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Warsteiner Premium OktoberfestWarsteiner Premium Oktoberfest

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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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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 633
Photo of shirfan
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with maybe just a tinge of orange, creamy white head that recedes to a thin layer of lacing quickly.

Aroma is biscuity with a good helping of noble, pilsner-style hops.

Taste: Pretty much a sweeter, less hoppy Warsteiner, and not really much of an Oktoberfest. Light, sweet, biscuity malts, and mild but very grassy hops. Less of the hard, mineral-water bite than standard Warsteiner, but it lurks in the background behind the sugary sweetness. Really not much beyond a fairly drinkable euro-lager.

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Photo of avalon07
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a totally clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head and som very average lacing.

S: Didn't smell of anything beyond a heavy maltiness.

T: A decent amount of malt and a slightly bready quality, but not much else. An uninteresting taste.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is just a really middle-of-the-road beer. It simply doesn't have enough personality to hold your interest.

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Photo of kkipple
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a 12 pack of this cheep at my local beer shop. Figured it couldn't hurt to toss around at parties.

Light yellow color, small white head, very clear, pretty pils looking... just a shade darker than a normal Warsteiner. Not really to style, sadly.

This is just a slightly more malty Warsteiner. Whoever billed this as an Oktoberfest should be chastised. I'm not sure what else to say, alas... it's too light for the style but isn't exactly offensive, just thin and weak. Biscuity, husky, lightly sweet malt and a timid bitterness are about all you get out of this crisply carbonated brew. Something here actually reminds me of PBR... could be the mouthfeel. Finish is ever-so dry and sports a bit of DMS.

Perhaps the lightest beer to ever call itself an Oktoberfest that has crossed my lips, Warsteiner's offering is really barely average. It goes ok with simple food, I guess... I wouldn't turn this down if offered, but there's no reason to seek this out, either.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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 wedge
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with hardly any apparent carbonation. A creamy head sits on top, shrinking to a nice bubbly topping. Light and clean aroma...grain, doughy sweetness. More like a mild German pilsner with a touch of darker malts. Sweet, toasty grain flavor. Not bad...kind of "sticky" feeling, almost cloying. Hints of leafy hops way in the back. Medium-light body. Drinkable - not all that interesting.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear golden with 2 fingers of slightly off-white head. Retention is decent, head settles to a thick cap. Minimal lacing.

S - Soft, sweet malt. Caramel and biscuity with a toasted aroma. Spiciness in the background.

T - A perfect balance of the caramel and biscuit-ness from the nose start things off with a pleasant sweetness. A touch of hops pulls through near the finish with a peppery and floral taste. Alcohol moves in just a bit to dry thinks out in the finish. Aftertaste of slight alcohol and toasted bread.

M - Medium bodied, extremely smooth, moderate carbonation.

D - This was a surprisingly good oktoberfest. Very mild with excellent emphasis on the malt.

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Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color with an average white head that settled into a slight cap. The aroma is of bready Munich malt with some peppery hop spice, quite Pils like. The taste is a sweet doughy caramel malt, spicy noble hop, a touch of a lime sourness. Definitely on the dry end of the Oktoberfest scale, more of a malty Pils. The feel is light, almost watery, good carbonation, finishes dry and astringent. A different Oktoberfest, average. Cross between an Oktober and Pils. Easy drinking, good conversion brew.

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Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden with a big white head that falls slow leaving fine lace behind.

Clean metallic smell, grainy.

Taste of grain with decent flavor. Fairly full. Some malts and slight hop finish.

Light to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

Easy to drink and very refreshing. It has some taste to it, not bad.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden orange, exhibits a massive, dense, sticky cloudtop head, which retains very well. Scattered, sticky lacing adorns the glass walls. An occasional fat bubble rises lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Mild noble hop aroma with a solid pale malt characteristic, and some mild toasted malt notes as well.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, soon followed by a mild herbal and metallic hop presence. The signature nutty, toasted maltiness of the style is all but absent. As the taste progresses the metallic hop notes intensify, eventually vanquishing the malt flavors. The hop bitterness lingers on at the back of the throat.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: A rather bland, uninspiring example of the style, strongly reminiscent of a Euro lager.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 milliliter custom brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown. Served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of JBogan
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale golden colored with a one finger white head which left moderate lacing.

Some mild skunkiness along with sweet malts. Not a strong nose.

Tasted much as it smelled. Sweet malts along with a very slight hint of banana. Somewhat weak.

Mouthfeel was thin and a bit flat. Not very interesting in this department.

Overall just an average at best beer of this type. One bottle is all I'd be interested inhaving, not because it was horrible or anything but it wasn't memorable and there are plenty of better brews of this style around.

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Photo of tronester
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an golden orange with a big white head. Smell is faint and of alcohol. Taste is of toasty malt, quite dry, with a good amount of bittering hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonation levels high. Pretty drinkable, though not as good as other Oktoberfests. Sort of a disapointment, Warsteiner's other beers are better IMO.

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Photo of wingman14
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow/light orange with a frothy white head. The smell is malty, some sweet notes, and toasted malt, an inviting beer. The taste is similar, sweet and malty, not a huge flavor but still good. The mouthfeel is light, with a good balance of carbonation. This is a smooth drinker, nice and easy. This is an easy drinker, good beer for all. Enjoy.

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Photo of birchstick
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow, with a fluffy, white head
S - smells of grains and malts; similar to a pilsner
T - tastes follows the smell - starts with very sweet malts and grains with hints of banana and yeast and very mild hops on the finish
M - thin, but smooth
D - this is okay and easy to take down. Probably my least favorite of this style that I have tried this year, but that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Clear yellow brown. Medium thickness head that doesn't retain well, but leaves lots of lacing.

2.0 S: Really weak smell, the only thing I could pick up was corn.

2.5 T: Not really balanced well. Biscuit malts and a bit of spice are there, but the hop character is minimal.

3.0 M: A bit stingy, but okay otherwise.

2.5 D: Simply a case of a boring, but not terrible beer.

For the price, I have no problem kicking back a few now and then, but one day I'll have some money and won't ever have to drink this again.

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Photo of klewis
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden with a one-finger, frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Malty with an aroma of toffee and a slight corn smell. A light noble hop aroma in the back.

T: A very clean taste with a nice balance of Munich malt and noble hops.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry.

D: An easy drinker, and a pretty decent example of the style (and at a good price, too). I'll buy this one again.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewhaus...glad to see that they stock a good variety of O-Fests and Pumpkin ales. I'm all about drinking what's in season!

A - Deep orange... slightly hazy with a nice fat finger of khaki head. Some decent lace sticks to the glass.

S - Malty and thick, like a big 'ole scone for breakfast. This is lightly toasted and pretty aromatic. Reminds me of some autumn candles my wife puts out this time of year.

T - As I could guess from the nose, this is a malt bomb. This is full of biscuity, yeasty, toasted notes that fit this brisk evening perfectly.

M - Full bodied, lightly carbonated, and very smooth. The only thing keeping me from liking this more is the slick sugary feel in my mouth. That could get annoying after two or more of these bad boys.

D - This is a really good O-Fest straight from the region who's inhabitants started that crazy party tradition. I'd drink this again, but it's nothing to get super excited about.

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Photo of baos
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Warsteiner Pilsner glass at Shallos. On tap.

A: Sun tea looking with an orangish hue. Decent head.

S: Sweetbreads and maltiness going on there. Maybe a bit of caramel.

T: Sweetbreads again, maybe a bit 'o honey. Ends sweet. I was expecting more flavors here.

M: Pretty nice.

D: I could celebrate Oktoberfest with a gallon of this stuff. That is if nothing better was available... I good beer though

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Photo of Murchmac
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thin white head, golden orange color. Pride of Dolph Lundgren.

Bready sweet malt smell. Red Sonja.

Tastey, sweet, slight metallic taste. Das Boot

Tastey sweet aftertaste, almost honey like. Die Fleiderhaus.

I liked it, buy just one though. Helmut Kohl.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz brown bottle

Warsteiner Oktoberfest was very clear and light orange/gold in color. It had a white head decent retention. The aroma with lightly toasted grain. It tasted like the pilsner with a little sweet toasted malt thrown in. The finish was dry. Mouthfeel was light for the style . Drinkability was good. This beer was basically an Oktoberfest light.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel compelled to call this beer average but it's really just slightly above. Pours a golden copper color, head is light and pillowy and dissipates quickly. Lacing is thin but very pronounced and high on the glass. The mess is strange, like german honey and hillsides. The taste is more slightly bread but mostly malt is what you get here. There is a strange roundness to the mouthfeel but the aftertaste leaves you longing. I've had worse but I've certainly had much better. Try a single but pass on a six.

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Photo of Shaw
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a quite pale amber in color with a foamy head. It has a nice grainy and grassy smell: not overpowering, but not weak.

The taste is good. There's plenty of flavor of sweet malt and biscuit with a nice touch of bitterness at the end.

The body is smooth and fizzy, but with substance. It's not watery.

Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest at a great price.

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Photo of riversider76
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thin white head. Good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is of bread,grain and malt. Body is on the light side of medium with lots of carbonation. Taste has a honey bready edge. Sweet up front with a jucyfruit finish. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of jwc215
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
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 RodBurg
3.01/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake. Warsteiner is definitely not my first choice when it comes to German brews but due to lack of selection I decided to give it a try. Served very cold, it had a very pale amber color with a thick, foamy head that left good lace rings.

After it warmed up, there were some faint smells of malty bread, yeast, and a hint of spice.

Light sweet bread notes, yeast, and some orange citrus flavor to it. Finishes with a light carbonation and a bready yeast flavor.

Not bad, but a little lacking in the flavor department. Wouldn't be my go to beer for Marzen.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a shade darker than pale yellow, but not amber, medium white head, good head retention, spotty lacing.

S: Cooked cereal, wet grain, grass, don't get a real caramel component.

T: Very husky grain character, with a light toffee character. Hops give an earthy grass note, with a hint of spearmint, not typical marzen flavours, more in the Helles style, like a 80/20 Helles/Marzen mix.

M: Light-bodied and drinkable, moderate carbonation, light viscosity on the tongue, thin at times, has an off-dry finish.

D: This is pretty much a middle of the road marzen, similar to what I found in their Helles. Inexpensive for an import, I'll give it that, but there are much more enjoyable and tasty German examples out there.

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