AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
AutumnFest is Weyerbacher’s own unique twist on the German Oktoberfest style. Copper-amber in color, AutumnFest is made with Vienna and Munich malts for that authentic, Bavarian easy drinking taste. Each sip imparts a wonderful roastiness of malt on the tongue followed by a smooth, consistent finish.

Wonderfully balanced with a clean, velvety, slightly fruity taste, AutumnFest is the perfect beer for the Fall – a nice transition between the lighter beers of summer and the darker, heavier winter brews. It’s a favorite of many Weyerbacher aficionados, who anticipate the end of summer with this wonderful beer.

Weyerbacher’s AutumnFest, 5.4% ABV, is generally available in stores August through November. Pick up a case to celebrate the change of seasons. Prost!

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 304
Reviews by DeFaz:
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3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Typical/unremarkable red ale color with a medium head that leaves blotchy lacing.

Smell: Malt and grain. Simple, and again, not too remarkable. I was underwhelmed.

Taste: The malt tastes pretty good, but it doesn't have the potency or complexity that I expected. Flavors are simple making this beer forgettable.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side (maybe this overall experience would have been better if this was thicker) but the carbonation is spot on.

Overall: As I said before, this is forgettable. I've been very happy drinking Great Lakes' Octoberfest and Thirsty Dog's Barktoberfest this year. Weyerbacher is a good company, but this one frankly disappoints.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Reminded me of a very light Brown Ale. Closer to a brickish red, with some brown mixed in.

S- Malty

T- Felt like it was the little brother of an Octoberfest

M- Wasn't quite what I was expecting. Not as hearty & full bodied.

O- Great beer to drink hanging with friends watching football.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12ox bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange/amber color with a small head. Somewhat muted aroma: sweet malt and some fruit. Tasting revealed the fruit to be pumpkin, with a light malt background. I think I also got a hint of maple syrup. A crisp, enjoyable beer; a good session beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness date. Bright and shiny copper colored brew with orange hues and a hodgepodge of bubble sizes that forms a thin, diminishing eggshell colored lace.

The aroma is quite clean at first, almost neutral, with a faint metallic and soft grain character. Some suggestions of esters and alcohol in the nose, toasty tannins as the beer warms.

Near medium in its body with a smooth mouthfeel upfront. Crisp carbonation breaks this up and scrubs the palate a bit, then slides away to reveal a quick citric hop snap. Sweet-ish malts smooth over the palate with a toased malt edge, drop of caramel, and a dose of raw, wild honey. Fruity esters with hints of ripe pears and apples add depth and interest. Slightly oily leafy/herbal flavor and feel on the palate. Raw grain flavor towards the finish with some lingering husk tannins and growing dryness.

Decent. Approachable. And a good fall-style session brew.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Clear tawny color, good lacing. Nothing more I’d expect from a Autumn seasonal.

Smell: Definite but mild ale twang with a spicy alcohol hop mix in the nose. Sweet and lightly fruit as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Wet bready palate, restrained toasted malt with a deep sugar flavor reminiscent of a dark raw honey … perhaps buckwheat. Solid bitterness with a level estery character that is not harsh but does let you know there is more than a modest amount of alcohol here.

Drinkability & Notes: Delicious, with that psuedo-ocktoberfest flavor. This is just the kind of beer that I want to lead into the cooler months with.

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Photo of merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a chill hazed, brassy orange body topped by a one finger almond hued head. Some sparse patchy lace is left on the glass.

Aroma is toasty malt and floral and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is light medium in body with a pleasant moderate carbonation.

Taste features bittersweet biscuity malts with a subdued, but balancing, spicy hops profile. Very nice and well balanced. Very tasty and quite sessionable considering the abv. An excellent effort from this underappreciated brewery. Thanks to mntlover for sending this one out my way.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into SA perfect pint glass

Appearance: orange/brown in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, hazy

Smell: toasted malt, bread, and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, bread, nutmeg, and caramel

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Drinkability: An above average malty red ale. I do like the additional small kick of spice. That being said, I do not think I would go out of my way to hunt this down.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jakester
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at The Pike Cafe in Reading, Pa. It was served in a pint glass.

Arrived a fairly clear light amber with a 1/2 finger head of off-white bubbles. This falls to just a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation looks medium to high.

Aroma is faint toasted malt, like Munich, with faint spicy hops way in the back. Smells kind of sweet. This isn't real aromatic.

Flavor is pretty sweet toasted malts, with a very soft hop bitterness and a barely present spicy hop flavor. There is some vegetal off flavor coming through in the aftertaste, probably DMS. Flavor is lacking.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, with medium carbonation. The thinness makes this seem more carbonated than it is. Finish is short and empty.

This is probably the most disappointing beer I've had from Weyerbacher to date. Their stuff is usually dead nuts, but this one leaves alot to be desired. Not enough malt character for a good fall seasonal, IMO.

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first fall beer of the season,not a Octoberfest,an amber didn't seem like an o-fest doesn't say what it is on the bottle. Anyway,poured this beer into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Medium,intense amber color,looks the perfect color for a fall beer,had about a 2" very light tan head that dissapated quickly to a skim coat of foam.Had some good carbination lots of tiny bubbles tighly knitted together whisping from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was on the faint side,light sweet malt,perfumy/flowery and fruity with a bit of a metallic note. Has some butterscotch scents as the beer warms.

Grainy,astrigent with grassiness tastes up front with bittersweet maltiness a nice toastyness,with some herbal/woody hop flavors. A pleasing,crisp,tart light hop bite to the finish.

Grainy, first mouthfeel impression, starts to smooth out the more you drink and becomes drier also. Not bad could drink a few not a beer i would buy,but I won't turn it down either.

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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of yankeeheel
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a see through copper with a moderate sized off-white head. Solid lacing and retntion. Smells quite fruity, mainly apple and pear. Sweetly malty with some fig, raisin, and brown sugar poking around. Turns slightly astringent with a weak hop finish. Slightly oily mouthfeel with a very high drinkability.

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Photo of BeerBean
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, copper color with a dissipating head that didn't lace well, but honestly, the lacing might be the worst part of this beer, which is a good thing. The only other downside is the smell, which is not particularly strong, but the taste makes up for it.

Little bit of hop bitterness up front. Heavy sweet fruits, maybe on the level of apricots or pears. Probably because the mouthfeel is heavier from a more pronounced malt presence. Caramel notes, or maybe it's brown sugar... Whatever it is, it's subtle and not invasive.

This beer lets you figure it out. It's got just the right body for the season, and all the flavors without any one flavor dominating. This is my favorite Weyerbacher brew.

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Photo of PatrickSullivan
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2003 version, pours an amber ruby brown very rich looking with a rather thin tan head, leaving uneven lacing to my glass. Aroma contains caramel and roasted nut tones brought through from the use of vienna malts, light underlying fruit tones and a timid hop aroma. Taste consists of a bready mixture of mild spices, toasted nut, all drizzled in an caramelized apple syrup. Mouthfeel is a bit thin in body, but it's carbonation is solid. Overall a decent attempt to emulate a great style like an Oktoberfest/Marzen however this is brewed like an ale still solid and will hit the spot this fall just not that great especially when compared to authentic O fests out there.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a one-finger white head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a second but soon disappears.

Smells alright. It has a very tight aroma of noble hops and sweet malt, and as it warms there is a mild fruit fragrance thrown in there.

Taste is good. There's a noble hop flavor up front that tempers down into sweet malts with a bit of caramel. Every now and then the fruits poke their head through, kind of a pear taste. Nothing really stands out here, but it's solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It could be a little thicker, but the carbonation is good. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly a good tasting beer, just not outstanding in any facet.

Overall this is a good fall beer, but I'm going to stick to traditional Marzens. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV or a born on date or a drink by date.

A: Amber and clear showing slow but steady carbonation. There are slight red tints, and the beer has some nice inner light. The head starts very large at more than half-a-finger but settles within thirty seconds to a respectable fingernail. The head is fluffy and white with a slight dingy dust.

S: Sweet malt, oats, slight nuttiness, and a bit of metal.

T: Starts out with sweet bread and nuts and finishes with slight watery hops and lots of grainy oats (perhaps a bit of maple wood flavors).

M: A bit light and almost watery.

O: Weyerbacher's fall seasonal is an ale rather than a marzen type lager. Since it is an ale, I was expecting a variety of flavors (by nature ales often have more flavors than a lager). While smooth and easy to drink, the flavor profile in this beer is not very full. There is some nutty flavor, and there are grainy oats in the finish which does work well with fall. The real strength of this beer is its appearance; it really catches the light well. However, that is not enough to separate Autumn Fest from the large amount of fall seasonal offerings.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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