Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest | Warsteiner Brauerei

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
643
Reviews:
242
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Texasfan549
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of spycow
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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 djrn2
2/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 +15.1%
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 -5.6%
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jlindros
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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 NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
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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