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!

Added by mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

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Photo of KMillard
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Difficult to tell the difference between this and the original helles, even when drinking back to back. Obviously, this is a good thing as helped us a benchmark. Color is slightly more Amber and taste a tad sweeter, but otherwise similar. This reminds be of my favorite Oktoberfest beer, Augustiner, though it has more marzen characteristics than this. But neither this nor Augustiner nor Hofbrau have the darker malt and associated flavor you get with Paulander, Haacker, or Spaten or the heavy yeast of Ayinger. This is a very light bodied, extraordinarily balanced Oktoberfest and as it is usually priced less than their helped lager, you should buy and drink 6 to 24.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Clear bright gold in color with very thick white fluffy head, it stands with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot along the way, moderate visible carbonation.

Floral and leafty hop, very sweet honey, bread, toasted biscuit, cereal grain, sweet dough, mild fruity, some cooked veggies, lots of malty goodness here in a nose.

Sweetness in the taste like honey and caramel and breadiness like all those malt characters stated in the aroma as well as some toasted trait, some crisp of herbal and earthy hop and some bitterness too as well as subtle fruity citrus.

Medium to rather full body with smooth mouthfeel from its moderate lively crisp carbonation, quite refreshing, finish is dry and clean.

Another pretty good offering from ones of the oldest brewery in the world, it will never go wrong when it comes to Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a lovely octoberfest. This brew has a wonderful mouthfeel. I get a whole bunch of malts and a taste of sweet apples. This beer is effervescent and bubbly. It is like what a coors, budlight, Miller which they could be. It tastes like a pilsner on steroids.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Ring of head, very little lace. Pale straw color.

Nose is a little dank, cracker malt.

Taste of skunked hops, biscuit, bitter spice, very crisp and not too clear.

Mouths smooth and refreshing for all the crispness.

While on the helles/pilsener side of the Oktoberfest spectrum, this Wiesn-worthy variety is surprisingly complex. Not a bad lager at all.

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Photo of ordybill
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a crystal clear golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly malt with some floral hops. The taste matches the nose.

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Photo of bwood06
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Since it was the beginning of the Oktoberfest celebration in Germany, I had to go pick this one up at my local liquor store in order to celebrate the annual festival. I had actually gone to the store looking for another German Oktoberfest but I ended up with this one since my first choice was out of stock. Luckily, they had my second choice in stock, this one.

This beer pours a bright white head that is frothy in nature and dissipates quickly to a thin lacing that is retained. The beer itself is clear and golden in color with moderate carbonation visible. 4/5 The aroma is really very similar to a pilsner instead of the typical American Oktoberfest. Notes of pilsner malt, fresh white bread, biscuit, butter, and fresh cut grass really come out nicely and provide a very enticing aroma. The aroma is very clean and fresh. 4/5 The flavor is every bit like the notes of the aroma. As stated with the aroma, this comes off as more of a pilsner, or even a Helles lager, than an American Oktoberfest. Sweet caramelized malt, light toasted white bread and butter come out on the initial part of the sip along with a bit of biscuit. There is a light cracker to the middle along with a bit of graininess. The hops really shine through in the final third with grassy and noble hops making their appearance, providing a very clean flavor profile. There is a light bitterness that lingers lightly after swallowing along with a bit of green apple. 3.75/5 This beer features a light carbonation burn up front that leads into a light body that is wet and coating. The mouthfeel disappears from the palate entirely on swallowing and does not feature any dryness to speak of. 3.75/5 This is really an enjoyable Oktoberfest, just not the typical experience that I am used to when drinking this style. This beer drinks like a mix between Czech and German pilsners with the butteriness of the Czech coming through, and the clean bitter profile of the German. 4/5

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Photo of Kubishark
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty clear gold color with a big foamy head. Smells like a pilsner, with grains and malts but slightly spicy as well. Tastes so clean and pure, like all Weihenstephaner beers. Starts crisp and a very slightly bitter, but then comes on with a nice sweetness, almost honey-like. Feels medium bodied, if even on the lighter side, good for session drinking. Overall this is one of the best oktoberfest beers I've had so far, if not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely lovely crystal-clear gold with a creamy and slightly off-white head. Aroma is bready and spicy with touches of fruity and floral notes. Taste is caramel, spice, a hint of grassiness and a touch of finishing bitter. Mouthfeel is medium and full with a slightly dry and crisp finish. Easy drinking and underrated.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a beautiful golden yellow color with a frothy, two finger head of satin white foam. Leaves intricate lacing. Excellent head retention.

Aroma: Some DMS on the nose, but this is a great smelling beer. Smells like creamy pilsner malt. Grainy, floral, estery and bitter. Notes of red apples and biscuits.

Taste: Dry and bitter upfront with grainy, grassy notes which gradually get sweeter revealing flavors reminiscent of apples and honey. There is a gentle creamy flavor in the background.

Feel: Full bodied for a lager, but still very crisp and thirst quenching. Palate is dry and floral but balanced by an inherent sweetness. Dry feel on the finish that leaves you parched and looking for another sip.

Overall Comments: Not my favorite from Weihenstephaner, but still very good. The flavor is a little one dimensional, but what flavor it does bring to the table is authentic and genuine. Yet, This one just didn't wow me like a lot of their other beers. A great beer but not a world class beer. That being said I still think this deserves slightly higher than an 83/100 here on BA.

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer in the glass: deep gold, perfectly clear, and topped by a strong off-white head with great retention.

Lovely balanced aroma, with noble hops and a touch of pine offsetting bready caramel and pale malts.

Flavor follows, an intriguing dance between caramel malt, fruit bread, grassy hops, and wildflower honey. A touch of berries as well.

Medium bodied; exceptionally drinkable.

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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 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 Suds
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden in color with a white, mid-sized head. The aroma has hops, grain, pale malt, and a bit of dms. Malty, but also firmly bitter and balanced. Medium in body and lightly bready in the hind-taste. This is okay, but not great.

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Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (code says 9206, 12:17:18) into a nonic glass.

A-The beer is really light in color for a marzen, a yellowish gold. The head is white and starts out fat, but quickly fades to a cap that hangs around for almost the entire time I am drinking. No lace. Carbonation is active in there.

S-The aroma is underwhelming. I sniff mostly a grainy mixture of pale pils malt flavors like bread and honey. There is a bit of a sulphuric metallic bite, but no real hop notes to speak of. More pilsner than marzen.

T-The taste is also on the pils side of things. At least the beer is less grainy, but malts are still pale and mild with a dose of honey sweetness and bread crust being prominent. Hops are pretty subdued and slightly metallic with just a hint of grassy spice.

M-The body is medium in heft and drinkable. Carbonation is chunky and active on my palate.

O-The beer is pretty mediocre. If you are looking for a light flavored marzen, this might be your jam, but I think it drinks more like a ho-hum (and sweet) pils than a festbier.

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Photo of erk0607
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light, golden straw color body with a finely carbonate head that lingers, forms a slick atop the body, and the lacing hangs around too.
Smell: Floral, strong, dank hops. Grain.
Taste: Crusty bread, sweet grassy/hops you'd imagine finding in a meadow after a fresh rainshower. Bitter hop aftertaste comes through, but not so bitter that you can't enjoy it.
Feel: Has a bit of a zing to it, but foams up ever so slightly on the tongue. On the lighter end of the spectrum.
Overall: Pretty good. Don't have Märzens all that often, so it's a nice treat.

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Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 330ml bottle into stein. Very nice looking golden wheat color with a 2.5 finger sandy white head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the glass. Aroma of grains, malts, and sweet bread. Light earthy hops. Lighter amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light herbal and earthy hops give it a bit more, hints of spice. Nice Marzen style. On the lighter side with good carbonation with a dry finish. Smooth, clean and easy drinking even on a warm day. Ratings seem a bit low on this beer and I prefer it to the amber malt oktoberfest that flood the shelves in the US.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Damn this beer is clear. Translucent straw gold pouter with tiny bubbles going from bottom to top. Moderate frothy white head. Aroma and (light) taste of spicy hops, biscuity malt, a little lemon and a familiar Pilsner profile. Nicely constructed, eminently drinkable. Solid beer.

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Photo of LMSMITH
2.12/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

At Biergarten, Prov. RI 9/2/16
A. light
C. med. golden, shiny white wine look
F. clean, crisp
T, crisp, mild, similar to a light beer, no hop, not bitter

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Photo of JRed
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Transparent golden in body with white frothy head. Aroma of honey cereal, grains, some alcohol, floral. Tastes of grains, honey cereal, floral notes, vegetables, some grass and mild hop bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of puck1225
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear golden yellow with a nice white, but short lived, head with good lacing. Bready smell, but light. Taste is refreshing, light and slightly sweet. Not bad!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle from "5246" poured into a Weihenstephan glass. A clear gold, with a one and half finger white head that moves to a thin lace within a few moments. After some initial mild skunk (which thankfully dissapears), the aroma becomes predominately grains and a light floralness. The taste is right in line, grass and bread leading the way. The mouthfeel is soft, medium light in terms of fullness and carbonation. An outright tasty old school Octoberfest that will go down fast.

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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 edward_boumil
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Standard gold yellow with ruby highlights. Not much head retention.
S: Very strong grains, a little bit of honey. Smells like a bakery. Touches of floral hops, grassy.
T: How a lager should taste. Flavor is quite refined. Grains are prominent, somewhat akin to granola. Has a bit of a bitterness on the finish, a nice peppery floral hop note.
F: Smooth, but has a body unlike an AAL. Light and refreshing. Highly drinkable and thirst quenching.
O: Great festbier. See a lot of people say this isn't to "style". How can Weihenstephan, the oldest Bavarian brewery not make a festbier to style?

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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 Riff
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a tumbler glass. Pours a clear, golden color with a thick head of fine white foam bubbles. Smells sweet with cracker and grass. Tastes sweet with some malt and honey as it fades. Feel is very light and crisp, finishes quickly. Overall it's a nice oktoberfest, very easy drinker.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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