AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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!

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002

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Photo of Wolfhausen
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a very nice cooper tone when poured into a pint glass. It maintains a slight milky head after the intial pour. The beer has an aroma of dried fruit more specifically prunes. Taste is quite mellow with sweet malty flavor that lingers. After each sip I noticed very little carbination and it seems almost flat. In terms of drinkability it has a smooth, sweet flavor that is an interseting interpretation of an autumn beer but I would seek something a little less sweet next trip to the store.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear golden color with an extremley frothy white heading. Leaves very little lacing behind as I taste this.

Smell is bready toasted maltiness.Really subtle hoppiness to this with some spice on the backend.

Taste is very equal to the smell. Toasty and a bready aroma with a hint of spice towards the end.Kind of dank hop taste in the end as well.

Mouth is a bit watered down. Medium bodied kind of flat when you swoosh it around a bit.

Drink is ok nothing great. This is a decent beer nothing worth searching out but maybe a taster if you haven't seen it around.

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Photo of MikeRa
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here is what I can say about this beer:

A: This beer is a Copper-amber colored beer with 1 to 2" Foam Head

S: It has a fruity smell, which comes from the Vienna and Munich malts that were used to brew this beer.

T: This beer has a semi-bitter taste, caused by the roasted malts.

M: This beer goes down smothly

D: This a beer that I will drink again.

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Photo of farrago
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick, frothy head over a finger, lots of different bubble sizes, eggshell white in color, lacing has some good grip. Some gauziness to the lighter orange-amber hue, holds light well and the glow compensates for the lighter rims. Nice bready nose, pretzel dough, rye, almost pumpernickel before lemon peel, a vague wildflower dash, no bitterness nor any sweetness for that matter, cigar wrapper and tar more than any caramel or toffee. Medium-bodied, strong carbonation frames the mouth entry and adds presence. Same demure profile to the rye, grain, cereal flavors, added to by a mineral water kind of freshness. At the same time, there's a dry ashen quality as well, not enough for tackiness but evident as there's minimal juice in lemon citrus and apricot, peach fruit flavors. Retains its quiet profile, nothing sticks out to either annoy you or tickle your fancy. In the end, you wish it would take a more decisive position now and then.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this from a 12-oz bottle on a recommendation from my local bier man.

A: Good start, pours a nice caramel, amber-ish color that is a little more transparent than most fest biers. The initial foam head is decent but after 20-30 seconds is gone. no lacing.
S: A little sweetness detected, but fairly bland. Not pungent, but not good or exciting either.
T: the best description I can give is that it is a watered-down version of a typical fest bier. Its not full at all, the taste is gone after 2-3 seconds, nothing special. The belch after the taste is a little better than the actual taste.
M: watery.
D: OK to have a few with a novice fest bier drinker, that is abou it.

Overall, I was disappointed with this bier. I have heard great things about this brewery but this is not a good intro to them. If your friends have it in their fridge, have it because it will be free, but don't bother paying for it.

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Photo of jlindros
2.21/5  rDev -37.6%
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 JoshW
2.26/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice copper color, thin head, pretty carbonated..

S - Smells a little spicy, nothing outstanding I can pick out here.

T - Very bland, is it just me or do this year's fall beers seem to be lacking, last year most of them were phenomonal...

M/D - Blah.


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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of malts with some sweetness. Tastes a bit malty with a dry finish. Pleasent and refreshing. Feels o.k. in the mouth. Drinkability is not bad, but not a beer I could drink all night. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass and appears a scarlet red/brown color with about half an inch of light tan head. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of light caramel malt, biscuits, and a touch of molasses. A notch below medium in body and carbonation.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at Green's on Ponce. Pours a red/amber color with very little head or lacing on the glass. Bready nose with a little bit of malt. Taste is pretty average. Malty, bready, and a little bit of sweetness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Relatively low ABV make this pretty drinkable. Average at best.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish brown with a big three-finger beige head that didn't last long.
. The smell is sweet malt with some vanilla. The taste starts off with some toasted malt with toffee and some of the vanilla in the nose that gives way to a tiny hint of floral hops. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some nonagressive carbonation. This is tasty little beer that has really impressed me for the price I found it for.

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Photo of jpaltan
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange hue. plenty of carbonation that keeps a nice layer of head on top of the beer. smell is malty with notes of grass. taste is slightly bitter up front, then trickles into a sweetness, then back to a strong bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is creamier than i would have expected, especially from a growler pour.

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Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle of this into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an amber body with a white, one-finger head with very nice retention and lacing.

S: A sweet, malty smell with some vanilla extract notes that seemed well to compliment the maltiness.

T: A malty, toffee taste with hints of vanilla. A sweet, burnt toffee aftertaste that was quite good.

M: A medium-bodied, smooth mouthfeel that was quite pleasing on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination yielded and very nice, good drinking fall beer. An excellent malt backbone made for a very good beer overall.

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with an early 1990's computer generated label of an eastern PA farm during the fall season. You'll see 2 barns, leaves falling from a tree, a crow, a cornfield, and a scarecrow. If you want to see freaky in all of its nature, then look closely at the scarecrow. It looks like a dead alien or a mummy. Whatever it is, it's dead for sure. It's freaking me out man! Weyerbacher doesn't date their bottles so don't waste your time looking for some kind of date.

When poured into a DFH pint glass, this Weyerbacher poured a slightly hazy amber orange color with a 1/2 an inch head of fluffy white foam on top. This head of foam quickly dissipated into a thin string of white rings. It didn't even bother to leave behind any kind of lace in its tracks.

The aroma was lightly toasted with toasted malts, a hint of toffee, and pretzel salt. Where in the hell did that come from? Pretzel salt? I'm not sure if it was pretzel salt or salt water I was smelling. Whatever it was, it was definitely salty.

Luckily, there wasn't any salt in the taste. Instead, the taste was simply toasted with a hint of toasted malts, a gentle touch of juicy fruits, and then this toasted taste finishes up with a pinch of crispy floral hops. It was basically just a plain and simple toasted and fruity Ale.

This was a light bodied beer with medium carbonation and a crispy aftertaste of toasted malts, crispy floral hops, and a few dried juicy fruits.

In the end, it was just another simple crispy toasted Ale, but what separates this one from the others is that this beer has a dead alien or a mummy on the label. Was it a Fall treat? I guess, but one should do the trick. I couldn't see drinking more than one of these in a sitting because there's really nothing to this beer. It's just an average beer.

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Photo of nick76
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty and yeasty with an ESB type of yeast that gives it a nutty and funky twang. There is also a hint of hops. The appearance is amber with a pleasant looking head. The flavor is like the aroma which isnt actually all that bad. The palate is smooth but a little thin. Overall its decent.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from yesac in trade. thanks.

A- light amber colored body under a semi sticky off-white head. a steady stream of tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up to the top of the glass.

S- caramel/toffee malts upfront with something spice like in the middle that i cant quite put my finger on.

T- the malts i could smell, and then it trails off into basically nothing. pretty bland unfortunately

M- very light and watery with a high level of carbonation

D- meh this one just doesnt do it for me. too bland and tasteless. glad i got to try it, i dont think ill be having this one again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, caramel, slight spice. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a redish copper color. The beer poured a nice big head that was white and I had high hopes. The beer was kinda sweet and bready. However it really lacked any body and was watery fake tasteing. I will not buy again.

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Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good seasonal offering from a great brewery. It does manage to capture some of the feel of fall without a lot of gimmicks.

Pours a rich copper with dense head and great lacing. The aroma is malty and biscuity, like the smell of dry autumn leaves. The flavor is smooth and malty, slightly pumpkiny, with a nice burn down the throat. The mouthfeel is thin and smooth.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. NR poured into a SA glass. Beer is copper-hued with a slight chill haze. Some visible active carbonation, and a nice, one-finger head of off-white bubbly foam that recedes to a thin cap. Some very fine lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: Grassy and herbal up front with hints of caramel malt. Fruity ale character reveals itself as the brew warms. Some autumn spices and a twinge of alcohol mix in for good measure.

T/M: Initial taste is quite malty and a little on the sweet side, then a citrus hop bite and a faint fruity/apple flavor kick in. Spices tingle the tongue on the finish, which is dry and clean. Mouthfeel is nice - crisp, tingly and refreshing.

D/O: An interesting ale-interpretation of a traditional lager-style. The fruity qualities actually mix with the traditional Oktoberfest flavors quite well, forming a whole host of seasonal tastes in one bottle. Flavor masks the ABV well, making this an easy one to enjoy over the course of several pints. Overall an extremely enjoyable celebration of the changing of seasons.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had during Thanksgiving dinner

A: A decent copper color. A decent foam head, about one finger. Has some retention and lacing.

S: Lots of bready hops, caramel, toffee and biscuit. Nothing overwhelming.

T: I liked the flavor, went well with the meal, good complement. Lots of caramel and bread tastes.

M: Seemed a tad thin, but had good carbonation throughout.

D: I had a few with my meal, a decent sessionable Ale.

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Photo of ericlawton007
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color, head sticking to the glass for just a little bit. This beer is properly labeled as an amber ale and not an oktoberfest, as the malt presence is definetly not the same. That being said, this beer still tastes of autumn. Apple and plum notes are found in the aroma and the taste. Malt and hop charactersitics balance really nicely in the aftertaste and the low alcohol make this a great fall session beer.

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Photo of beernut
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with a nice fluffy head that disappears rather quickly. Smells nutty, with some bready-caramel background. Taste is weak, almost watered down, no hops here. Like drinking a soggy nut-bread. Good carbonation thru-out. Can't say I enjoyed, can't say I hated it. I'm just stuck in the middle.

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper in color with two-finger tan head. Decent head retention and lacing

S: Initially metallic; some caramel aroma; sweet maltiness. Better as the beer sits and warms.

T: Malty caramel with some earthiness. Crisp with a clean finish.

MF: Moderate carbonation; easy on the palate; clean finish that is slightly dry.

D: Goes down easy. Sessionable and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Guinness pint glass

A: Mostly clear amber with a thin off-white head that recedes to a disk very quickly. Plenty of visible carbonation with pretty big bubbles. Decent

S: Nutty and toffee malts up front with a sweet toasted bread aroma (that's the Munich?). Not much more going on here, I wish there was a little hop aroma to balance the sweetness

T: Opens up with a good deal of nutty and bread-dough flavors with a mild sweetness before a rather dry and flavorless finish comes through with a hint of bitterness.

M: Pleasingly light in body with nice carbonation, this one loses out on the finish

D: This will be gone fairly soon but I doubt I'll necessarily grab another anytime soon

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AutumnFest from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 561 ratings
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