Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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!

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[found a paper in an old pair of jeans with beer notes on it]

Pale amber color, almost a canary yellow.

A vague hoppy scent is barely present.

Vaguely skunky hops dominate the mouth, a bit of traditional spice malts as well; though both are vet underplayed.

Felt a bit flat on the palate, otherwise pleasant enough.

drinkability - Meh.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly hazy yellow beer with an almost soda like carbonation that settles to a decently sized head with surprising retention. Lots of streams of carbonation keep things going here.

S- Slightly fruity and bready with just a hint of that burnt rubber that seems to make it this way in many German lagers.

T- Wow, this tastes a lot more mellow and blended than the aroma would lead you to believe. A little bit of hoppiness goes with the malt pretty well. This seems like an excellent beer to drink with a meal.

M- Surprisingly creamy with the visible amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

D- Very drinkable and smooth. This would make a great session beer, even though the ABV is just a bit on the higher side. An enjoyable lager.

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Photo of dabudah
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Czechvar goblet.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear gold color, thick head with nice lacing.

Smell: Bready malt notes with a slightly grassy hop aroma.

Taste: Honey sweet up front fading to a balanced bitterness that lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a medium-light body.

Drinkability: A very nice light lager, not exactly what I was expecting from a "festbier" but from what I understand this is the direction German oktoberfest "biers" are heading in. Could definitely imbibe a few of these.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Paid 2.99 for a 500ml bottle. Looks great - hazy hay straw color. Nice white head and good foam. Smells nice right out of the bottle, good sweetness from the malt and just enough hops to balance. Lots of fizz but not sharp or stinging. Nice brew. I could drink this all day long.

Bottle might be a little old.

This is a great brew.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - This glowing golden brew is cloudy, and much lighter in color than other examples of the style. The head stands at a fluffy two fingers, and slowly recedes to a nice thin cap, which can be brought back to a full finger with a little swirling. Lots of really nice lace is encrusted all around the edges of my glass.

S - Pilsener-esque spicy saaz jumps out of the glass, followed by some mineral notes and a crispy-cracker malt profile. This nose has me questioning the style... I know it's called "festbier," but don't most fest-goers drink helles lager at Oktoberfest these days?

T - Okay, maybe questioning of the style listed on this site was a bit premature. This is malty as hell and laden with caramel and honey notes, along with that spicy saaz hint from the nose. This definitely tastes more like what I would expect from the style. I taste unprocessed cane sugar, brown sugar, caramel, and a hint of nuttiness, along with an almost sausage-y spice. Nicely done!

M - Medium bodied, crisply carbonated, and a little bit sugary (but not overdone) on the palate with a nice crisp and relatively clean finish.

D - Are you joking? This style is intended to be quaffed from large heavy drinking vessels hoisted while singing along to a German oompah band! I wasn't as impressed with this one as I have been with other Weihenstephaner brews, but it's still outstandingly drinkable brew!

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Photo of erosier
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a clear golden straw color with a short and thin white colored head that laces the glass somewhat on the way down.
S: Smells of toasted malts mainly and a bit of hops at the end, though they were faint.
T: Tastes of toasted malts and a faint hop taste at the end, much like the nose.
M: Light, crisp, refreshing, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer, would have liked it to be a but sweeter, but it was still a good beer. I was hoping for a darker and maltier beer, but it was still an interesting take on this style.

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Photo of Risser09
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a pee colored yellowish gold with a foamy, short-lived, 1/2" white head. Some lacing with lots of effervescence.

Smell: Pale malt and mild hop aroma. Wheat and almond oil. Smells are reminiscent of a wild yeast strain like saccromyces.

Taste: Creamy nougat and nutty flavors. Pale wheat malt. Not very much like other festbiers.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and easy to drink. Thin and creamy body are quenching. Alcohol is not noticable.

Drinkability: Very good. This beer is an all around great beer. Too bad I don't really consider it to be a festbier. Will definitely revisit.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this one in the secret Halloween BIF but I am just now getting around to trying it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass this one was consumed on 12/09/2008.

The pour was decent, clean looking with lots of carbonation sneaking up from the bottom. Formed a tight little head of maybe an inch on the top that faded down gradually and then left behind basically nothing.

The aroma was light, bready malts with a hint of a caramel sweetness. Light touch of grape like fruit in their providing a slight nose of sour. Rich tones working their way in the flavor though. Quick, clean hitting and crisp, this was a definite session beer to say the least. Nice well rounded malt flavor with a hint of light hops toward the end that were just enough to provide a nice touch of balance. Intresting mix of vibrant carbonation and light feel led to a supreme sense of sessionability.

In the end a classic little brew. Nothing to do back flips over but more then decent on every account. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.

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Photo of beveritt
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. I love the label on this one, the neck has the blue and white checks of the Bavarian flag and the main label is designed to look like a decorated wreath. Has the code of 6258 on the label, but no other brewed on date information.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of pure white head. This settles slowly, eventually falling to just a few islands of foam amongst a thin coating. Decent lacing remains. The beer itself is medium yellow, perfectly clear and shows a fair amount of activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with hints of bubblegum esters and an almost wheat like twang in the finish.

Taste: Decent carbonation bite upfront leads into a more flavorful taste than one would guess based upon color. Caramel and mild citrus body that finishes with a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Above average carbonation level. Bod y is very good.

Drinkability: While much lighter in color than I would expect from a Marzen/Oktoberfest, I suppose these guys are the ones that really know how to do it. The rich flavor is more in keeping with what I am used to; caramel malt and a sweet finish. Like it.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this one. Celar gold pour, white head. Faint aroma of grass and malt. Light spice and yeast with the hops to make it even lighter tasting. I expected so much more from a seasonal, especailly and Oktoberfest. Still better than a Budweiser, though not by much.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass...
A - pours a hazy golden color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - i detect a strong "wheaty" aroma with sweet malt

T - again, a very wheaty flavor with pine

M/D - not a very drinkable/enjoyable beer in my opinion. Its a little too thin and overcarbonated. It just wasn't an appealing drink for me.

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

While I wait for dinner to cook, I'll wet my appetite with a beer. On to the beer:

Somewhat hazy in the body, a deep blonde color, the head is small but holds up solidly. Musty wood-like aroma with some maltiness. The taste...spicy, hops faint medicinal flavor, mild matiness, honey. Hmmm...a little lighter and coarse than I was expecting overall. Still, this is worth a try.

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really like this beer. I could drink it all day long (except for the fairly high alcohol content). However, for the style, it totally misses. While the aroma seems right, the taste barely has the Marzen kick I expected, hence the taste ding. The color is way too pale but the mouth feel and overall drinkability were very pleasant. While not representing the style well, still a good beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 from Bevmo

A - Pours a deep golden color, with 2 fingered head, that disappears before I can finish typing.

S - Honey, caramel, and toasted malts.

T - Honey, caramel, toasted malts, slightly buttery, and spicy hops.

M - Very carbonated, the malts and hops do not mesh that well. A little thin too.

D - It's average. Slightly opaque in color for an oktoberfest and a little thin on the mouthfeel. Definitely like the toasted malts though.

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Photo of Phillyduke
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. NR poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Beer is very pale for a Märzen/Oktoberfest...a bright golden color with an ever so slight chill haze to it. A 1-finger head of fizzy foam dissipates quickly to a very thin cap. Barely any retention and only the slightest bit of fine lace.

S: Sweet malt and some yeastiness with a twinge of medicinal alcohol.

T/M: Mild, light-to-medium bodied lager with very little, if any, hop character. Dominant flavor is of bready malts. Carbonation is a little on the flat side, but the beer coats the palate nicely. Slightly bitter finish lingers for awhile.

D/O: The taste is relatively tame and one-dimensional, which leads to a pretty high score on the drinkability scale. Classifying this as a Märzen/Oktoberfest leads me to review it against the style, which I think this beer completely misses. I understand this is a newer-breed of lighter "Oktoberfest" beers, but it's certainly not a Märzen lager (if it is, it's a pretty poor attempt by such a good brewery). If this was brewed to be consumed in mass quantities over the course of the day, then it's a successful, easy-drinking lager that does what it was intended to do. I enjoyed it for what it was, but think a different style classification is in order here.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color with a slight haze. Rich and creamy aromas mingle with some citrusy overtones, this is very unique and attractive. Rarely do you mix citrus and dairy without a curdling mess, but it really works for this beer because it is so subtle and refined. Body is light yet has a rich and satisfying character that could get dangerous, I could easily pour this down the hatch while riding my German lawnmower down the Autobahn.

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Photo of danadeny
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a white head on top of a straw colored body. the smell is classic german helles / pilsner "corn" smell i always associate this particular malt with. tase is pretty standard to a festbier, a slightly different malt is used then normal to give the festbier a distinct flavor, i think it taste a little more corm like and a little more bitter that the usual helles. mouthfeel is carbonated and slick at the end. drinkability is good, hard to find something to complain about a good beer like this.

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Photo of pojo41
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlike most festbiers this poured a hazy lemony yellow with a nice white fluffy head that didn't last long but, left some lacing.
Aroma was a spicy mix of lemon and citrus with a bit of pale malt.
Flavor tas spicy and a bit spicy and tangy with some biscuit underneath. Mouthfeel was good to make this an extremely drinkable fest beer. I liked it a lot

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's a bunch of nuns drinking festbier on the cover of the six pack. Why? Do nuns brew Weihenstephaner? Are nuns the target buyer for Weihenstephaner? Were nuns used in or harmed in any way during the process of making Weihenstephaner festbier? I attempted some sleuthing but the brewery website appears to be in German. As the Germans say, I'm uber curious.

Pours a pale see-through yellow with a nice head that quickly dissipates into mediocre lacing. Wheat and yeast aroma with hints of honey.

Tastes like it smells: wheat and yeast with some typical marzen sweetness. Whereas most Oktoberfests taste like apple juice this is more of a granny smith apple juice: very light. Dry, crisp finish.

Though this is more of a Septemberfest than an Oktoberfest, it's not bad. I like it as a post run refresher.

Get back to me if you know what's up with the nuns.

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Photo of spointon
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into my Sam Adams lager glass.

A= This beer poured a very clear, very pale straw yellow color with a 1/4" white head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim and left a fair amount of spotty lace on the glass.

S= The aromas of this beer were not typical of a martzen/festbier in my opinion. I found some appropriately sweet malt, but overpowering that were overly strong notes of noble hops and a strong yeast presence.

T= Much like the aroma, the "appropriate" flavors were trumped by the hops and the yeast.
The malt end of things consisted of sweetness and fresh mown hay. The hops were bitter and seemed more appropriate to a Czech pilsner than a festbier. The chalky yeast flavors were reminiscent of some milder Belgian ales I have had.

MF= Light to medium body, relatively crisp carbonation.

D= I hate to pan a beer from a brewery as great as Weihenstephaner but I have to do it. I am no purist, so its not that I didn't like this beer because it broke some silly rules. Its just that this beer was not terribly enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Hazy deep yellow color. White head has poor retention, but leaves tons of lacing.

4.0 S: Grainy, biscuity malts. Floral hops. A hint of spice. Very good aroma, but could be stronger.

5.0 T: I really like this. It has the standard Oktoberfest flavor, but without any of the pungency that is present in the majority of brews. Lots of spice. Grainy malts. Very good balance of hops and malts. Hops are earthy and herbal.

4.5 M: Medium body, perfect carbonation, and really smooth.

5.0 D: This is probably the best oktoberfest I've had. Can't get much more drinkable that that.

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Photo of chrism86
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured rather pale lemon tending orange colour with a reasonable snow white head that dissapates rather quickly. Aromas are dominated by sweet fruit (mainly citrus) with some grainy malt coming into play also. Palate shows more of the same, with the grainy malt adding an almost flinty character (IMO) Rather light palate is served well by the dry finish, that perhaps lacks penetration due to the extremely low bitterness, which i suppose the style requires. I can see why this is their Oktoberfest brew, its really drinkable!

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Photo of Matty1918
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a royal pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with nice foamy white head. The head settles down and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

A nice earthy aroma...sweet malts and grains.

A nice sweet malt flavor up front with a hint of dry bitterness at the end...not overwhelming. Very well balanced.

Not much in the mouthfeel but very drinkable. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of botham
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a curiously pale amber color with a single finger of dense white head. light lacings and solid retention.

aroma is malty, with a hay like quality and notes of distant caramel and a deep buscuit like character that feeds off of the malt undertones. a bit light on the caramel malts for a marzen.

taste is of a wet hay-like malt and caramel malt up front, with a lightly staling quality and a finish of stale grain and notes of bready malt in the aftertaste. this brew falls short of anything else from Weihenstephaner, which is dissapointing.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate, with a bit of CO2 upon finishing and a light bitterness after the fact.

drinkability is decent. this is not much of a marzen, without the caramel malt quality, nor a warming sensation that the style usually showcases. the staleness in the grain does not help either. hopefully this brew is much better on-tap in germany, because this does not stand up to any other offering from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is typical of a Munich Marzen style beer, light in color with a modest to slight head, subtle aroma of malts, and a clean crisp dry taste. Unlike the American Marzens that have risen in popularity, this one lacks any sign of sweetness, but sports a clean carbonated finish with a slight hop a the end. A very drinkable beer for the earlier days of Oktoberfest season, but perhaps a bit light for the days of waning daylight.

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