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Weihenstephaner Festbier | 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!

Added by mzwolinski on 10-27-2002

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Ratings: 1,636 |  Reviews: 655
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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Photo of matcris
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A crystal clear, straw/golden, with a finger of white foam that quickly settles to a ring. Very mild lacing down the glass. The aroma is lots of light bready grain, and mildly spicy/grassy hops. The flavor, is, sweet, lightly toasted grain, and then comes a balancing hop, mild, bitterness on the finish. The feel, is, perfect. Full carbonation, medium body, and quite dry, but, a little sticky on the lips. Overall, perfect, for me, for a fest brew, if you don't want the big caramel malt type O'fest brew.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold, with ample white head & lacing.

Aroma is bready malt, with a damp, slightly sweet, floral note.

Flavor follows nose, finishing with a light, pleasant bitterness.

Feel is smooth, and slightly creamy, with very fine carbonation. Still, comes across as moderately crisp, overall.

Overall, a nice, easy-drinking-all-day kind of beer. Seems like a slightly sweet pils, in its lightness, and crispness, rather than the usual Oktoberfest's emphasis on deep maltiness. I would like this anytime, not just late summer/fall. : )

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

Photo of DocWaters
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a golden color with a nice head, soon reducing to a modest head and remaining for a bit. Malt in the nose, malt in the mouth. Gutes Bier!

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,636 ratings
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