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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 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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Photo of DarthVorador
4.77/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

LOVE Weihenstephaner beers, so I'm stoked to try this one! Approximately 7 weeks old, according to the date code, but properly kept cold, so should be reasonably fresh for an import.
A: Pours a clear pale gold, much lighter then any marzen I've seen before... Thin snow white head.
S: Strong "Lager" aroma, with a hint of malt. No confusing THIS beer for an Ale!.
T: Rich malt, Concord grape, slight hint of esters from the yeast. No perceived hops, but PERFECTLY BALANCED sweetness... Amazing!
M: Finishes clean & dry, begging for another sip. COMPLETELY hiding its alcohol. SO DRINKABLE!
O: Not the usual marzen, but in this case, that's what makes this one great! YET ANOTHER WORLD CLASS BREW FROM WEIHENSTEPHANER!!! These guys can do NO WRONG!

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Photo of Schoeni
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Felt so lucky that I could get my hands on a fresh bottled 2015 Edition. You know what: The first batches Weihenstephan fills in kegs or bottles are for their Export customers in the US or Australia. That usually happens around that time: May/June. Anyway, I tried that fresh filled 11.2 oz bottle. Real fresh bottled beer, only 2 or 3 days in the bottle. Color is golden (EBC 9 or 10); Nice Filtration, average head. Smells like honey, sweet malts, barley, a bit of wild herbs and biscuits...all in all very sweet on the nose. First sip. Mhhh...the aroma is nice, aromatic, sweet, malty and a nice balanced bitterness at the end. Good Märzen! Handcrafted German Style! Prost!

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Photo of travolta
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful head with very nice clingy retention and lacing. Super clear golden yellow.

Nose: Yeasty on the nose up front, some lager malt, pilsner malt, a little lemon brightness, and a tiny finish of spice.

Taste: Carmel right up front which goes into a drier pilsner malt and a lager finish.

Notes: Lots of lager and pilsner character in this beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours an incredibly clear light golden-yellow. 2-3 fingers of white foaminess upon initial pouring. Dissipates down over time. Can see lots of carbonation rising up at an average rate

Smell - 4/5
Mostly a very strong (but nice) lager smell. That was unexpected to me because I thought this was an Oktoberfest beer, and I've never had any like this one. Maybe some faint fruitiness, floral hops, and maltiness.

Taste - 4/5
About equal components of traditional lager taste and the sweet maltiness which is typical of oktoberfest beers. Moderately sweet, there is a mild fruitiness to it. Overall, not totally what I was expecting taste-wise, but still a good beer.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-light in body, fairly crisp. There is a light amount of medium to high intensity carbonation. Overall, has a nice light and smooth feel in the mouth. No major complaints.

Overall - 4/5
Overall, this was a really good beer. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. But this is my first authentically German Oktoberfest, so perhaps us Americans are just doing it wrong :)

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Photo of Beric
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 4 Jan 2015

Appearance: Pours a perfect golden color, crystal clear, with sizeable carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Nice one finger foamy white head that leaves appreciable lacing and takes forever to die out.

Smell: Initially smelled really skunky and dank, definitely not appealing. It aired out for a bit and began smelling better, but still maintained a skunky edge to it, along with some sweet malts.

Taste: Lighter and less caramelly than your standard Märzen, but definitely a beer with full flavor. The flavors are more subdued and muted, but there are still perceptible notes of caramel sweetness, a pinch of biscuitiness, and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Feel: Medium body and medium carbonation gives this beer a substantial mouthfeel for something so lightly colored.

Overall: Definitely not the best by Weihenstephaner, but not a bad beer either. A good switch from the darker Märzen beers and a refreshing beer that is easy to go down in quantity.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: clear; pale gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin, uneven cap; OK lacing;

S: pilsner malt;

T: a light sulfur all the way through; up front, a bit of toast and pilsner malt;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation - a little tingly; moderately dry finish;

O: seems a little light, both in color and flavor;

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Photo of breadwinner
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite festbiers, this one is of the pale variety. I appreciate its extreme restraint when it comes to sweetness, a characteristic that seems to overwhelm too many examples of the style. Just lots of good malty goodness here. There's something about German-brewed beers (though I got it in some English ones as well) -- you can literally taste the malted barley. Clear as crystal, lingering cloud of foam atop -- absolutely gorgeous. Definitely make sure this one enters your Oktoberfest rotation.

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Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a nice 2" head that lingers around a while.

Smell: malt and grassy tones are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy malt profile with some grass, mild lemon citrus, and a moderate hop presence.

Feel: very crisp from start to finish. Nicely refreshing.

Overall: easy to drink and a nice full flavor oktoberfest that will satisfy anyone.

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Lasts about five minutes and puts some lacing on the sides. Aroma is all grain malts. Taste is clean malts with a good amount of noble hops. Kind of Pils like but less forward bitterness. A touch of lemon dances across the palette.
Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is perfect.
Overall a very tasty beer that might not be a Marzen but I could drink this all day. I bought a single but I should have sprung for a six pack. Hard to believe this is 5.8%abv.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold color with a frothy white head. Low retention with some lacing. Toasted malt aroma. Very light bodied for an Oktoberfest and soft on the palate but with all the other characteristics I love about the style including a dry finish. A very enjoyable, unique take on the style that almost seems like a cross between a Helles and an Oktoberfest. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear light amber (golden) pour. Very nice head, lacing and retention. Light, slightly sweet nose, with notes of pear over biscuit. Almost light medium body with a touch of smoothness. Above average carbonation that provides a nice effervescence throughout. The flavor profile is laid back, but has a very nice balance and a bit of complexity. It begins with pear and a touch of lemon, then flows into a rather toasty biscuit light sweetness. The middle effervesces into a slight bitterness over a receding biscuit. The finish approaches crisp and has a noble hop flavor note over a slightly dry character. A solid Oktoberfest, but not world class such as Great Lakes, Hacker-Pschorr or Ayinger.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, clear, straw-like yellow. Large, fluffy, white head develops then drops slowly leaving a scattering of lacing behind.
Smell is a mix of malt, a faint sweetness with a metallic note, weak hops, a farmhouse note, yeast, straw. Good balance but hard to pull the various pieces out.
Taste is more lager-like than I would like. Hops, some malt, grass, not much else.
Lightish body and effervescence. I would call this more of a thirst quencher beer than a "sit back and relax with it" brew. Too bad, I really like the brewery and all the other beers I've of theirs I've had but this one is weak.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Pilsner-ish. Foamy head that dies. White as hell.

S- Pale/Adjunct lager type grains. Lightly toasted grains. Floral hop spice. Biscuity. There is some kind of cooking spices, maybe ginger or clove?!?

T- It's so much like a German or Czech Pilsner. Malts are there for sure. It tastes a lot more roasted in the malts than it smells. Still has the floral hop spice and the biscuit malts. Still has a ginger or clove type spice as well in the background.

M- Light to Medium on the medium side. Drinks a tad heavier than a pilsner, but still drinkable. Finishes dry.

Overall drink this if you like pale lagers, German or Czech Pilsners. It's just spicier and lightly more malty than a standard lager.

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Photo of 57md
3.47/5  rDev -6%

Clear straw color. This is a well crafted light-bodied lager but it just is not what I’m looking for in an Oktoberfest.

This style is one that presents a real scoring dilemma for me. On one hand, I recognize and respect the originators of a style like Marzens. However, my expectations and enjoyment of such offerings are based upon the American versions of this classic beer style.
I know that it’s authentic but his does not taste special. Rather, it tastes like just another lager to me.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Golden filtered with very little fine bubbled, slow rising carbonation.

S: Skunk, malt, a slight hard burnt sugar or creme brûlée scent, apples.

T: Malty, clean linen, apples, light astringent bitterness, typical for this style. Light sweetness.

M: Medium, light sappy, light clingy feel to it, little carbonation.

O: I’m sure its one of the standards for the style, but not as highly rated as others in the style. I’m enjoying it, and will more so with some Oktoberfest fare in a couple minutes. Bought and drank in Thailand, Sept 29th, 2014.

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Photo of snowmageddon
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: straw-golden yellow pour with a lively two-finger head.

S: i get bread, grass, banana, spicy hops.

T: lemon, grains, and bready malts with a spicy hop finish with grassy notes.

M: medium carbonation with a medium-light body.

O: this is lighter than i expected, but a nice change of pace from my usual selections. Not my favorite, but an easy sipper and, hey, it's fall. Prost.

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Photo of chrisrose30
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle.

Appearance is a deep, golden haze with a thin head of foam with good retention.

The taste is mildly sweet, a tad fruity and bready with just the lightest touch of hops. This is one of the better Marzen-style beers that I've had--it isn't too cloying, and the flavors are well-balanced. I could certainly drink this all day.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stein glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A crisp, bready, and juicy malt forward aroma with hints of grains and spicy hops. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and lager yeast. Fruit hints of apple, lemon, and pear. Some honey sweetness. Hints of grassy and spicy European hops. Very forward with the grains. A pretty good smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a crisp and nicely bready malt driven taste with notes of grains, fruit, and spicy hops. Upfront pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, caramel, and lager yeast. Sweet and crisp presence of fruit with notes of green apple, lemon zest, and pear. Some honey like notes add some sweetness. Backing presence of spicy and grassy Euro hops. A pretty good German taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty good German lager. Different than the typical Marzen with more of a spicy hop presence like a Pilsener.

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