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AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a clear copper body with a single finger of tan foam for the head. The head dissipates to a thin lacing layer with some decent lace down the glass. The nose is light but gives some hint of its hopping. The taste tends to the sweet side with some hints of pumpkin and very light spicing. The body is medium and lacks real crispness. Good drinkability overall.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

About what I expected from something called Autumnfest....Very tasty beverage...pours a semi hazy orangee color...minimal head....nice sweet nose....some definite pumpkin pie....also some toasty notes....very toasty tasting...sweet....some subtle pumpkin pie flavors....this is quite enjoyable...perhaps a bit too sweet for a session beer but a nice treat none-the-less....I'd drink this one again for sure..

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a different tasting marzen/o'fest than i can ever recall having. it's heartier and more full in general. it pours a decent looking amber colour with an average sized head to top it off. looks farily crisp as well. the nose is of malt, earth and sweetness. i may have picked up a touch of pumpkin in here as well. the taste, as metioned, is unique. malt dominates but thrown into the mix are earth, berry and other fruit(which provides for some sweetness and some sorur flavour), rubber band, some honey and caramel. mouthfeel is nice and crisp. this one is inviting in a strange sort of way. it's not your run of the mill brew. it's not out of this world, but it's a far cry from being even average. try it for a taste of something different at the very least.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is respectable that Weyerbacher correctly labeled this one an "Autumnfest Ale" rather than an Oktoberfest. That may have gotten the Germans really pissed off. Being an ale rather than a lager this has great flavor of the traditional malts. It pours a bronzy red with an eggshell head. Smell is malty and a little roasty with the sweet grains. The flavor is sweet and malty with an earthy hop balance and has some low estery fruitiness from the ale fermentation. Probably the most flavorful "Oktoberfest" I've had this season. I hope my homebrewed ofest ale turns out this tasty.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brick red with a foamy/crusty white head.

Smell: Spice (cloves and allspice) are upfront. I pick up a malty sweetness and a hint of hops but mostly spice.

Taste: Malt sweetness first but it's balanced out by the hop bitterness so it doesn't taste too sugary. A crisp and biting aftertaste...much like autumn but a little on the thin side.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy. Smooth and complex. It seems to water down a little as it warms but that could just be my palate.

Drinkability and overall: I haven't had many of the classic o-fest beers so I don't know if this is a "classic" example. However, it's truly enjoyable. Definitely towards the malty side but a nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange/amber color with a small off white head that leaves just alittle lace. Has a rich biscut/malty aroma. The biscut characteristic carries over into the flavor at the start of the taste. Followed by a malty sweetness with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. A tasty drinkable O'Fest beer.

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Photo of shippos
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

crystal clear brillant amber color with a thin white head. rich depth of chewy malts, bread very appetizing. some hop notes and a slight buttery wift. thin lacking body mild malt character, compared to the aroma it seems like a totally different beer it needs to be alittle more intense for me. still very clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that is light and creamy. It is a bit yeasty. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, light, and malty flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and fruity. It has a slight hop taste that balances the palate and increases it's complexity. The mouthfeel is awesome as well. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Marzen/Autumn ale. It has good aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel; a good drinker.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy brownish-red color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell consists of malty and grassy aromas. Just a hint of hops too. The taste is very malty up front, with lots of caramel flavor. It is balanced out with a good dose of hops on the finish. Just a bit of alcohol flavor in there as well. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and strong, and the drinkability is really good. A good fall seasonal.

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

Decent. A dark reddish colour reminscent of fall leaves. A small white head tops this brew, and than quickly dissapears. The aromas are of honeyed malts and light floral hops. The taste is quite malty with some caramel malts coming in to play, and the finish is a bit dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is nice, and the drinkability is good as well. A decent brew for Weyerbacher, but not that good compared to other Fall brews and O-Fests!

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The small bubbly head quickly fades, leaving almost no lacing. The color is a beautiful, deep red/bronze. I don't know if it's just the power of suggestion, but this beer smells like fall to me. Its somewhat earthy scent brings piles of dry leaves to mind.

The taste comes on strong with a bracing and welcoming wave of malty nuttiness. I LOVE the way that nuttiness bounces around in my mouth. The flavor reveals very little hops, which I don't mind. The tingling and the flavor coalesce onto the center of my tongue. I want to say it "reluctantly fades," but I'm the one who's reluctant. I'm left very eager for another swig. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, and definitely my favorite fall beer.

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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 Jon
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber/copper appearance with a fizzy, bubbly head with no retention nor lacing. Fruity esters and sweet malt along with notes of spiced apple, earthy hops and a hint of alcohol proliferate in the aroma. Toasted and nutty malt flavors, paired with apricot fruit notes open up as the beer comes to room temperature. A doughy, spiced apple pie character appears, as well, with a consistent, though mild, hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel at times seems thin, and perhaps not quite as full and round as it could be. Quite drinkable, but seems to missing something overall. Not really specific to any particular style, however, this is a pretty decent brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of pezoids
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured out a bright and attractive amber brown color. The head thinned out quickly and became a film, leaving a sticky lace on the glass. There’s something similar to sour cherries in the aroma. I notice this similarity in their other beers. Maybe it’s the yeast they use, or their water, but it is distinctive to most of the beers I have tried from them. The taste is somewhat spicy with a pleasant nutty malt texture. I also detected some fruit in there, too. A flavorful and easy to drink seasonal ale, that might just be my favorite from this brewer.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better Oktoberfest style beers that I have had this year thus far. It's an amber/orangey color with a creamy colored head. The head was big and lasted a while, but then died down to a laceing. The smell had some caramel, fruits, nuts, some hops, and malts. You could also smell a little bit of alcohol. The taste was quite similar to the smell, but had more elements of roasted malts and such. I also got a little hint of metal in the mix, but nothing too strong. It was rather light and refreashing, so I think I probably will have to get some more. Kudos to Weyerbacher. on this one.

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Photo of aaronh
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper color, slightly hazy, topped by a modest cream hed that fades to a light film. Aroma is very earthy with good toasted malt. Flavor is good, exhibiting a strong roasted componenet coupled with a slight citrus note. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Overall, a decent brew, but definitely average in the realm of fest brews.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

All in all, not a bad Fest brew. Amber in color and slightly spicey and earthy in its aroma, this beer was lacking a little something that I could not put my finger on. Still, not bad and worth the try, but there are better Fests out there worth trying.

Zum wohl!

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

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Reddish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head. Very thin lacing. Weak malt and caramel aroma. Thin-to-medium body with a sweet malt flavor, along with a light hops presence lingering around. I thought this would be a little more robust given the ABV. The finish is mostly malty with a little fruit and hops thrown in. Barely average overall.

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

Medium-dark copper/amber color, with a very small off-white head that recedes to a small ring, leaving a bit of lace. Aroma is sweet, some fruitiness and caramel, with a hint of hops in the back. Flavor is of sweet malts and some fruitiness, ending with a minimal hop presence. Medium body, medium carbonation. Nothing super exciting, but decent.

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

This is an odd beer, but I like it.

Light mahogany color, very clear, with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is musty, slightly spicy (nutmeg? hard to tell; it's too faint).

Taste is malty. Chewy and deep sweetness, with a line of sour hops in the back, faint fruit, more spice. Slick aftertaste with a barleywine-esque burnt taste under it all.

Really, this is like a thin barleywine. I'm ok with that. Probably won't score points for authentic Marzen qualities, though.

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

This may go down as one of the sweeter fall seasonals I have tried. Brownish pour with a thin off-white head. The nose precedes the flavors exactly: caramel and a huge malt profile. Starts off with a range of toasted malt flavors, and finishes on the sweet side with notes of caramel and toffee. To me this is one of the more interesting and unique Oktobers around. I would definitely have this one again.

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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 queenboadicea
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know that 'pretty' isn't an adjective usually associated with beer, but that's the first word that came to mind as soon as I poured it into a glass. The color is a clear reddish amber and while the head fades fairly quickly, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The smell oddly reminds me a lot of a German Pilsner such as Warsteiner. The taste is pleasant and fresh, with a rich roundness that gives it a little weight. I found this to be lighter than other Fall and Oktoberfest beers that I've tried, which might not be a bad thing!

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

ehhh...Weyerbacher has much much better out there.

Well, to keep this review short and concise I'll simply say that it tastes like a watered down marzen with a 'wheat' like trip to it. Maybe they tried to blend a hefe and marzen. Interesting proposition if this was the case, but this beer did not exactly impress. I think some potential is there. Just needs to refine the recipe maybe. Focus more on seperating the tastes to create a balance instead of just a blend, if thats possible.

I enjoyed it, but not as much as some of their other beers.

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Photo of fattyre
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium yellow/orange color with a medium tan largish head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is a pleasing breadlike sweetness with a very faint hoppiness. The taste is a pleasant rounded sweet bread with mild increasing bitterness. Although this is not a true Octoberfest since it is an ale, it still tastes pretty similar to style and better than some I have had. Quite drinkable

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