Weihenstephaner Festbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner FestbierWeihenstephaner Festbier
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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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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the pint glass

A: lighter in color than many oktoberfests, especially American styles. Lighter than hacker pschorr but darker than hofbrau. Good lacing and head and a lot of carbonation.

S: not too strong of a smell... But I do get bready malts in there.

T: not too strong but there's grain grass and it is bready. Slight hop bitterness to balance it out on the back end

M: crisp clean dry finish, very nice

O: I expected a little more from my favorite German brewery but this is in no way a bad Oktoberfest. I'd still prefer hacker pschorr's, Great Lakes, and victory's offerings

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden body, fizzy white head that settles and leaves some slight lacing bubbles.

S- Smells like their pilsner with hints of toasted malt mixed in with pilsner malts. Nice noble hop presence, but not the caramel malt roastiness I was expecting.

T- Hints of toasted malts, with pilsner malts. Some toast, grainy malts, some noble hops too.

M- Medium bodied, slight breadiness, medium carbonation.

O- Not a bad beer, but not what I think of when I look for a marzen.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - lighter than most; golden topped w a frothy white head that leaves a spattering of lacing on the glass
S - grassy hops, toasty grain, lager yeast
T - slight tartness, fruity, toasty, grassy, yeast, touch of caramel sweetness.
M - very smooth and creamy, finishes dry and tart, fairly clean
O - decent Märzen, and unique enough to stand apart from the crowd. Not my favorite, but I'll usually get a bottle for Oktoberfest if I see it.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - I can already tell this is a sub par marzen. Very light bright yellow not amber or brown in color as traditional styles. Head is minimal with just a 1/4 inch of head that settles to a thick lace ring.
S - Pilsner malts, slight grassy hops, and mild bread. Is this a marzen or a Pilsner?
T - Well it kind of taste like the style. Mild white bread, slight grassy hops, some bitter skunk flavors. I don't really like it.
M - Light to medium in body. Fairly easy to drink.

Overall Kind of like a different take on the Helles lager but not even close to what I expected. Pity since I love this brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into my Brewery Ommegang Tulip

A: Pours a with a strong fall hay color with a billowy white head. And endless parade of bubbles rises to the top....

S: Smells of grassy hops with some baked bread undertones...

T: Taste is a little heavier on the bread than the smell was with the grassy hops washing in at the end.

M: Plenty of good carbonation, light and crisp on the tongue.

O: Not my favorite Marzen, but certainly not a bad one either. B-

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4/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Weihenstephaner Festbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 55.9% out of 100 with 1,592 ratings
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