Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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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Photo of StJamesGate
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Steady pitted white carpet over platinum. 4.25
Sweet honey-biscuit with hints of melon, grass, and flowers. 4
Fresh country loaf dough, not crystal/speciality at all, a touch of lemon, and mild hay hops. 4
Shortbread end and tingly anise linger.
Soft, round, light. 4.5

Sliky body, sweet malts, no hints of ABV - class act all around. I’d actually like a bit more punch to let me know that this is a Marzen - it’s on the very light end of that scale. But super easy and impeccably crafted. 4.25

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold colour. Sweet clean malt aroma, grains, slightly spicy. Crisp and malty, light-bodied and sweet. Clean finish, simple and not much to it but delicious.

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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 josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From XXXII. In Paulaner glass. Watching Sucker Punch.Very drinkable and good tasting. Although it doesnt amaze either, I have to recognize that its one of the best exponents of in its style

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great example of a true Oktoberfest beer. It's full and rich, quick on the palate, and a decent aftertaste. It's not too strong, but certainly not lacking in flavor. Overall, a pleasant beer. I had mine in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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

Appearance: Clear medium golden body, with a small, dense, snow-white head, with good persistence. A thin, wave-form ring of lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Moderately sweet and lightly toasted malts vie with grassy hops to produce a decent, though not overpowering aroma.

Taste: Begins with a wave of faintly tart, sweet and lightly toasted malts, accompanied by a faint nuttiness. Floral and particularly grassy hops offer a gracious counterpoint to the malt. These flavors compliment each other well to the close, where the grassy hops ascend, leaving a modest, lingering herbal bitterness in their wake.

Mouth feel: A rather light body, offers a surge of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very simple, and very good, not an über-Oktoberfest, as is the fashion today, but more sn example that harkens to the traditional style. This is one to look for next and every autumn.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier.

Well at least the store I mentioned in my last post had something going for it. They were attempting to move all the Oktoberfest product to make way for the winter beers to come through. Got this single for $1 flat in a bin. I'm not even sure how many Weihenstephaner beers I've actually had, but they are usually pretty damn tasty so I have some high hopes for their Oktoberfest which I'm drinking in November ;).

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a mug for maximum effect. This beer has a crystal clear yellow body with a thick frothy finger of white head that lays upon the top as though it were an ironed blanket. I have never seen a beer this fucking clear in my life. You think AALs are clear? You should look at this one. The carbonstion appears to be pretty damn high on this beer. By now the head has died down to a think frothy amongst the top of the beer. The head eventually dies down to a moderately thick ring around the edges. Leaves a decent amount of lacing in the bottom half of the glass.

Smell - Oh Satan Dark Lord in the promised land of Hell, it's skunky. Cannot say I'm surprised' it is German after all but I did expect the fact it is in a brown bottle to at least hold up a bit better than it did. The skunk isn't annoyingly so, the malts and breadyness come through as you would expect in an oktoberfest. Missing any of the caramel hints and is mostly munich like malts and white bread. Not notice of the typical fizzy yellow swill scents so I guess it wins some points for that.

Taste - Alright it really tastes a lot like an amped up Euro Lager. Big skunk on the forefront with a white breadyness all around the mouth. A bit more maltyness comes through and finally the caramel makes an appearance although it isn't exactly dominant by any means. Doesn't have much else in the way of flavor so i'll move right along to the next category.

Feel - The body is fuller than I anticipatrd given the looks of the beer and the flavors profile. Sits moderate to full and fills the mouth out nicely. Only faint hints of skunk as the beer sits and the bready aspect takes over for the most part. Despite the apparently high carbonation, it doesn't feel all that high in the mouth. The finish is among the dryest I have ever come across in a brew.

Overall - I understand that is is considered by many to be the epitome of German Oktoberfestbieren. BUT, to me it just tasted like an amped up Euro Pale Lager with a larger body to boot. Don't get me wrong, this is an okay beer, but with so many better oktoberfests available I do not see myself revisiting this one next Fall. Easy to drink at an acceptable ABV, but so are many, many other beers. Sure the old timers will be arguing with me for this review, butttt whatever :)..

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Much lighter in appearance than most Oktoberfest beers I have had. Looks like a regular yellow lager. Tasted like a cross between their Original Helles Style Lager and an Oktoberfest. Very refreshing and super drinkable.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of cavedave
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and white gold/dark straw with a quick to retreat finger of foam crowning.

Med. strength aroma, crisp crackery malt, mild hop spice, and nice light tang from the yeast.

Light/med. strength taste, all the flavors of the aroma present, perfectly balanced, clean. Sip ends with the noble hop spice picking up and the yeast hanging in too.

Light bodied, medium carb. refreshing, a touch watery for style, with a finish that is clean but not to the caliber of many other Marzens.

I like the new move to lighten Oktoberfestbiers, but this one is a bit too light. Worth a shot, but better off with Ayinger, Spaten, or Hofbrau.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Clear and pale golden colored beer. Some lively action from the bubbles within. A finger and a bit of rocky white head is poured retention is quite good. Minimal lacing left behind. Not nearly as copper colored as every other Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

Smell - Autumn harvest. Some large grainy notes, a slightly earthy aroma and hints of autumn vegetables. Some slightly sweet aromas on the back end too. A certain grape-like aroma makes itself known too.

Taste - This one's a little different. Coarse grain flavors dominate with some vegetative notes (reminds me of fall, squash and pumpkin without ever remotely tasting like a gourd). A vinous grape-esque flavor appears mid sip. the big brazen caramel flavor I usually get from a Marzen, is silent here.

Mouthfeel - Very light, soft body. Carbonation is present but subtle which seems to be a theme from Weihenstephaner. Finish is dry.

Overall - Definitely a little different than many others in the style, to me it tastes like if you crossed and Oktoberfest and a Kolsch, added some Munich Helles Lager and spun it around you might get something like this. Of course Weihenstephaner is one of the best breweries in the world, so the delicacy in shaping those flavors and smells is divine. I can see why this may not have struck a cord with all drinkers, but definitely worth a try, and I'm hoping one day this will come to Ontario.

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