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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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Added by marburg on 09-03-2003

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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 586
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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Photo of Reanimator
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a veeerrryyy light, pale golden-yellow color. Definitely not characteristic of the Oktoberfest style. Has an interesting, spicy aroma.

The taste is phenomenally disappointing. Generic flavor almost like a light lager with only a glimpse of any sort of characteristic O-fest kick. Mouthfeel is irrelevant at this point.

Very unpleasant and not good at all. Don't even bother with this beer.

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Photo of Baconisaveggie
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber color, paler than most oktoberfests I've tried. 1 white head forms. Decent lacing on the glass, but doesn't stick around too long.

Sweet, malty aroma, not very strong.

Light watery mouthfeel, and watery flavor. Starts malty and ends with a dry, slightly spicy finish.

Really, a poor example of the style.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had, though admittedly I'm not a big marzen fan. It looks like a classic marzen, with a deep auburn transparent color that almost glows in the late summer light. But, unlike many marzens, this one pours an outstanding soft white head that pumps up to three fingers deep, and has great retention over a leisurely quaff, leaving a lovely diffuse lacing on the glass as you go. Through the head, a soft but pronounced fruity bouquet entices you to allow your nose to linger over the glass. The flavor on the palate does not disappoint, with a malty semi-sweet character quickly evolving into pure malt on the front and middle of the palate, but finishing with a slight hoppy transient bitterness that subsides to leave the malt persistent in the aftertaste. The full smooth mouthfeel combines with a perfect carbonation that makes this beer very drinkable. This beer is perfect for the late-summer waning heat, as the evenings prolong into the early autumn coolness. A great seasonal session beer, but with an ABV of 5.9% the sessions should be on the weekend or holidays.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden color. The pour produced a thich head of white foam and a small amount of lacing. Decent carbonation.

S - Malty and slightly skunky with hints of citrus and spice.

T - Nothing overpowering. Tasted much like a pilsener or Euro-lager. Starts malty and finishes a bit dry with a little Oktoberfest style spice.

MF&D - Thin bodied, crisp and easy drinking. A lot lighter and less flavorful than one would think of as an Oktoberfest beer, but not a bad beer to session all day Sunday, while watching the NFL.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was cleaning out my notes from last year right before I moved and I found this one.

Appearance: It has a nice gold color with just a little bit of cloudiness. The head and lace was average.

Smell: It had a good crisp grainy aroma with just a mild sweetness.

Taste: It is not the greatest marzen in the world but is not bad either. The flvor is very weak but the upside to that is not much aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin with just under average carbonation.

Drinkability: Average and easy to drink.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.05/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a clear gold color with a thin white head and little lacing. Not at all what I expected or hoped for.

S- Very weak here also light bready malts.

T- Again weak light bready malts, some yeast and that's about it.

M- Light in body, thin and watery.

D- I struggled with this one big time and gave a lot of the bottles I had away. No thanks.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. It is very fizzy with a thick white head that stays for a while.
Not a lot to the smell. More of a hoppy smell than I am used to with an Oktoberfest.
A very balanced taste of hops and malts. Tastes much like a pilsner or a lot of good lagers from Eastern Europe. Nice taste, but doesn't remind me of a normal Oktoberfest.
Nice smoothness to this beer and a good thickness as well.
Drinkability is okay. This beer was brewed to drink all day, but it doesn't follow the general mode that is needed. Too many hops for constant drinking.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in Union...
Pours a lucid, clean, clear, light-amber hue with a decent-sized foamy head that exhibited adequate staying power before slowly dissipating...
Everything about this beer basically screamed "average"...
Mediocore, unassertive taste, slight hints of bread, butter, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla both in the nose and on the tongue...
Loose mouthfeel overall along with a pretty good level of drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors...
Light stuff...

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Photo of Gehrig
2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Since it is the season and, since they had a bunch of Marzens in the Pick-A-Six at Friar Tuck, I grabbed a few Oktoberfests. Unfortunately I grabbed this. Although I generally like Warsteiner, this Oktoberfest sucks.

An aggressive pour yields a thin finger of off-white foam on a clear golden-orange body, and the quick disappearing act of the foam is a bad sign. Weak aromas of malt are another bad omen; faint sweetness is more prominent, unfortunately. Sub-mediocre taste results from scant malt and little character. Roasted malt flavor? Chocolate? Spice? Hardly.

What a disappointment, probably the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had. It's a poor representative of the style and not one I'll ever revisit.

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Photo of righlander
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
big foamy head that lasts a bit.
smells pretty clean, although i detect some munich malt faintly.
not a lot of hops on the nose as expected.
taste is nice. a faint toasty malt going on but very crisp and light. you can sure tell this beer was made for mass consumption, but it's quite enjoyable. got this right as it came out late in august. i'm a fan of marzen and this doesn't really match up to most. really good none the less. i can't wait for the paulaner okto's to come out though.
mouth feel is nice and light. drinkability is there.

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