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!

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002

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Photo of jlindros
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Very clear toasty brown color with slight reddish hue, big frothy 1.5 head that fades pretty slowly

N: Nose has some malt, sweet molasses, and a touch of vanilla and roast, slightly nutty, the nose seems pretty artificial

T: Blech! Some malt and sweet dark flavors, taste a lot like an extract brew, some nuts and nutmeg, sticky fake sweetness, a slight bitterness, pretty watery otherwise, slightly roasted fake firesmoke like taste, some vanilla, its pretty fake tasting

M: Very watery and light

F: Almost don't want to get to the finish, but its inevitable, the sweetness dries quickly, leaves a dirty earthy nutty and nutmeg taste, slight cinnamon, leaves a nagging bad bitter taste in the mouth

Final thoughts: Until this beer I was a big fan of Weyerbacher. This beer alone has made me think twice about that. It's like a fake version of a Fireside or bad Autumnfest. Pretty sweet, artificial flavors, Almost a drain pour... wait, I think it IS a drain pour!

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Photo of JoshW
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice copper color, thin head, pretty carbonated..

S - Smells a little spicy, nothing outstanding I can pick out here.

T - Very bland, is it just me or do this year's fall beers seem to be lacking, last year most of them were phenomonal...

M/D - Blah.


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Photo of AndoBrew
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not like at all and would never buy*

app: deep copper but a little bit dull. suddsy white head.

smell: odd hop headache smell. normal malts from a fest but a bit trashed smelling.

taste: yuck. candied fake sugar spiked flavor sneaking around in there.. like some of the avery beers. odd hops un balanced non uniform flavors. the flavors are everywhere and fatigue my tounge.

mf: fine, a bit thick in the back of the throat but fine.

drinkable?: not much

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Photo of beergeek279
2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a light wisp of white head. The smell is an off sweet malt. The taste is almost the lightstruck taste...the malt character barely covering up the terrible bitterness. Mouthfeel was somewhat smooth. As for drinkability, I doubt I'll be able to finish this one, so why would I want another?

I hope I just got a really bad bottle, because otherwise this beer is not good . Some of Weyerbacher's beers can be quite good, so this isn't a brewery-wide problem. If this is a bad batch, then maybe I can have another, but for now, I won't.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a rapidly disappearing head and no lacing. The aroma is of leaves and nuts with a hint of earth and caramel. The flavor is mild caramel with earth notes and an odd tang in the finish. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Weyerbacher Autumn Fest is an average beer, a bit odd, but not bad. Recommended.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.54/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer looks nice coming out of the bottle and into the glass. A burnt amber color with a nice white head. Some lacing is left. Downhill from there.

Aroma is a weak malt. Hints of caramel. Mostly a corn smell. Sweet almost malt liquor smells as well. Not very "autumny". In fact, not impressive at all.

Taste is rather unimpressive. Watered down and sour. Some caramel, no hops, sweet. Smells and tastes very off. Doesnt really seem to be a bad beer, just not well made, in my opinion.

No mouthfeel. Very watery and hardly any body. I only bought a six pack, but I should have purchased a single. Not a very good beer. I like most other Weyerbacher offerings, this one completely misses.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this brew at a local store...

A: Murky rust color with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades to just a small film atop the brew.

S: Not much going on in the scent. Need to breath hard to get a good whiff too. Hints of oak, malts, and port. Slight raisin / dark fruit in the middle. Ok.

T: Like biting into a super watery pumpkin. Loads of water upfront with pumpkin on the backend. Not much else going on in this brew. Eh.

M: Too much water, not enough carbonation on this one.

D: Goes down too easy, like a bud light, for the wrong reasons.

All in all, this brew sucks. Nothing special going on. This needs more flavor to it. Way to much water on this one. My advice, do not bother hunting this one down. Not much to offer.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/22/11
*From notes

A: Dirty ruby-brown-amber. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Egh - like burnt rubber. What is this, a South African Pinotage?

T: Call it an Amber if you will, but this redheaded stepchild feels more like a hybrid of a nutty brown ale and yeasty Belgian Golden. It's really weird and uninviting.

M: Well at least it feels nice. Good carbonation and texture improve this beer a bit, but can't completely pull it out of the muck.

O: Weyerbacher makes some really good beers. This, their Autumn Fest, isn't one of them.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Found this a little odd, and hard to pin a style or flavor. It appears a deep orange color with a slight head, but first and foremost the smell. It was all about rusty water, almost like well water I had when I was real young, then the grain smells came around, but not enough. Mouth was slightly better than average because you could feel there was content and was a little sour .

Taste? At first I wanted to say pale ale, as it resembles the bitter taste, but it was sour and had a remote note of fruit. It also was more wheaty flavored with a touch of ale strength but, you know, I'd prefer a cleaner ale because I still could not figure this one out.

Drinkability? Wouldn't again. I got several Octoberfests to try, and while this is a better beer than your average ale, it just didn't make any kind of impression.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a perfectly clear brown in color with a centimeter thick head.. The head receded to formy a spotty film. Mouthfeel was odd. For a fall seasonal I was expecting something more juicy (which this beer was trying to do) but it had a sudden dry smack on the lips that left me wondering what the hell was going on. Nose is malts that have soured. Flavor is all malts with just a slight hop bitterness towards the very end. Malts come across as bits of biscutis, toast, little bits of pumpkine pie spices and overripe fruit. It was the overripe fruit that knocked this beer off for me. As representative of the style the malts in the beer were too sour and not rich enough.

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Photo of Jarod
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured into the glass amber that looked rather sharp in the light. The head was an off white in color that did not last long. There seemed to be very little lace to none at all. The aroma was almost non-existent. Slight hops, malt and spices. The taste was just there. It had a prominent perfume flavor. Some malt and hop bit but if it was not perfume it would have hardly no taste. Sorry, maybe it was the bottle I got , but not a good beer except the color.

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Photo of jakester
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
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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Photo of Stunner97
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- golden brown to amber and easily see through from the glass, slight tan head fades to lacing

Smell- husky malt and lots of grain on the nose,

Taste- lots of nutty flavors i first pick up on the flavor followed by alot of grainy flavors that really keep this beer quite dry yet certainly not hoppy yet more to be described as a gently kissed malt, overall flavor profile very light bland

Mouthfeel- very very light with moderate carbonation

Drinkability/overall- overall from a brewery that i really do love and run by great people this is probably there weakest of there line i have tried, its in offensive it just sort misses the spot and is a little light and bland, could be easily drank and sessioned but real just nothing incredible, its trys to almost be an octoberfest beer but lacks the malt back bone or the real interest other wise to be and interesting amber ale,

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color lager with an average head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel hops with no discernable hops or many other characteristics. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt. I know this is not the most extreme style out there and it is meant to be drank in large quantities but this one was just a bit too average in all aspects.

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Photo of beernut
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Smells nutty, with some bready-caramel background. Taste is weak, almost watered down, no hops here. Like drinking a soggy nut-bread. Good carbonation thru-out. Can't say I enjoyed, can't say I hated it. I'm just stuck in the middle.

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Photo of BTPete
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled poured to a pint glass. Bottle is a couple months old stored at cellar temps. Picked up at Riserva release.

A: Coppery and redish. Small head with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet. Smells clean although admittedly I'm not getting a ton from this one.

T: Smooth and malty. No noticeable hops to me though balanced.

M: Medium light body. I enjoyed the carbonation level although the beer seemed to be thin and watery to me.
(A person drinking with me agreed while comparing reviews).

D: Enjoyable but not great. I would drink another but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a clear orangey amber with a finger of ecru head that leaves little lacing. The bouquet is buttery, almost sugary/syrupy with toasty/caramel malts, mild hops and some fruity/floral esters. The flavor is the same, light, with a mild bitterness that slowly creeps up on top of a light body that has medium carbonation and leaves a short finish. First off, it needs a lager yeast, as the ale yeast makes it to floral and fruity, but after that they need to beef up the toasted and caramel malts. As is, it's too light and comes across as a Yuengling fermented with ale yeast. I realize they are experimenting a bit, but I think they should have gone a more traditional route.

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with an early 1990's computer generated label of an eastern PA farm during the fall season. You'll see 2 barns, leaves falling from a tree, a crow, a cornfield, and a scarecrow. If you want to see freaky in all of its nature, then look closely at the scarecrow. It looks like a dead alien or a mummy. Whatever it is, it's dead for sure. It's freaking me out man! Weyerbacher doesn't date their bottles so don't waste your time looking for some kind of date.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, this Weyerbacher poured a slightly hazy amber orange color with a 1/2 an inch head of fluffy white foam on top. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a thin string of white rings. It didn't even bother to leave behind any kind of lace in its tracks.

The aroma was lightly toasted with toasted malts, a hint of toffee, and pretzel salt. Where in the hell did that come from? Pretzel salt? I'm not sure if it was pretzel salt or salt water I was smelling. Whatever it was, it was definitely salty.

Luckily, there wasn't any salt in the taste. Instead, the taste was simply toasted with a hint of toasted malts, a gentle touch of juicy fruits, and then this toasted taste finishes up with a pinch of crispy floral hops. It was basically just a plain and simple toasted and fruity Ale.

This was a light bodied beer with medium carbonation and a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts, crispy floral hops, and a few dried juicy fruits.

In the end, it was just another simple crispy toasted Ale, but what separates this one from the others is that this beer has a dead alien or a mummy on the label. Was it a Fall treat? I guess, but one should do the trick. I couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting because there's really nothing to this beer. It's just an average beer.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/18/09. Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sugar, sweet malt, dark fruits. Flavor is also quite sweet with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, prunes. This is just too sweet and sugary for me, and hard to get through. Blech.

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Photo of shivtim
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like clear dark apple juice with a couple of bubbles. Has a dense off-white head. Nose is gentle hops and slight biscuity malts. Taste has a hint of metallic flavor, with a malty backbone, a mile unnatural sweetness, and some alcohol on the end. Not too much good going on here. However, mouthfeel is above average, it's more dense than expected and really fills out your mouth. Drinkability is exactly average.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from yesac in trade. thanks.

A- light amber colored body under a semi sticky off-white head. a steady stream of tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up to the top of the glass.

S- caramel/toffee malts upfront with something spice like in the middle that i cant quite put my finger on.

T- the malts i could smell, and then it trails off into basically nothing. pretty bland unfortunately

M- very light and watery with a high level of carbonation

D- meh this one just doesnt do it for me. too bland and tasteless. glad i got to try it, i dont think ill be having this one again.

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Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sent me by a couple of kindly BAs who know that I am willing, able, & eager to try anything new from Weyerbacher.

Poured into my nifty Terrapin snifter, the brew is almost a glowing orange hue. Smell is slight but sweet.

Autumn Fest is dominated by malts. The secondary taste is of sodden bread that maybe should have been left in the oven another eight minutes. Rumors of sweet fruit & hops can neither be confirmed nor denied.

Very average brew, which is not at all what I've come to expect from Weyerbacher. Well, no one is perfect, right?

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Photo of frank4sail
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Malt/nut nose. Light tan colored head. Deep mahogany colored. The head is rich and lasting. Medium mouth but not very smooth or rich. Taste is quite watery, there is a slight flavor of roast malt and a trace of hop in the finish. The flavors are faint at best. From the look and the smell... the taste disapoints.

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Photo of RedChrome
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour produced a medium copper color with red hues. A nice thick head was off white and stayed about two inches before fading after a few minutes. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising. Thick clumpy lacing.

An off balance malt scent turned me off to the initial smell. There was a light plastic aroma that seems to hold down the rest of the scent. Just not very nice in the nose. There is a light alcohol burn to finish off the smell.

An average taste had a light malted taste. There was a note of bitter alcohol which seemed out of place to the very subdued malt. Doesn't have any overall quality that would make this a bad tasting beer, just off balance and weak.

Decent body. Not watery, but nothing thick. An average carbonation hit on the tongue.

An average beer. This has it's drawbacks and it's strengths. Might go good with a blue cheese coated steak. I wouldn't go lookiiing for this, and would pass it by if I saw it, all in the hunt for something better.

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Photo of Sammy
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Although initially satisfying, this is a very plain beer with little flavour and strong carbonation. Amber colour, some lace, not much head. Have had much better autumn seasonals. There could be a drop of smoke in mid sip. Touch of hops, not too malty.

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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