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
Ratings:
1,542
Reviews:
620
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
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50
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203
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0
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5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a rich golden body with two fingers of thick, persistent white head and moderate carbonation bubbles. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect festbier, nothing wrong at all. Scents of spicy, floral Noble hops at moderate levels imparting aromas of jasmine with a high level of malt-derived aromatics giving aromas of light honey, doughy, bready aromas and light sweetness and toastiness. Overall impression of aroma is of a malt-forward, crisp, lightly sweet lager aroma with a nice level of hops, fitting the style of a domestic German festbier, rather than an export or American-brewed Oktoberfest. Very clean lager character and quite nice. Flavor begins malty, with the bready, doughy character of Pilsner malt and light notes of honey, softly sweet overall, with a medium-light hop bitterness and spicy, floral Noble hop flavors. Middle gains a light toasted malt flavor, though not dominant in comparison to the Pilsner malt, which is still bready and doughy, with medium bitterness and medium Noble hop flavors. Finish is crisp, yet not dry with malt persisting at high levels giving bready, doughy, honey and light toasted malt flavors while it is balanced by medium hop flavors and bitterness. Aftertaste is crisp with notes of doughy malt, honey and floral, spicy Noble hops. Overall impression of flavor is of a fantastic festbier, completely true to style and a very flavor overall profile. Expectations of an Oktoberfest or Marzen will leave you disappointed, but that is not the style of the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a slight creaminess and moderate carbonation. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a perfectly to style festbier. Overall this is a fantastic example of a festbier. All aspects of the beer are perfect for the style and the result is a wonderfully drinkable, crisp, flavorful lager.

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The…best…beer…i…have …ever…had

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Sampling right now on 9/13/14. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.75. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Weihenstephaner' .5L handled glass stein.

Pours a straw-yellow in color that is much lighter in color than other Oktoberfest brews I have had with a good 4-finger foamy white head that had lots of lacing when sipped! Very surprised at both actually. Lots going on with the aroma and is of grains, yeast with a hint of citrus. Even more so going on with the taste that has a hint of honey, herbal and bread (yeast). Very tasty and goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Medium bodied as well as medium carbonation. Fantastic brew and the BEST Oktoberfest style beer to date!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,542 ratings.
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