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Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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3.74/5
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1,638 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,538
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
1,638
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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50
Gots:
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Serving Type: Bottle

A: 4.25 Crystal clear yellow-gold. I was expecting this to be a bit darker, more of a reddish-brown. The two-inch, off-white head is very fluffy and lasts for a few minutes.

S: 4 Smells crisp and clean. A good amount of toasted bread, a bit of grassiness, and candied lemon.

T: 4 Again, clean flavors that highlight the grain. More bread, malt, and some roasted corn (almost like fresh tortillas). There is some mild spice bringing pepper and ginger. The finish is a bit sweet with the lemon and citrus from the nose with a pleasant bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M: 4.25 Light and refreshing with good carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I would have thought this would have been more full-bodied, however the mouthfeel is still very good.

O: 4 This is very good and refreshing beer. I was thinking it would be a bit darker with more body and roasted malt flavors (like a transition from typical summer beers to dark, winter beers). This reminds me more of a really good pilsner with more interesting flavors and aromas. Still a good beer, just different than I was expecting and hoping for.

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Sampling right now on 9/13/14. Comes in a single 550ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.75. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 'Weihenstephaner' .5L handled glass stein.

Pours a straw-yellow in color that is much lighter in color than other Oktoberfest brews I have had with a good 4-finger foamy white head that had lots of lacing when sipped! Very surprised at both actually. Lots going on with the aroma and is of grains, yeast with a hint of citrus. Even more so going on with the taste that has a hint of honey, herbal and bread (yeast). Very tasty and goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Medium bodied as well as medium carbonation. Fantastic brew and the BEST Oktoberfest style beer to date!

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Pours a clear light gold with a very short-lived fizzy white head. A little bit a head lasts on the surface, aided by a steady carbonation stream. The aroma is light but distinct: grassy, biscuits, earthy, with the hops dominating. The aroma is in lock-step but a bit more malt-forward, with the hops coming in towards the finish. The body is lighter, but not watery and there's a slight bit of carbonation, but barely noticeable. A really good lager.

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Appearance- Clear and golden; looks more like a pilsner or munich helles than an oktoberfest beer. Barely a one finger head produced on this.

Aroma- Sweet toasty malts with a bit of spice hops in there too.

Taste- First sip I get almost a pilsner-esque light nutty malt which gradually gains some toasty/caramel sweetness as well. Definitely get a spice/herbal hop snap at the beginning and it lingers to the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- No complaints here with a light/medium body with a smooth, clean finish.

Overall- Its a good beer, but I expect/prefer oktoberfests to be maltier. While, this has some malt presence, its simply too light and unassertive. Seems like they were going for a balanced approach, which they succeeded in, but some styles are better a little unbalanced (eg. ipas). I would drink this again, but I would not purchase this again. However, I am glad I tried it as it shows the the apparently broad range in which oktoberfests can be made. (80/100)

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Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,638 ratings
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