Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #493
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,823
Avg:
3.47 | pDev: 14.7%
Reviews:
282
Ratings:
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Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Premium Oktoberfest
Notes: Celebrate German heritage with this authentic, German Specialty Beer.

A truly German import brewed according to the German Purity Law, as are all Warsteiner beers, in limited quantities especially for Oktoberfest celebrations. This special edition has a well-balanced, mild and smooth taste with a uniquely soft, hoppy aftertaste and 5.9% alcohol. So bring a bit of Germany with you to your next Oktoberfest celebration and bring a Warsteiner Oktoberfest Special Edition.
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Reviews by nmattis13:
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1.25/5  rDev -64%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.25

This beer tastes like a Rottweilers penis, don't drink it.

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Photo of DunkelFester
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +25.1%
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 nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest brewed by Warsteiner Brauerei, with an ABV of 5.90% This Oktoberfest pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is Rich with grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hops bitterness and there is also a nice sweetness in the smell of this brew. Between the look and smell this is one inviting Oktoberfest. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on a nice bold Rich smooth sweet grains and malts. The body of Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest is a solid medium, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This Oktoberfest has a real nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 5.90% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel of Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest is Bold, Sweet, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this Oktoberfest a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the chance to. Warsteiner Brauerei, did a real nice job with this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +15%
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 +15.3%
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 KingBiscuit
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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 BeeSquared
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of becktone
1.23/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed as an Oktoberfest, which is proudly stated on the label. "Warsteiner edition, Oktoberfest"....This is bullshit.

As a matter of fact when I bought this brew, I thought " Is this an Oktoberfest, or is it simply Warsteiner with an 'Oktoberfest' label on the bottle.?"

Eye: Nice overall appearance, but not what I want from an Oktoberfest. The head is an almost rocky white, large with good retention and decent lacing but white, whereas it should be more yellow or tan in color. The color of the beer could be more accurately described as as pils, it is crystal clear golden yellow, nothing like an O-fest. Good job Warsteiner, why don't you add an extra pound of malt to each batch and call it an Oktoberfest? What's that? Oh yeah I forgot to mention that the color is a few SRMs darker than Premium Verum, sorry it doesn't look the same....

Nose: Strong aroma, but all wrong for and Oktoberfest. I smell hops, and lots of them, Sazz most likely, in my opinion this is just about the same as Premium Verum. Besides the hops there is also a graininess, no big malt presence as there should be. The aroma is lame, especially for something that they are marketing as an Oktoberfest, this is nothing more than Premium Verum with a fancy Oktoberfest edition label on it, is this beer actually an oktoberfest? No.

Tongue: Okay, here's the first real difference between this and Premium Verum...ready? A bit more malt, oh my God! This shit is amazing, just because its from warsteiner and from Germany it must be an authentic Oktoberfest. Fuck this beer. I am really pissed. This is nothing like an Oktoberfest should be. Shame on Warsteiner for the false advertisement. I mean this is the same as Budweiser changing the color of the aluminum bottles from blue to orange for the fall, looks like a different beer, but its the same shit inside. What a let down...

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is light bodied and of a higher carbonation, nothing at all like an Oktoberfest. The label is misleading, damn this beer to hell, damn Warsteiner to hell, may they burn forever. My their beer always be spoiled and infected. I am actually not sorry to say that I will never buy this beer again. Infact were I you, I'd not ever buy this beer, it is not an Oktoberfest, it is Warsteiner trying to con the man into thinking that this is something different, sure all the fratties that drink this will say "Wow, there is so much difference!" but fuck that, this is pretty much the same damned thing! Sure its easy to drink, but I want something for fall, something to celebrate slightly cooler temps, this is not it. This beer is straight out stupid...words cannot express how pissed I am about this beer. Basically, this is not what you're looking for, as a matter of fact noone is looking for this beer, it completely sucks, it is as false as Ashley Simpson on SNL if not more...

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of NHBeerSnob
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some spices. The taste is malty, sweet, and some spice. Medium body. Drinkable, not too bad.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer glows.

It smells pretty average. In the bottle, it was almost half as unpleasant as a skunky beer. Out of the bottle the aroma was much better. It smells malty.

I can tell it's made really well. It has a nice balance and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

It has that special Warsteiner grain that floats to the roof of your mouth.

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Photo of nate_nate_nate
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tbeer40
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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 schuler
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcallister
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this beer the last few years at the Zincinnati Oktoberfest. This year I went to the Germania Oktoberfest and decided to sneak in a glass so I could review my beers in somewhat proper glassware.

A pale copper color. Clear and clean with a lackadaisical white head. Highly carboanated.

Layers of malt with a twinge of hop and light fruits in the aroma. Complex smells for an Oktoberfest.

Very similar to the Warsteiner Verum. Same hop profile and presence with more malt backbone. I like this take but seems somewhat untraditional in style. Mouth is smooth, and creamy, very refreshing.

This Oky sets itself apart from others in style.

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Photo of crobinso
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cryptichead
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this beer at the Virginia Beach Octoberfest on Oct 16th. Disappointed that the beers were served in opaque plastic cups. Sorta guessing at the color, but it looked amber colored and clear as much as I could see it. Nice head, typical carbonation and good head retention and lacing. This is a good tasting beer, very comparable to the Sam Adams Octoberfest I enjoyed last week. The mouthfeel was just right. Light but not watery with no aftertaste other than a good beer taste. I would drinkg this beer again. Enjoyable either for sipping or as a session beer.

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