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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Brauerei

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by marburg on 09-03-2003

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Photo of OktoberfestTPA
5/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on draft and was pleasantly surprised!!
It's a crisp, clean Maerzen beer that is consistent from smell to finish. Great dark amber color (almost a touch of red) and no strong or over-powering hops or malts. The tastes follows the smell. There is slight notes of the Warsteiner pilsner along with the Maerzen malts, so if you like the Pilsner - you're bound to enjoy this Oktoberfest!

Can't wait to have it again & I do encourage trying it on tap!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.9/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 version: Pours well into the glass with a tall light, puffy, lasting head, lacing the glass with fine foam, and beautiful clear very light amber color. Nice, fresh, well balanced malty taste. Malt aroma, almost no hops to be discerned. Crisp smooth flavor though, from proper hopping. Clean aftertaste, of light malt, then nothing....correct for Oktoberfest/Maerzen. LESS IS MORE! The ORIGINAL session beer! Yep, this beer is STILL a winner!!!
2014 & before: Definitely an outstanding example of true German-style Oktoberfest beer--NOT the heavy, dark, American micro-brewer copies. Ironic, as Warsteiner cannot sell this style in Germany...since "Oktoberfest" beers there MUST be Munich brewers (kind of an appellation).

According to the Brewers Association, a German-style Oktoberfest/Wiesen beer should be:

"... characterized by a medium body and light, golden color. Sweet maltiness is mild with an equalizing balance of clean, hop bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor should be low but notable."

"Ale-like fruity esters should not be perceived. Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived. Similar or equal to Dortmunder/European-Style Export"

This describes Warsteiner's Oktoberfest beer to a TEE!

No, it's not the heavy sweet "O-fest" beer American craft-brewers brew every year--of which you can drink a couple (at most) at a sitting. This is a CLASSIC German session beer, meant to pound down glass after glass in Stammtisch.... talking with friends as long as you can stand being around each other!

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Photo of Greatheil
4.77/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beergelden
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Iain_Borowicz
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of RockinRob925
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of Ezra-Poundit
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of wattoclone
4.6/5  rDev +34.1%
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 xare
4.54/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Warsteiner Oktoberfest is one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers mainly because it's so different from the other Oktoberfest beers that I enjoy. It has exceptional drinkability and mouthfeel although the taste suffers a bit as a consquence.

Head is very large, creamy, and tasty as well! Lacing is excellent as you drink the beer. The taste is the only true downfall as it tastes pretty smooth but a bit light on flavor. There's also a slight undertone of a flavor I cannot identify that gets more pronounced the more you drink this beer.

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Photo of JKG
4.53/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Powerstroker90
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of RuebenRox
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of UnionMade
4.49/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Eli Cannon's.
The beer is a burnished golden amber color, topped with a short, tight white head. Terrific clarity. Tons of lace sticks to the glass as you drink it down, forming thick blobs.
Aroma is basically a study in how to brew a real german oktoberfest marzen. Tons of caramunich malt dominates the aroma, with a mild noble hopping providing a soft herbal smell. A mild corny aroma to the malt. Incredibly clean, with absolutely no imperfections in the malting or hops. Extremely delicate.
The flavor is incredibly clean. Rich, pronounced caramunich malt, providing a toasty caramel flavor in the beginning. Some corn flavor and a bit of toastiness in the middle, sliding directly into a mild herbal noble hopping. The hops provide an almost pilsnery sharpness in the end, with a light wash of alcohol. A quick blink of medicinal flavor at the end, diminshing quickly and leaving no aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a light, spritzy carbonation.
An absolutely spectacular octoberfest marzen, in the lighter true german style, not the heavier, darker sytle brewed for american tastes.. Incredibly clean, pronounced flavors. This is probably one of my favorite octoberfest beers so far.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +29.2%
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 tfsimpkins
4.41/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice and bready. I can't believe how low this one is rated on here...

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
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 dcotom
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from several 330 cl bottles into a boot glass. Beautiful golden amber color, with a bit of a reddish highlight and a thick head of brilliant white. This is a whole lot of malty goodness. Aromas and flavors of dark bread, biscuit, and caramel, accompanied by floral and fruity notes. Pleasantly sweet on the palate, with a touch of pepper and a hint of green apple on the finish. This is as impressive to drink as its appearance in Das Boot would suggest. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mgraden
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of weller1js
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A personal favorite. By far my favorite harvest beer.

Appearance: Predominantly golden with a hue of orange. Clean pour yeilds next to no foaming, very little carbonation emanating.

Smell: Clearly an earthy, harvest beer, but not overly intense.

Taste: Smooth and clean, some märzens can be overpowering, this has the appropriate balance of for an enjoyable taste.

Drinkability: very, especially for the season.

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Photo of titusgroan
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second rewiew on BA so bear with me... I got a 12 of this at CentralMarket today - really like this, much more than I thought i would. Poured into tall glass - nice head with lots of small bubbles below - very lively carbonation. Head held for a little while then drops to small white ring round the edges. Smell is very pleasant and nice- smells like a nice fall day. The first beer i ever had was in Germany - in high school and this took me there. Also made me think of a beer garden in the early cool fall and made me want to sit outside the rest of the day.... Color is light light amber or darker yellow depending on light. First sip is great - very balanced malt and biscuit/yeasty flavor. Taste like an early fall day somehow. Very lively mouthfeel followed by something spicy or clove... lingers as well and is very pleasant. Another review said this beer was elegant and I would have to agree. This is exactly what i hoped for from a German Octoberfest beer. Thinking of it now - this is exactly what i wish more American beers would go for - simple and GOOD, very clean but lively at the same time- this is what Bud/Miller/Coors should taste like. This is a great beer for sitting in the back yard, enjoying the day and waiting of October to get here. Will get again - soon...

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Photo of KJKelley
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bicyclesandbeer
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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