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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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!

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Photo of Auraan
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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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +35.1%

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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Photo of InfernoOrangeSS
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing beer that shows that his company knows what great beer is. It's a very refreshing beer that has a maltiness to the taste. It's extremely drinkable and goes down very smooth. I highly encourage anyone who sees this near them to pick some up. It's delicious.
I had three bottles of the Festbier. Not the Oktoberfest bier. (I wasn't sure if there was a difference and a search for Festbier brought me to this page.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tis the season of Oktoberfest and what better way to celebrate than drink some of the best festbiers out there.

Pours a dark straw yellow color. Bright white head. Smell is of white toast, like a really good bread straight out of the oven. Taste follows the nose but this has massive floral overtones. Very tasty brew this. Mouthfeel is spot on for this style and is not too thin.

Classic Oktoberfestbier done right. Prost!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A really attractive beer with the characteristically German big-headed-blond look... lacing remains all the way through. This is probably the lightest color Oktoberfest/Märzen I've ever seen--looks like a Helles actually, of the new crop out of Germany, but still with tons of flavor, much more than the color would indicate. Beer snobs in America will no doubt dis this beer, as it doesn't fit the "Oktoberfest" craft-beer profile we've come to expect in the USA. Many craft-beer aficionados I've met in the homebrew community, automatically sneer at anything lighter in color than a Sam Adams lager, and that's a shame.

S: Has a nice aroma with both hops and malt present. The malt doesn't come out until the head subsides (5 minutes after the pour!) and is a typical-for-German-beer fresh-bread aroma, but all seems incredibly well ballanced.

T: Toasty-ness in a light, subtle way--and there's a lot going on in the back of the throat, hops I suppose, giving it a clean not-quite-crisp finish--really lovely actually. As I mentioned above, American craft-beer palates usually associating darker beefier beers with quality, will surely miss the subtle but rich flavor in this beer. TOTALLY BALLANCED! It looks like a pils, but doesn't taste like one!

M: Has a medium to light mouthfeel, making for drinking it quickly--to keep the fresh bread taste coming....

D: Definitely a session beer, in that Festbier is extremely drinkable. One or two (or three?) are simply not enough. So drinkable this would be an excellent beer to have at a party of mass-marketed-beer drinkers. This beer could turn any beer drinker into someone appreciative of über high quality....

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.77/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE Weihenstephaner beers, so I'm stoked to try this one! Approximately 7 weeks old, according to the date code, but properly kept cold, so should be reasonably fresh for an import.
A: Pours a clear pale gold, much lighter then any marzen I've seen before... Thin snow white head.
S: Strong "Lager" aroma, with a hint of malt. No confusing THIS beer for an Ale!.
T: Rich malt, Concord grape, slight hint of esters from the yeast. No perceived hops, but PERFECTLY BALANCED sweetness... Amazing!
M: Finishes clean & dry, begging for another sip. COMPLETELY hiding its alcohol. SO DRINKABLE!
O: Not the usual marzen, but in this case, that's what makes this one great! YET ANOTHER WORLD CLASS BREW FROM WEIHENSTEPHANER!!! These guys can do NO WRONG!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Das ist bier. I've had some other bieren from these relative newcomers (geologically speaking). You cannot question the authenticity - they are the originals! I think the under-rating by so many others is an insensitivity to the style. I have had some pretty hard-to-take beers that call themselves malt liquors, marzens or octoberfest beers.

Many others are foul compared to this smooth drinking brew. It's just right and it makes me want to speak German (I do speak German). Do yourself a favor, get some of this and give it the respect you give your elders.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.7/5  rDev +27%

Pours out a lightly chill hazed gold with a bone white head. Aroma is all bready malt. Such a clean nose. Flavor is fresh baguette with honey with a finish of floral, grassy hops. A little sweet, but drying in the finish. Mouthfeel is right on: smooth and moderate to full. Awesome Ofest.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear straw yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like apple juice, pears, grape, honey, mild caramel, toasted white bread, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like fresh apples, pear, grape, big toasted crusty white bread, mild caramel, honey, with some herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice festbier.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy deep yellow color. White head has poor retention, but leaves tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Floral hops. A hint of spice. Very good aroma, but could be stronger.

5.0 T: I really like this. It has the standard Oktoberfest flavor, but without any of the pungency that is present in the majority of brews. Lots of spice. Grainy malts. Very good balance of hops and malts. Hops are earthy and herbal.

4.5 M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, and really smooth.

5.0 D: This is probably the best oktoberfest I've had. Can't get much more drinkable that that.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier has a very thick, slightly off-white, frothy head, heavy lacing, and a clear, highly-carbonated, golden straw appearance. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, full biscuit, and the taste is of rich, sweet, bready, barley malt, a pleasant and hearty hop bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would not call this a Märzen! As a Märzen it would deserve a low rating for not being true to the style. This is a Festbier, pity that a separate catagory doesn't exist for this style on this site, for this beer deserves better reviews. This style is like a Helles/Märzen hybrid.

appearance; clear, pale yellow. Nice white and frothy beer foam, nice retention, with mild lacing.

smell; mild, flowery hops, some wet malt aromas as well.

taste; some malts at first, but a bitter hop spice takes over, by no means overpowering, more tart and fresh. Tartness combines with the malts in the aftertaste and makes a flavor similar to white grapes, with hints of alcohol.

mouthfeel; Zesty and clean carbonation, gets frothy and thick when swished around the palate. Refined sharpness that goes down smooth.

drinkability; very drinkable and smooth. The alcohol will sneak up on you though.

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Photo of wadecats
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

- Lovely German festbier on tap at the Dirty Truth, Northampton, MA.
It's no Mönchsambacher, but it's also very drinkable.

Orange/amber in color with super clear look and taste.
Smell is warm and...ah Geman malt smell - sorry, this is the next day.
Taste is super smooth where carbonation doesn't even come to mind when consuming this - no hop distinction - people were just throwing these down without much introspection or attention to the thing; guess this is part why it's a good beer. After a half a mug of this festbier you kind of have a metallic taste all over you pallet. Tastes consistent though out the temp change in your mug

Very unnoticeable carbonation but the malt creates a full and comfortable mouth feel.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big creamy tiny bubbled white head that dissipates quite slowly. Body is a pale yellow gold reminiscent of most AAL beers.

S: Light breadiness slight touch of floral hops little bit of a corn grain smell

T: Beautiful light sweetness, a little bit of a toffee, cinnamon, bready, doughy, slight pepperiness to the hops a touch bit of an herbal taste.

M: Medium bodied not super heavy but very smooth

O: This is a perfect beer, while it might be just a touch too sweet otherwise it is magnificent and well rounded. The malts are light but sweet and the hops play a nice background supporting roll.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a DFH signature glass. Beer is yellow adn clear with a big white head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing (or very little) on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low but steady. Looks good.

Aroma is mostly pilsen malts, pretty good.

Beer is mildly sweet and completely clean. Finishes without an aftertaste. It has a slight dryness and hoppy bitterness to it on the backend. Its interesting and like most lagers underrated. Its about the most drinkable beer imaginable.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is grainy and herbal. Cereal like. Bread dough. Spicy, grassy hops. Lots of malt in the aroma but not shy on the hops. Clean lager ferment...crazy clean.

Pours clear gold yellow with a foamy white head. Great retention and lacing. Looks very good.

Rich doughy malts upfront, juicy. Grassy hops in the mid palate finishing with more doughy malts. Balancing bitterness. A touch of clover honey sweetness. Impressively rich malt flavor. Graham cracker, toasted bread.

Medium full body, medium high carbonation. Prickly upfront but with juicy malts following. Finish is fairly dry and quite crisp.

Had this next to some marzens, and though this was a paler festbier, it was much richer. Despite the richness, it stays crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color is a cloudy golden amber with a medium-sized snow-white head and lots of sticky and trailing lace.
The smell is certainly German OFest-like. Grassy malt, citrus fruit, pears, minty herbs and a hint of vodka.
Sweet honey maltiness supports a nice blend of citric and spicy hops. A little fresh bread, mellon and hint of mint round things out.
The body is slick, almost buttery and so rounded and smooth.
You really should buy at least two of these beauties because it goes down so easy and delightful.

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Photo of chrisrose30
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

Appearance is a deep, golden haze with a thin head of foam with good retention.

The taste is mildly sweet, a tad fruity and bready with just the lightest touch of hops. This is one of the better Marzen-style beers that I've had--it isn't too cloying, and the flavors are well-balanced. I could certainly drink this all day.

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Photo of AdamToomey
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking forward to trying this beer for a while and boy did it not disappoint.

A - This beer was poured into an imperial pint glass. This beer is absolutely gorgeous. It is a nice golden/hay like color with about two fingers length of head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer which maintains throughout. This beer looks absolute refreshing.

S - The smell is pure malts. There is very little spice presence which seems to be popular in the American versions I have tried.

T - This beer is incredibly refreshing. The malts really shine. However, what is most appealing is the subtle apple and pear notes that come through in the finish. This is absolutely addicting to drink. I wish I had bought more than two.

M - Light, refreshing, crisp. Just perfect for the style.

O - I really really really enjoy this beer. I have been trying to get my hand on as many of this style as I can this year and this one has been by far my favorite. This beer is incredibly addicting. I would suggest picking up a couple of six packs and enjoying throughout gameday for a perfect combination of the season.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how to rate this, but it's beautiful and delicious, it smells clean, the cleanest, a little sweet, mellow hop, baked bread, love it, damn fantastic beer.

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Photo of rmolledo
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal Clear Straw Yellow with a white frothy head and amazing sticky lacing.

S: Strong Malty Aroma, Toffee, Caramel, Munich Malts. A touch of sulfur. Noble Hops

T: Everything that the aroma promotes minus the sulfur. This is a beautifully balanced Beer. Very Clean and Crisp with a nice hop to malt balance. nice bitterness but not a distraction from the spicy, malty, nutmeg notes.

MF: Crisp and moderately dry. Moderately high carbonation. Great body.

D: This is my favorite Oktoberfest Marzen style lager. i could drink this all night and not bat an eye at other beers. The ABV is masked well but hits you good.

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Photo of billybob
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a yellow gold in color with a one finger white head and a light sheeting of lace on the glass. herbal aroma with a touch of mint. taste is is same very clean with no after taste. mouthfeel medium and good carbonation. nice taste to this beer very drinkable and has a nice body to it.

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Photo of acelin
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a German boot beer glass, for good measure.

Pours an orange/brown with a huge white head, and giant lacing.

Huge caramel smells, cracker, biscuit, dark rye bread, burnt sugar, some floral hops.

Beautiful festbier. One of the best. Can't imagine how good this would be fresh. Huge caramel malts, delicious dark bread with honey.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly sessionable

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass at both Hotel Lerner and Staatbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany during my Bavarian sojourn in September of 2006.

Straw-golden in color, this brew left a pillowy head atop itself. This vanished to a respectable lacing along the side of my 0.5L mug all thoughout. Bready malty goodness and floral, earthy hops fill the sinuses. Very easy to drink, the balance of this offering was a pleasure to behold. The flavor was not overly malty in any way. Well worth the price of admission.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 ounces from a brewer than can do no wrong...

Don't pour much like a marzen. It looks kind of somewhere in between a mils and a hefe, actually. Actually, what it looks like is a Helles only maybe just a little bit paler. Light gold with a moderate haze a wonderful, retentive rocky white head.

Smells strongly of noble european hops. Fizzy sweet malt backs things up like tasty weedy soda pop, lots of grass and flowers and natural sugars.

Tastes a lot like it smells. A big does of wonderfully spiced hops start things off and this moderate bitterness does a great job of balancing out the deliciously sweet and grassy middle (it's almost like a Zwickle, it's so grassy). Tastes like pollen and sunshine. And lemongrass. The sweetness fades slowly and we're left with a dryer finish, more weeds, and then the spicy hops linger long after the sip has been taken.

Exquisitely brewed, quite possible the perfect summer beer. It may not be Xtreme enough to get the kind of mad props it deserves from beer snobs, but if you're looking for art in a glass you could hardly do better than to pick up some Festbier.

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