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 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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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Bright golden color. Excellent clarity. Fine-bubbled white head retains fairly well.thin rings of lacing.

S: Sweet bready Pilsner malt with some toasty and very slightly caramelly nuances. Hay. Grain. Grassy and oily hops are faint. Slight herbal whiff. Very clean.

T: Grainy and toasty. Hay and cracker. Initial sweet malt impressions are dried out by the grassy and herbal hopping, which is fairly assertive. Stiff bitterness. Very clean. Balanced finish.

M: Firm and round malt body presses gently into the tongue. Active, prickling carbonation.

O: Comes across more like a helles lager, really. The malt depth is barely a notch above what a good helles would be. The hopping is also more assertive that the average fest lager. It's actually a very nice beer in its own right, it just doesn't really fit the style guidelines as much.

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Photo of tlema1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Crystal clear, yellow color, thin white head
S: malt, light grass
T: malty smooth
F: light body, not much on the finish
O: not a typical Oktoberfest beer, but very enjoyable

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have enjoyed the Weihenstephaner beer for a few years.

I had just brought the Festbier home and set it in the fridge for about an hour. It was warmer than I prefer, but the taste was excellent. Very, very smooth. Some raters call it hoppy. No, it is not hoppy, if it were , I would not drink it.

It does have the influence of hops, no doubt about it. A noticed hops aftertaste to compliment the maltiness. Awesome. I hope that Weihenstephaner and Sierra Nevada get together next year for the Octoberfest brew SN puts together. Please?

One can hope. I am one and I hope.

The beer taste is decidedly Octoberfest, with an accent of hops and a full keg of taste, especially when warmer. A rater said it is "sweet". Really? Were you awake when you were drinking this wonderful bier? I think not, from your rating. This beer is very good. Sweet is not a word that comes to mind. Thank you. I appreciate being able to drink an actual beer in a SE USA (GA seems to prohibit German beers from entering and being sold in their state) state of our once great country. Hops are necessary, but not the only ingredient needed - are ya listening sweetbackwater??

Thank you Weihenstephaner. I appreciate the honor of drinking your wonderful brew.

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

Pours a clear crisp golden color. Thin white head dissipates quickly leaving spotty white foam.

Smell is sweet with a nice biscuit malt touch of hops on the finish. Simple, but pleasant.

Taste has notes of Sweet honey, biscuit malts, grassy hops with floral notes. Very refreshing.

Feel is light and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall a solid festbier. Certainly a lighter oktoberfest bier if you are looking for something like that.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a bright golden color with an extremely thick and fluffy white head that disapated extremely slowly.

The aroma is sweet, a little biscuity and hoppy.

The initial taste is slightly sweet. In the middle there is a very mild caramel flavor. At the end the beer becomes even more sweet as it warms on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is extremely crisp and clean.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this beer. It is not at all complex, but a very drinkable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with nice clarity; small eggshell white head that quickly fades leaving solid bubbly retention and solid lacing. The aromas are subtle with some hints of corn and caramel. Lager yeast does its thing along with the malts. The flavors are very clean and refreshing. More caramel along with some crackers and fresh bread. Earthy hops giving this one a solid bitterness. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with active carbonation. Very sharp and crisp.

This is a solid Oktoberfest brew. It's very crisp and clean. I'm impressed by how refreshing it is for the style. Nothing too crazy, but the craftsmanship is on point. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink.

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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 BWED
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Pale straw, crystal clear, with a dense microfoam of a white head. Great lacing and retention. Effervescent.

S- Pale malt, grassy and grainy. Earthy spice, gotta be some noble hops.

T- Smooth toasty malt, a little bready. Bitey earth hop.

M- Bright and crisp. Faint lingering bitterness. Light.

O- This is a really good German pilsner. It's not as up front as a Märzen typically is.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours blonde pale straw with a 3 finger head leaving creamy lace.

Aroma of citrus, pear juice, fruit cocktail, and well-baked malts.

Taste is grassy, with tons of pale malts and a surprising amount of hop. No wheat character or rich flavors to speak of. Disappointed.

Feel is creamy but kind of gritty. Carbonation is well placed.

Wont be buying again. A poor weihenstephaner beer.

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Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 16.9 ounce Euro Bomber poured into a dimpled glass mug.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. Very good clarity (slight haze). Big head that disappeared pretty quickly. Mild stickage.

Smell - Mild banana nose. A whiff of sour.

Taste - Big fruit juice flavor. Sweet bubblegum note. Slightly sour. The hops are perceptible but just barely. Clean finish. Nice

Mouth - Light bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall - Full disclosure; I'm a big Weinhenstephaner fan. This is a nice, easy-drinking beer. Festbier taste more like a standard German pilsner than a marzen but it's tasty all the same.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,535 ratings.
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