AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

304 Reviews

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!

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.77/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite Oktoberfest/Marzen. It took me a while to find a case of this, and I only live an hour outside of Easton!

The pour was smooth and produced very little head. What did foam up was white with an average bubble size. The head retention was the biggest drawback of this beer; the head from the pour quickly thinned out to a thin, spotty head that floated on the surface of the beer and did not provide any lacing on the glass. The color of this brew made up for the pour head in the appearance category; this beer has a brilliant copper color and poured very clear and crisp. The smell is that of toasted malts with a subtle alcohol nose. Hops were not detected in the aroma, which is true to style guidelines.

The taste was a great combination of noble malts. Hardly any hop bitterness in this brew, just enough to balance the malt bomb character. The mouthfeel was clean with good body. The beer is very drinkable but I would not recommend this as a session beer, each bottle should be savored! Cheers!

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Photo of Higravity
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously good stuff here. A crystal amber with a off white head that gives up some lacing. A dominating German malt smell that is slacked with some gentle earthy hops. The taste is everything I thought it would be from the smell. It has that fall O-fest taste but is bodied up and their is a creamy aspect to this beer as well. The hops help dry out the finish. Not too thick not too thin right on time, this beer should be put into year round production.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher- Autumn Fest

Appearance- golden brown with a moderate sized head. Light lacing and no carbonation.
Smell- Light, sweet malt with a touch of fruit ( cherry, raisin)
Taste- Sweet malt with a nice light fruitiness. Mild hints of cherry, raisin, and apple.
Mouthfeel- Candy sweet with a mild dryness in the end.

Overall- A tasty beer. This does just fine on a hot day as well as a warm Autumn afternoon or a cool crisp night!!

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a brown/red/amber color with a half finger head and mild lacing.

The smell is bready along with strong hints of apples and pears. There is also a hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose, biscuty, bready malts with apples, pears and a little vanilla. There is also a touch of cinammon. Light piney hops on the back end.

The mouthfeel is full, thick and bready. It is almost like chewing a biscut.

Overall this is a very solid fall brew; thick and rich for those cool fall nights along with a slight alchohol warming effect. The thick, bready malts fill one up and the fall fruits such as apples and pears along with a touch of cinammon add a nice touch.

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Photo of JackRose
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at a local package store - had not seen or heard of it until I spied it at Downeast Beverage in Portland, Maine.

Very good, easy to drink fall seasonal offering -these days it seems that all craft breweries are making pumpkin beers and/or Oktoberfest offerings and true autumn selections are getting harder to come by. Great nose of toasted malt and drinks incredibly smooth. The ratings so far on this have been way too low and I think that its lower alcohol % may factor in those scores. Overall, a very solid beer and Weyerbacker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries - now, only if they will do something about their labels.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep marzen color with a thin light tan head.

S: Very sweet upfront with big a carmael sweet nose, and some earthy fresh vermont woodiness and leaves.

T: Reminds me a of a bigger version of hacker pschor's oktoberfest. Big hearty and sweet caramel flavor with a touch of fresh woodiness and lightly burnt character and earthy hopping

M: Full malty palate, very rich and creamy and full bodied.

D: A hearty and an easy, beautiful drink for the fall season. Can honestly sit and enjoy this all night around the campfire on a brisk fall night.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that is light and creamy. It is a bit yeasty. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, light, and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity. It has a slight hop taste that balances the palate and increases it's complexity. The mouthfeel is awesome as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Marzen/Autumn ale. It has good aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

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Photo of jaluria
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark-brown color with a soft, thin, white-colored head. The surface was covered with small bubbles, leaving behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of malt, dried fruit, cream, and freshly baked pie. Creamy and sweet with a nice hop finish. A gentle roasted flavor with grain/bread flavors. Light texture, but still smooth and slightly velvet-like. In my opinion, this tasted like a cross between an English IPA and an English Brown Ale. Overall, I enjoyed this beer with its great texture and varied flavors.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange in color, very nice clarity as well. Pretty thin head with mild lacing.

Smell: Nice floral notes here, fruity twang spices up the smell with a nice hint of bready malts.

Taste: A nice flavor here, maltiness is accompanied by honey and caramel, sweeter then expected by the smell but the balance of the wheat and fruit malts is tremendous.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, light and wet on the tongue, not as stagnant as some other Autumn selections

Drinkability: This is where Weyerbacher shined with this, excellent drinkability, very light on the pallete, yet still delivers a solid offering at 6.10 ABV. This is a little more instrumental then alot of other selections out there, but overall it's very sessionable and a perfect match to those cold weather evenings.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 ounce bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Island City, Long Island, New York for $1.99...
Pours a reddish, dark-amber color with a minimal frothy and foamy head that eventually receded and left a small amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Grain-laden, amber, earthy aroma bursting through with a nice, neat balance of hops and malts...
Weyerbacher usually churns out rather aggressive, dominating brews, and this one was far from that, with a subtle, tasty, earthy, caramel-filled taste that really hit home and was a great depiction of an Autumn style...
Very pleasing on the pallate with nice earthy notes and a great, creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability was top-notch, and went down very easily without any cloying factors...
Good stuff...

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The small bubbly head quickly fades, leaving almost no lacing. The color is a beautiful, deep red/bronze. I don't know if it's just the power of suggestion, but this beer smells like fall to me. Its somewhat earthy scent brings piles of dry leaves to mind.

The taste comes on strong with a bracing and welcoming wave of malty nuttiness. I LOVE the way that nuttiness bounces around in my mouth. The flavor reveals very little hops, which I don't mind. The tingling and the flavor coalesce onto the center of my tongue. I want to say it "reluctantly fades," but I'm the one who's reluctant. I'm left very eager for another swig. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, and definitely my favorite fall beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin orange in color; some cloves and malt grace the nose. Very creamy, milkshake texture; becomes just a bit sour as she warms. Decent hop bitterness; carbonation is a bit over the top. Honey and apple, the green ones, are noted in the body as well. A decent, change of pace marzen.

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Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Longneck. Consumed 10/20/09

A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles quickly to a thin film. Lacing is thin and sticky. Clear body. Bronze in color.
S) Autumn-ish: pumpkin, cinnamon, apple. Light notes of caramel.
T) Malty nose with fruity tones. Apple. Mellow notes of hops. A good balance of flavors.
M) Smooth. Subtly creamy. Light to medium body.
D) Yum. A well crafted seasonal. I'd drink another and recommend it on.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an ornage-amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts mostly and a hint of sweet fruityness at the end of the nose.
T: Very nice sweet malty base with a bit of a bitter hop in the middle and a somewhat sweet fruity aftertaste. Interesting for sure.
M: Crisp, Clean, Fresh, Nice Carbonation amount.
D: Pretty drinkable and certainly worth getting.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is respectable that Weyerbacher correctly labeled this one an "Autumnfest Ale" rather than an Oktoberfest. That may have gotten the Germans really pissed off. Being an ale rather than a lager this has great flavor of the traditional malts. It pours a bronzy red with an eggshell head. Smell is malty and a little roasty with the sweet grains. The flavor is sweet and malty with an earthy hop balance and has some low estery fruitiness from the ale fermentation. Probably the most flavorful "Oktoberfest" I've had this season. I hope my homebrewed ofest ale turns out this tasty.

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Photo of techdiver
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Good malty smell with no notice of hops. The taste is quite good, well balanced with a smooth, clean finish. As it turns out seems a very drinkable brew, could easily throw down a few more of these.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Surprisingly reddish colored for something I thought would be more "seasonal". Finding out it was a red ale and that the red colors were quite sharp though gave me approval. The aroma definitely had the classic smells: cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, etc. It's taste was a great balance of hops and spice, making it very accessible. It's thick, low-carb feel made it come down smooth. Overall, a very accessible autumnal beer.

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Photo of Beertroop
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle.

App: Great label design, you know it’s a local micro brew when looking at it. It pours well into a draft glass giving a hazed cooper color with a small head.

Smell: This beer gives off the smell of spices that at first it took some getting use to. Not bad at all after giving it a second sniff. Smell of bread and honey came to mind.

Taste: Great Autumn beer, it was better than expected and it clearly surprised me. Tasted doughie and cameralized with a good malt conbination.
It is a great product from a great brewery that is only located several hours from me. Easton, A. should be drinking this beer all fall season.

Mouth: This beer does not leave any bad taste in your mouth and that’s all that matters.

Drink: It is a very drinkable beer and a great price. Make sure you get a good taste of this beer as you drink it.

Overall I like this beer a great deal and I know several of my friends will like it too. So I guess I will be buying a case to make sure there’s enough.

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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 jhammerly
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to guzzle211 for this excellent beer.

This is more of an Oktoberfest/Marzen style than a red/amber. And I might of the best ones I have had. A copper body with a slim head that sunk down to a thin layer around the glass leaving some lacing down the side after every drink. Nice semi-sweet malt with some caramel undertones. Very smooth and finishes nicely. A highly drinkable take on a lager that compliments the coolness of autumn.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is really excellent here with a nice amber body and a big tan colored head that retains impressively. The aroma is mostly authentic with caramel and toasted bread upfront, along with a spicy and floral hops presence, some dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with caramel malts upfront along with some toasted bread, dark fruits, spicy and floral hops, some mild yeastiness and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with excellent drinkability. A solid and moderately complex octoberfest.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. crystal clear fall orange color. nice light tan head. good retention...mild lacing.

S: nice fall fruit aromas, hint of spices in the nose.

T: nice clove and cinnamon spiced taste. good crystal malt backbone. good fall flavor with the apple and pear fruit notes.

M: medium-bodied. good carbonation level. nice and crisp mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable amber ale, and the spices make this a great fall classic. well worthy of a try.

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Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass.
Aroma- a semi-sweet grain and hop aroma.
Appearance- a very nice copper/burnt orange color with a small white head.
Taste- A well balanced flavor of the hops and malt, no bitter aftertaste
Palate- light bodied beer with mild carbonation, goes down well
Overall- a very pleasant brew. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Fish113d
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a tap chilled into a pint glass, it pours an amber color w/ a thin white ring around the edge of my glass. Served from a waitress, I didn't notice any real head on top.

Aroma is of some slight apple aroma along with a very earthy hop presence and some caramel malt. Very typical of the style, but sort of weak. Not strong enough; i had to work to get aroma (all but put a straw up my nose!).

Sipping is nice. Slight caramel flavor with some fruit. I think of caramel apples maybe that remind me of Halloween and Autumn. Very mild flavor, but also pleasant. Lacking in boldness a little through the swallow. A slight earthy hop aftertaste finishes this one off nicely.

Smooth and crisp body. Even at 6%, the alcohol presence is mild and the body is just plain wonderful!

Overall, even if you don't get the best "experience" with this one, it is a very easy beer to consume in mass quantities...that is, until you fall over drunk! ;)

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