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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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Reviews: 237 | Ratings: 633
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Warsteiner Oktoberfest has a medium, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, gold appearance, with low-to-moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of yeasty bread, and the flavor is of the same, with bread crust, grassy hops, and even some cream ale (cream cheese cake icing) aspects. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly prickly. Warsteiner Oktoberfest finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing.


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Photo of MaximalC
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent, pale, straw color with a moderate head of coarse, white bubbles. Mild aroma smells of the typical grassy, spicy, noble hops and traces of caramel and bread.

The taste is more full-flavored than the nose would suggest, with a healthy dose of biscuity malt and zesty hops, along with some caramel, apple skin and grain husk. There’s also a slight cardboard character in the aftertaste. Medium-light body and high carbonation make for crisp, lively mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an average representation of a very average style. It’s fine for sessioning, but it doesn’t exactly wow the tastebuds.

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Photo of Spikester
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with two fingers of white head and moderate lace.
Smell is bread malt yeast grain bin some herbal hops.
Taste is sweet bread malt and a balancing amount of herbal grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and ample carbonation.
Overall an interesting beer that is easy drinking and refreshing. Really not one I will rush out to buy more of.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled earlier this evening on 10/3/15. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle with a 'BEST BEFORE: 21,May.16" printed on the back label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage .3L "WARSTEINER" flute glass.

Brew pours a clear golden-amber in color with lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The cap is a good 1+-finger creamy/foamy white head and a decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of caramel malts with a hint of floral hops. Bit more going on with some light spice also. Very smooth and goes down easy. Really surprised actually as I haven't a idea on this one as Oktoberfest brews are all over the board. Lighter-bodied with higher carbonation but is works for this brew. Overall, really injoyed this one! PROST!

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Golden amber in color with a foamy one finger head.

aroma- Caramel and toasted malts along with a hint of herbal/spice hops.

taste- Nutty malt flavors and some caramel sweetness are present at first. There's a tiny bit of herbal/spice hops in the middle and finish that balances the malt sweetness. After taste isn't great as it warms, it gets a grainy cardboard taste.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation,and chewy in the middle and crisp in the finish.

overall- Solid oktoberfest that finds itself in between the dark and light versions of the style. The downside to this one is that the aftertatse is poor after it gets into the 50 degree range. Probably not worth getting again considering quantity of stronger versions of the style out there.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appear : This beer has one of the most gloriously awesome heads I've ever seen. It's not just huge, it's stable, sticky, gelatinous, and moves with the beer. It's stable at 2 fingers tall (starts at 3), fluffy like car wash foam, and leaves rings of lace on the glass as it recedes. The body is 90% transparent, straw colored, and has tons of effervescent bubbles spiraling up to the top from the bottom.

Smell : VERY German/Bavarian in its smell. Dead-ringer Pilsner aromas, with a near perfect balance of baked malt and Opal hops, with some allspice and black peppercorn. At deeper smells, clove finishes out the aroma.

Taste : It starts out like a typical Euro lager (light bodied, high grain bill, straw), and then the spices roll in mid-palate - clove, allspice, old cinnamon powder. It finishes out with a very distinct dusty flavor...a mix between gourd (flesh, rind, stem), potato skin, fresh sawdust, and grain hull. Unique and bright with minimal off-flavors.

Feel : Light bodied, morphing into an appreciable creaminess (the quasi-creaminess only a cold-fermented lager can emulate), and a rather drying finish. Carbonation is kept mild.

Overall : As a rule, I'm not really a big fan of Oktoberfest LAGERS, but this one isn't bad at all. The potato skin/gourd lays on the palate relentlessly after the swallow, with a dusty grain flavor that seems to be ever present and yet still interesting. I've never had a Marzen like this, and I like unique things. I'd probably try this again.

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Photo of ranger7
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good Oktoberfest. The golden color threw me off a little, and it's lighter than other popular examples of the style, but it's still not a bad choice. Good flavor, but nothing too complex or interesting. Would have again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Best before May 21st 2016, that's a heck of a time there Dave.

Clear, but with a muddy brown like reflection for the body color. Good rising lines of carbonation but also some cola ones sticking to the bottom of the glass. Off white head color, minimal retention some good staying power as it settles to a finger from two.

Grainy malts and hints of powder on the nose. A little bit dough sensations with light faint caramel hiding in the back. Kind of small but not too bad. Not much else really going on here for a marzen though, with little malt depth and hardly any noble character.

Palate doesn't really bring much love. Wet and watery mouthfeel. Minimal caramel notes and a bark like woody bitterness that dissolves quickly. Finish gets a little more warm and spicy just a touch to save it. Some more caramel sweetness comes out with some repeated sips, but doesn't really last with this thin body. Borderline going for seltzer territory.

Overall drinkable but also not really memorable with far better options out there.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

this is my least favorite ''octoberfest'' beer that i've tried so far. it has a skunky taste which i'm not a fan of but much worse it has a salty aftertaste.

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Photo of jancona
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a little lighter in color than the Oktoberfest brews I enjoy. The flavor is more on the lager yeast side than the roasted malt, fruity side. Overall ok, but there are many other options out there.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

More like a Munich Helles than an Oktoberfest. The beer itself is decent but not what I was expecting with the label being an Oktoberfest. It scored as tied for second worst amount the beers at our recent Waterstone Beer Club event.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a clear golden brown with a fluffy white head with good retention all the way down.

S - Dank, Skunk, malts, caramel.

T - Yeast, grass, malts, low to medium bodied and finishes dry and bitter.

O - Decent Oktoberfest. Not overly malty or sweet and well balanced.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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 HoppyBastard
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date 5-21-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear, golden color with less than one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until just a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, there is minimal lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: sweet caramel, toasted bread and a slight euro skunk smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and toasted bread then a slight euro skunk hop profile, there was also a metallic note present.

PALATE: light body, medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is not a bad beer, I enjoyed drinking it but there are much better beers in this style so I would not seek this out again.

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Photo of puck1225
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour a clear yellow into a pint glass. Thin head, little lacing. Ok taste. A little bready and sweet. This beer is ok, but not remarkable. Much better Octoberfest beers out there.

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Photo of CBlack85
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug

The beer pours a golden straw color with a white frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing. The aroma is very mild, consisting mostly of sweet, bready malts. Unfortunately, the aroma is much lighter than I would like and is fairly one dimensional. The flavor light and sweet with a few toasty undertones. The beer finishes with a light bitterness giving the overall flavor a very balanced feel, even if it is a bit too light for the style.

Overall, the beer is decent, but is underwhelming.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light gold color topped with a thick, frothy white head. Malty, caramel nose; sweet and spicy in character. Toasted grain flavor; crisply sweet; toffee and burnt sugar. Medium bodied; mildly sweet finish.

The color may be light for the style but there is a nice, persistent toastiness and warmth to this beer that seems pretty fitting. I don't know why there isn't more love for this beer, but one should try it and make their own judgement.

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

This beer poured a golden wheat color and looked more like a Pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It had a pure white creamy head.

The aroma was very earthy/yeasty.

Typically, I split the taste into beginning, middle,and end, but this beer has so little taste that it was hard to break up. The beer tasted like a light Pilsner. There was some bitterness on the back end, but there are no other flavors that stuck out.

Mouth feel was crisp and had slightly above average carbonation.

This was not an Oktoberfest. It should be called Pilsnerfest.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

11.2 oz 2014 bottle a few days past the 2015 BB date.
Looks as it should, with lots of visible carbonation rising thru a clear amber body to form a thick white head. Ample lacing is left on the glass.
Skunky, but I allow some tolerance for this given the dating. Less malty than typical for style.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit pricey and too available way after September/November. I get a feeling this is just cashing in on a higher produced beer. Started to get old and not too special.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden yellow color, nice big thick fluffy white head, good retention and lacing. Aroma was mostly sweet bready malt, with just a touch of some grassy notes. The flavor was pretty sweet, but with a very nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel was pretty thick for a lighter beer, not bad. Overall, this was a pretty good beer, good lagers always sit well with me.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice look, Sweet smelling, smooth drinking. Good "sweet bread" flavor, not overly complex. Gets that stale Apple juice flavor if you don't drink it fast enough

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Photo of AppalachianGyration
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Maltiness with just enough hops to let you know you've got an honest to god german beer here. Decent beer at a good price. Bonus points for weighting in at a none too shabby 5.9 ABV.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

Appearance: A fiery bronze, clear body, that takes in the light well, with a creamy, two finger head that slowly dissipates into a thin froth with moderate lacing.

Aroma: Some bitterness mixed with grainy presence and malts.

Taste: Moderately malty, with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't overpower. There's a toastiness to it that lingers at the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I originally expected, but still fairly solid, The bitterness tingles on the tongue and stays there. There is a good bit of carbonation, obviously, and it finishes dry.

Overall: This is definitely one of the tastier Oktoberfests I've had. I bought the last case of this stuff at my local distributor, and I have no regrets. I can drink several of these puppies in a row, to a nice comfortable effect. Not overpowering, but not weak either. It strikes a pretty good balance overall.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange with white head. Nose is heavy with grainy malts, lager yeast, some sweet grape like character, and a touch of green apple. The taste is sweet up front with some candied grape flavor followed by grain and bread. Finish is sweet with mild dryness to finish. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this Oktoberfest leans towards the sweet end of the spectrum.

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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