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:
645
Reviews:
244
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
Wants:
10
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102
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Miket13
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of elamb106
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Steve_N
2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Heorot.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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Photo of Miami66
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJV1963
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Among my top five Oktoberfest beers. A smooth easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Toasted barley malt with a scent of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and cracker with yeast. Light floral and grassy hop hints. Subtle hints of apple and cinnamon. A solid malty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a toasty and sweet malt driven taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grains. Sweet and bready malt notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, toast, and cracker along with some yeast. Some floral and grassy hop notes. Light undertones of apple fruit and spices including cinnamon. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, creamy, and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Marzen. Nice toasty caramel malt flavor.

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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color and clear. Lasting head with plenty of ring lace.

Earthy with a beef stew touch to the nose. There's also a bit of a metallic smell.

The flavor is rather nondescript. All of the Märzen elements are present but rather mild. Less earthy in the taste. The malt is strongent of the flavors but still relatively mild. Lots of dry caramel. Short aftertaste.

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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
3.37 out of 5 based on 645 ratings.
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