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
Ratings:
1,547
Reviews:
620
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
205
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0
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Photo of mltobin
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerinabottle
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kavinci
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Segelstrom
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 10Crumra
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 aknalley
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of CPAles
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Phoneguy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Photo of jermichael
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,547 ratings.
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