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 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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Photo of alpinebryant
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber with a healthy white head.

S: Aroma of fig, fresh leaves and lightly roasted munich malt. Slightly sweet for an Oktoberfest, but very appealing.

T: Sweet Munich malt and special B malt flavors here. Very minimal noble hop flavors, slightly sweet for the style, but enjoyable. Light almond biscotti flavors also present mixing with a light brown malt flavor.

M: Light mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation.

O: Overall this is a pretty enjoyable amber. While not quite an oktoberfest it is listed as a red / amber ale , and at that - it has succeeded. Overall well done

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Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle with a nice head and dark amber color.
Aroma is mostly malty and sweet. Maybe a little fruity.
Taste begins with some caramel malt . Minor elements of spice as well. A little bit of floral background and towards the end. Mouth feel is relatively solid. Nothing really outstanding but Not overly carbonated or heavy.
Overall and decent seasonal. Pretty good for a nice fall day.

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

Pours a clear amber with little head retention or lacing. Caramel malt aromas, followed by some spice and hints of citrus. Light in body, and emphatically carbonated. While the carbonation and light body are nice, the flavor profile fell a little flat. There was not much there beyond a slight maltiness. Clean finish.

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Photo of mgironta
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear reddish color with visible carbonation. The head on the brew pours a white color but dissipates very quickly with no lacing. On the nose, I get some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon and some malts. There is also some caramel and brown sugar going on with the nose. On the taste, the caramel notes come out first, then the spices come out after well. The carbonation dances on the tongue and is quite active and nice. I would call this a “spiced amber” style. It has a bit more complexity than the normal amber. I could see why they call this a good transition beer. It’s lighter than a typical Autumn beer which is nice. The spice is subtle and not overwhelming. The finish is pretty quick with a little bit of caramel malt.

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

Orangish-red with yellow hues on the edge of the glass and hazy. Poured with a short off -white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet toasted malt aromas with hints of earthy grass and lemon hops. Pleasant, smooth, delicate lager feel with crisp refreshing carbonation. Toasted and caramel malt flavors up front ans through the middle with earthy, grassy undertones. Light lemon citrus hop bitterness toward the end ushers in a crisp, dry finish.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a brown/red/amber color with a half finger head and mild lacing.

The smell is bready along with strong hints of apples and pears. There is also a hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose, biscuty, bready malts with apples, pears and a little vanilla. There is also a touch of cinammon. Light piney hops on the back end.

The mouthfeel is full, thick and bready. It is almost like chewing a biscut.

Overall this is a very solid fall brew; thick and rich for those cool fall nights along with a slight alchohol warming effect. The thick, bready malts fill one up and the fall fruits such as apples and pears along with a touch of cinammon add a nice touch.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like the 2012 batch (new label) just arrived!

A - Pours a clear amber color with a 1/2 inch of sticky head.

S - Smells strangely like an Oktoberfest with lager yeasts, bready malts and a nice caramel body.

T - Quite clean tasting again very similar to the Oktoberfest style. Bready malts and no bitter lager yeasts are a win. I really enjoy the caramel aspect of this beer and it seems to have a distinct hop profile as well.

M - Light to medium body.

Overall a great fall beer and another great beer from Weyerbacher. If you rated to low I would reconsider a revisit (new label) since it's fantastic drink ability.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It may be ironic that I am drinking this in early June, but a good beer is good any time of year. Mild malty aroma has hints of cloves and cinnamon. It pours a clear, dark coppery amber with a light tan head that doesn’t stick around very long. Malty flavor has subtle notes of cloves and cinnamon and a woody hint. Texture is smooth, with average body and average fizz. Maybe it’s been languishing on the shelf a while, but I’m confident this is better when fresh. Might be worth a revisit.

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

Bottle poured into a nonic pint glass
a nice coppery red with solid off white head, good lacing
smell is faint sweet malts nothing really comes forward
taste and feel are crisp and clean slight toasted malt and honey and a modest amount of hop flavor feel is smooth
and well carbonated

Overall a good amber marzen

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Photo of danedelman
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-copper color with nice head

S-strong malt flavor, not much else

T-Malty Marzen, kinda cool it is not a lager style yet an ale. Easy drinking session beer

M-smooth and clean. I would def buy again but more as a nice seasonal beer to session with friends.

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