Weihenstephaner Festbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #72
Ranked #29,287
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: 689 | Ratings: 1,749
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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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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An average rating of 3.74 for this is criminal. Let's bring that up. This beer pours a bright and clear golden yellow with a perfect bone white foamy head that lasts and laces very well. Following the same vein of Helles style Oktoberfest biers, this smells mostly of sweet rolls, biscuit, and sprinkles of earthy, spicy hops. Flavor follows seamlessly, allowing you to know that you are drinking a true German lager. Feel is dry enough to consume invitingly, yet bold enough to encourage a slight restraint. On the sweeter side, but a noticeable bitterness keeps it from being to sweet. Overall, this is a pretty damn good Festbier. Perhaps not in the same league as the Original Six, or what we've grown accustomed to in The States (overly sweet and spiced ambers to now overly hopped with newer varietals), but this is a good Festbier properly made by the world's oldest brewery. Prost!

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2.38/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

L - medium gold with a coarse head that was replaced by a thinner and creamier one due to the lively carbonation.
S - Bright, stinging hoppiness. No malt or sweetness.
T - Total pale Euro lager. Consistent with the smell but crazy off for the style.
F - Same as taste.
O - Thank god it was not a blind tasting. I'm sure my guess would have been insulting, quite possible creating an international incident.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +17.8%
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 PatrickCT
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
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 angrybabboon
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Steve-Atlantic
4.86/5  rDev +29.3%
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
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 slightly metallic 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 light Maibock or a heavy bodied pilsner. Great beer. Consistently one of the best Festbiers.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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%
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 +15.7%
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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4.06/5  rDev +8%
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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4.1/5  rDev +9%
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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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11 2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium large tulip (why not?!)

Totally crystal clear golden nugget color. Light carbonation but enough to create and support a fine white, bubbly foam topping. Nice lacing and good bubbly coverage.

Freshly baked white bread malty aroma hits the nose first. Wild honey pie, green veggie and herbs for the hops, spice racK attack and some earthy, grains like corn and wheat pop out pretty huge.

A cleaner, and more complex light golden malt effect than it's commonly imported cousin : Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier.

The malt is sweet and sour, bready with honey and herbs. Classic Fest bier style, but old world style....a lighter malt but still sweet. Sour and wild lager yeast with mostly herbal and spicy hops to back it up. Just perfect style balance and authenticity. Medium level of complexity but true to style. A fine example.

I must admit, I like the authentic, golden hued festbier's from D-land. Not heavy, but festy!

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a solid beer. Definitely lighter than a typical Oktoberfest but it is so refreshing and crisp while still maintaining a full flavor. Sometimes it's hard to top tradition and experience. yb

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 9267-10:06:43. Sampled on August 30, 2017.

It pours a very heady golden yellow with good clarity. The white head is frothy and long lasting.

The aroma is about what I would expect from the style with a nice cracker and bread Euro-malt character, sweet caramel, and grassy hops. It smells clean and fresh.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is that rich, sweet Euro-malt toastiness with not as much grass and a mild to medium dry finish on the backside. A feint lemon zest effervescence too. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

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

Decanted from 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no clear production information and I cannot interpret the codes on the back label: 9267 and 11:55:16.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow with a half inch, white head showing little retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of bread and spices predominate. Not complex, but very clean.
T: Very sweet up front, with honey, bread, and spice flavors. Bitterness comes on a little strong at the back, but has a clean finish.
M: Light bodied with persistent light carbonation. Creamy.
O: Enjoyable, really show a great deal more character than most beers with this degree of pallor. Will have again.

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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Seidel Mug although I wish it was a Mass. No date.

L: Super clear, straw yellow, finger and a half of white head has great retention. A beautiful beer. Great lacing.

S: Super clean aroma, lots of pale malts, honey, floral and spicy hops are light. Really wonderful aroma.

T: Again pale malts, sweet honey aroma is slightly less here, still floral and spicy hops are light as well, super easy to drink because it is delicious and clean.

F: Light body, crisp, clean finish. Super creamy mouthfeel.

O: What a magnificent beer. This is German beer perfection. Prost!

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Photo of crisis1290
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super solid beer to say the least. A very nice golden amberish color with a two finger foam cloud off the pour. Smooth and creamy body . Very well balanced, not a heavy beer. Not overly spiced up or hopped up, which makes this Oktoberfest stand out from the basic wanna be Fest beers. I am a huge fan of this brewery. How can you go wrong with the worlds oldest brewery ?

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: doughy, malty, grainy nose. Malt aromas are moderate, toasty aromas are low and floral, spicy hops are medium low. there are no strong toast, biscuit or caramel aromas.

L: Brilliant light gold pour producing a 1.5" foam cap that takes a full 5 minutes to reduce to a thick, lacy film. Steady stream of bubbles rise to the top of the glass.

T: Start with medium light doughy malt and a soft sweetness quickly balanced with a medium low bitterness and seasoned with medium low spicy floral hops. The beer has a clean fermentation character with very slight toasty aspects.

F: A very smooth and creamy medium body with medium carbonation make this very easy to drink.

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Photo of KMillard
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Difficult to tell the difference between this and the original helles, even when drinking back to back. Obviously, this is a good thing as helped us a benchmark. Color is slightly more Amber and taste a tad sweeter, but otherwise similar. This reminds be of my favorite Oktoberfest beer, Augustiner, though it has more marzen characteristics than this. But neither this nor Augustiner nor Hofbrau have the darker malt and associated flavor you get with Paulander, Haacker, or Spaten or the heavy yeast of Ayinger. This is a very light bodied, extraordinarily balanced Oktoberfest and as it is usually priced less than their helped lager, you should buy and drink 6 to 24.

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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Clear pale golden body with a lasting white head. Aroma of bread, hay and floral hops. Taste is what the aroma suggests with notes of bread, hay, biscuit and floral hops even honey. . I think it’s a bit more bitter than an average Oktoberfest beer. Balanced, crisp and clean. Simple, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Clear bright gold in color with very thick white fluffy head, it stands with excellent retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy crown and leaving plenty of lacing patch and spot along the way, moderate visible carbonation.

Floral and leafty hop, very sweet honey, bread, toasted biscuit, cereal grain, sweet dough, mild fruity, some cooked veggies, lots of malty goodness here in a nose.

Sweetness in the taste like honey and caramel and breadiness like all those malt characters stated in the aroma as well as some toasted trait, some crisp of herbal and earthy hop and some bitterness too as well as subtle fruity citrus.

Medium to rather full body with smooth mouthfeel from its moderate lively crisp carbonation, quite refreshing, finish is dry and clean.

Another pretty good offering from ones of the oldest brewery in the world, it will never go wrong when it comes to Weihenstephaner.

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1749 ratings