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 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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Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was very good, I've had several Octoberfest style beers that I wasn't too fond of but this was a winner. Great flavor of spices and all around well balanced beer. The color was a reddish brown that fit for the season. The aromas were spicy and earthy. It had a good taste too, This ones flavor was of some allspice and some nutmeg. The malts balance the brew out a bit so it's not just a spicy mess. This is a good beer for the season.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head that displays decent retention and lacing

Smell: Bready aroma with a touch of caramel and some fruity esters

Taste: Starts with a bready, Vienna malt flavor; after the swallow, some moderate earthy hop and fruity flavors climb in to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What an Oktoberfest would be if an Oktoberfest could be an ale; come to think of it, that's not such a bad idea for a beer; decent session beer

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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 nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on an orange-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A big, sweet aroma of toasted malt and caramel, otherwise quite clean.

T - Lots of toasted malt and a little bit of caramel. Some slightly fruity plum notes and a light roast. The finish is malty a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body, and a dry finish.

D - This is easily drinkable, as all fest beers should be, though the malt character lacks the depth and richness of some other examples of the style.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Autumn Fest
Notes: Nice head, creamy antique white with a bit of tan. Slight haze. Deep amber-orange w/ golden & orange highlights. Aroma: malty, caramelish, lightly fruity. Fresh. Grape? Apple. Noble hop?... floral, grassy. Mouth: creamy as it warms, fluffy. Medium. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Nice. Flavor: Caramel malt. Hint of sugar/honey. Light fruitiness. Nutty, then grassy/spicy, floral at finish = good flavor transitions throughout. Balanced bitterness just pokes above to lend a slight edge. Delightful. Head retention average to less. Minor lacing, some small spots. Kind of hints at a German beer but remains straightforward (American, not English... clean yeast, malt, balance, body). Some malt does linger on the palate halfway through. Not bad, the hops keep it from becoming sweet or cloying. Nicely done. Improved. Better balance, better focus, better technique. (Look for more Weyerbacher).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of caramel, cinnamon and dark fruits. The malt character is very hearty. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, this one seems to be a hybrid of an Oktoberfest and a Winter Warmer. I could drink a few of them, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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

First had: on tap at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Very nice! Poured amber with a small white head. Aroma of toasted grains and lots of sweetness. Bready taste, caramel, and I got lots of honey from it too. Some fruity tones as well. Lots of sweetness, like I said, but there's still a nice floral hoppiness that come in mid- to end-palate. Medium body and very easily drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright amber body with a small, though lasting white head.

Smell: Toasted caramel aroma with a hint of vine-ripe fruitiness.

Taste: Rich toasted caramel taste that's a bit bready. Slight fruitiness. Hints of brown sugar and spice. Floral hops with a reserved spicy bitterness that lingers softly into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All the flavors come together nicely to create a pleasing, refreshing Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves ochre with bright pumpkin trim. The pale orange-tinted ecru cap is firm and sports an unruffled upper surface. I'm starting to see the beginnings of a short collar of lace and fear that there won't be much more glass decoration than that. Eventually, a wide band appears at midglass.

One whiff is all it takes to tell me that this is anything but a hoppy beer. If anything, it smells like a mild English pale ale with a soft, herbal, earthy hop aroma (Fuggles?). More prominent by a factor of two is a sweet, toasted maltiness that calls to mind the brewery's description, which is 'an Oktoberfest with a twist'. The nose is better than average, but it fails to grab me.

Autumn Fest doesn't taste like a beer of the stated style, nor does it taste like an Oktoberfest. It isn't hoppy enough to be the former and it isn't malty enough to be the latter. I still come back to the underhopped English pale ale comparison. The flavor profile is dominated by bruised apples soaked in sweet tea, but nothing really stands out. It's as if the ingredients show up, do their job with reluctance and keep one eye on the clock until quitting time.

I keep thinking that with enough beer, enough mouth swirling and enough concentration, I'll find something more exciting to comment on. I'm starting to think that 12 ounces isn't enough for this one to grow on me... and that a case wouldn't be either. This is far from bad beer, it's just supremely uninteresting beer. A moderate amount of sweetness with a slight tweak of countering bitterness provides the only mouth interest.

The mouthfeel is a few clicks shy of medium and doesn't deteriorate in the least as the finish approaches. In addition, the amount of carbonation is nigh on perfect. In combination, they increase drinkability above and beyond what it would otherwise be if based on flavor alone.

I had hoped that Autumn Fest would bring back memories of good beer enjoyed during my favorite season of the year. Because of the lack of style specificity, I had a hard time finding a focal point, something to grab onto and appreciate for its own sake. This is not one of Weyerbacher's better efforts.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a clear and clean copper color with a thin, white, foamy layer barely covering the top of the beer. Really loved the color.

The aroma shows a good dose of toasted malts coming through and mixing with some sweeter, grainy, caramel like flavors. Pretty nice and flavorful aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of a caramel, malty, somewhat sweet flavor to it throughout. Some of the toasted malts and a little breadiness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. overall it was a pretty nice beer of the style. It was flavorful and easy drinking and pretty nice overall.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on tap at Barleys last night, basically cause everything else I asked for was not tapped yet, wtf? Anyway, served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/05/2008.

The pour was decent with a clear, orange tinted amber color being presented before me. Little in the way of head, maybe an inch at the top at first, but settling down quickly thereafter. No noticeable side glass presentation, and only marginal carbonation visible.

The aroma was rather weak to be honest, no where near the robust smell I was looking for. Light malt notes, somewhat bready with a healthy dose of grain thrown in. The flavor was more of the same, just too light to really make an impression on me either way. Some light off fruit notes were notices, but again unremarkable. Decent carbonation kept it feeling lively, but to be honest it was just too thin to really pull it all together for me. Easy to drink as it was light as hell and nothing really stopped you from throwing it down quite fast.

Overall my thoughts would be ehh. Forgettable, boring, and painfully average. Not a bad beer per se, just not something i would particularly want to go back to.

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

Nice tight-bubbled head. The color is dark amber and clear. Some lace.

Brown sugar is the aroma that first hits me--very sweet. There's a touch of hop.

The flavor is far more dry than the aroma lets on. The hop is more present as well. It's slightly watery (thin body) considering the color. I enjoy the aftertaste--it has nice balance and is long-lasting.

Interesting beer with a sweet smell and a dry taste.


It's been five years since I last rated this beer. Let's see how this compares.

Very attractive near-white head. Nearly clear liquid--solidly amber, matches the autumn colors. Leaves good lace.

Dry malt aroma with a strong metalic (aluminum?) smell.

This is a mostly malty beer. Light hop, but even the aftertaste is the remnants of pale and crystal malts--with a touch of bitterness and sourness. Very full bodied, good carbonation. A good beer, easy to drink, but fairly run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had this from the bottle enjoyed in a can shaped glassed well chilled.

The color is deep amber with light haze and thick pale cream head. The smell has a light creamy malty sweet nose with some dried milk scents. The feel is decent but a light mineral and nutty with a dry light roasted tinge and subtle alcohol

The flavor has mostly caramel malt with toast and light diacetyl buttery tinge with a slight earthy taste. The flavor of alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Overall I liked this okay but there are much better examples of the style and would probably not buy it 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 WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – dark amber with a ton of carbonation bubbles but with a short-lived, soft, off white head

S – grainy, sweet, caramel, fruity

T – grains, caramel, bitter, grassy, faintly herbal, fruity

M – medium bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This is a pretty simplistic, malty beer. The hops are there. They’re balanced and bitter, but the malts dominate. The grainy notes are a bit overwhelming at times. On the whole, this beer is underwhelming and ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very foggy orange-ish brown. No head in my Duvel tulip. Nose is slightly leafy. Very little to it. Flavor is even and constant with a slow drop off. Profile has a obvious leafy thing going on. Beyond that it's a very mild almost citric thing. More like the flavor of an orange with absolutely no sweetness from it. More like old almost dead orange outer skins. Okay. Enough typing out of my ass. Feel is decent. Low bubble hitting my tongue. Liquid is decent. Overall this is a very easy drinker. Nothing wild or crazy. Just a smooth and even brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured orangeish amber with a thin, well-retained, creamy white head.

The smell was of a touch of caramel, some graininess and a small hint of alcohol.

The taste was of caramel sweetness balanced be some hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol was mixed in. A slight metallic taste was left on the tongue.
Flavors were pretty good on the whole, and was pretty well balanced, though more in favor of the malt, but the flavors didn't stick around long.
The medium body held pretty well in the mouth. It was smooth, fairly highly carbonated and somewhat creamy.
Not a bad beer at all, though it didn't rock my beer world. But, it did hit the spot on a damp night.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle, poured into a pint glass. Orange in color, minimal carbonation, head sticks close to glass, minimal lacing.
Aroma is primarily malt, no spice or hop character to speak of, you can smell the sweetness of the beer. Beer is full bodied, has an aftertaste, seem like a heavy lager almost. Does not taste bad, interesting malt character in the forward and back flavors, no hop bitterness at all. Overall drinkability average.

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Photo of Gavage
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: burnt orange in color with a short 1" head that lingers a bit.

Smell: very minimal aroma here as only some soft sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: caramel, mild breadiness, and some softer fruit sweetness lingers in the background. Bitterness levels are moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer that is a bit thinner than expected with the maltiness of this beer. Lightly crisp to start and smoother at the finish.

Drinkability: despite the mild flavor profile this beer was very easy to quaff. I had two pints and probably could have had some more.

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

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, caramel, slight spice. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, I've never said this before, but this beer is best enjoyed in larger gulps. Sipping leaves an empty, almost watery taste on your tongue. In larger considerations it has a nice roasted edge and smooth body, making it ideal for the litre steins of O-fest. I don't think I'd go for this outside of the beer holiday however.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts with some sweetness. Tastes a bit malty with a dry finish. Pleasent and refreshing. Feels o.k. in the mouth. Drinkability is not bad, but not a beer I could drink all night. Overall this is a quality brew.

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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