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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
Ranking:
#23,127
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
1,636
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
228
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,636 |  Reviews: 655
Photo of MTKATL
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Straw yellow due to a lighter roast on the malts used.
S: Grains with faint yeast spice with subtle hop note
T: Wow sweet malt up front with a tart yeast tint in the middle with a crisp lager finish thanks to the hops. A lingering malt aftertaste. I noted the yeast bite increases with beer temp.
F: Smooth think tiny bubbles caressing your tongue.
O: I really like this beer it is sweeter than Paulaners Oktoberfest Wiesn. I find it well balanced with a lean toward the sweet malty side of things but still a great option.

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma holds a strong Euro lager notes with the slightly sour but also sweet fruity character. Minimal malt. I like this, but it's not classic for the style. Very clear and lighter looking. Amber with hints of orange. Dense white head.
Clean, rich malt. Some drying on the finish and some notes of herbal hops. Feels nearly moderate and very clean.
I like the German festbiers and this one is included.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crisp and clear with a dark golden hue and a finger of fluffy white foam.

Crisp toasted malt, cereal, light caramel notes, and a hint of spicy noble hops.

Cereal grains, toasted malt, biscuits, a dash of hoppy bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium-carbonation, crisp, clean.

Overall, a clean and easy drinking brew, but not quite in the great category.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow color,slightly above average carbonation. Malt,grass,yeast aroma with similar taste, maybe a little sour finish. Nothing stands outs and grabs me about this beer,wouldn't turn one down but may not seek it out either

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean golden with thick white head and modest lace.

Aroma: Malty! Grains! Yeasty! Goodness!

Taste: Sweetly malty, but not too much so, with caramel and a hint of hops in there for balance. Very much a traditional lager and a delicious one.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VicVinegar
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pdurm33
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass. Pours a clear golden body, one finger white head, fair retention, lots of lacing. Smell is biscuit and crisp fresh crackers, a bit of light caramel and noble hops out on the aroma which follow through to the flavour, a bit light and crisp in terms of malt presence, light biscuit and a bit of mild noble hop aromatics. It's not particularly bitter, but is refreshing and a bit dry. Lighter bodied, not as much depth or malty sweetness that I've had in other Marzens.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw colored and see through with a light white head from tap. This is about the lightest colored Oktoberfest brew I've tried I believe. Oktoberfest scent of toasty malt with slight grassy hops. Flavor translates well to a toasted malt flavor with some grassy hops. Thinner feel with decent carbonation. Good for the style I guess.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SABERG
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 fl oz bottle into the big mug.
A - Excellent clarity, straw colored backdrop puts moderate carbonation on full display. A loose white cap covers the offering
S - Grassy, nice cereal element from the grains, just a hint of grassy hops.
T - Very much follows the nose, this bottle has a bit of skunk to it, not unbearable. The graininess is a real treat.
M - A bit thin, excellent dry , finish, moderate carbonation keeps things clean
O - Fine offering from this wonderful brewery, Not to complex and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: light straw, small head that downs to a ring.

Nose: Malty, with a subtle hop sting.

Taste: Nice malt, cracker, honey, faint hop crisp.

Mouth: Light medium. Smooth, light carb.

One of the better helles Oktoberfests. Still carries the typical 5+ ABV of aged lager, with a lighter profile than amber varieties. A refreshing invite to cooler weather.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a good entrant in the Marzen category...

Visually appealing to the eyes, the beer has a light golden coloration with light white head and no staying power or lacing. The odor was not much to really crow about but it was very smooth and drinkable. The taste was a blend of maltiness and sweetness with distant hints of floral undertones, leaning toward being a bit complex. A good beer I wouldn't hesitate for reaching toward moving forward.

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Photo of BobW696
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smb71481
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gentle to moderate pour yields a 2 inch white head over a bright and very clear body with some lacing. Nose of malt, light bready yeast, and slight hops. Taste of malt and yeast with a very nice dry finish which makes it highly drinkable. A tad thin on the feel but still very well done overall.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pale clear straw color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- bready, doughy malt up front, along with notes of lager yeast, caramel, grape skin & forrest floor

T- bready malt and lager yeast mix with floral hop undertones, hints of caramel & bread crust, dry yeasty finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry finish

O- classic German Oktoberfest, the dry yeast finish makes this one go down quickly

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,636 ratings
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