AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
81
good
561 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
561
Reviews:
304
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 304
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 acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 oline73
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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 WillieThreebiers
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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 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 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 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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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 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 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 atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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.

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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 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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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 561 ratings.
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