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 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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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with nice head.

Smell: Pleasant sweet aroma, and can smell some hops and roasted malts.

Taste: Nice and smooth. The taste is mild, with nothing too unique.

This is a fun everyday beer. Nothing unique that makes it stand out.

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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 klkatz
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i know red ales are supposed to be smooth... this is... low hops, flavor is.. well.. lager like... drinkable... but not great.

if you hand me one... i'll drink it... if you have one in your fridge, I won't judge you... I'm a self-proclaimed locavore... from Philadelphia... so I know Easton has a whole lote more to offer... c'mon Easton.. .step it up... Crayola, Pez... Beer...

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

Served on tap in a pint glass. Clear amber orange with almost no head.

Smell is malty and grainy with light sweetness, roasty..

Smooth roasted character in taste balanced well by just enough bitterness. Lots of flavor at 5.4. Mild sweetness works well with roasted flavors.

Very drinkable, flavorful, enjoyable.

Drank this with the impression that it was an the bill as much as it does a Red Ale

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

Clear, copper colored beer with a quickly diminishing fizzy head. A ring of fizz remains and provides a bit of lace.

Sweet caramel aroma. Slight spice from the hops. And a slight clean yeast aroma.

Sweet, grainy, and nutty flavor upfront. Slightly metallic in the finish. Enough hop bitterness to provide a nice balance.

A smooth, yet crisp consistency with a creamy carbonation. Medium bodied with a dry finish of average duration.

A really decent Amber ale with a nice balance of flavors. Would drink another.

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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 thecheapies
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks coppery red with great clarity. The head is supported well, despite somewhat of an overpour. 3.5

Odorous grains with a healthy aroma of roast. A little bit sweet, like burnt toffee. Maybe a sprig of hops noticeable. 4.0

Macho bitterness with loads of grain flavors; toasty, roasty, and sweet. Tastes a bit like a whole-grain cracker with one corner dipped in honey. There's a fruitiness, like wild cherry, that is muted but distinguishable. The more it warms up, the more I pick up on cinnamon and other spices. 3.5

Nice level carbonation and a slippery body that I thought would try to stick on my lips, but doesn't. Not difficult to hone in on the alcohol. 3.5

Autumnfest is nothing special, which is probably why I usually skip it every year. The new label's neat. It's okay, but if this is one of your favorite Weyerbacher beers, you've got problems.

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

You have to love the art work on the Weyerbacher bottle lables. THe Autumn Fest label has a messed up looking scarecrow with a raven and a single leave falling down.

The beer looks good too. It is a pretty orange copper color that goes well with the fall season.
The white head faded fast and left no lacing on my glass.

Mild aroma. It has a sweet fruity smell.

The beer Tastes of sweet carmel malts with a touch of spiciness.

Not a heavy a beer, very easy to drink.
The mouthfeel is pretty good. It has a slickness to it that coats the palate

It is a nice beer, but there are so many good Autumn beers out there, this one does not stand out.
Compared to some of the other beers I have had from Weyerbacher, this is quite tame.

Overall, it is hard not to like.
Pick this one up if you want sessionable autumn beer, but want something other than a pumpkin ale or a true Oktoberfest.

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