Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier | 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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Photo of IntriqKen
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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 -10.8%
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 +2.7%
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 -2.7%
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 -17%
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 +3.5%
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 -4.1%
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 +0.8%
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 -21.1%
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 -7.6%
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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Photo of sacfly
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz, “1257” stamped on the back, whatever the hell that means. Date please?
Pours ultra clear, light golden color. Head of bone white bubbles. Crisp, grassy hop aroma, with a touch of malt. Taste is well balanced, but light on both malt and hops. Little bitter bite at the finish. Very ordinary. Line this up with some American macro lagers and it would fit right in. Pass.

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Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light golden colour with a big almost 2" head that falls away quite quickly. Lively carbonation.
S - Grassy with a faint metal like smell and only a bit of malt.
T - Luckily theres more malt to the taste with some hop bitterness. But that metallic tinge is still there.
M - Medium mouthfeel, quite spritzy.
D - Quite a refreshing, simple beer. Would serve it's purpose at Oktoberfest well & on any summer session occasion but for regular drinking theres much tastier beers I'd rather spend my money on.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner- Festbier

Appearance- Light cloudy yellow with a huge frothy white head. Heavy lacing down the glass.
Smell- Lemony, grainy, unsweetened tea.
Taste- Weak iced tea with lemon and malt.
Mouthfeel- Flavors really bud early. This beer quickly turns light, sweet, and watery in the end.

Overall- A lackluster beer for sure. This is a good primer (pre-beer) beer. Pound a pint of this then move on up to something a little better.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen and noticed a rapidly dissipating head but long lacing. Colour is translucent (hazy) straw/amber. I got a mild grainy aroma but not very strong or persistent. Tast was big and malty with some grassiness to give it an edge and some late bitterness in the finish. It's well balanced and very drinkable. Other reviewers rated this down but I really love it and if it were more available it would be my session beer even above my beloved Little Critters.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.58/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle. Freshness date on back label but I can't read it.
Clear golden with a fluffy white head. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is grassy and biscuty.

Flavor is mildly bitter, light grain, acidic finish.

I expect better from this brewery. Maybe it has been sitting on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, decanted into a pint glass. Slightly hazy yellow-gold color with moderate carbonation; one-finger head of white quickly fades down to a spotty cap and ring with low amounts of lacing. Nose of tea and citrus, somewhat musty, some honey-sweet malt present. Tastes citrusy with mild-sweet malt, light and crisp character with mild, slightly bitter hops and a touch of malt liquor and again tea. Good flavor. Mouth is light, crisp, wet, and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is good overall, clean and enjoyable.

Overall: A good but largely unremarkable brew. Certainly worth a try, but hardly at the pinnacle of style.

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Photo of vancurly
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall hefe glass.

Big frothy white head, pale yellow colour & light bubbling.

Grainy, cereal, biscuity, touch of green fruit like apple or pear. Slight S note.

Grain-dominated flavour, followed up with light hop metallic note, and medium bitterness.

Tastes to me very much like a pilsener, but with balance more towards the grain notes.

Pleasant and refreshing, not as crisp as pilseners - more like northern lager.

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Photo of cameraman
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A medium yellow color, with a small white head forming, that retains very well. By the color I am wondering if this is a fest beer or a helles, or even a pilsner. Light floral fragrance, mostly bread and biscuit aroma is most prevelent. The taste is mild, bringing those bread and biscuit scents in flavor, with a slight tinge of bitterness at the end. It has a thin consistancy, there fore the lingering on the palate is surprising. I am still trying to figure out what this is, a marzen, which it is listed as, or another type of german lager. It is very typical of most german lagers, smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of kohoutek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opalescent straw color with thin, creamy white lace that slowly dissipates.

The aroma is a combination of mild Bavarian lager breadiness, sun filled straw fields and muted herbal hoppiness. The noblest of hops!

This beer mimics in its flavor what it delivers in the nose with added iron well water, mineral flint and fresh baked wheat crackers.

A very crisp, clean refined bitterness. Very cleansing on the palette with refreshing, refined flavors. Almost stark, yet well balanced. On a summer day this beer is my best friend.

A final note: This beer is essentially a robust Pils. It being listed as Marzen/Octoberfest is a bit odd to me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright canary yellow chock full of large bubbles passing small bubbles on their mutual journey up to a polished ivory cap. Is this really an Oktoberfest? I know that 'fest' appears in the name, but it doesn't look like any beer of that style that I've ever seen. Frankly, it looks like a Munich helles lager. It's a good looking one too, especially given a better than average display of lace.

The sniff test tells me that Festbier is anything but an Oktoberfest. It's noble hoppy, probably Saaz, with plenty of lemony brightness. No malt is appreciated in the nose, so it's gotta be pils malt. Now that we have the style confusion sorted out... this is another wonderful smelling beer from the good folks at Brauerei Weihenstephan.

Definitely a Saaz-hopped lager. I'd love to taste this one side-by-side with Weihenstephaner Original since that one is designated as a Munich helles lager. The differences and similarities would be interesting and instructive, I'll bet. Unfortunately, this beer doesn't appear on the brewery's website, so I have no idea what the people who created it think it is.

Festbier is obviously a hop-focused lager with plenty of pungent, citrusy goodness in each mouthful. It's acceptably balanced with a restrained sweetness lurking in the shadows. Most hopheads would consider it to be balanced, even if the majority of beer drinkers wouldn't. I'm glad it comes in pint bottles since I'm enjoying it so much.

The light mouthfeel could stand more bubbles. It lacks a certain expansiveness in the mouth, a light creaminess that more carbonation would provide. While the mouthfeel that has been provided enhances drinkability, it falls a bit short in terms of pleasurabilty.

Weihenstephaner Festbier is a good little noble-hopped lager from a world-class outfit. Even though it's one of my least favorite offerings from 'The World's Oldest Brewery', it's going up against some pretty stiff competition with the likes of Hefeweissbier and Korbinian. Bottom line: you really can't go wrong with any beer that has Weihenstephaner on the label.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so it doesn't look like what you might be expecting.

Yellow gold body, lively carbonation, topped by a level slab of soft snow white foam. Good lacing. I'm adjusting to the idea that a German festbier can look like a helles.

Extraordinarily mild nose. Faint hints of toast and hay/grass, but I practically have to inhale the liquid to get any sensation at all.

Lightly sweet start, neither too sweet, nor dark chocolatey. Enjoyable toasty taste follows. Good use of balancing earthy noble hops, not overly intrusive, but with a peasant nip. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light without being watery.

Drinkability is quite good, though possibly fueled more by ease than desire.

Far more helles than marzen, a good example of the lighter approach to festbier that we hear about Octoberfest these days. A fine social beer, whether eating or having a few with friends.

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Photo of mcallister
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing triggers any emotion from this beer. It pours a clear, pale yellow, with a below average white head, fades very quickly and leaves a little ring around the top.

Smell isn't as bad as the appearance but is still lacking. A slight lemon, honey suckle, malt, and hints of flowery hops.

Again just very average. Not a bad beer by any means but not one I will find myselft buying again. Nicely carbonated, with the same flavors the nose contained. A little bit of hop bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and light. Could drink many if you were at an outside type of event.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bright and translucent greenish yellow with quickly diminishing white head

a little nutty, a little white grape

Not very exciting actually. A little watery at first. But then you get a little white grape and some floral suggestions. This is quickly overpowered by a toasty rye bitterness, reminiscent of many a big name pils, but more pronounced than most.

mouthfeel is thin and overly acrid

Not what I expected at all. Most of the Oktoberfest beer's I have tasted have been American interpretations, so dare I say this German Oktoberfest is out of style? Yeah...I guess...Maybe the Fest in the Festbier is so enjoyable those participating lack the capacity to differentiate between styles. Or more likely, perhaps this Festbier is from a warmer region in Germany which believes a lighter Munich Helles or pilsner type brew greater facilitates the Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a brilliantly clear, yellow gold color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves a broken lacing pattern on the side of the glass as it falls back into the beer. The aroma has a clean grain character to it; a touch of sweet malt, a dry toasted biscuit like note and a bit of a grassy grain character. This has a nice hop touch as well; it is lightly spicy with a definite herbal edge and even some more complimentary grassy notes.

Has a light, sweet grain flavor up front, which is quickly followed by a spicy herbal hoppiness that ends with a light bitterness. Quite quaffable, while light it does have a certain heft to it that allows for the malt character to stick to the mouth. The finish has a lingeringly astringent bitter note to it that becomes more noticeable as my palate gets used to it. Definitely does not have the malt depth of a beer made with Munich, or even Vienna malt, but it is quite malty for the pale beer that it is. I like the balance between the malt and hops; this is more chewy and malty than your typical traditional Pils, though perhaps not as hoppy. Despite this beers bowing to the pale O'Fest trend, I find it quite tasty and drinkable.

Purchased at: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Festbier pours a light golden yellow with a white head that did stick around very long from a brown 500 ml bottle. The aroma is very mild, I'm only getting the slightest amounts of malt. Taste is lighter than I expected for an Oktoberfest, spicy hops dominate. It's a little sweet, and there is a flash of metallic flavor at some points and some citric flavors are also present. This is very drinkable even if not to style.

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Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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