AutumnFest
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
81
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 12.92%
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
561
From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  14
Gots
  38
SCORE
81
Good
Notes: 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!
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Reviews: 304 | Ratings: 561
Reviews by stickynotes:
Photo of stickynotes
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish caramel, a healthy off-white head retains well and laces weakly. Nose is caramel, slight roastiness, I'm getting just a hint of popcorn, a slight floral hoppiness. Taste is caramel, slight grapey sweetness, lightly roasted malts, bready. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well. Overall this is an enjoyable drink. Flavors are interesting and blend well, sweet, lightly roasted and bready. I would get this beer again.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a bright orange amber with good carbonation. A smaller head about 1 finger could be the pour.

The smell is reminiscent of a marzen, good carmely with a distinct hop aroma

The taste follows, a soft Carmel malt taste, (Keep in mind this is fest in name only, not a marzen) not like a typical marzen but a lot like this years Hofbrau Oktoberfest brew. Also slight alcohol and a very good hopy bite over the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel in medium bode maybe even thinner. Great carbonation adding bite and breaking up a very good tasting malt.

The drinkability on this beer is very high. It is enjoyable from the top down. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of 57md
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a striking copper color. The nose is earthy and bready. The flavor profile is malty and bready but the body is thinner than I expected. There is dry bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of number1bum
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with decent head that dissipates very quickly leaving next to no retention. Not much at all in the way of carbonation. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is slightly sweet, maybe a hint of spice, and a feint hop presence. Pretty well balanced but a bit light and bland. Overall, pretty average brew.

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Photo of PatrickSullivan
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jdubjacket
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Green's on Ponce. Pours a red/amber color with very little head or lacing on the glass. Bready nose with a little bit of malt. Taste is pretty average. Malty, bready, and a little bit of sweetness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Relatively low ABV make this pretty drinkable. Average at best.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper colored beer with a quickly diminishing fizzy head. A ring of fizz remains and provides a bit of lace.

Sweet caramel aroma. Slight spice from the hops. And a slight clean yeast aroma.

Sweet, grainy, and nutty flavor upfront. Slightly metallic in the finish. Enough hop bitterness to provide a nice balance.

A smooth, yet crisp consistency with a creamy carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish of average duration.

A really decent Amber ale with a nice balance of flavors. Would drink another.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber, almost copper hue. Brilliant clarity. No head.

S: A nice husky malt aroma with some caramel thrown in to boot. Some noble hop araoma and fruitiness.

T: Fruity with a strong caramel malt flavor. A touch of bitterness on the back end. A nice clean finish.

MF: Spritzy carbonation; clean finish that is slightly dry.

D, notes: A nice sessionable red ale for the fall.

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Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with pghlee at the Brick Store. Thanks Lee. Poured copper colored with a thin head that settled to a thin swirl on top. The smell was very promising with wonderful aromas of sweet, bready malt with banana, clove, and a banana bread finish. Unfortunately the taste was far more washed out, exhibiting none of the richness found in the aroma. Tastes very bready and a bit heavy, but wihout that bread-in-the-oven quality found in the aroma. Grainy, a little thin, and with a metallic zinc-like taste up front followed by a light sweetness and a touch of banana bread on the finish. Fairly highly carbonated but somewhat thin. Lacks a bit of richness. This is okay overall, but there are a number of other fest beers out there I'd choose over this one. Also, what gives? It is August! A bit early yet for the fest season. At least wait for Sep. 1 to release these.

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Photo of nosavingsaccount
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass. Clear amber orange with almost no head.

Smell is malty and grainy with light sweetness, roasty..

Smooth roasted character in taste balanced well by just enough bitterness. Lots of flavor at 5.4. Mild sweetness works well with roasted flavors.

Very drinkable, flavorful, enjoyable.

Drank this with the impression that it was an Oktoberfest..fit the bill as much as it does a Red Ale

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a nice brown color with a finger of fluffy foam. Aroma is a cross between victory/nutty malts and a earthy hoppiness.

Basically this is a typical nut brown ale. Decently malty and nice flavor but nothing crazy amazing. A nice, good, drinkable beer that is buried in a category full of average beers. Give me a Double Simcoe over this any day!

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Photo of MsRif
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of beerphan
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> pint
2010

Appears more orange than amber in the light. A small oft white heads settles quickly to a interesting North America appearing bunch of suds. Hmm more detail then necessary I'd think, but I'm keeping it in. Lacing is sparse, thin, and short lived. Carbonation is only visible by a few random darts of daddy bubbles.

Nose: Malty for sure. Bread

Initially quite sweet and thick. I was expecting this to taste half flat, but that is not the case. Caramel and toffee mix with soft grains. Definitely getting some subtle cherry tartness on the drying finish. Leaves the palate feeling dry, encouraging another sip. The initial dominating sweetness wares off quick and quaffing this beer becomes a pleasure.

I'm pretty sure this beer should qualify for the new category oft defined as: American Okterberfest Ale

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tpd975
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came as an extra in a trade from mymrnngjckt.

A: Pours a nice dark amber hue with a nice strong head. The head dies down but what's left leaves behind some lacing.

S: Tons of malt here. Has the typical malty caramel smell found in an Oktoberfest Marzen.

T: A nice brew. I think I enjoy it even more because I am getting a taste of Oktoberfest early in August. There is a nice malty character here with caramel characteristics. There is a yeasty doughie character about it with some hops noted in the finish leaving a little bite as it goes down.

M: Medium bodied and easy drinking.

D: Nice drinking brew. I could session with it come Late September when the weather starts to cool a bit.

Overall: If you can have Christmas in July why not Oktoberfest. This is not a true Marzen (they don’t claim it to be one, though it reminds me of one), but it’s a nice drinker nonetheless. I enjoy Oktoberfest and drinking all the offerings by America's best micro breweries. This beer has me looking forward to the start of fall and to many many cases of different Oktoberfest brews. Prost!

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Photo of JustinMatthew
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of dherling
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a light amber color with a bubbly off white head, which dissapeared pretty quick. I get some spicy hops in the nose, and some pretty sweet malt. It tastes pretty good, same spicy hops, but the malt tastes more toasted than sweet. It is not particularly full bodied, kind of falls flat. In terms of the style, it is pretty easy drinking. In terms of the brewer, Weyerbacher, it is way tame. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, with some decent carbonation. This is a pretty easy drinking beer, and a nice change of pace for someone who isn't a serious beer drinker. For someone looking for a fuller beer, keep looking.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Bram7
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my favorite glass mug. Aggressive pour gives a good fluffy head that dies quickly. Not very lively, just a few small bubbles rising up. Bright Amber/Gold color. Nice sweet malt smell.
Taste- Slight sweetness that gets better as it warms. Same with mouthfeel, I expected more to be "there".
Overall I could drink several of these but would not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jpaltan
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hue. plenty of carbonation that keeps a nice layer of head on top of the beer. smell is malty with notes of grass. taste is slightly bitter up front, then trickles into a sweetness, then back to a strong bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is creamier than i would have expected, especially from a growler pour.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 561 ratings