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 Gtwreck45
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curlybird
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer in the glass: deep gold, perfectly clear, and topped by a strong off-white head with great retention.

Lovely balanced aroma, with noble hops and a touch of pine offsetting bready caramel and pale malts.

Flavor follows, an intriguing dance between caramel malt, fruit bread, grassy hops, and wildflower honey. A touch of berries as well.

Medium bodied; exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tinfang
4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dkemp713
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeutralOverlookHotel
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MFS_71
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jethro
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear straw yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like apple juice, pears, grape, honey, mild caramel, toasted white bread, with herbal earthy grassy pine. Tastes like fresh apples, pear, grape, big toasted crusty white bread, mild caramel, honey, with some herbal earthy grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with low carbonation. Overall a really nice festbier.

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Photo of papposilenus
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Botulizard
4.75/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warpig372
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lembeh
4.83/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tis the season of Oktoberfest and what better way to celebrate than drink some of the best festbiers out there.

Pours a dark straw yellow color. Bright white head. Smell is of white toast, like a really good bread straight out of the oven. Taste follows the nose but this has massive floral overtones. Very tasty brew this. Mouthfeel is spot on for this style and is not too thin.

Classic Oktoberfestbier done right. Prost!

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Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Clear and golden in color with a white, mid-sized head. The aroma has hops, grain, pale malt, and a bit of dms. Malty, but also firmly bitter and balanced. Medium in body and lightly bready in the hind-taste. This is okay, but not great.

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Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (code says 9206, 12:17:18) into a nonic glass.

A-The beer is really light in color for a marzen, a yellowish gold. The head is white and starts out fat, but quickly fades to a cap that hangs around for almost the entire time I am drinking. No lace. Carbonation is active in there.

S-The aroma is underwhelming. I sniff mostly a grainy mixture of pale pils malt flavors like bread and honey. There is a bit of a sulphuric metallic bite, but no real hop notes to speak of. More pilsner than marzen.

T-The taste is also on the pils side of things. At least the beer is less grainy, but malts are still pale and mild with a dose of honey sweetness and bread crust being prominent. Hops are pretty subdued and slightly metallic with just a hint of grassy spice.

M-The body is medium in heft and drinkable. Carbonation is chunky and active on my palate.

O-The beer is pretty mediocre. If you are looking for a light flavored marzen, this might be your jam, but I think it drinks more like a ho-hum (and sweet) pils than a festbier.

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Photo of Chackman151
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of erk0607
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light, golden straw color body with a finely carbonate head that lingers, forms a slick atop the body, and the lacing hangs around too.
Smell: Floral, strong, dank hops. Grain.
Taste: Crusty bread, sweet grassy/hops you'd imagine finding in a meadow after a fresh rainshower. Bitter hop aftertaste comes through, but not so bitter that you can't enjoy it.
Feel: Has a bit of a zing to it, but foams up ever so slightly on the tongue. On the lighter end of the spectrum.
Overall: Pretty good. Don't have Märzens all that often, so it's a nice treat.

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