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Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Premium Oktoberfest

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Warsteiner Brauerei
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DevWand
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
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
4.51/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

But, I looked forward to trying their Octoberfest and found satisfaction in their offering.

Warsteiner does not shy away from offering malts in their beers. Good for them. This Octoberfest, however, was not over the top as is their Dunkel (IMHO) brew. This Octoberfest did not taste like the regular Warsteiner beer. It has a fuller taste, not so much with the hops, if at all. All malt, all the time. Good taste. Yahoo!!!

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.

I would buy many more if the dumb Georgia laws 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.

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Photo of moodenba
3.56/5  rDev +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 +9.8%
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 -24.7%
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 +0.3%
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 -17.6%
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 -0.3%
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 -9.2%
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 +10.4%
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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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, Euro yeast, hint of alcohol, hint of hop, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Marzen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of wheat, sweet malt, hint of alcohol, and Euro yeast. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend, but the wheat metallic flavors are disappointing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellowish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint apricot + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium to large sized patches of medium thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and grainy malts with a light to moderate aroma of floral + earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted and grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of floral + earthy hops which impart a light to moderate amounts of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively clean.

O: Easy to drink and quite enjoyable, a nice representation of the style. Definitely one to grab next year during the season.

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Photo of GeorgiaFunkadelic
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife picked this 6-pack bottles on sale for $4.99! She knew I was drinking Octoberfest beers (it being October), so it was a thoughtful gesture. This was not the best Marzen type I've had this season. Light & easy drinking, but hard to finish if it gets warm.

Nice to try a German beer for Octoberfest, but lacking in awesomeness.

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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 delta490
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-light gold with a short-lived fizzy head. The aroma is milder but has some nice malt sweetness and a little earthy hops, as well. The taste isn't bad, but it's not quite as good as the aroma and just has a slightly..."off" character to it. Not off as in skunked or poorly made. I can't place it but just it's just not quite there. The body is lighter with just a little carbonation on the finish.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Oktoberfest has a medium, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, gold appearance, with low-to-moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of yeasty bread, and the flavor is of the same, with bread crust, grassy hops, and even some cream ale (cream cheese cake icing) aspects. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly prickly. Warsteiner Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of MaximalC
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent, pale, straw color with a moderate head of coarse, white bubbles. Mild aroma smells of the typical grassy, spicy, noble hops and traces of caramel and bread.

The taste is more full-flavored than the nose would suggest, with a healthy dose of biscuity malt and zesty hops, along with some caramel, apple skin and grain husk. There’s also a slight cardboard character in the aftertaste. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for crisp, lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an average representation of a very average style. It’s fine for sessioning, but it doesn’t exactly wow the tastebuds.

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Photo of Spikester
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with two fingers of white head and moderate lace.
Smell is bread malt yeast grain bin some herbal hops.
Taste is sweet bread malt and a balancing amount of herbal grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and ample carbonation.
Overall an interesting beer that is easy drinking and refreshing. Really not one I will rush out to buy more of.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled earlier this evening on 10/3/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle with a 'BEST BEFORE: 21,May.16" printed on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage .3L "WARSTEINER" flute glass.

Brew pours a clear golden-amber in color with lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The cap is a good 1+-finger creamy/foamy white head and a decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of caramel malts with a hint of floral hops. Bit more going on with some light spice also. Very smooth and goes down easy. Really surprised actually as I haven't a idea on this one as Oktoberfest brews are all over the board. Lighter-bodied with higher carbonation but is works for this brew. Overall, really injoyed this one! PROST!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Golden amber in color with a foamy one finger head.

aroma- Caramel and toasted malts along with a hint of herbal/spice hops.

taste- Nutty malt flavors and some caramel sweetness are present at first. There's a tiny bit of herbal/spice hops in the middle and finish that balances the malt sweetness. After taste isn't great as it warms, it gets a grainy cardboard taste.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation,and chewy in the middle and crisp in the finish.

overall- Solid oktoberfest that finds itself in between the dark and light versions of the style. The downside to this one is that the aftertatse is poor after it gets into the 50 degree range. Probably not worth getting again considering quantity of stronger versions of the style out there.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appear : This beer has one of the most gloriously awesome heads I've ever seen. It's not just huge, it's stable, sticky, gelatinous, and moves with the beer. It's stable at 2 fingers tall (starts at 3), fluffy like car wash foam, and leaves rings of lace on the glass as it recedes. The body is 90% transparent, straw colored, and has tons of effervescent bubbles spiraling up to the top from the bottom.

Smell : VERY German/Bavarian in its smell. Dead-ringer Pilsner aromas, with a near perfect balance of baked malt and Opal hops, with some allspice and black peppercorn. At deeper smells, clove finishes out the aroma.

Taste : It starts out like a typical Euro lager (light bodied, high grain bill, straw), and then the spices roll in mid-palate - clove, allspice, old cinnamon powder. It finishes out with a very distinct dusty flavor...a mix between gourd (flesh, rind, stem), potato skin, fresh sawdust, and grain hull. Unique and bright with minimal off-flavors.

Feel : Light bodied, morphing into an appreciable creaminess (the quasi-creaminess only a cold-fermented lager can emulate), and a rather drying finish. Carbonation is kept mild.

Overall : As a rule, I'm not really a big fan of Oktoberfest LAGERS, but this one isn't bad at all. The potato skin/gourd lays on the palate relentlessly after the swallow, with a dusty grain flavor that seems to be ever present and yet still interesting. I've never had a Marzen like this, and I like unique things. I'd probably try this again.

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Photo of ranger7
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good Oktoberfest. The golden color threw me off a little, and it's lighter than other popular examples of the style, but it's still not a bad choice. Good flavor, but nothing too complex or interesting. Would have again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Best before May 21st 2016, that's a heck of a time there Dave.

Clear, but with a muddy brown like reflection for the body color. Good rising lines of carbonation but also some cola ones sticking to the bottom of the glass. Off white head color, minimal retention some good staying power as it settles to a finger from two.

Grainy malts and hints of powder on the nose. A little bit dough sensations with light faint caramel hiding in the back. Kind of small but not too bad. Not much else really going on here for a marzen though, with little malt depth and hardly any noble character.

Palate doesn't really bring much love. Wet and watery mouthfeel. Minimal caramel notes and a bark like woody bitterness that dissolves quickly. Finish gets a little more warm and spicy just a touch to save it. Some more caramel sweetness comes out with some repeated sips, but doesn't really last with this thin body. Borderline going for seltzer territory.

Overall drinkable but also not really memorable with far better options out there.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

this is my least favorite ''octoberfest'' beer that i've tried so far. it has a skunky taste which i'm not a fan of but much worse it has a salty aftertaste.

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Photo of jancona
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a little lighter in color than the Oktoberfest brews I enjoy. The flavor is more on the lager yeast side than the roasted malt, fruity side. Overall ok, but there are many other options out there.

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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