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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 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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Photo of uvachief
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Not bad. Light and clean. Good grass cutting bear. You can drink multiples. Not a ton of flavor. Like my beers bigger and bolder. Decent though. Tailgate crowd pleaser.

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Photo of utopiajane
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Pours light color golden with a fat creamy head of off white foam that lasts an leaves lovely lace. Nose is caramel and nothing toasted or breaddy or grainy. Some hop herbal that is faint but promises to be on the palate. The beer is clear. Taste is nondescript. Fairly sweet with caramel being the major flavor here and nothing to indicate bread, or bread crust, nothing toasty. One dimensional. There is a hop herbal on the palate and it's a strong grassiness. Not the best. Thin mouthfeel with a bit of slickness to it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

(served in a shaker)

A: pretty much a straight-up blond bock... pale gold, and darn near crystal clear

S: light, lemony mist wafting atop the white bread goodness below

T: bit of a raw grain then, later, residual doughy and lightly spicy aftertaste

M: pretty darn dry... mellow carbonation... semi-round body

O: altogether nice, mild, and clean... hardly explosive on flavor, nor is there much depth to its malt character

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Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

09/29/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Lighter mouth feel than I expected but a very smooth taste & feel just the same. Full rounded flavor. A touch of caramel sweetness.

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Photo of Offa
3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Bierstube in Anaheim. It is a good, very enjoyable oktoberfest.

It looksgood,a nice light brownish copper with a creamyoff-white head, some lace.

Aroma is a nice, simple but full-bodied oktoberfest with lightly caramelized barley and bread crust, light herb.

Taste is a very good,solid oktoberfest with the same basic elements as the aroma, nicely balanced, light sweetness, light zesty bitterness. It's great alone or with German food. Feel is nice, not watery, slightly lively. It's a great easy-drinking but tasty beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a pils glass. The brew appears a clear light color of yellowish coper with 2 fingers white head. The cap fades leaving a wall of patchy lace.

The aroma is fruity/floral with caramel and some buttery diacetyl. Some mineral aspect but overall a decent smelling brew with perhaps a touch too much focus on diacetyl.

The taste has some caramel/toffee malt sweetness with buttery diacetyl and herbal hops. Some mineral/carbonic quality with sulfur. Fruity to floral aspects emerge as it warms.

This is a light bodied brew with modest carbonation. Fairly crisp and balanaced for the style. It carries with it a bit of straw/grassy bitterness found in some other warsteiner offerings. I found this to be the best of the 3 offerings I had from this brewery but still, probably would not purchase again.

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Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into dimpled mug, best before 5/28/2014. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of honey, bread, cracker, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. A bit too much yeast fruitiness in the nose. Taste of honey, bread, cracker, light caramel, floral, grass, pear, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Slight herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, bread, cracker, light caramel, floral, grass, pear, apple, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of britemidnght777
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what? minimum of 250 characters. i'm not hoity-toity. this is a great beer for Americans. the buzz is excellant. f*** the S-A-S-T-M-O. the regular guy that is used to the 3 big American breweries will like this beer. Stop with the bourgeuois b*** s***. f*** the craft and micro brews. they are overkill.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts and floral hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with some hints of grain and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable and isn't a bad representation of the style.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, and formed a few wispy clouds that covered the top of the beer. Actually, it looks like a MBC beer. Not attractive in my opinion.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy at the same time. Salty too.

Taste: Malty, hoppy, floral, salty. Actually quite good. Malty up front, followed by some salty caramel flavor, followed by some hoppy bitterness. The balance is tipped more in the hops favor, but not unpleasantly.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, but with some really good carbonation to slap the taste buds awake. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is just a touch of alcohol on the palate, but just a touch.

Overall: It’s interesting to see a Northern German brewery brew an Oktoberfest beer, as that style of beer is traditionally only brewed by Bavarian breweries. Maybe because of the popularity of the style here in the U.S.? This one is pretty good, but nowhere near as good as those from the Bavarian breweries.

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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