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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany
warsteiner.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 09-03-2003

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237
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633
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Reviews by hooligan:
Photo of hooligan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours clear with a 3 finger head of meringue-like foam, which settles to a thick, soapy 1/8th inch head after about 3 minutes. Film sticks very well to the side of the glass down well as I drink...

Smell is noble hops upfront. Toasted grain and sweetness and a little herbal "back".

Big sweet malt reminding me of slightly underripe fruit and clean noble hop, with a touch of grassiness upfront. Nothing stands out, this beer's flavor is extremely balanced.

Nice, chewy malt backbone with just enough effervescence. Best thing about this beer (and the style, for that matter).

I can see why people drink liters, upon liters of this stuff. It's good. I'm gonna need some more pretzels.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +19%
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 NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
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 MrHungryMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright fruit aromas and toasty malt with apple-like sweetness. A little splash of hops adds increases dimension. Smells like an Oktoberfest to me.

Pale gold with good clarity. Good little head dies a little quick.

Man, that’s good. Deep, rich malt sweetness has elements of honey and fruit juice. That splash of hops pops out for a flavoring and, more prominently, a lasting bittering. The malt character is complex and rich with a good deal of dark, deep roasted chocolate/espresso nuances and plain-old maltiness hidden under that dry, toasty façade. Hop flavor is light and subtle, but its contribution doesn’t go unnoticed. It strikes me as being tea-like and slightly herbal. Body is smooth and thick with low-volume stiff carbonation. Finally I get a spicy alcohol vibe – like that of a cider.

What a joy this brew turned out to be. I have not enjoyed a Warsteiner like this before; and this may be my new favorite Oktoberfest. I’m glad I stumbled upon it.

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Photo of DunkelFester
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've got to write this review, if for no other reason than to provide a counterpoint to some of the strangely negative reviews below.

Appearance: Brown longneck 330 mL bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass to highlight brilliant clarity, lighter in color than most 'export' versions of the style, but spot-on for the versions that one might actually find pouring in Munich. A touch darker than that of a munich helles, but still golden. Similar to festbier offerings from Hofbrau & Loewenbrau. A finger or so of white foam that fades quickly.

Smell: Clean german malts, a hint of alcohol. No discernable hop aroma - which is to be expected (not a flaw).

Taste: Balance, balance, and more balance - leans toward the malt, but is never cloying or overly 'sweet' (a la Paulaner). Hop bitterness is just enough. Clean, well-rounded german lager. No diacetyl, no harsh edges.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium body. Carbonation is just right. Even as it warms, it never goes flat - but, at the same time - is not overcarbonated.

Drinkability: I've had 3 so far this evening, and - if not for the alcohol and the fact that it's a Wednesday night - could very easily drink this all day long, a liter at a time.

Overall: There are some complaints posted by other reviewers stating that this is a beer that is 'just ordinary' and that it won't 'hold your attention'.

To those people I ask: WHY should 'deep thought' or 'lasting attention' be a prerequisite for beer intended for drinking for hours (or days) at a time at the largest beer festival on Earth? Some beers are - by design - intended to be consumed in larger quantities without deep thought. One's attention at oktoberfest should not be centered on the *complexity* of the beer in one's mug - but, rather, the experience and the comraderie.

That's not to say the beer should be bland (and this one is NOT) - just fresh, tasty, and enjoyable, with a distinctly 'german' flavor that few domestic brewers can duplicate.

As for being expensive? It retails stateside for ~ $24/cs. A buck a bottle is expensive? Since when?

This is the first time I've seen Oktoberfest from Warsteiner locally, and I'm really glad I picked it up. It strikes me as a surprisingly solid festbier at a more than reasonable price. If you want to wallow in the chewy toasted malt of an all-munich malt/caramunich brew, look elsewhere. But if you want an affordable, imported, sessionable festbier? This one is worth sampling.

$0.02

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Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of babyhobbes
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came with an inch and half head over a nice golden colored brew. The was a slight smell of malt but not much else. This tastes malty and sweet. It's a very light beer and quite drinkable. However, I expected a little more from Warsteiner in there Oktoberfest.

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Photo of generallee
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into my Spaten Oktoberfest stange glass. There is a "best before end" date of 09.JUN.10 and it was sampled on 10-23-09.

Appearance: The body has a deep golden color with lots of nice carbonation and great clarity. A small bright white and loosely packed head sits on top but it quickly disappears and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: The nose has light malt with a touch of toasted biscuit and some nice floral/perfume like hops. Also noticeable is a hard mineral water note in the nose.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has the same toasted biscuity malt and floral hops in the nose with mineral sweetness up front that quickly turns dry by the finish. The palate has a light to medium body with smooth yet active carbonation.

Notes: This was a very basic but very drinkable Oktoberfest beer. I did enjoy it but I would have loved more head retention!!!

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours lighter amber, near clear, looser off white head, leaving a moderate lite khaki cap, and some moderate strands and mini sheets of lace.

Thin malty nose.

Malty, lite nuttyness, lite vanilla.....passable Oktoberfest....nothing great...nothing terrible..

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of wattoclone
4.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my taste, Oktoberfest lagers should be sessionable, and drank in volume. That means easy drinking and no bitter finish. Warsteiner delivers on all aspects. I have had a hard time finding an easy drinking oktoberfest lager. Most are over-hopped leading to a bitter, hoppy finish, are too rich or are hard to find. Warsteiner has produced a delicious version of the Marzen style with a light malty taste with delectable honey notes and a perfect smooth finish. The price is very affordable and is easy to find in my area.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a rather light color for an ocktoberfest. deep golden, slight brown amber color with some soapy slight off white head that only had a little retention. just a tiny bit of lacing.

the aroma is filled primarily with the smell of grains. sorta like a pilsner or euro type lager. though according to the bottle, this is a ale, not a lager as the style suggests. slight toasted malt aroma going on, maybe a touch of some floral hops, but not much else going on here.

a little better in the taste, still has a grainy finish. toasted caramel malts in there as well. some floral hops.

medium to light bodied. smooth mouthfeel. prolly wouldnt want to drink too many of these in a night, not my favorite style, but thats just my opinion.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DrKarl
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boogerisu
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent honey color with a white bubbly head. Low sweet malt aroma. Flavor is a light sweet malt, with doughey highlights, and hints of flowers. Light hoppy finish, and a lingering sweet flowery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is tingly and crisp. Not blown away at first, but I'm warming up to it. The more I sip, the more flavors that rise up out of it. One of the best of the very traditional German Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of mjh0527
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown pour, some clarity for a light brown beer, mild head, no retention or lace. Aroma was skunky dishsoap.

Taste of raisin, mild sweetness if you look for it. Light caramel, off flavor metallic bitterness rather than the characteristic smoothness you would hop for, not even nutty depth. Thin body. Not even really easy drinking for me, just kept thinking about the relative rip off price for a beer with hardly any substance to it and a few off flavors. Maybe a little bit of old toffee from grandma's candy dish from like 10 years ago.

Not impressed, wouldn't recommend, especially at close to $10 a 6 pack, I don't know what you're paying for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz 2014 bottle a few days past the 2015 BB date.
Looks as it should, with lots of visible carbonation rising thru a clear amber body to form a thick white head. Ample lacing is left on the glass.
Skunky, but I allow some tolerance for this given the dating. Less malty than typical for style.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of timontheroad
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden yellow color, nice big thick fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma was mostly sweet bready malt, with just a touch of some grassy notes. The flavor was pretty sweet, but with a very nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was pretty thick for a lighter beer, not bad. Overall, this was a pretty good beer, good lagers always sit well with me.

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Photo of Miha
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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