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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden yellow color with at least a 1" head of tight white bubbles that stuck around for every bit of a minute, and never really fell completely. After the foam fell back into the beer there was a considerable amount of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma: The aroma has a considerable hop presence and that was the predominant thing that caught my attention after I first poured it. After the head fell, there is a whole lot more toasty notes coming out so that you can pick up the more traditonal O-Fest aromatics.

Taste: The flavor is really clean and hardly boasts the hops that I originally picked up in the aroma. There is a whole host of toasty notes in this beer, and it is so malty that it remindes me a bit of a milkshake. The water is clean and doesn't impart any off flavors to the beer at all. There is a little bit of a honey-like sweetness that I pick up more toward the middle of the profile, and this stays with the toasty notes well into the finish. The alcohol is very reserved in this beer, and only after drinking most of the beer can I tell that there is any real alcohol here. As the beer warms, the hops are coming out more as a fresh floral presence.

Opinion: This is a really good beer. For being such a light beer, it has a whole lot of flavor. I am a little surprised that the hops were such a big part of the aroma, but ended up taking such a passive role in the overall presentation. I would definitely drink this beer again...but it is hard to go wrong with anything from Weihenstephan.

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Photo of billysj
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a light golden yellow with a thin layer head.

Smells grassy with a hint of sweet malt.

Has a grainy malty flavor and is slighty hoppy. Definitely remind me of a pilsner.

A very crisp mouthfeel. Smooth and a nice carbonation feel.

I could see myself drinking this one again. It's very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color (looks like a pilsner not like an oktoberfest). Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Fruity hops, sweet malt.

Taste: Malty with medium hops bitterness, Not as sweet as other Oktoberfest offerings.

Mouthfeel: Crisp.

Drinkability: This is a very good tasting beer but doesn't come across as an Oktoberfest style beer. I think that Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen is a much better German import example of this style.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden (regrettably, not the orangish tradition color, but this has been the trend in the past few years, of the Bavarian O-fests, with some exceptions) with a white fluffy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of sweet grain with hay and some mustiness. Smells like a Helles Lager.

The taste is of sweet grain and some must. A very slight metallic tinge is there. Light Continental-type hop (Hallertau?) balance smooths out the malty sweetness to a degree. Some nutty flavor mingles in. A touch of raw alcohol is noticeable. Finishes rather abruptly.

Light-bodied, though not fizzy. Fairly smooth.

This is a Helles Lager with a touch more alcohol - a fair one at that. Oddly, I enjoyed other offerings of this brewery much more, including the great lager that they make. This one seems like a mediocre-ish lager with a touch more alcohol. As an O-fest, it's passable, but pretty lame.

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Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Oddly enough, this looks more like a pilsner than any kind of darker fest beer, or what I'm assuming to be more of a darker fest beer. Still, it's not bad looking, with a golden hue and bubbles gurgling to the top. Wish the head was a little more billowing, as it dissipates quickly.

Smell: Looking for more of a complex fall sweetness, but again, there's more of a floral pilsner bite with semi-oily hop aromas and sweet malt. Not as complex as I would've liked.

Taste: Though this isn't the most complex beer of the style I've ever had, there's a weird pilsner fest balance of floral hops and malt that keeps me going back. Lip-smacking and enough to be light and for fall, though I could see this being a good summer beer too.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad, but there's some oily slickness that I wish were more subdued to let the carbonation and other flavors come more to the surface.

Drinkability: This is certainly not what I was expecting, and I'm sure with others it's probably been the same. Paid around $13 for the 6-pack, and though I'm glad I tried it, I'd probably stick to the Weihenstephaner Hefe varieties in the future.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying I don't think this is a true Marzen/O'fest, and I think by them putting what appears like a Christmas wreath on the label that neither does Weihenstephan... but that doesn't explain why it tastes like an easy-drinking Summer pils! Curious!

Pours a crystal-clear pale yellow (totally unexpected) with a nice two-finger head which quickly dissappears... nice lacing though.

Smell is all noble hops, grassy and floral, with nary a malt smell!

Taste is about the same... hops with just a hint of malts to balance it out. The flavor is good, but just not the maltiness I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is good, if average.

Drinkability is very good, in the way a good pils is. No offending traits overall make it easily quaffable! And maybe that's where the fest label comes from... it'd be easy to drink a ton of these.

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Photo of JBogan
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light and somewhat hazy pale yellow. No head whatsoever with no lacing. No visible carbonation either. Very unremarkable appearance.

A light grassy aroma, some hint of citrus and hops.

Tasted a bit better than it looked and smelled. A little bite at the finish with mostly citrus present.

Decent mouthfeel. Judging from the appearance I was expecting much less but overall not bad.

It was an easy to drink beer, just not something that I'd go back to. I prefer the other offerings from this brewer.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mellow, grassy aroma previews the buttery malt note, mild caramel and slightly sweet, slightly bready graininess of the drinkable and inoffensive palate. The vegetal hoppiness is solid and balances well. The mouthfeel is just a tad thicker than medium-bodied and features a sort of silkiness. Grainy finish.

Very nice, drinkable and very well balanced with a surprisingly nice mouthfeel.


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Photo of cokes
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystalline yellow hued with a frothy stark white rise.
Scented of sourdough rolls and oily prairie grasses.
The maltiness start in the sere direction of a pils- full of toast and saltine crackers- then blooms into a fuller and sweeter expression of wildflower honey, white grape, and pear. A more expansive breadiness ensues, and precedes a clover and dried herb hop closure that carries some weight.
Medium-light bodied, but taut and streamlined in structure.
Obviously, the helles-like appearance will freak out those that have never seen a paler version stateside, and many of them are more accustomed to o'fests that could pass for bocks (or doppelbocks) with their maltiness. This is all about finesse. And, actually, tradition...and not just because a person could drink a bathtub of this.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack purchased at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $8.99 (approx.) in September 2007.

Pours a light golden with a small head and active carbonation. Not at all looking like the dozens of marzens/oktoberfests I've tried, this looks more like a Helles.

Aroma is crisp hops (light and pleasant, not overpowering) sitting over a moderately sweet malt base. Nice.

Flavor starts to approach the marzens I am familiar with, as the sweet malts are in that region. But it doesn't look like a marzen? What's going on?

So I'm confused about style, but hey- do I like it? Yes I do, and in fact it's an easy drinker. Seems like it would be very good sitting in a tent in Munich (hopefully some day!).

So I recommend it.

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Photo of jkrich
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with 2257 printed on back label - does this mean the 225th day of 2007? If so, this is fresh.
The festbier poured a deep gold much like a helles or pilsner. There is some lacing on the glass from the sustained 1/8 inch head. While this beer may appear like an ordinary helles, the spicy, bready aroma certainly indicates that this is a full-bodied beer. The spicy hop flavor is evident from the first taste while the bready malt flavors balance everything. Plenty of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Like another pale, German festbier, Hofbrauhaus, this one also has a slight sour taste much like a wine.

This is truly a very unique beer to enjoy anytime of the year.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1 1/2 bottles into a Hofbrau 500 ml dimpled mug. White head, yellow body could pass for any of those pictures from Oktoberfest except the head dissipates quickly. Unbelievably drinkable and malty though it's so yellow. A quarter inch head follows the brew down the glass. Lightly hopped and a great gateway beer for your BMC buddies.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent beer from Weihenstephan. Called a Marzen here for style, but upon pouring it, smelling it, and drinking it, I pretty sure it is not. Its a FestBeer!?

Pours a pretty golden/straw and unfiltered with tiny bubbles rising to the top. The head was a solid 1 1/2 inches and stayed with me for quite a while.

Smells like a Pils which is a bit confusing, because it taste like a malty Pils/Helles combo. Very nice indeed and very drinkable.

Although I'm not sure what gives the beer its complex flavor, a bit sweet at first with a bready/hint of sour finish, but I can tell to pick one up if you get the chance. Should be a the brewery in 3 weeks so maybe I'll ask.

MarienPlatz here we come again!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I get into my review; I wanted to impart some additional info on to all.

Perhaps this has been pointed out earlier in this thread, and if so, I apologize for repeating it here, but I think that some in this thread have viewed this beer negatively, indicating that it is not really an O'Fest. In a nutshell, this beer actually does fall into the category of a German Octoberfest/Oktoberfest or Festbier, notwithstanding the BA style description (please see various books authored by people such as Roger Protz & Garrett Oliver, who provide a very accurate history of the genesis of this style). However, it is not a traditional Marzen (which has wrongly been equated to a German O'Fest style), as has been pointed out in some other posts to this thread. Marzen beers are the traditional German beers, which are first tapped at the annual O'Fest in Munich. Marzen beers are those with a reddish/copper hue & malty character. Vienna (red) malts, brought into prominence by Anton Dreher, were utilized by Gabriel Sedlmayr at his Spaten brewery, and some other seminal Marzen brewers in Munich, when Marzens were first produced on a commercial scale. O'Fests/Festbiers on the other hand are normally paler (straw colored mostly) but also very malty brews. Usually stronger than a Helles, but also usually more malty (and less balanced) than a Helles, not a Helles at all, really; and definitely not a Pils. In any event, both styles are quite good when executed properly. Another good example of a German O'Fest imported into the USA is Lowenbrau. I hope this helps to differentiate between these styles.

On to my review.

2007 version. Poured with about a 1/2" head, which sticks around for awhile. Very little spot lacing. Color is a light straw. Smell is of faint bread/yeast, actually a bit more bready than some US versions of a Marzen. Taste is malt all the way, with a very pleasant sweetness in the finish without any cloying character. Mouthfeel excels here, very soft. This is a very good session O'Fest and a very good representation of the O'Fest/Festbier style, IMO.


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Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad but not a Marzen either. This is a Helles Lager or a Pils. Pours a clear yellow gold pils color with a medium size head that fades to a covering. There is some light lacing. Actually has a mild hops / grassy smell which is an improvement over BMC type beers.Taste is not a whole lot better than BMC lagers..definitely a bit of corn here. The mouthfeel puts it in front of BMC products. Light and crisp but not at all watery or thin. Just right for a light style. Drinkability is good as a lawnmower beer or session beer. I doubt I would choose it over Yeungling, but the mouthfeel makes it better than BMC lagers. All in all, fairly average.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium pale yellow with a white head that melts quickly to a ring of white.

Has almost a corn adjunct smell and definite lager yeast...not quite as malty or toasty in the nose as I would expect it to be.

Flavor is sweet malt that gets suddenly assaulted by citrus hops.
More like a very flavorful lager than another oktoberfest type brew. definitely not what I was expecting at all. Lots of citrus german style hops make for a nice drying flavorful lager.

Aftertaste is clean with just a hint of bitterness as you swallow.
Nice summer drinker. But not what I expect for a Marzen.

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Photo of tpd975
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden yellow color with a medium head.

S: No real malt aroma. A bit of hops noted with a bit of citrus. Very Pils like to be honest.

T: Yeah, it’s no Oktoberfest brew. More hop than malt. Citrus is duly noted above and beyond all else. There is a bit of malt sweetness in the background but not up front where I want it to be.

M: Medium bodied and very sparkling for a fest brew.

D: So so, there are best fall brews out there.

Overall: Not the best offering by Weihenstephaner. It's an okay brew but I expected so much more.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a medium head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some good lacing. Pale for the style. This one is on the lighter side for a fest beer all around, and less malty than most, but at this point in the late summer, its a nice bridge beer from the Weiss beers to the maltier fest beers. Smell is slightly grainy and clean with a hint of clean malt. Banana and apple as well. Taste is also clean,light, and slightly grainy. Apple flavors are followed by a slight bitterness, a bit of sweet malt, and a trace of banana in the aftertaste. Interesting and refreshing, but I'll want more as the Autumn comes.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Style aside, this is a nice clean German Pils.

Pours a high-clarity golden tone, with a finger of foam. Small bits of lace here and there. Typical grainy malt aroma, clean not skunky.

Taste has a hint of apple and herbal hops that linger in the aftertaste. Well carbonated, giving it a medium level feel. Ultra quaffable, think liter mugs in the shade at a summer picnic.

Subtlety is the key here. It's not an extreme US craft oktoberfest, so lets not get our hopes up too much folks...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden yellow, lighter than the average Oktoberfest, looks similar to Spaten's, average white head, poured into a pilsner glass.

S: Lots of malt, more maltiness than a pils, some caramel notes as well in this one.

T: A tad disappointing, some good malt, it just seems a little stale, and the hop profile is a bit astringent to me. It tasted all right, but not up to par with some of Weihenstaphen's other beers in my opinion.

M: Pretty light, spritzy, high in carbonation for a marzen, above average for a German lager in my opinion.

D: I've had better marzens in the past, this one was all right, but probably won't buy again, even though I had no problems drinking it.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third festbier of the season. I had it on tap at Max's in Baltimore over the weekend and ran out yesterday and bought a sixer. Man, I love the Oktoberfest time of year.

It pours a clear, pale golden straw color, with a fat, frothy two-finger white head on top which fades quickly and leaves some wicked lace. I love how the old world German festbiers are often pale colors, while the American versions tend to be darker; I enjoy the various interpretations of the classics. The nose is subdued. Some muted malts and faint floral esthers. A fairly average aroma, which is fairly par for the course with the style. The taste is distinctly sweet up front, with malt and fruit. Then is mellows out a bit, becoming very dry and palate-cleansing, before finishing with again with sweetness and the slightest kiss of the hops. What a delicious brew. Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing, and dry, but full-bodied. Proper lager material here.

Danka, Weihenstephaners. I love a good festbier, and this is a quality example of the style done right. Enjoy these while you can.

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Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a light gold color, not what I usually associate with Marzens or Oktoberfest beers. The beer has decent head retention and OK lacing, and I get some nice roasty malt on the nose. The beer certainly smells like a marzen, even if it doesn't really look like one. On the palate this beer is very light, with not a lot of flavor. The beer is pleasant, but really pretty simple. It's certainly quite drinkable, but I'd like a marzen with a bit more flavor.

A good beer, if nothing special. I think Weihenstephan should probably stick to wheat beers (where they truly excel).

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iam reviewing this beer for what it is because it is not a marzen/oktoberfest style of beer if I reviewed to that style well it wouldnt work.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear medium golden with a tight formed creamy-like white head that left a broken ring of lace behind.Pretty clean aromas a bit of toastiness and iron a decent spicey hop smack that lingers.To me this is a full flavord and bodied pilsner toasty malt with a bit of residual honey sweetness almost to the doughy point but not quite a leafy,herbal hop profile in the finish.This is a pretty good beer why such a renowned brewery would label it a Fest well I have no idea it is what it is and its decent.

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Photo of shirfan
2.92/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This has neither the color nor the aroma of an Oktoberfest. Instead, it's pale gold with a thin white layer of foam, and a light grassy pilsner smell.

Taste: Still a spot-on pilsner. Crisp, lightly sweet malt flavors tinged by honey mingle with grassy hops.

Somehow I doubt that "the world's oldest brewery" shot for an Oktoberfest and squeezed out a pilsner, so if this is reclassified I will raise its scores accordingly.

Good beer, could certainly be enjoyed at a fest in October, February, or July, but the style is wrong.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is kind of a disappointing Oktoberfest. First of the year. I'm just wondering if it is from last year, although it really doesn't seem to be old, just seems early to see an Oktoberfest out already.

This is the lightest colored Oktoberfest I've yet seen. Looks like a Pilsner, but with a weaker head. The head consists of large bubbles with very little retentiveness, thus the lacing is quite weak as well. Plenty of carbonation, however.

The smell is still very pilsner-like. Smells like mostly pils malt with saaz and hallertauer hops. Not bad, but it lacks the rich yet clean malty flavor I expect in an Oktoberfest. The taste is no different, although there is a little bit more of a biscuity munich malt flavor. Has a hint of a metallic and soapy finish, however, which kind of stunts the beer in the drinkability department.

Crisp and light bodied, but seems too soft, like a Czech pils. Needs to be a little more sharp and aggressively malty. Decent hops bitterness, on the other hand. Not too bad, but it was worth a try. Enough to get me excited for the upcoming Oktoberfest season.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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