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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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours the lightest color I have ever seen for a Marzen: a clear but very pale light yellowish hue. Some great white froth formed with solid retention and lacing.

(S)- A very light lemon / grassy graininess that quickly follows with a smooth yet even lighter honey-like sweetness.

(T)- Quite similar to the smell. A light graininess with a touch of yeasty lemon follows into a smooth honey-like sweetness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and crispness to it, though quite light for the style. Very low bitterness and a good refreshing quality to it.

(O)- Easily the lightest example of a Marzen I have encountered, almost a borderline Helles. I just barely see it in the grain profile, but just missing that slight tip towards a nuttier/richer malt region which I love so much about this style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden color with a finger of very white head that slowly dissolved into a thick lacing of foam to completely cover the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very floral. Lots of hops and clover and pine. Some good malt notes too, like freshly baked sunflower bread.

Taste: Great! Hoppy up front, but not intense or unpleasant, followed by some great malt and caramel-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Damn good Oktoberfest beer, but can you expect anything else from a German brewery, if not possibly THE German brewery? Good strong flavors of hops and malt, nicely balanced into an extremely good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of dwren89
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very pale for an oktoberfest, pale gold, with fizzy white head and excellent clarity

Aroma: noble hops, clean lager character, biscuity

Taste: great balance. Biscuity with a little bready character, much less malt kilning than most oktoberfest. Great noble hop finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, crisp, medium carbonation

Overall: A great beer, but not very oktoberfest like. Much paler and closer to a helles than marzen.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 1pt .9oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a large weizen glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head with two-minute long retention. Nice fluffy white lacing. Golden-amber color with high clarity. Fine looking beer.

S- Noble hops, kind of grassy surprisingly. European yeast character. Crisp and lighter aroma without too much bitterness from hops.

T- Slightly nutty and warm flavor with a distinct crispness, like a pilsner. Mix between Marzen and Pils. Interesting.

M- Lighter body with healthy carbonation. Semi-wet finish.

O- Middling beer and certainly not even close to the best Weihestephan has to offer... but not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a finger of head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is metallic and dry grain; much like a Euro pale lager....
The taste starts sweet and then alternates between metallic bitter and dry bitter. Not pleasing.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
An unpleasant experience overall.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: absolutely clean golden yellow with a nice 2 finger white head

s: sweet malts, berries, straw. real sweet

t: follows the nose pretty accurately. sweet malt, honey, and that generic berry flavor dominate the taste. ends with an earthy straw-like bitterness and a hint of that metallic flavor

m: medium with pretty full carbonation

o: not my favorite from Weihenstephaner. its good, but the flavors initially fight for room in your mouth before they all blend together. its good, but not my favorite representation of the style. still an enjoyable drinker though, and easy to put back

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. into a Weihenstephan hefe glass.

pours a crisp golden color with a nice head. the smell is malty and crisp with some noble hops. the taste is extremely clean and refreshing, wow. an impressive oktoberfest! flavor is spot on, you could drink this all day. light bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a superb oktoberfest. loved it.

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3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness, fresh grain and mild citrus in the background.

T: Taste of a light malt sweetness, some grain and bit of citrus in the background. Has a mild bitterness and a very clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, clean and quite refreshing. Has a nice balance.

O: Enjoyable beer for the style. It looks a bit like a typical Oktoberfest, but it is still quite flavorful

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,623 ratings
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