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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest | Warsteiner Brauerei

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Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Premium Oktoberfest

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Warsteiner Brauerei
Germany | website

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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Reviews: 224 | Ratings: 578
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap a pint at Pizza Plant. Fresh with abundant lace and white head, apple juice appearance of body. Taste is a bit complex, with fruity toasty nutty malty character. Nothing tremendous. Fizzy carbonation detracted. Ayinger was superior vertical on Octoberfest.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before: 5/21/16.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, nut, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that smells solid, but the flavors don't quite match up to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a proper octoberfest i think. darker, like an amber in appearance. with a small and fading off white head. however, the smell is malty but not sweet, which is perfect in this style. the flavor imports a much more dark malt profile into one of these oktobers. roasty and rich, less sugary and filling than some can be. i would drink several liters of this no worries. there is also a sort of essence of fall to this, which is not necessarily explained easily, but it works for me. the feel is good, heavier in body than most, but well carbonated and plenty drinkable. im really into it. great with a smoked ham hock, and one of those seasonals ill go back to again and again. lovely and underrated.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some hints of grain and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't a bad representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer. Not overly complicated, not outstanding; just pure and simple. A golden-copper, crystal clear hue, moderately carbonated and forms a 1/2" white head with a little lacing. Smells softly of barley malt, caramel, toffee, and spiciness. Flavors of classic german pilsner flavors with a little toasty quality. Throw in a bit of caramel and toffee. Spicy with added noble hops. No off flavors. Body is medium and airy. Finish is fleeting, but not dry or abrupt. Very clean and crisp. A well brewed beer, but not a favorite among high gravity lovers.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint from the Oktoberfest line-up at the Old Chicago in Southgate, Michigan, during the twin sensory attack of Tigers and Lions games being played (and rapturously followed) at the same time.

This beer appears a crystal clear medium golden colour, with one finger of soapy, creamy off-white head, which renders a wall of pocked painted lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of bready cracker malt, a bit of yeast, and mild citrusy, earthy hops. The taste is warm bready, grainy malt, mild edgy yeast, leafy, earthy hops, and some metallic alcohol. The carbonation is moderate, the body somehow vibrating, and not quite smooth. It finishes warm and grainy, some weak earthy hops fishing about.

Not crisp enough to engender any desire for more - and too much German lager diesel character to boot...

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Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Max's Taphouse Baltimore.

Light fizzy head, crystal clear golden pale color.

Nose light straw malts, toasty malts, hint of creamy malts and light noble hops

Taste nice toasty malts, cracked straw, light sweet malts, light creamy, light noble hop bitterness, nice decoction flavor, light sweet and fruity malt. Finishes dry and crisp, light lager fruit, light noble hop.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb, clean and crisp.

Overall great. Nice malts, straw, toast, dry, clean and crisp, noble hops, just delicious.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.84/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Haystack gold with a faint orangish tint. This is definitely one of the lightest Oktoberfests in recent memory. My fear is that the flavor will match the appearance. The lid is a large chunk of bone white foam that looks decent enough and that leaves a decent amount of lace.

If blinded, Euro pale lager would have been my guess after the smell test. There's nothing about Warsteiner Oktoberfest's nose that is the least bit Oktoberfestish. It's pale grainy with an underlying stale, musty hoppiness. I might have suspected old age, but the 'best before' date is still more than five months away.

Maybe... maybe I can taste the resemblance to the stated style, although I still wouldn't have guessed it right off. It tastes as if a few ounces of a substandard Oktoberfest were added to at least three times that much Warsteiner Premium Verum (not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination).

The appearance did not lie. There's an insufficient amount of malt that isn't nearly toasted or nutty enough. This is such a crappy beer that I can't bring myself to go on. How does this brewery continue to survive when there have to be hundreds, if not thousands, of German Oktoberfests that kick its ass up one side of the autobahn and down the other?

Needless to say, the mouthfeel is way too light. It's also insufficiently carbonated and has no spark whatsoever. Thin and borderline flat is a less than compelling combination. Not good. Not good at all.

I would have bet a lot of money that I wouldn't run across a beer as bad as Warsteiner Premium Fresh (a low alcohol beer). Wrong again. I'm pretty damn sure this is the worst Oktoberfest in the long, storied history of Oktoberfests. If it isn't, I don't want to taste whatever is.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper body with a small, tight white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of toasted grain husks, a drop of honey, and spicy hop.

Taste: Toasted grain huskiness and caramel malt flavor. Hint of honey. Fairly subdued sweetness. The spicy hops, while present, never provide much bitterness and drop out somewhat quickly. Finishes with a light honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The Warsteiner Oktoberfest is non-offensive, but not very interesting, either. It's definitely at the lighter end of the Oktoberfest spectrum.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass but it doesn't like much like an O-Fest at all.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out flavors of spices and berries (not like an O-Fest to have a berry flavor) and there's a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild and does not create much balance. The after-taste is slightly fruity.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style, there aren't a lot of qualities that make this beer anything like a typical O-Fest and overall, it's not a beer that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -3.9%
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 superspak
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/28/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of honey, bread, cracker, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. A bit too much yeast fruitiness in the nose. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, light caramel, floral, grass, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, light caramel, floral, grass, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

A lesser alternative to a Spaten, Warsteiner's marzen pours a clear copper color with a small head that displays moderate retention and a bit of lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, sweet malts, pretty standard for the style. More of the same in the taste, toasted grains, caramel malts, cardboard, light hops give a mildly bitter finish. Light-medium body, a bit thin and bland overall, but easily drinkable at least.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My Oktoberfest season hasn't ended just yet... This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, toffee, grass, a touch of butter, and a few sprinklings of mild greens. The taste brings in more of the same, but ups the grass and greens and adds a touch of orange peel. Still, the dry, buttery biscuit steals the show. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but I'd put it in the lower echelon of those from the Fatherland.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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 RblWthACoz
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in ’06. (they had a large seating area set up just for Warsteiner) Pours golden amber with a head that doesn’t stick around too long. Nose is virtually non-existent. Flavor seemed to have a fruity edge to it and it seems to stay on your mouth for some time. Feel is thick and frothy. Definitely drinkable, but one of the weakest of the style I have ever had.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew appears a clear light color of yellowish coper with 2 fingers white head. The cap fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

The aroma is fruity/floral with caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Some mineral aspect but overall a decent smelling brew with perhaps a touch too much focus on diacetyl.

The taste has some caramel/toffee malt sweetness with buttery diacetyl and herbal hops. Some mineral/carbonic quality with sulfur. Fruity to floral aspects emerge as it warms.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Fairly crisp and balanaced for the style. It carries with it a bit of straw/grassy bitterness found in some other warsteiner offerings. I found this to be the best of the 3 offerings I had from this brewery but still, probably would not purchase again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.69/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light translucent orange with a golden hue. A white head descends to a thin cover that lasts most of the duration before becoming a patch. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and husky with just a tad of caramel. Smells more like an EPL (maybe more of a pils? oddly enough) with a touch of vague caramel - not really what I would expect from an O-fest.

The taste is husky/grainy with a touch of almost artificial caramelish sweetness added to it with a spattering of warming alcohol. Blandish, sweetish finish.

It lacks the texture of an O-fest, being a bit too fizzy and on the lighter side in body.

Pretty drinkable while going down, it does leave a blandish aftertaste. It has a surprising drinkability for all the drawbacks. Still, it's not worth getting this one when there are smoother, tastier, better examples of the style that are just as easily attainable.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Billolick
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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 WesWes
2.67/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a golden color with a thin fizzy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent with a faint Munich malt sweetness and next to no hop aroma. The taste is below average. It has a very bland pilsner flavor with an ultra dry finish. It's got zero Marzen character and little to be festive about. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much CO2. This is a beer for the scrap heap. It's a poor example of the style.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.38/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's never too late for an Oktobefestbier...as long as it's consumed before the best by date (which this bottle is). On to the beer:

Clear straw yellowish-orange is the color of the beer, topped off by a big fizzy head. A little grass and skunk in the aroma, not very pleasing. Fortunately the taste is okay. Very simple lager with a sweet note. A kick of alcohol then numbs the tongue. It's very light bodied for an O-Fest, similar feel to a pale lager. I wasn't impressed by this beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.54/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Wasatch
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A pale bronze in color with a lofty white head.

Smell is of munich malts and a whiff of noble hop.

Has some elements of an Oktoberfest weissbier. Grainy and toasted malts on the forefront with a wheat cracker like profile. Hop adds a sour lemon twang to round everything off.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied.

Drinks easy, could surely spend hours on end downing these in a biergarten.

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