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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: 234 | Ratings: 625
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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Photo of wattoclone
4.6/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To my taste, Oktoberfest lagers should be sessionable, and drank in volume. That means easy drinking and no bitter finish. Warsteiner delivers on all aspects. I have had a hard time finding an easy drinking oktoberfest lager. Most are over-hopped leading to a bitter, hoppy finish, are too rich or are hard to find. Warsteiner has produced a delicious version of the Marzen style with a light malty taste with delectable honey notes and a perfect smooth finish. The price is very affordable and is easy to find in my area.

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

330 Mp bottle poured into my Hogwarts glass Stein. Accio beer!

A - pale copper color. Inch of white head with fine pillowy bubbles and decent retention.

N - toasty and grassy. Little bit of hops. Smells like a lager beer from my childhood.

T - good. Not as malty as other marzens but still good and toadty with an earthy or forestry quality. Sweet aftertaste.

M - fair. Good normal carbonation.

O - a good solid fest beer. Dig it. Prost!

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Photo of godlessape
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich clear golden sunshine body with a thin creamy head that dissipates to a mere skim.
With the nose, that sweet German malt comes on strong along with a yeasty moist doughy aroma.
The flavor is big with earthy Teutonic malt notes and just the right amount of a hop slap on the tail end to balance it off perfectly.
The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation lively. Very refreshing.
Overall a great brew. I'm shocked at the less then stellar rating it receives here.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold yellow pour with white head that stays around but doesn't lace.. smells like a euro pilsner with bread crust or cracker sweetness.. taste is pale bread crust with a toffee finish in the end.. strange bitterness in the end.. alcohol is present as it warms.. not enough taste to cover its almost 6% abv.. mouthfeel is smooth for a lager but enough bite to keep it crisp.. this beer is good for the warmer months of september.. but later fall I'd want a darker richer oktoberfest for sure.

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Photo of jkrich
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season. Poured from a 11.2 oz. freshness dated bottle: bright and clear, deep golden with a foamy sustained head.

Upon opening the bottle, the aroma was strikingly familiar to a classic German pilsner. After a few moments in the glass, a sweeter malt aroma was evident. Even the more complex, malt accented Oktoberfest lagers have a restrained aroma.

This is an appropriate fest bier for a warm mid September day. This flavorful lager begins with a solid malt profile with nice European hops slightly evident in the background. The lager is immensely refreshing and quaffable from start to finish with faint yeasty notes in the aftertaste. It is certainly not complex and the mouth feel is rather short-lived but isn't the Oktoberfest for quaffing and celebrating? With this lager, you could easily drink several; beware of the well-hidden 5.9 % ABV.

An interesting fact about this beer: it apparently is available only in the American market. When I clicked on the Warsteiner website for Germany, there was no mention of this beer; however, the American version of the website advertises it.

Well worth trying.

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

Pours fizzy, high carbonation with a fluffy white head.
Looks very light. Slight amber hue but not as dark and most Oktoberfests.
Aroma is crackers and typical german lager crispness. Reminds of a pils with a hint more malt. The taste has that familiar Oktoberfest (munich malt) sweetness but with a lighter more bubbly mouthfeel. Based on the color, mouthfeel and taste I would classify this as a Oktoberfest-lite. Still quite good but not as complex and rich as a traditional OF. I love OF but they can get a bit heavy after a few. I think this would be a good beer for people who prefer lighter beers or if you are really planning to trow down. I like it, not as an OF but if I wanted something a bit heavier than a pils.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.82/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a mason jar in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger clear-white head with rapid erosion. Golden body, slightly hazy with minimal carbonation.

S- Grassy, caramel malts and slightly spicy. German hops and brewing spices.

T- Grassy, noble hops and caramel malts. Warm and grassy. Not super good. Sweet.

M- Lighter bodied with subtle carbonation. Weird sort of sugary feel.

O- Mediocre beer. Meh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My Oktoberfest season hasn't ended just yet... This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, toffee, grass, a touch of butter, and a few sprinklings of mild greens. The taste brings in more of the same, but ups the grass and greens and adds a touch of orange peel. Still, the dry, buttery biscuit steals the show. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a decent O-Fest, but I'd put it in the lower echelon of those from the Fatherland.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a proper octoberfest i think. darker, like an amber in appearance. with a small and fading off white head. however, the smell is malty but not sweet, which is perfect in this style. the flavor imports a much more dark malt profile into one of these oktobers. roasty and rich, less sugary and filling than some can be. i would drink several liters of this no worries. there is also a sort of essence of fall to this, which is not necessarily explained easily, but it works for me. the feel is good, heavier in body than most, but well carbonated and plenty drinkable. im really into it. great with a smoked ham hock, and one of those seasonals ill go back to again and again. lovely and underrated.

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Photo of barczar
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant deep golden caramel color with a foamy 2 inch cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is fairly grainy, slightly sweet, with nutty, deeply toasted breadcrust forming the finish. There is a subtle caramel undertone.

Flavor reveals cola notes, slightly spicy, with toasted breadcrust forming the backbone, carrying into a moderately sweet finish. The cola notes really dominate. Soy flavor emerges as it warms.

Body is on the full side of moderate, with moderate carbonation, and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very malt-forward brew, as expected. Lacks complexity, and the cola flavor is a bit offputting.

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

Another Oktoberfest from the North of Germany -- well, I'll try anything once.
Interesting that this beer isn't listed at either US or German Warsteiner web sites. I wonder when Warsteiner decided to brew an Oktoberfest -- and I wonder what the odds are that this is only exported to the U.S?

12 pack blurb reads, "...rich amber color...slightly malty and mild taste..." Hmm.

Good dating on the 11.2 ounce bottle, best by 04 June, 2013. $14 for the 12.

A -- More deep gold than real amber color, with a white head that holds up well.

S -- Mild bready malt with some light, spicy hops present.

T -- The label was right; mildly malty, but a pretty good breadiness from good malt. Lightly spicy hops in the finish. Aftertaste carries some of the spiciness over, but fades dryly.

M -- Mouthfeel is rather crisp for this style with a very dry finish. Body is light medium.

O -- Overall, this is a pretty lackluster Oktoberfest Märzen, though it's far from offensive in character. Maybe a first step into richer beers for a beginner, but not the best example of style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear gold color with a nice cap of creamy white head. Nice retention and spotty lace. This one follows in the more Germanic festival served, lighter-colored oktoberfests...similar to Hofbrau.

Nose is grainy and sweet, light touch of caramel and honey. Hops are faint, but slightly floral...definitely noble. Smells good and fresh, very inviting.

I am surprised at the low score this one has, maybe due to American's ignorant expectations that an oktoberfest has to be dark and toasty. This is a very refreshing beer with a sweet grainy presence that drives the beer but finishes clean with a somewhat crispy hop note. It is kind of like a kicked-up helles lager and is done quite nicely. I really like it and is quite a bargain at 12.99 a 12-pack. I may have found my go-to oktoberfest for 2012 here. Nice stuff.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of light for a marzen (in general). Deep straw color with literally no head after an aggressive pour. The smell was initially a bit skunky, but it faded. Lots of sweet grain with a very light hint of toffee and caramel. Not enough of anything. The taste, is just too bitter and light. Medicinal/earthy hop flavors stand out too much for style. Hint of sweet grains and caramel. Finishes super clean and sweet.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light copper/gold with a dense two finger, off-white head that slowly dissipates. There is a slight amount of lacing, but barely enough to even mention.

S-Noble hops, bready malt, hint of spice. It lacks that traditional Oktoberfest nose.

T-Much like the nose as there are some nice bready malts, a touch of hops, and a little spice. Just as with the nose it doesn't quite have the full malty flavor of other versions of the style. It tastes like a combination of an Oktoberfest mixed with a Dotmunder and a Helles lager. However, it still tastes pretty good and is easy drinking.

M-Kind of thin, but not overly carbonated.

D-Through the roof. I could drink these all day.

Overall, I am glad I tried this beer but it doesn't seem to match up with other versions of the style, be it German or American.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer may have the least variation from tap to bottle of any I've had. That said...
As stated a light, golden color, lots of clarity. There's a bit of a yellow-tinted off-white head, somewhat consistent, with lacing that is likewise somewhat consistent.
It's a bit light in the aroma; a light malts backbone adds a touch of caramel sweetness and it does evidence a light dose of hops. Grains linger in the back. There's not much transition from aroma to flavor. True, it can be light and no, it doesn't have to be a bruiser, but to the detractors of American craft who favor the German subtlety I will say this: being more flavorful is an improvement, not something to dismiss.
The same goes for the feel. The improvements brewers are making aren't something to shy away from. It's light and has a bit of a crisp nip under a steady carbonation with some smoothness as well. Making a beer more lush and full (not filling) on the palate isn't a bad thing.
This beer sticks with tradition, and that's good. It's not, however, in the same league as some that have taken the style and built upon it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze color. Lipped head holds as a frothy film. Wish I had a real glass versus this plastic cup.

Crisp grain aroma with a good smack of heavy toast. Hops are enjoyably earthy-smelling. Smells otherworldly.

Grains are still heavily toasted, but carry some mild caramel sweetness. Hops aren't quite bold, but they pare back the sugars with a mint tea brightness. Pretty big booze note all over this one making it quite the bold brew.

A little hot. Thick in the body for the style. Lower carb.

Not too shabby. I'm enjoying my first Warsteiner Oktoberfest.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.9/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 version: Pours well into the glass with a tall light, puffy, lasting head, lacing the glass with fine foam, and beautiful clear very light amber color. Nice, fresh, well balanced malty taste. Malt aroma, almost no hops to be discerned. Crisp smooth flavor though, from proper hopping. Clean aftertaste, of light malt, then nothing....correct for Oktoberfest/Maerzen. LESS IS MORE! The ORIGINAL session beer! Yep, this beer is STILL a winner!!!
2014 & before: Definitely an outstanding example of true German-style Oktoberfest beer--NOT the heavy, dark, American micro-brewer copies. Ironic, as Warsteiner cannot sell this style in Germany...since "Oktoberfest" beers there MUST be Munich brewers (kind of an appellation).

According to the Brewers Association, a German-style Oktoberfest/Wiesen beer should be:

"... characterized by a medium body and light, golden color. Sweet maltiness is mild with an equalizing balance of clean, hop bitterness. Hop aroma and flavor should be low but notable."

"Ale-like fruity esters should not be perceived. Diacetyl and chill haze should not be perceived. Similar or equal to Dortmunder/European-Style Export"

This describes Warsteiner's Oktoberfest beer to a TEE!

No, it's not the heavy sweet "O-fest" beer American craft-brewers brew every year--of which you can drink a couple (at most) at a sitting. This is a CLASSIC German session beer, meant to pound down glass after glass in Stammtisch.... talking with friends as long as you can stand being around each other!

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the time of the year to get some fresh Octoberfest brews. Cant recall how long it has been since I last had this so grabbed one for a refresh. Bottle poured into a pint glass, best before date of 6 June 2013. Light yellow/golden body with a nearly two finger head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving very little lacing.

Light, grainy aroma, with a hint of lemon. Not much else.

The flavor is fairly typical fare for the style. Bready malt, light caramel, light citrus. Not too exciting, but very drinkable.

Light mouthfeel that is enjoyable overall.

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Warsteiner Premium Oktoberfest from Warsteiner Brauerei
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