruck?) - not terribly off-putting, just gives it a distinctive less-than-clean character. Very drinkable.

Overall a solid festbier, I'm glad to have had it. But I have had others I prefer better.

Sep 19, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden. Terrific clarity. Off white head. Some nutty brown butter character on the nose with some soapy noble hops. There's a touch of that nutty character up front with a more wholesome nuttiness on the finish. In between, there is some white grape character, in a Welch's fruit snacks kind of way. This is an exquisite festbier that I would love to drink liters and liters of in a Bavarian tent.

Sep 11, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely one of my favorite German offerings at this time of year...

This is definitely more of a Weisn than a Marzen....probably very similar to what you get at the beer tent...

Perfectly balanced beer... this can stand alone and also pairs terrifically with pretzels or German sausages...

If you have not given this a shot, you need to do so. It's a great beer...

Sep 08, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: clear yellowish color with a white head

Smell: very clean smell, small notes of malt and hops

Taste: maltier than expected for a Festbier, sorta between a Festbier and a Märzen

Feel: lots of tiny bubbles

Sep 05, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty beer, crystal clear and a beautiful gold color. Head dissipates pretty quick and leaves behind just small white opaque covering, no lacing.

Smell is noticeably sweet, almost berry like, and fresh baked bread. It’s a super pleasant smell that is very prominent.

Taste is pleasantly sweet just like the aroma. Reminds me of honey drizzle over plain cereal or granola.

The mouthfeel is perfect, carbonation is perfect, crisp and super dry on the finish. Makes the next sip more and more enjoyable. Very easy to finish this one quickly.

Sep 05, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, clear, medium gold color with a dense layer of bright white foam on top along with a generous amount of sprightly carbonation.

S - Lots of earthy citrus spice on the nose with very little sweet honey malt profile.

T - Light honey malt base with a generous, but balanced amount of earthy citrus and spice. Finished balanced with some nice earthy bitterness on the back end.

M - Big medium body with lots of soft sprightly carbonation on the palate.

O - This is a fantastic beer, will be going back for more.

Sep 03, 2020
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Judgie from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with a code that reads "8250"? Very light and clear in appearance. Nicely carbonated and refreshing to smell, taste, and feel. These will be nice on warm autumn days paired with nearly any type of food. Distinct difference to the Marzen-style of Oktoberfest with its crisp, dry finish and less sweetness. Very enjoyable in its own right.

Sep 01, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A finger's worth of fizzy bone white colored fizzy froth with modest retention... Nose is textbook for the style highlighted by caramel and bread... The color is a vibrant honey with carbonation streaking throughout... Mild flavor profile with a rising hop presence on the finish... Perhaps even some peppery notes on the deep finish... Light but slightly chewy... Refreshing and enjoyable with a unique hop bite for the style...

Aug 30, 2020
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