Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
1,619 Ratings
Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier

Brewed by:
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 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

Photo of JamFuel
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow, with thick, dense foam.

Smell is bready and malty with a hint of soap.

Taste starts off with sweet malts, then adds a relatively soft bitterness. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, and quite creamy. Lively carbonation.

Overall, a very good lager by one of the masters of Germany.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattlubrino
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light Golden Color, Clear, light head.
Smell: Primarily Malt slight hops.
Taste: Less malt than a typical Oktoberfest. Hops hit you quickly but subtly for a crisp finish that lasts.
Feel: Crisp and Clean. More mouthfeel than a typical lager or pilsner but less than a n average Oktoberfest.

Overall: Sad to see such a fine german beer with such a low rating. This beer is a great example of german brewing and should be a staple of Oktoberfests. Will be drinking many of these this season.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An average rating of 3.74 for this is criminal. Let's bring that up. This beer pours a bright and clear golden yellow with a perfect bone white foamy head that lasts and laces very well. Following the same vein of Helles style Oktoberfest biers, this smells mostly of sweet rolls, biscuit, and sprinkles of earthy, spicy hops. Flavor follows seamlessly, allowing you to know that you are drinking a true German lager. Feel is dry enough to consume invitingly, yet bold enough to encourage a slight restraint. On the sweeter side, but a noticeable bitterness keeps it from being to sweet. Overall, this is a pretty damn good Festbier. Perhaps not in the same league as the Original Six, or what we've grown accustomed to in The States (overly sweet and spiced ambers to now overly hopped with newer varietals), but this is a good Festbier properly made by the world's oldest brewery. Prost!

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Photo of smbslt
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

L - medium gold with a coarse head that was replaced by a thinner and creamier one due to the lively carbonation.
S - Bright, stinging hoppiness. No malt or sweetness.
T - Total pale Euro lager. Consistent with the smell but crazy off for the style.
F - Same as taste.
O - Thank god it was not a blind tasting. I'm sure my guess would have been insulting, quite possible creating an international incident.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Weihenstephaner Festbier, 5.8% ABV, 26 IBU. Pours pale yellow with a two finger white head which left nice lacing. Nose is yeasty/bready, taste follows, slightly sweet, with a slight bitter close, leading into dryness. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Reef
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 3247
Lovely golden hue, fluffy white head. Curtain of lacing and significant remnants on the surface.
Inviting bready aroma with pear or Apple on the margins.
Bread, grape sweetness, floral notes appear later. Dry finish.
Light body, crisp, long lasting carbonation.
I much prefer this to the marzen fest beers. Prost!

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Photo of Zombiefeynman
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PatrickCT
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow body without much vibrance. One finger white head with typically short retention. Active carbonation.
The aroma opens with huge bready malts, followed by a faint floral, earty hop prescences.
The taste is shockingly sweet and bready. The big, beefy malt is not balanced by the modest hops.
Surprising drinkable, considering the malty, bready dominance. Probably due to the high carbonation.

Not the best representation of the style, nor Weihenstephaner beers in general.

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Photo of davillanx
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fuhrman
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic beer, but pretty light on flavor and color. Slightly dry taste with a quick dissipating head after the pour.

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Photo of acurtis
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of angrybabboon
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 9/16/17

A: Medium to deep gold - crystal clear - pours with a large, fluffy, white head, retains a small cap and a medium collar, leaves some nice lacing -

S: Mild overall - bready and grainy with some bread dough, freshly baked bread, touch of toasted bread, raw grains and light toasted grains - some floral notes - lager yeast - lightly grassy - light fruit and low sweetness

T: Grainy and bready, more like a pilsner than I would have expected for the style - light grains, some lightly toasted grains - bread dough, bread, toasted light bread, bread crust, hint of biscuits - floral - lightly grassy - some dark bread/bread crust sweetness and some grape-like sweetness, but mostly dry

M: Light body, crisp, very drinkable

O: Do I even understand the Märzen style enough to make sense of this beer?

I've been drinking a lot of lagers this year, and I've actually been drinking a lot of Weihenstephaner lately. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high, as I am not particularly blown away by their Festbier. I was expecting something more toasty caramel flavor. But should I have expected that? Regardless, most of Weihenstepaner's catalog is world class, so it's hard for every beer to be so perfect.

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Photo of jkblr
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottled 4/1/17 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer pours bright straw yellow with fluffy off white head. The head sticks around and leaves some lacing. The aroma is bready and yeasty. The taste is semisweet malt and a touch of bitterness to balance and dry out the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. This is a fuller bodied, maltier pilsner and it's really good.

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Photo of TooGood
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve-Atlantic
4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What an amazing German masterpiece this beer is. Everytime I drink this beer I'm surpised at how much I enjoy it. The creamy mouthfeel, (small bubbles like their Pilsener) subtle spice and nice German hop presence make it the perfect beer for the early fall in New England.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It is a clear gold with an sufficient amount of puffy white head. Decent retention, but not mustaches clinging like a typical Oktoberfest.

It smells like browned/ toasted white bread crust and honey and dough, with a light floral note.

Sweet and bready grains up front followed by a decent amount of spicy and grassy hops with a Maibock like bitterness in the end.

Fairly creamy feel, but crisp at the same time and very dry in the finish.

This is exactly what it says. A Festbier. It isn't quite as malty or sweet as many Oktoberfests. It is kind of like a Maibock or a heavy bodied pilsner. Great beer.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear gold with a white head. Smells of bread and sweet malt. Tastes of sweet malt, German yeast, bread, and very subtle spices. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall this is definitely the best festbier I've tried. These guys don't make a less than awesome beer.

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Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Weihenstephaner beer i've tried, easily the best Oktoberfest out there next to the Ayinger Oktoberfest beer. Quite a treat. Light, refreshing, sweet and crisp. Maybe the best all-round lager. Felt more like a Helles than a Marzen.

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,619 ratings
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