AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

561 Ratings

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 cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a transparent deep amber color with a light tan bubbly head.

S-the nose brings a fair bit of caramel and toasted malt, slightly biscuity. the hops cut through in the back, faint citric hops, strong hay and grassy hops in the back, slightly metalic.

T-the taste follows the nose, lots of caramel and toasted malt, lightly bready, grassy hay like hops with a light metallic aftertaste.

M-creamy lighter to medium body with a fair bit of carbonation and lively on the back of the throat with a crisp bite in the finish.

D-well balanced and strong hop presence with a classic malt body. slight metallic phenol in the back draws away slightly and the carbonation is a little messy in the back. solid beer, not great but decent.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange amber. Aroma is faint, but is a nice malty, bready, spice. Flavor follows with toasty malts, with just a hint of nutmeg. Again the flavor is nothing bold, but still a nice fall brew. Very nice a smooth in the mouth, with just a bite of hops so its not over malted.
Very easy drinking, can certainly have several.

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

A pint on tap at hulmeville inn.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of off white head atop at copper amber brew. Head settles quickly to a thick ring and a few wisps on top.

S- mildly sweet with a faint fall spice. Touches of toasted malts and fresh bread.

T- simple and to the point. Sweet and toasty with just a glimmer of hops to perk things up. Some caramel and toasted bread. Hints of fall spice and fruits.

M- a step below medium in body and a step above medium in carb.

D- tasty and enjoyable. Easy to drink and with the abv you can have a few.

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Photo of philbe311
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Capone's

A - A lightly glowing amber with a dark orange hue... Some lacing clings to the glass throughout the session... A thin creamy light tan colored head... Minimal retention...

S - Toasted malts... Assorted breads... Slightly nutty... A slight earthy component... Minimal hops with a slightly European leaning...

T - Loaded with pale and bready notes... Touches of caramel and toffee... Grainy... Subdued notes of honey and weak brown sugars...

M - Light to medium bodied... A subdued yet fizzy carbonated presence... A little on the watery / thin side of the equation...

D - More reminiscent of a Marzen than an American Red... Mildly satisfying, but rather mundane... I would likely be able to drink a couple of these without ever becoming truly satisfied... There's nothing off-putting in any way shape or form, bu there's nothing remarkable or even memorable either...

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Photo of beergod1
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The color screams Autumn, Burnt Orange, slight haze. Off White foamy diminishing head. Med. body, Malty with some hint of spice, no indication on the bottle, I guess it's just the roasted malt. Smooth Malty finish, a little sweet fruit on the finish also. When it warms, flavor seems to peak. Why one site says Red Ale....and other sites call it a Märzen/Octoberfest, one thing for sure, it does taste like Autumn. very drinkable. Damn it....I only have one.

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

Pours a copper-hued with some visible active carbonation, and a nice, white head of off-white bubbly foam that recedes to a thin cap.

Aromas of slight grassy and herbal hops, but only barely, then some hints of caramel malt. Fruity yeast character reveals itself as the brew warms and make some some of the autumn spiciness.

The taste is quite malty and a little on the sweet side, then you get some mild citrus hops and a faint fruity flavor. Faint spices on the finish, which is dry and clean.

This is a dencent interpretation of a traditional lager/ale hybrid autumn offering. The fruity qualities actually mix with the traditional Oktoberfest flavors quite well, but the overall flavor quality is limited; if this ale is trying to taste like a lager, it succeeds. This is an easy drinker for sure, just wish it was a little more complex.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quaffed a bottle of this during the Great Blizzard of 2010, also known as Snowmaggedon or Snowpocolypse. It pours a quick head that settles into a translucent copper body. Somewhat cloudy with a few carbonation bubbles.

The nose detects a subtle whiff of caramel and apple while the palate is hit with a slight tinge of malt with a sweet alcohol finish. The mouthfeel was very airy. Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. I don't get too much of the Weyerbacher brands, but I have enjoyed those I did.

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Photo of steve8robin
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this brew at a local store...

A: Murky rust color with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly fades to just a small film atop the brew.

S: Not much going on in the scent. Need to breath hard to get a good whiff too. Hints of oak, malts, and port. Slight raisin / dark fruit in the middle. Ok.

T: Like biting into a super watery pumpkin. Loads of water upfront with pumpkin on the backend. Not much else going on in this brew. Eh.

M: Too much water, not enough carbonation on this one.

D: Goes down too easy, like a bud light, for the wrong reasons.

All in all, this brew sucks. Nothing special going on. This needs more flavor to it. Way to much water on this one. My advice, do not bother hunting this one down. Not much to offer.

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Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Longneck. Consumed 10/20/09

A) Pours with a two finger head. Settles quickly to a thin film. Lacing is thin and sticky. Clear body. Bronze in color.
S) Autumn-ish: pumpkin, cinnamon, apple. Light notes of caramel.
T) Malty nose with fruity tones. Apple. Mellow notes of hops. A good balance of flavors.
M) Smooth. Subtly creamy. Light to medium body.
D) Yum. A well crafted seasonal. I'd drink another and recommend it on.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/18/09. Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of sugar, sweet malt, dark fruits. Flavor is also quite sweet with toffee, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, prunes. This is just too sweet and sugary for me, and hard to get through. Blech.

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

As with all Weyerbacher beers I think one of the strongest points of this beer is sheer drinkability. It is easy going down, flavorful, has some layers of taste but is not overly complicated.

It has a ruddy sunset-burnt cinnamon color with a slight cloudiness. Definitely reminiscent of autumn. It has a fairly substantial head that lasts a bit then flattens out to a thin lacing and top-foam.

The aroma is the weak spot here: slight caramel and maltiness with only the slightest bit of Pumpkin Pie spice. In previous years i seem to recall a bit stronger spice scent and flavor but this year the focus seems more to more heavily accent the beer.

The taste is nutty, slightly bitter but also has that pie-like sweetness and spice. It is layered slightly and becomes nuttier as you progress through the glass (in this case a pint glass). Slight bit of cinnamon, citrus (orange or cranberry), and bread flavors.

The moderate alcohol and smoothness make it very easy to consume. The spices don't get in the way of the beery malt flavor.

This is the last bottle for this year; while not the top of the heap of autumn seasonal beer it is a standard and standby that I always return to.

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

Poured to a hazy reddish brown with nice off white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Nose and mouth were both faint, but what was present was a nice blend of malty dark fruit, with a hint of toffee and caramel. Smooth mouthfeel and a pleasant finish. While nothing strong stuck out, this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bob3701
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber whose head quickly disappears with minor lacing. Nice smooth taste with hints of toffee. Most of the underlying flavors are very subtle. Very low carbination makes this a very easy drinking beer. One of the better harvest ales out there.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a pleasant clear amber with a decent 2 finger head. The aroma is sweet bready and spicy. The flavor follows. The spicy, sweet finish lingers in between sips. the brew is well carbonated and has a nice medium body. This is a very good Fest beer(I know it is an ale, but I graded it as a fest beer).

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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 BTPete
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled poured to a pint glass. Bottle is a couple months old stored at cellar temps. Picked up at Riserva release.

A: Coppery and redish. Small head with just a little lacing.

S: Sweet. Smells clean although admittedly I'm not getting a ton from this one.

T: Smooth and malty. No noticeable hops to me though balanced.

M: Medium light body. I enjoyed the carbonation level although the beer seemed to be thin and watery to me.
(A person drinking with me agreed while comparing reviews).

D: Enjoyable but not great. I would drink another but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really solid amber ale, nothing not to like about it. It pours a clear, yes amber color, with a small white creamy head, no lacing, not great retention. The nose is slight toffee, caramel, bready malts, with just a touch of chicory.

The beer is quite sweet, honeyed, a bit tangy in parts, with a touch of lemony sharpness, decent carbonation, some hop notes in the finish that get buried behind the sweetish, roasted, crystal malts, and a touch of toffee. This is refreshing beer that goes down smoothly, not much aftertaste, nothing overly complex going on, but a good beer nevertheless.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that didn't last very long and almost no lacing.

S: An underplayed aroma of malt and bread.

T: Up front, there was a sweet malt flavor, along with some breadiness. In the finish, it was just watery. Very inconsistent and underwhelming.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a watery finish. Light-bodied.

D: A decidedly forgettable beer. Not totally undrinkable, just not all that interesting.

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Photo of Natural510
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with frothy white head; leaves a presentable ring of lacing on the glass after a few minutes, then goes completely flat.
Smells, surprisingly, like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, nutmeg, with a hint of molasses, and a faint forest-like hop note.
Sweet, malty up front. I'm getting alot of red licorice and nutmeg in the flavor. A bit of pumpkin as well, with a hop note which creeps in toward the end. Dry, yeasty finish.
Lighter body, which makes for an easy drinker. Body similar to a marzen; fairly complex without being either too light or heavy. Still, runs a bit flat after the head goes away.
Perfect offering for the season. One of the more original brews I've tasted from Wyerbacher.

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Photo of bbeane
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... A healthy layer of head after an agressive pour. Beer is a copper amber color with little activity

S- Smells very bready with a hint of sweetness

T- Bready taste with malty sweetness and maybe some hints of cinnamon

M- Pretty light bodied and watery with little carbonation

D- Very easy to drink... perfect, IMO, for early fall when the weather hasn't got chilly yet... just cooled abit


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Photo of maximum12
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sent me by a couple of kindly BAs who know that I am willing, able, & eager to try anything new from Weyerbacher.

Poured into my nifty Terrapin snifter, the brew is almost a glowing orange hue. Smell is slight but sweet.

Autumn Fest is dominated by malts. The secondary taste is of sodden bread that maybe should have been left in the oven another eight minutes. Rumors of sweet fruit & hops can neither be confirmed nor denied.

Very average brew, which is not at all what I've come to expect from Weyerbacher. Well, no one is perfect, right?

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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 thecarster1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 1.5 finger head, light brown coloring, only one leg of carbonation, great lacing.

s- nice solid malt, with a tinge of sweetness.

t- great biscuit, very slight tinge of hops, caramel malt.

m- medium body.

d- good, glad i got a chance to try this one, when i had it i thought/assumed it was an octoberfest not a amber/red ale, it was solid non the less.

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

This beer pours copper/amber color with a 1/4 inch of off white head that quickly receded. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. Nose on this was mild - though predominantly malts with a slight hint of hops. Taste is sweet caramel malts in the forefront with the middle more grainy and bready, the finish has a touch of floral hop bite and a hint of apples. LIght to medium body, medium carbonation, crisp mouthfeel and goes down easily. Not a beer that I would seek out, however, is still quite drinkable.

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Photo of gfreed
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Baltimore Taphouse, a respectable joint with a decent rotating tap list but... they serve the beer without a head! Glasses are always full to the top. Grrr...

Anyhow, the Weyerbacher was nothing special. Somewhat foggy amber tone with a slightly bitter tang in the aroma, mixed with a nice malty waft with a touch of charred cloves. Medium body that felt rather flat; flavors of citrus, cloves, a bit of toast and some apples. It had an autumnal feel to it bu overall was mediocre. Feh. You can easily do better.

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