Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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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Photo of TH28
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330cl bottle. Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a light white foam head. Aroma: Bready malt with a strong floral, spicy hop aroma. Taste: Light, bready malt with a spicy, moderate bitterness. Very similar to a Helles, maybe slightly more on the bitter side. Mouthfeel: Light body with a brisk carbonation. Hint of alcohol warmth in the finish. Finish: Bready, spicy hop flavors linger after the swallow. Overall: Very similar overall to the Weihenstephaner Original Helles. Bitterness is slightly more pronounced and there is a touch of alcohol warmth not found in the Original.

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Photo of Buck89
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thick white head. Good retention. Muted aroma with some malt but little else. Taste solid but nothing special for the style, with malt but little hop character. Clean finish.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Clear golden color with one finger head. Sweet malty aroma, grassy. Taste is similar, with hint of banana easy to drink and not too sweet.

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Photo of Myotus
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Straw yellow in color. Lots of ascending bubbles. Lacing is subtle and thin.
SMELL: Mild aromas of pale malts, caramel malts, and sweet bread meet subtle aromas of spicy hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong caramel malty goodness and sweet bread. Mild pale malt and spicy hop flavors enter immediately after. A hint of floral hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for spicy hops, which grow a little bit stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Doesn't really go down too smooth. Finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: I was disappointed. A good beer if you take it as it is. But a bad one if you look at which brewery made it. This brewery makes top notch brews and this specific beer was not one of them.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, straw color with an all-white head that's gone quickly. The head leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is subdued and slightly floral, with notes of sweet, doughy malt.

The taste is rather sweet and bready, with faint hints of hops on the back end.

The feel is somewhere between light and medium, with decent carbonation. No alcohol is detected however there's a lingering spicy flavor that sticks on the tongue after each sip. Extremely crisp.

Overall, this was a lot lighter than I expected for a märzen but it worked very well. This beer is incredibly drinkable and has a pilsner-esque quality to it. The aroma was underwhelming but the flavors were excellent and more than made up for it.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a pale deep gold, fairly clear, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grain y cereal malt, slight grassy bitterness, and light caramel.

This seems like basically the prototype for the pale festbier style. It's got a great sweet and grainy cereal malt character, very slight hop bitterness, very crisp. With this brewery, how could this not be good?

This is light bodied, very crisp, and super drinkable.

A really quite solid Oktoberfest here, nothing outstanding, but solid and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, hint of Amber, head quickly disapates, ultra thin ring like lace disapates also. The light color is unusual for an Oktoberfest.
Fruity sweet aroma in the nose, then a mostly clean aroma that is hard to discern. I picked up some bready malts and a hint of floral tones towards the end.
Ultra clean taste, low carbonation, sweet and malt forward overall. Sweetness in the finish, but slightly dry and mild hops aftertaste. The body is very light for an Oktoberfest. Very drinkable; I pounded this one in no time. Flavirful and tasty. As with other commenters, it doesn't feel like an Oktoberfest, but it's nice.

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Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic

L: brilliantly clear yellow ... very light yellow, only the slightest hint of gold in it, 4-6 SRM, very pale and light for a marzen; solid 3/4-inch head of white foam; no major sticking or lace

S: super fruity, like an English pale ale, peach, no discernible hop presence

T: fruity and lots of bread-malt sweetness ... like the nose, has a bit of an English pale ale aura ... nicely sweet and malty

F: good heft for a medium-weight brew, solid carbonation with just a hint of softness

O: fantastic brew ... very light and fruity sweet with the malt shining as the brightest star here ... even the feel is a bit ale-like, so it really has a kinship with the English pale ale; over time the hops offer a little earthy balance; easily my favorite Oktoberfest so far.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large half finger tall cap in the center surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet bready malts and light aromas of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of bready and slightly sweet caramel malts. That is followed by light flavors of floral hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness to the finish which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink, flavorful, with well hidden alcohol make this beer seem sessionable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear pale yellow, fluffy white head, lots of carbonation. Sweet crackery smell, a little sulphur. Taste is sweet and light malt, a little more sulphur, but blows off as I get into it, moderate to light bittering. Crisp and very drinkable, reminds me of a pilsner really. This is the last bottle of the handful of Oktoberfest beers I've tried so far this season. Clear 'winner' for me was the Paulaner, then the Sierra Nevada - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration, then probably this beer, followed by a local offering (San Tan Brewing), and last for me was the Left Hand. Lots of variation in color, maltiness, alcohol..something for everyone.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is straight up where its at in the fall, beer geeks seem to need complexity these days, barrels and wild microbes and blends and everything else. well. this proves that simplicity can still be amazing. crystal clear yellow beer here, none of the oranges and caramel colors we are used to in octoberfest types. it has a ton of carbonation, and a puffy white head with great retention, smells like fresh german pale malts, even pils based, with a nice grassy hop thing going on and an autumnal lager yeast that brings it all together. purity in its finest form here, this is traditional and standard setting in my opinion, a perfect example of the style. i dont miss the sweeter malts, and actually prefer this drier and lighter version. i think its really light but still fits the early fall. afterall, octoberfest is in september, not october, and its still warm out, this works beautifully this time of year. refreshing and infinitely drinkable. i wish my fridge was full of them on this first nfl sunday, i could hammer these all afternoon. these guys continue to be the gold standard of german stuff. so affordable too, buying this again for sure. perfect really, underrated by a mile

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Photo of McMatt7
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't know how to rate this, but it's beautiful and delicious, it smells clean, the cleanest, a little sweet, mellow hop, baked bread, love it, damn fantastic beer.

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Photo of HankSingle
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drinking out of a pint glass, at work, because someone dropped a six pack.

Great light-gold color, very clear, with all but no head. Mildly aromatic, great gobs of honey all over the nose, but light enough to be enchanting. The honey returns on the palette, a bright sweetness riding on mild-to-medium bitterness that fades into a malty end. Great effervescence, no alcohol anywhere.

This is brighter and more inviting of a second than most Octoberfests I've had - I think someone, here, mentioned this is not a typical marzen? And it feels atypical, but in a very positive way, especially given the September heatwave we are suffering, right now. Gosh, but you could finish a pint of this quickly.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, golden straw color with plenty of carbonation. Has a two finger white foamy head that dissipates quickly. Malty smell with a sweet almost fruity smell. Hoppier and sweeter than most octoberfests. Not as much malt either. Very crisp and refreshing. Very good German hop taste. The ingredients make very balanced. Though different, very good.

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Photo of 3toes
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot of people are reviewing this as a Marzen/Oktoberfest, when it really is a separate style. From the BJCP 2015 guidelines: "Paulaner first created the golden version in the mid-1970s because they thought the traditional Oktoberfest was too filling. So they developed a lighter, more drinkable but still malty version that they wanted to be “more poundable” (according to the head brewer at Paulaner). But the actual type of beer served at Oktoberfest is set by a Munich city committee. Style Comparison: Less intense and less richly toasted than a Märzen. More rich-heavy in body than a Helles, with more hop flavor and higher alcohol. Less rich in malt intensity than a Maibock. The malt complexity is similar to a higher-gravity Czech Premium Pale Lager, although without the associated hops."

So this is the type of beer that is served in the garden during Oktoberfest, and not what most of us think of when we hear "oktoberfest beer."

That being said this is an excellent example of a festbier and has a wonderfully malty yet clean profile.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

ONE PIN, 0.9 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a dimpled mug

This beer pours a golden color with pale yellow highlights. It is topped with several inches of rocky white head that leaves some decent lacing.

As soon as I start pouring it I can smell that it is skunked. It is hard to discern anything past the skunk smell. I get some grain and that is about it.

The taste begins with a sweet grain flavor. Then I get some slight bitterness with a skunked finish.

Moderate body and mouthfeel

This beer is quite a disappointment. It is the first skunked beer that I have had from Weihenstephaner. I will have to revisit this beer on tap somewhere where light will have no influence on the taste.

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Photo of teromous
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label says 2235 12:16:32 so after a little decoding it looks like 2nd day of the 23rd week of 2015 so 02 JUN 2015 appears to be the bottle date. The bottle is a 330ml/11.2oz long-neck that appears different from the one displayed on this page. The is the review of an imported bottle.

Appearance: It pours straw gold into a very light gold absolutely transparent body with a very thick fluffy white head. Vivacious carbonation.

Aroma: I can smell the aroma of the beer just by pouring it. There is a cereal sweetness on the nose along with a very light noble hop aroma that smells a bit like leaves. It is a very faint aroma. There is a sweet honey scent to the beer.

Taste: It doesn't carry a whole lot of flavor. There's a light bit of sweet malt flavor followed by an extremely mellow bitterness and finished by a light bread crust flavor. It's pretty good.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fantastic. It's nice and smooth, extremely drinkable, and it just brings the quality of this beer to another level. It not only makes the beer easy to drink but it gives it this fullness to the palate while keeping the beer nice and light.

Overall: It was an enjoyable Oktoberfest. It would be easy to drink quite a few of these. The flavor character was not very pronounced and it didn't have a fresh flavor. As an import it has held up very well. I'm not getting any oxidation or light-struck qualities in this beer so it would be one of the imports that I would choose again for an Oktoberfest beer. I would prefer to buy it either fresh from Germany or in a keg, but as a bottle this really does well. I would recommend it.

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Photo of Lucular
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks, smells, tastes and feels like a Munich helles lager. I'm not sure how or why this is an Oktoberfest, but I'm willing to assume the error is on my end and not on the end of the centuries-old brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Dimpled stein.

A: lightest gold; thin head. No lacing. Fair retention.

S: quite hoppy, soapy floral, cherrylike aroma.

T: much like the nose, a soapiness that I don't appreciate. Not much maltiness or sweetness.

M: perfect for a lager other than a Marzen; clean, well carbonated; lighter side of midweight.

T: quite hoppy in a floral way; not very sweet For a Marzen, but sweeter than a Helles; slightly malty, not really bitter at all.

O: not a repeat purchase for Marzen, but a definite repeat for a hoppy German lager. Too floral and not malty enough.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This really tastes and feels more like a watery pils or lager. The nose has a bit of skunk to it. It's that thick yeast smell that draws me away from Marzen and Belgian styles alike...not my thing. However, it's only a faint wiff. Once it reaches the tongue it's gone and what you are left with is a carmel, strawlike American Adjunct.

I gave it OK reviews because it's refreashing and unoffensive. Something I can't say about most of the Marzens/Octoberfests I've picked up. But, I'm not sure if it's true to the style. But, yeah they are the German ones right?

Bottom line is I'm loving this on a Summer Evening fighting off the sweat and mosquitoes here in FL.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale straw yellow in color. No head whatsoever. Also has little to no carbonation bubbles present.

This has a very imported aroma, if a beer could have such a thing. I would consider passing it off as mildly skunky, but I do not think thats the case.... it just has a certain smell to it that I cant call anything other than "imported". Malts are present here, but they dont take a forward approach like the other octoberfests I've enjoyed.

Just pinch of that skunkiness comes through in the flavor, not nearly as much as the aroma.

Honestly speaking here, for a classic german brewery making a style of beer I've already come to love, I am completely unimpressed with this.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from a growler via Jungle Jim's. This traditional fest pours a bright golden honey color with a moderate white head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin layer, modest ring, and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts, toasted grains, and a touch of hops. Flavors surpass the nose with moderately sweet caramel malts and light honey on the front and sides, followed by medium strong grain notes to the mid and rear, then a touch of grassy hops. Solid for the style. Medium carbonation, crisp and smooth mouth feel. Excellent representation of the style from a world class brewery.


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Photo of bluejacket74
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is nice but a bit light, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, toasted malt, and some grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma (but stronger), and there's also some apple fruitiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and goes down easy with a good amount of carbonation. Worth a try at least once, at $3.49 a bottle it's not a bad deal at all, I'd pick it up again at that price.

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Photo of 303beer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a white rocky head. Lots of carbonation. Has a light clear yellow to it. Sweet malty smell. Light malt flavot. Very drinkable. I'm surprised by the light clear color of it. As opposed to most October fest style beers

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Photo of CitizenGenet
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner makes good beer. End of story. So why not try their Märzen even if it suspiciously appears to be a pilsner or lager?

L - Golden yellow, plenty of carbonation. A little foam scum lingers on the surface after pour.

S - Pretty standard pilsnery funk, but not full pilsner. Still cleaner and crisper.

T - Little different from a pilsner or a lager, as I expected. Not as much funk as a pilsner and slightly more character than a lager. A little malt, a little bitter. Slight lingering fruit but you really have to search for it.

F - Feels like drinking an American adjunct lager. Not as smooth as a European pilsner.

Overall - Not a bad beer and it would be great to enjoy after mowing the lawn or canoeing down the river, but let's be honest. Why would you drink this if you have access to standard Euro pilsners like Stiegl Pils, with it's smoother feel and lovely floral experience? Why drink this if you have access to almost any (gasp!) American adjunct style lager? It's outgunned by almost everything.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,494 ratings.
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