Weihenstephaner Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #72
Ranked #29,326
3.76 | pDev: 12.5%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Very Good
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Notes: 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!
Reviews: 688 | Ratings: 1,747
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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Exceptionally pale and clear straw color with two fingers of white head. Heavy lacing.

Lovely grain-forward aroma with a hint of sweetness and light floral hops.

The taste is fairly clean, with a touch of biscuity malt, a slight mineral element, a hint of mint-like herbs and some dull bitterness.

Light to medium bodied with a little stickiness to the feel and modest carbonation.

There's a certain softness around the edges of this one that reminds me of a Czech pils -- but in Oktoberfest form. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/14/18, consumed 9/9/18

Pours a beautiful, rich crystal clear gold with a big head that left tons of lacing. Aroma is a bit milder than the taste. Bready and malty with a bit of spice and hops. Feel was medium and thin, very easy drinking. Overall like a scaled down Oktoberfest made for increased drinking.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a dimpled mug, the appearance was a muddled burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head. Dissipated nicely to leave a methodical film of lace slowly weaving into some stringy lace.
The aroma had a smooth semi-sweet to a slightly spicy blend of nutty and caramel/toffee malts to earthy and grassy hops. Undertoned by some floral hops and bready/crustiness.
The flavor mixes the prior mentioned aromas very nicely and leaning towards the sweet side. Very smooth aftertaste of nuts, caramel/toffee malts, earthy hop spice and grassy tones.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full bodied with a signature form of sessionability. Carbonation felt on par with the ABV feeling appropriate. Finish was semi-nutty with a sly stickiness.
Overall, this is pretty much the standard for the style, if you ask me. It's sessionability makes this an absolutely stellar beer to always seek out every Autumn.

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Photo of bret717
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 6/14/18, reviewed 8/29/18

Look- Pours a clear, very pale golden straw color with a billowing white head that settles to about a 1/2 finger. Lots of bubbly carbonation and sheets of lacing

Aroma- a blend of bready, crusty malt and slightly floral and spicy hops

Taste- follows the nose with an exquisite blend of bready, crusty malt and floral and spicy hops, along with hint of bitterness. There's really no beginning or end to the malts and hops and they interact so well they almost become one in perfect balance.

Feel- medium body with medium carbonation; semi-dry and lightly bitter finish

Overall- Fantastic festbier, and possibly the most perfectly balanced beer I've ever had

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Photo of Tucquan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-08-17 from a 2018 330ml bottle

A - Clear gold with a monstrous 4-finger pillowy-white head that sticks around leaving good lace

S - Rising white bread dough, honey, pear and light noble hop spiciness.

T - Rising sourdough bread dough (quite yeasty), pear skin, white pepper, grassy/herbal hops and some lingering herbal bitterness.

M - Light medium body and medium carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O - Didn't love this brew. I know it is a Festbier not an Oktoberfest but I guess I was expecting a sweeter malt profile. This has little-if-any caramel and it's more bitter in the finish than I expected. I definitely prefer the Weihenstephan collaboration with Sierra Nevada on their 2018 Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Amendm
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-oz. bottle poured heavily into a 16-oz. mug creates a half finger sized foamy white head that fades to a ring with sticky lacing. Clear golden-yellow color turns pale yellow in front of light. Tiny rising bubbles around the mug.
Smell features lager yeast, rye bread and faint hops.
Taste follows with added malty sweetness and sour flavor plus stronger floral hops.
Mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with ample carbonation, ends with a semi-dry slightly bitter finish.
Despite the strong pour needed to get a decent sized head there is enough CO2 to keep up the middle of the taste/feel. Abundant malts, both sweet and slightly sour, and moderate hops are well balanced. Smooth easy drinker.

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4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle code 4248
1/2" dense white head with outstanding retention at 1/4" and then a solid cap. Straw gold color with great clarity and a consistent carbonation rising from the bottom. Persistent lacing.
Bready malt, soft malt aroma with a spicy hop overtone.
Outstanding balance of malt and hops, so well done....it is definitely a "more-ish" beer and a little hard for me to describe other than I really like it.
Clean, medium bodied mouthfeel. The hops linger in a very pleasant unexpected way.
Drinkability and flavor is top notch. Outstanding beer.

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Photo of spectru
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite pale with a foamy white head; A sweet musty aroma; the taste is slightly sweet and flavorful; Mouthfeel is smooth and foamy; A good drinkable beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, the brew date is "0227" which I understand to be the 22nd week of 2017 or about June 1, 2017.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head, good retention, slowly dissipated until a thin, mostly unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, medium carbonation, moderate lacing on the glass.

SMELL: faint to the nose, brown sugar and toasted bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and lightly toasted bread, then a light kiss of noble hops at the end.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: I like this Marzen better than most because the roasted note is less pronounced and there is a more assertive hop profile, make no mistake, it's still a malt forward beer as you would expect from the style, I enjoyed this and would buy again no problem, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer but not your typical October fare. To me there is still a familiar Pilsner lager backbone. No caramel or sweetness to speak of. Give it a try

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Photo of claminat420
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured heavily into a pint glass. 3247 17:05:47 marked on the back of bottle.

Appearance- super transparent piss yellow with a frothy white head that leaves hardly any lacing.

Aroma- cereal grains and yeast. nothing great.

Taste- light flavor. mostly cereal with maybe the slightest spicy floral hop. yeast is more if the nose than taste. not bad but nothing crazy.

Mouthfeel- light bodied. alil over carbonated.

Drinkability- probably be the last six of this stuff I ever purchase.

Overall- this brewery might be the oldest but times have changed. this beer is like a stepped up version of a American macro. not great but somewhat drinkable. after recently having a hacker pschorr Oktoberfest this beer doesn't stand close to it.


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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +6.4%
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 +1.3%
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 -3.5%
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 secondtooth
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Stevedore
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 SABERG
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Dinglehacker
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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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3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 bobv
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JamFuel
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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 mattlubrino
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1747 ratings