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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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Photo of beergeek279
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Piper's Pub. The color was copper, with very little head to speak of. Smell was of malt. The taste was slightly caramel maltish, but somewhat weaker than most Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, wouldn't have many more.

After so many Oktoberfests this season, the Warsteiner was nothing to write home about. Though not a terrible beer, it's not something I would actively seek out again either.

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

Shadowy dark gold (approximating dilute amber). White froth on top initially, but goes bald after a minute or two.
Grainy, Germanic hopped nose. Though substancially muted for my likings.
Begins quietly toasted. The toasty hues fade quickly and are replaced by raw grain. Goes akwardly vacant for a moment prior to the less-than-emphatic hop closure. Light gassy and grassy bitterness late.
Bland and clumsy are not a good couple.
Light bodied with steady-rising carbonation.
Quaffable, yes. But nevertheless, one of the least inspired German festbiers I've tried.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This golden brew had good head retention and some nice crusty lace at the top of the glass. A decent lager but off the mark as a fest. I was looking for a deeper color and a lot more maltiness. The bitterness was there but it left a bit of pasty dryness where I was looking for some malt body.

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Photo of aracauna
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not bad. Lighter than most Oktoberfests. Many are a medium to dark brown or even a nice cherry stain color, this one was dark tannish-gold with a small white head. Ther was some mild, sweet malt under the herbally hops in the aroma. Tastes a lot like regular Warsteiner except there is a light caramelly malt sweetness added into the mix. This is an extremely drinkable, but seems a little light for style.

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Photo of far333
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light, transparent honey color with a white bubbly head. Low sweet malt aroma. Flavor is a light sweet malt, with doughey highlights, and hints of flowers. Light hoppy finish, and a lingering sweet flowery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is tingly and crisp. Not blown away at first, but I'm warming up to it. The more I sip, the more flavors that rise up out of it. One of the best of the very traditional German Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.49/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Eli Cannon's.
The beer is a burnished golden amber color, topped with a short, tight white head. Terrific clarity. Tons of lace sticks to the glass as you drink it down, forming thick blobs.
Aroma is basically a study in how to brew a real german oktoberfest marzen. Tons of caramunich malt dominates the aroma, with a mild noble hopping providing a soft herbal smell. A mild corny aroma to the malt. Incredibly clean, with absolutely no imperfections in the malting or hops. Extremely delicate.
The flavor is incredibly clean. Rich, pronounced caramunich malt, providing a toasty caramel flavor in the beginning. Some corn flavor and a bit of toastiness in the middle, sliding directly into a mild herbal noble hopping. The hops provide an almost pilsnery sharpness in the end, with a light wash of alcohol. A quick blink of medicinal flavor at the end, diminshing quickly and leaving no aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a light, spritzy carbonation.
An absolutely spectacular octoberfest marzen, in the lighter true german style, not the heavier, darker sytle brewed for american tastes.. Incredibly clean, pronounced flavors. This is probably one of my favorite octoberfest beers so far.

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

On draught at the German Village Oktoberfest. I guess this is a newer offering from Warsteiner and isn't a terrible attempt. Hazy orange color with a thin light beige head. More hops than malt in the aroma, which is kind of a change in this style for me. Medium-bodied and almost over-carbonated with the hop profile dominating, although the malt begins to assert itself a little more on the backswing. The finish is rather slick. This isn't a great beer by any stretch but it does the job nicely on a cold Oktoberfest evening.

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

In the glass a translucent golden amber color with the head modest in size, frothy in its texture, the color a bright white, lace forms a decent sheet upon the glass. Hints of caramel sweetness in the nose, crisp and clean, start is sweet, top is skeletal in its feel upon the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, hops pertinent to the style, aftertaste dry and long lasting, average at best.

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Photo of John
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light chesnut color, lighter than most O'fest brews. However, the Europeans and in particular the Germans, do well to brew light colored beers with a lot of flavor. This one fits into that catagory. Not deviating from the syle, the emphasis is on the malt here. It takes on a caramel, bready character then shifts to nutty and spicy. Carbonation and mouthfeel on the mark. A respectable O'fest brew enjoyed tonight at the local Oktoberfest. Prosit!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now, I know you think I'm kidding but the nose on this beer was stale cigarette ashes - and I'm not kidding. I went back to it several times and that is as accurate as I can possibly be. Cigarette ashes. The look is pale gold and out of style, but the flavor is semi-sweet and a bit thick, actually not too bad. Actually, everything is average but that odd nose.

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Photo of bditty187
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New insights from 10/01/04:

Clear, gold in hue, it was served with a modest white head of about a finger in height. The head retention was good and it laced fairly well. Still the appearance is average and disappointing for the style (yes, I’m jaded). The nose is vaguely malty sweet, however it smells very similar to the Premium Verum. There has too much grass and grain. I don’t find the bouquet to be inviting. Ditto on the taste, it is kind of malty sweet but I don’t think the hops work in harmony, as I don’t enjoy the stark grassiness. It is also too clean. This says nothing about the grainy flavors either. The palate is really poor for an Oktoberfest-bier and frankly it would be poor for a Helles. It is medium-light body, creamy mouthfeel at times but the carbonation is too noticeable in the small-framed body. Sure, it is clean, easy to drink but what is the point. Not recommended.

(Old score: 4/2.5/2.5/3/3)

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Photo of marburg
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light for a Marzen brew, Warsteiner Oktoberfest is more of a pale amber -- almost bold yellowish-orange -- than the copperish, mid-amber I've come to expect from the style. Decent malty sweetness though a bit bland. Cleans up with a nice, lightly hopped finish. It was a good-drinkin' beer for sure -- but not enough to inspire an amazing review.

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