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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of nick_perry
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear appearance. Golden color with a lot of rising bubbles. Foamy white head which quickly subsides. Aroma is malty and woody. Very clean, pure malt flavor. A bit of a sweet, alcoholic note and warming feeling, despite only being 5.9% ABV. Light in body but not on flavor.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Douglasville, GA. The appearance is a clear golden orange color with a medium sized off- white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some yeast in the backdrop. The taste is sweet caramel malt and grains. A solid beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a white head. Aroma is weak some straw and caramel malt some biscuit malt as well. Flavor is watery and grainy giving it a touch of sour. Body is medium light and finish is weak.

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Photo of Zach_Fehrman
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks great, a nice orange color with a white head that maintained itself for a short while before dissipating. Smelled alright, kind of reminded me of a pumpkin just about to go bad. Taste was not good at all. So devoid of anything enjoyable except maybe a slight taste of...bread? Extremely grainy.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Best before May 13th 2017

Pours a clear golden body with a bone white head. Poor retention, little lacing lacing

The classic Marzen "applesauce" smell of malt and yeast with little to no discernible hops

Taste follows but in a very non prominent way. It just tastes weak.

Feel is a little watery

Overall. ; A slightly below average Marzen.

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Photo of woemad
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.59. According to the rear label it's best before May 13, 2017. My first beer from this brewery.

Poured into a Widmer shaker pint glass, this was a dark, golden shade of amber. Very thin off-white head, with almost no lace at all.

Malty and vaguely fruity aroma.

This doesn't taste like a "Marzen type " beer (per the label; my phone can't figure out how to do umlauts), it tastes like a generic Euro lager, with a sweet, fruity flavor like a mixture of apple and corn. There's a very mild herbal bitterness in the background, but things are mostly a bland malty sweetness.

Medium bodied, with an undercarbonated, semi-lifeless mouthfeel.

Cheap and worth the price, I guess. I'm assuming this is something dumbed down for the American market. I've always steered clear of Warsteiner in the past because I generally assumed it was a kind of German Heineken. This does nothing to change that view. Won't be having this again.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.91/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L (4) - Clear, copper colored beer. Not a whole heck of a lot of head on top. But classic "beer" look.
S (3.5) - Not much aroma here. If you stick your whole nose in the glass you get a malty whiff. It's good, but way too subdued.
T (4.25) - Surprisingly tastes very good. Heavy malty taste. Little to no hop (as appropriate). This would be very good in a beer bread or something that doesn't benefit from bitter.
F (3.75) - Very easy to drink, but undercabonated. A little too lacking in that department
O (4.25) - I bought this in a store's "Oktoberfest" sale. I like this style and this is a decent showing, especially considering it's a "macro" offering. I liked it, but am okay with the sixer being done, now.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit too malty for this style but great feel and overall tasty. Not sure what it is about warsteiner....they over malt their Pilsner and they over malt their Marzen. Overall not bad but their are better choices.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bronze-orange with white head. Smells of grains, grass, and toasty malt. Tastes on par heavy on the toasty grains and malt notes. Some caramel. Finishes light-medium and sweet. Nice Oktoberfest that harkens to harvest.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warsteiner Brauerei "Oktoberfest"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "Best before: 30.JUN.17" and sampled on 3.OCT.16
$25.99/case of 24 @ Javie's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

Wow! An overall score of just 77 on Beeradvocate? How can that be? Let's see...

Appearance: The clarity and color are right on. It could be darker, yes, yet it could even be lighter still and remain true to style, but it's pretty much perfect as it is. Nice white head. Could the head retention and lacing be better, yes, OK, so maybe it takes a ding there.

Aroma: Beautiful, slightly sweet grainy and toasty malt (perhaps there's a little bit of Vienna malt there, although I'm sure the majority is Munich malt), but anyway you cut it, it's clean and malty; and there are some pleasant floral, grassy, herbal, and spicy hops backing it. Overall it could be fuller, but it doesn't have to be, and it's quite nice as-is. This is very much in-line with the Oktoberfest biers that are currently being served in Munich, and I see no fault in that. The reason for that is that they're more drinkable, and for the very "drinkable" amount of body and malt that this has, I'm not sure you could push the aroma any further - at least not in terms of malt; and if you upped the hops it would go out of balance (maybe not at first, but definitely by the time you tasted your second one).

Flavor: The beautiful balance between its sweetish & toasty/grainy/gently golden-caramelish malt and floral and herbal hops remains completely intact. Could the graininess be fuller? Perhaps, sure, a richer, grainier Munich-malt character might be nice - but then we're talking about a different beer altogether because everything else would need to be adjusted up. Should the toastiness be any more forward? I think not, but that's just my opinion. As it stands the balance between the grainy/toasty malt and floral/herbal hops seems impeccable. So what about the bitterness? Some have claimed that it's too bitter, but many Germans love and appreciate a bitter beer, and I don't find it in anyway out of balance. It can build on you after one or two, but I feel that's it's completely appropriate in one serving, straight through from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a standard level of carbonation. Could it be fuller bodied? Yes, but I don't see any reason it can't be exactly where it's at.

Overall: It seems as if this beer might be viewed as being too light in body, malt character, and hops; and that the hops are also being misinterpreted as "earthy and metallic", and that the beer might even be skunky (which it is not). The problem is that this is not an American interpretation of a Märzen/Oktoberfest (which tend to be overly malty, caramelish, and hoppy), it's a German interpretation of an Oktoberfest bier that's more refined and exacting (keep in mind that Warsteiner is not a Munich brewery, and thus not served at Oktoberfest). It does exactly what it sets out to do, in a very German way, and does not falter. There are no technical flaws here, nor do I believe any stylistic imbalance, but every beer is open to personal interpretation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and cracker with yeast. Light floral and grassy hop hints. Subtle hints of apple and cinnamon. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Sweet and bready malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toast, and cracker along with some yeast. Some floral and grassy hop notes. Light undertones of apple fruit and spices including cinnamon. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Marzen. Nice toasty caramel malt flavor.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color and clear. Lasting head with plenty of ring lace.

Earthy with a beef stew touch to the nose. There's also a bit of a metallic smell.

The flavor is rather nondescript. All of the Märzen elements are present but rather mild. Less earthy in the taste. The malt is strongent of the flavors but still relatively mild. Lots of dry caramel. Short aftertaste.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours deep golden with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops, biscuit malt fill the mouth. Finish is medium and semi-dry. OK brew.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, deep gold beer with a fluffy white head that only leaves a few ribbons of lacing behind. The aroma is skunky and grainy with a sweet malt scent as well. The taste is not is malty, sweet but has an odd skunky bitter aftertaste. I am just not a huge fan of this beer and there are better marzens to be had.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light gold color with a one finger white head. Aroma is grainy malt, some caramel and grass with a slight skunked quality. Taste follows with bready malt, grass, and some caramel. Mouthfeel is clean and light. Overall, this is a decent oktoberfest, but a bit muted all around.

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Photo of DevWand
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great light beer. Exemplifies the Oktoberfest category. Not sure how it's rated so low... I'm drinking this freshly tapped; so maybe that's the key? I find it amazing, the difference between the same beer bottled/canned vs fresh off the tap.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was not sure about this one, as others offerings from Warsteiner have been a little over the top, with maltiness, even for my tastes.

But, I looked forward to trying their Octoberfest and found satisfaction in their offering. Although, it does have a LOT of maltiness like other Warsteiner brews are known for having. I can see how people call this "sweet", due to the lack (thankfully) of the HOPS overload. This is a good beer to use as an example of how a little hops would enhance the flavor CONSIDERABLY.

Warsteiner does not shy away from offering malts in their beers. Good for them. This Octoberfest, however, was not as over the top as their Dunkel (IMHO) brew. This Octoberfest did not taste like the regular Warsteiner beer, either.

What did the lacing of the foam look like? Like foam. What color was it? Beer golden. Anything else you need to know about it that will not effect the taste in any manner whatsoever? Great. Go buy one and enjoy it. If you want hops, go get some USA craftie that belches its HOPS all over your bar.

If you want a beer that is real and tastes like a beer should, go buy a German beer. This Warsteiner is a good one to start with. Good beer taste, good Octoberfest brew, although it is fairly stout in the malt dept. If you want a USA craftie HOPSFEST, move along, this aint your brew.

I would buy many more if the dumb Georgia laws, which favor their distributors favoring GA crafties, did not get in the way of import beers. GA favors all their local crafties that pour 150 lbs of hops in every 10 oz bottle. Good grief what happened to American beer?? Bud is made with rice and all the rest are made with 150% hops. Pleez, someone wake me from this nightmare.

Thanks Warsteiner!! Good Octoberfest brew!!!

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Photo of moodenba
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Oktoberfest "special edition" case of 0.33 liter btls. purchased at discount retailer 8/15/16. Beer at refrigerator temperature poured into a Newcastle half pint glass. Very fresh based on the drink by date May 17, 2017. 5.9% alcohol.

Nice white head over a lighter amber liquid. No noticeable aroma. Lacing decorates the glass as the beer is consumed. This beer is a good representative of modern German beers. It is "buttoned down" and slightly disappointing, without a big, mouth filling body that I would look for in an Oktoberfest. On the other hand Warsteiner Oktoberfest is pretty good as a summer quencher. It has a likeable taste with a modest hop background. Almost the balance of a Dortmunder (but not nearly as good as Great Lakes Eliot Ness).

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Photo of James954
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle - Best by May 2016 - drank in late February

L: light amber with minimal lacing and low/medium carbonation
S: skipped to be honest...nothing offensive upfront
T: Toasted buscuit with honey that turns to a brisk dark fruit finish with a slight sour after note in back of tongue.
F: smoothest Marzen oktoberfest I think I've come across.

Overall: a step up in quality for Warsteiner compared to their yearly offerings. You can really tell they took their time and made a sincere effort with the Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Looks like Newcastle, brown pour with lots of clarity, almost no head to speak of. Aroma was skunky, soapy and bitter for some reason.

Dark fruit, bitterness, and just a hint of sweetness beyond that. They got the order wrong. Light caramel and toffee can't cover up or give enough sweetness to overcome the dark fruit and metallic bitterness that this beer is replete with.

Look if you want to make an oktoberfest, give me a little bit of smooth sweetness, not bitter copper pennies.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass straight from the bottle.

Appearance: Pure gold with heavy bubbles and a somewhat thick white head rising to about two finger's length. Stays steadily thick till the third or fourth sip. Impressive.

Smell: Weakest property of the beer, sour hops not the most pleasant but not the worst you will smell.

Taste: Creamy hops, bitter like. Has a sweet tangy feel to it. Not bad at all...and so far in taste alone worth picking up.

Mouth: medium to heavy carbonation, lightly sticky.

Overall: Very good brew, don't believe the hype when it comes to these numbers. I am not going to say it's the best thing since sliced bread, but you factor in price and how smooth it is, you might regret leaving it on the shelf especially when you're bringing beer to a party. Salud!

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Photo of dacrza1
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE TASTED: November 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Warsteiner pokal... OCCASION: a nightcap in preparation for Thanksgiving... APPEARANCE: slightly darker gold than the original, with the same classic white soapsuds topping its body; menial effervescence; head becomes rocky and collects reasonable lacing...AROMA: definite fruitiness to start--almost the scented cassettes I would listen to in the eighties?--with a tortilla-like breadiness pervading.... PALATE: mostly a thin, medium-bodied, drinkable body that leaves a malty lingering aftertaste--not inviting the next sip...TASTE: biscuit and bready dough beg a bitter,, semi-sweet experience... faint caramel and hops cannot balance the profile, and the nutty undertones do not develop substantially...OVERALL: slightly heavier and less crisp than the original, the Warsteiner version of the Oktoberfest pushes more malt but loses any chance of being refreshing or balanced; likewise, the malt is thin, which makes the experience not only unbalanced but also not worthwhile...drinkable, yes...worthy of being sought out? not so much...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle (c'mon---can't you spare the other few little oz's??) in a pint glass.
This standard fest pours a bright light amber with a subtle head of white foam that subsides quickly to a thin ring with little lacing. Nose of light bread, caramel, and subtle hops. Flavors follow the nose with light sweet caramel and bread, some light notes of grain and lager yeast, followed by a light crisp hop note. Decent mouth feel, medium carbonation, light body and a grain note on the aftertaste. Not a bad brew, but not the best of the season.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This smells much like your typical Warsteiner lager, only with a greater emphasis on caramel, nuts, and toast. So, not really exciting, but decent enough to get the job done. (I forgot to add, this is a damn good-looking brew!) On the front end, there's far too much bubblegum and caramel sweetness for my tastes, though the finish does dry things decently with the noble hopping. The feel is a little sluggish for the style, lacking the lively crispness of the best. It's a passable marzen, it must be said. I'd just rather have a few other examples over this.

3.05/5: Uneventful, but I wouldn't really complain being served this by some blonde in a dirndl

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD 6/8/16. Pours a clear golden. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rather weak nose of light biscuit and light hops.

Medium body with a smooth texture that has some creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding due to it's total absence of off flavors and perfect balance. Intensity lacks a bit and this beer is not very complex. It begins with a slightly sweet biscuit base that has some grainy aspects, but is not cracker like. Soft subtle pear notes float over biscuit. The middle brings a soft herbal hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is a slow fade of the middle with subsiding biscuit and a hint of alcohol.

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