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 cheer4beer_
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a brownish amber color an little cloudy and has very little head. The smell is faint but smells of alcohol, a little bready and spicey. I taste the alcohol up front when sipping which gives way to a bitter sweet flavor. The spicyness comes through in the flavor as well. The beer has ample carbonation and is somewaht thin.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Bottled on 31 August 2015. Best before 31 December 2015.
A: Half a finger of short-lived head tops a lightly hazy, effervescent chestnut-colored beer.
S: Smells like sweet wort, and not much else.
T/M: Oh, wow, better than it smelled! It's what it purports to be -- a malty, amber ale that's somewhere between a generic 'red' and a winter warmer. Smooth, round, and sweetly robust. The aftertaste isn't much to write home about, but the maintaste has a light appley fruitiness to weave amongst the banal malt.
O: Not much good, but nothing bad. Solid enough.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

-no head, amber. Lacing swirls up top of liquid
-Sweet, licorice, no hop smell, alcohol, slight yeast
-Grainy, caramel, licorice, belgian type spice, alcohol
-Alcohol burn with swallow, odd for low abv, little carbonation, smooth

-not what i was expecting but tasty almost like a mix between a Belgian dubbel and amber ale. Tasty.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a reddish-brown with a two finger head quick to dissipate. Partly hazy.

Smell- Fresh bread/crackery malt. Caramel

Taste- Lightly toasted malt, with just a touch of caramel sweetness. A bit nutty and grainy at the same time. Finishes with a slight grassy hop flavor with a touch of bitterness. Still retains the light caramel malt taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium is body, medium carbonation.

Overall- A very tastey, smooth red ale. Very similar to an Oktoberbest. Great beer for the season. Recommended!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ the Weyerbacher tap room in Easton, PA.

Pours a deep amber color with grsat clarity. Mild aroma with some toasted malts and earthy hops. Flavor has a little bit of fruit and malt sweetness. Medium bodied, clean and smooth, extremely easy to drink. An easy drinking beer for the change of seasons.

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Photo of wingman14
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rusty hazy orange with a small off white head. The smell is malty, but not much else that I can get from it. The taste has tons of malt packed in but also some metalic aftertaste. It has some sweet tones from the amount of malt they use, but not much diversity in the flavor. Medium-light mouthfeel, it is smooth, but one dimensional beer. Overall a good malty beer, but do have just one main aspect the beer has to be done well, this one was just ok from my experience.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, copper/amber 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 of foam that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread. I get notes of caramel, black pepper and clover; however, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Malty and bready upfront, followed by some black pepper, honey and caramel-like sweetness. There’s just a hint of hops at the finish to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some pretty good carbonation, to tickle the tastebuds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Great balance between malt, sweetness and subtle hops. I’ll definitely pick up a few bottles next year.

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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 seedyone
4/5  rDev +12.4%

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Dark golden in hue, sparse head & very little lacing. Aroma is very light but a hint of the malty goodness is there. Nice body & well balanced sweetness. At 5.4% this registers as a very friendly beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my my at Estelle's in Boston.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, toasted grains, and bready malts with some noble hops.

Taste: Same as above. A little sweeter than most though.

Mouthfeel: Smooth: chewy, a bit sweet, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent marzen/oktoberfest. A bit sweeter than most and it has all the other standard characteristics.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 08/22/2014
Best By 12/22/2014

A: Pours an amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of maltiness and grainy notes. Slightly fruity

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of grain and husk and goes into a light fruitiness. Goes back into the graininess along with a light roastiness reminiscent of a woody/nutty note. Finishes with a hint of the roast and a very light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid twist on an o-fest. Definitely has that malty and grainy feel to it like an o-fest, but still a little different. Most definitely a nice fall brew

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Photo of dacrza1
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

DATE TASTED: September 21, 2014... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint...OCCASION: football watching with friends Mary and Rich... APPEARANCE: reasonably copper-amber body; strangely quiet in the way of bubbles; head mellows to a thin off-white head... AROMA: fragrant floral hops abound; nicely rounded caramel settles and balances the aroma--alluring... PALATE: crunchy and medium-bodied, with slick finish that lingers confidently; possesses the effervescence of cola.....TASTE: mellow, sweet caramel with a pitchy, sharp funk that provides a distinct profile... OVERALL: what makes this an autumnal brew? a darker body? a smoky scent? a heartier flavor? This beer really doesn't have those attributes, but it does work well enough to compliment apps and football watching....

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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 Bouleboubier
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: tawny-hued liquid with a slight haze... open foam with a sudsy surface - doesn't quite fizz out right away

S: roasty, broth-y aromas - almost like caramelized onions and reddish bread crust - French onion soup?!... crisp sulfur-y lager yeast in the background... the Munich and more so the darker, amber/brown-ish malt comes more to the fore in time

T: mildly-burly melanoidin in control, bit of a bittersweet middle, balancing mild caramel-y malt with dried-leafy hop and dry toasty grain flavors... toasted grain carries the finish and aftertaste with a subtle apple sweetness lingering in the back... sip after sip reveals this to be a slightly dirty, woody, toast-forward brew - mostly clean and not all that far off from a more rugged, chiseled, and robust version of Yuengling's flagship amber lager...

F: perhaps slightly on the lighter side of medium-bodied... marble-smooth flow with a flat and dry finish that snaps off a touch

O: a nice beer that tastes remarkably of the season, but is short on personality... quite the neutral American malt profile as it lacks the depth brought on by Old World ingredients and techniques (decoction?)

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: caramel with a touch of spice;

T: a little nutty up front; slightly metallic toward the end; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation; dry finish;

O: flavor just didn't make me want more;

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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 puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 09 something. They put a label over the stamp on the bottle. Sampled on December 25, 2013.

The color is a slightly foggy medium amber with a modest off-white head. It becomes a ring.

The aroma is malty and moderately sweet with a burnt caramel note.

The body is about medium and smooth.

The taste also has a firm maltiness up front and it ends with a low and clean crisp hop finale. It was an above average beer.

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Photo of Omnium
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear orange amber with a finger of soapy white head, little spots of lacing
S - Slight earthy tones, sweet malt, caramel, a little roasty.
T - Some tart apple is in here, sweet caramel malt, a little grainy.
M - Kinda watery, and almost spritzer-like.
O - An ok Autumn beer, decent aroma, lacks in feel though.

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great beer, poured into a flat bottomed pilsner glass. Made a 3/4" substantially frothy cream colored head with plenty of lace that coats the glass for the entire serving. Appearance is a cloudy reddish amber. It tasted sweet yet a little dry with the fruit at the front and the malt after. Bought a case to share for Thanksgiving but probably won't have any left for company in 5 days

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is amber, opaque, light tan head with some lacing, leaving a nice ring.

Smell is milder malt flavors, maybe some caramel, but some hints of vienna/munich style malts, light hop notes.

Taste is clean, crisp for an ale, nice simple flavors from the vienna/munich malts, light fruity malt sweetness, simple hop profile, i'm thinking noble style with some grassy flavors.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, touch of bitterness on the tongue, very nice and simple and clean.

Overall, an easy drinking hybrid style ale, lager type malts with ale yeast. Cleaner malt flavors and light hop flavor are pleasant.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear cooper colored beer with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast, giving way to a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is bready and sweet with a strong presence of fruit. The fruits detected in the nose are largely of apple and some lighter pear. Mixed with this are a good dose of caramel sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a malty and bready taste with a strong presence of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances further some apple flavors come to the tongue, giving it a slightly apple cider like taste. Some spice flavors also come to the tongue as well. With the taste advancing further the sweeter flavors begin to fade some and some lighter herbal hop flavors come to the tongue. In the end a slightly spiced and sweeter fruit and malty flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly lower than average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thin body was actually quite good with the apple and sweeter flavors of the beer as well as did a nice job with the lighter herbal hop flavors that came to the tongue at the end of the taste creating a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A rather easy drinking harvest/fall style brew. It starts sweeter and end with a just enough hop and spice to add a bit of complexity.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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 jhawth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a nonic. Pours a light-ish amber with a creamy-looking finger head. Head dissipates within a minute to a nice creamy cap.

Aroma: Hearty, bready malt notes, some roastiness and some sweet notes as well.

Taste: Clean sweet and slightly roasted malt flavors, a little mild hop grassiness and spiciness, but sweet in the finish. A faint metallic tang as well.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, and relatively little carbonation. Easy to drink but not particularly satisfying.

Overall: A simple, easy to drink amber ale. Not my favorite rendition of an amber, malt-forward beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a tall beige head.
In the aroma I detect some toasted malts with a hint of hops.
The taste is malty with some toasted malts and grains. I don't taste any hops.
Drinks smooth and clean on the palate but there is also some harshness in the aftertaste.
Aside from the harshness in the aftertaste this was a fairly desent beer. Very session like.

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