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 CoolJosh
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Finger of white head, that disappears faster then you can say "Chinchilla."

S A whiff of pumpkin, some nutmeg. Very sweet. Really spicey in the nose, with little to no hops or malts coming through.

T Incredibly light, with a macro light beer taste carrying through all the way. Very carbonated and malty all throughout. Again, the spices come through but not as sweet as in the nasal. Some grains come through at the end. Leaves a dismal, bland after taste on the palate.

Not worth a second try.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a small head to leaves almost immediately. Would be pretty but the lack of head kills the appearance. Doesn't smell like anything.

Wow, this is sweet. Sweet apple, sugar and honey up front. No carbonation at first but fizzy and dry at the finish. Very mild hop

Kinda like an Oktoberfest apple cider. Too sweet to drink many more than one.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Thanks Timmush for the opportunity to taste this one.

Color is rich amber color, a touch cloudy. Off white head hall away quite quickly leaving a ring.
Smells fruity, bready and rich...malty...caramel
Sweet fruit is at the forefront of taste. A hint of caramel. Little dry on the finish.
Medium body. Carbonation is mellow yet a little course going down the throat.
It is a pleasant beer, easily drinkable but probably not my first..or second choice when grabbing a fest beer in the fall.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber, almost copper hue. Brilliant clarity. No head.

S: A nice husky malt aroma with some caramel thrown in to boot. Some noble hop araoma and fruitiness.

T: Fruity with a strong caramel malt flavor. A touch of bitterness on the back end. A nice clean finish.

MF: Spritzy carbonation; clean finish that is slightly dry.

D, notes: A nice sessionable red ale for the fall.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of off-white head on an orange-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A big, sweet aroma of toasted malt and caramel, otherwise quite clean.

T - Lots of toasted malt and a little bit of caramel. Some slightly fruity plum notes and a light roast. The finish is malty a touch of bitterness for balance.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-light body, and a dry finish.

D - This is easily drinkable, as all fest beers should be, though the malt character lacks the depth and richness of some other examples of the style.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Beautiful orange in color, very nice clarity as well. Pretty thin head with mild lacing.

Smell: Nice floral notes here, fruity twang spices up the smell with a nice hint of bready malts.

Taste: A nice flavor here, maltiness is accompanied by honey and caramel, sweeter then expected by the smell but the balance of the wheat and fruit malts is tremendous.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, light and wet on the tongue, not as stagnant as some other Autumn selections

Drinkability: This is where Weyerbacher shined with this, excellent drinkability, very light on the pallete, yet still delivers a solid offering at 6.10 ABV. This is a little more instrumental then alot of other selections out there, but overall it's very sessionable and a perfect match to those cold weather evenings.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. crystal clear fall orange color. nice light tan head. good retention...mild lacing.

S: nice fall fruit aromas, hint of spices in the nose.

T: nice clove and cinnamon spiced taste. good crystal malt backbone. good fall flavor with the apple and pear fruit notes.

M: medium-bodied. good carbonation level. nice and crisp mouthfeel.

D: very drinkable amber ale, and the spices make this a great fall classic. well worthy of a try.

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

Amber orange in color with a thin head and spotty lacing. Lower carbonation. Smell is fairly light. Toasted bready malts and light sweetness. Not much to say for hops except for an herbal, earthy quality that they bring to the brew. Taste is also big on the light toasted malts. A small touch of chocolate comes through. Also a tea like quality. Pretty thin feeling in the mouth. Lacking in carbonation and perhaps a touch more hop character. I can see how this is something like an Oktoberfest brew and moving toward an Amber. It's nothing terrible and pretty interesting, though I doubt it's one I'll return to often.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a medium-dark amber with a fluffy off-white head that stuck around for a little while.
Sweet aromas, but a little more complex than some others I had that night. Some general fruitiness and breads come through along with the caramel/brown sugar aromas.
Flavors mirror the aromas pretty closely. Caramel/brown sugar coated fruits with some alcohol thrown in.
Medium bodied. Like other O'fests, it coats the palate with sweetness that doesn't leave quickly.
Reasonably drinkable. Higher ABV may keep this from being an all night drinker, but the smooth flavors help hide the "punch" of this beer.
Quite tasty. I don't think you will find this in liter steins anywhere, but I would turn this down if offered again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color lager with an average head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel hops with no discernable hops or many other characteristics. Taste is also dominated by some dry caramel malt. I know this is not the most extreme style out there and it is meant to be drank in large quantities but this one was just a bit too average in all aspects.

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

Nice fall seasonal from my favorite brewery. Unfortunately, I expect everything from Weyerbacher to be over the top. This one wasn't at all and could actually be sessioned quite easily.

A- Dark ruby amber color. I'm getting a maroon tint on this one. Dark spots with an off white head. Not much lace.

S- Smell was really sweet. This is a malty brew. Some fruityness.

T- I was expecting more, but still, not bad. I didn't get much of the spice that everyone speaks of. Mostly the malts with some straw/grainy notes. Simple, yet it does the job.

M- Sticky and filling.

D- Easy drinking beer. With all the malts and sweets going on I may not be able to drink a ton of these in a sitting. I enjoyed this beer but still I feel like some spice could be added.

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. A blazing copper in color with a soapy white head.

S. A strong aroma of malt and toasted grain. There is something else in there, my best desciption would be "vague fruit".

T. A nice caramel malt prescence starts things off. The yeast brings some slight muted fruit. Hops are herbal and slighty biting, pine resin in the distance. Bitter enough to balance the malt well. Overall fairly well rounded and reminiscent of a good Marzen.

M. On the lighter side of medium bodied and crisp.

D. This is a good session beer if you don't mind getting a bit silly. I say session away responsibly! Or enjoy one with buffalo chicken dip like I am..

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Photo of BDIMike
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze. There is not much carbonation and a very thin white head that goes away almost immediately.
Smell has a very nice sweet malt smell. There is a very nice toffee smell along with a prune smell.
Taste has a very nice toffee malt taste. The toffee taste is taken over slightly by a bit of a fruity prune taste, that cedes to the candy tinge at the end.
Mouthfeel has a nice sharp carbonation on the tongue, but has a smooth finish in the throat.
Drinkability is very high. This beer typifies a lot of autumn tastes. It has a great toffee taste and strong malt characteristics. The sharp bite, but smooth finish typifies the weather and attitude of the autumn season that the beer is created for. Definitely recommended to drink on a crisp fall day.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a small beige head that thinned out to a small ring despite the constant bubbles rising.

S - spiced grain.

T - better tasting than the aroma would lead one to believe, malty sweetness, spiced flavor and a light dry bitterness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a clean carbonation feel.

D - a good tasting, easy drinking, fall seasonal brew.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

side note: a very interesting label.

A- pours a clean and cloudy sunset orange color. yields little head and minimal lacing on my glass.

S- sweet and sour fruits and sugar. some malts and dry hops as well.

T- a bittersweet hop and some grainy maltiness. the fruit gets more and more pronounced as i consume. a dark candied fruit mixed with molasses. im guessing here but thats what i tastes like to me.

M- bitter sweet and dry hops. Somewhat crips and refreshing. coats the inside of themouth pretty nicely

D- an interesting mix of flavors here and it is decent and i cuold see myself with a sixer of this. This would be great on a crips and cool autumn day.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz received from seanpachefddfa and the East Coast Beer Tour LIF.... poured into my shaped SA glass. thanks Sean.

1" head.. drops leaving little lacing but a nice cap of eggshell foam.. brew is crystal clear amber..

pale malts with a little toastiness.. and some mild caramel.. smell's very clean.

flavor is very reminiscent of an octoberfest.. there is some yeasty fruitiness.. but it isn't distracting.. toasty malts.. and a little bit of caramel.. the carbonation pushes things along quite a bit... a little tannic.. but that doesn't hurt anything.. body is lite/medium .. overall fairly drinkable .. and probably more drinkable than alot of the lackluster octoberfest brews that I've had this fall... crisp and fairly refreshing.

Thanks Sean for the cool LIF... sorry it didn't last longer.


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Photo of glid02
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a one-finger white head that dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. Lacing sticks around for a second but soon disappears.

Smells alright. It has a very tight aroma of noble hops and sweet malt, and as it warms there is a mild fruit fragrance thrown in there.

Taste is good. There's a noble hop flavor up front that tempers down into sweet malts with a bit of caramel. Every now and then the fruits poke their head through, kind of a pear taste. Nothing really stands out here, but it's solid.

Mouthfeel is good. It could be a little thicker, but the carbonation is good. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. It's certainly a good tasting beer, just not outstanding in any facet.

Overall this is a good fall beer, but I'm going to stick to traditional Marzens. Worth a shot though.

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Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours an ornage-amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts mostly and a hint of sweet fruityness at the end of the nose.
T: Very nice sweet malty base with a bit of a bitter hop in the middle and a somewhat sweet fruity aftertaste. Interesting for sure.
M: Crisp, Clean, Fresh, Nice Carbonation amount.
D: Pretty drinkable and certainly worth getting.

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Photo of marcpal
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Next step in my tour de octoberfest beer six pack. This 12oz poured into a pilsner glass. Weyerbacher is absolute hit or miss to me and this one is a hit. Other than Alpha, this is now one of my favorite mild offerings from them.

A: Nice copper color of falling autumn leaves. Very fitting. Thin lacing and head that held on for dear life.

N: Extremely sweet with some burnt wood aromas. The malty sweetness surely dominates, most notable of the marzen character this one carries.

T: Extremely sweet with a good balance of sugar, malt, hops, and bitterness. This doesnt taste that strongly of a marzen but still a well concoted fall weather beer with substance.

Recognize more as a winter style absent of the spices which I dont catch.

M: Thick, creamy and coating. The sweetness is not annoying but welcomed.

D: A pleasure to drink, well done. Maybe not a marzen when taken in its entirety, but drinkable- yes. Not great, but awfully tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one on tap at Barleys last night, basically cause everything else I asked for was not tapped yet, wtf? Anyway, served in a pint glass and consumed on 09/05/2008.

The pour was decent with a clear, orange tinted amber color being presented before me. Little in the way of head, maybe an inch at the top at first, but settling down quickly thereafter. No noticeable side glass presentation, and only marginal carbonation visible.

The aroma was rather weak to be honest, no where near the robust smell I was looking for. Light malt notes, somewhat bready with a healthy dose of grain thrown in. The flavor was more of the same, just too light to really make an impression on me either way. Some light off fruit notes were notices, but again unremarkable. Decent carbonation kept it feeling lively, but to be honest it was just too thin to really pull it all together for me. Easy to drink as it was light as hell and nothing really stopped you from throwing it down quite fast.

Overall my thoughts would be ehh. Forgettable, boring, and painfully average. Not a bad beer per se, just not something i would particularly want to go back to.

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Photo of seanpachefddfa
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium to deep amber with a slight red hint to it. little head and not much lace.
Smells of toasted malts with a slight spice and fruit nose to it.
Taste of caramel malts with a mild hop presence. The finish is just a bit sweet but very smooth.
moutfeel a very crisp clean medium body beer.
Drink ability a good beer that was easy to drink. I will buy again next season

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle of this with pghlee at the Brick Store. Thanks Lee. Poured copper colored with a thin head that settled to a thin swirl on top. The smell was very promising with wonderful aromas of sweet, bready malt with banana, clove, and a banana bread finish. Unfortunately the taste was far more washed out, exhibiting none of the richness found in the aroma. Tastes very bready and a bit heavy, but wihout that bread-in-the-oven quality found in the aroma. Grainy, a little thin, and with a metallic zinc-like taste up front followed by a light sweetness and a touch of banana bread on the finish. Fairly highly carbonated but somewhat thin. Lacks a bit of richness. This is okay overall, but there are a number of other fest beers out there I'd choose over this one. Also, what gives? It is August! A bit early yet for the fest season. At least wait for Sep. 1 to release these.

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

Pours a nice light copper color, more of a pale ale than an amber/red, but still nice, allows a nice splash of light to come through; has a bit of head that immediately goes away with very little lacing. Nice scent, malty, but with a very sour aroma, much like an Irish red. Very sweet and sour taste, although with very little spices as I would expect from an Autumn brew, although there are very small bits of cinnamon. Goes down fine, but there are better fall beers out there.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.27/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, 12 ounce bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Island City, Long Island, New York for $1.99...
Pours a reddish, dark-amber color with a minimal frothy and foamy head that eventually receded and left a small amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Grain-laden, amber, earthy aroma bursting through with a nice, neat balance of hops and malts...
Weyerbacher usually churns out rather aggressive, dominating brews, and this one was far from that, with a subtle, tasty, earthy, caramel-filled taste that really hit home and was a great depiction of an Autumn style...
Very pleasing on the pallate with nice earthy notes and a great, creamy mouthfeel...
Drinkability was top-notch, and went down very easily without any cloying factors...
Good stuff...

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one has been sitting in the back of the fridge for a while.

Poured a light amber color with a thick one inch head that gave way to some nice lacing. The smell was not that great. A grassy smell with a hint of sweetness and some hops. The taste was a little better with some sweet caramel and a slight spiciness. Seemed a little watered down for a Weyerbacher brew but it could just be the style. Good drinkability but nothing special.

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