Weihenstephaner Festbier | 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 brureview
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an attractive light golden color with a 3F head in a stein- the best glass for this style.

The head resolved itself within minutes to about a 1F.

Wonderful aroma- fruit and spice- a touch of cinnamon.

The mouth feel is pleasantly carbonated with slight bitterness.

The taste is strong apple with full fruit which finishes crisply.

This is an excellent Oktoberfest: well balanced, fruit, zesty, and perfect for the Autumn.

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Photo of Braz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of brauseboof
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier has a very thick, slightly off-white, frothy head, heavy lacing, and a clear, highly-carbonated, golden straw appearance. The aroma is of sweet, pungent, full biscuit, and the taste is of rich, sweet, bready, barley malt, a pleasant and hearty hop bitterness, and sugar. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier finishes crisp, refreshing, easy going, and delicious. Overall, this is a most excellent beer.


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Photo of John_Squires
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of MistahBeah
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale crystal clear straw colored yellow. Watery but effrevescent. Two finger foamy white head with a minutes worth of retention before dissolving into a filmy layer of bubbles. Patchy lacing. I can already tell this is going to be very different than the Americanized fest beers

Smells familiar. Lager yeast shining through. Metallic, coppery. Big graininess. The hops that come through are herbal. Not bad but not enough for me

Tastes a little skunky - reminiscent of a Heineken as a couple of other reviewers mentioned. Doughy like white bread. Somewhat spicy noble hops coming through. Peppery but never overwhelming. Maybe a little rye. Aftertaste is a tad bitter - herbal with lemongrass being most prevalent but short

Feels carbonated, light bodied, spicy. Off dry. Low bitterness. Low acidity

Overall different than what I'm used to for the style. More along the lines of a Euro pale lager than a marzen. Even so this doesn't do anything new or exciting...except that they were probably doing this decades, if not centuries, before anyone else. Not my cup of tea but good overall

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Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a cap that leaves some decent lacing

S: Lots of graininess to go with some floral and lightly spicy hops. Lightly bready

T: Starts off with quite a bit of bready malts along with the floral and spicy hops. Graininess is there, but not nearly as much as in the aroma. Finishes clean with a very light fruitiness and some more breadiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Probably the lightest O-Fest I've had (in terms of color, at least) but it's definitely still solid and easy to quaff. Great price as always. Definitely worth trying

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Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of scootercrabb
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of GRPunk
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- clean, bright golden body sports moderate carbonation. 1-1/2 finger, white head drops to a thin film. Awesome rings left on the glass.

S- lots of doughy malts. Noble hops give a spicy and slightly grassy aroma. Hopping actually seems to crank up with warmth.

T- some pizza dough or fresh, French loaf bread. Spicy hops, Saaz maybe, in the finish that really clean/dry things up. Great mix of refreshing and flavorful. A lot hoppier than the copper colored versions that have been most popular stateside.

M- clean and crisp. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

O- I'm adjusting to the popularity of the lighter o'fests. They actually seem more in tune with what was served in the Munich tents some years ago when I attended. Great compliment to an early fall day. Refreshing in the warm sun. Robust enough to stand up to the cool of the evening. Would buy again in quantity.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Look: Pours a light gold, with a one finger head. Lacing is present. Overall, what I expect from an Octoberfest.

Aroma: I was worried when I saw the light colored bottle, and my worries were validated. Fairly skunked. It doesn't allow me to get into the meat of the aroma, and that's a bummer. It goes away as time goes by, but not by much, and not enough to enjoy what should have been.

Taste: A bit of skunk, but luckily what is supposed to be, comes through as well. A very calm sweetness that must be the malts, with a bit of grassy bread as well. Pleasant enough, but not "great" so to speak.

Feel: This is where the brew shines. Medium bodied, decent bite with a compliment from the sweetness. True Octoberfest style here.

Overall: Super bummed by the skunkyness. Seriously, why does this still happen? I understand using a certain bottle locally... (I guess) but if you are importing it, use a dark bottle. Come on! I bet fresh, this is a great beer, however, after a couple of months in a light bottle, being imported overseas, just slightly above average. Meh.

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Photo of Brendog9
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Mongrel
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

I really think this one deserves a better rating on here. Right when you're drinking all these sweet, malty pumpkin/Oktoberfest/marzen style beers, this one pops up and punches you in the mouth with clean, crisp refreshment.

Pours a brilliant straw gold with a finger of fluffy white head. Light to moderate lacing as you drink it down. A good looking beer.

Next major impression is the smell, which is slightly skunky in that Heineken sort of way. That's the only place this beer stumbles, but that's almost to be expected from this style of pale lager.

Taste is super fresh and clean - lemongrass, straw, melon and a floral effervescence. There's a perfectly sweet malt backbone that justifies the beer being named an Oktoberfest. This is cloaked in a well executed noble hop profile that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall, this beer drinks more like a very good pilsner, and offers a nice reprieve from the more conventional Oktoberfest style beers this time of year.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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