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!

Added by WilliamPhilaPa on 09-12-2002

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is mostly dominant by the caramel malt, little bit of fruit/spice hidden away.

Caramel malt also largely contributes to the taste, has hints of other spice that lingers, not quite typical of an amber/red ale, more of an Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep marzen color with a thin light tan head.

S: Very sweet upfront with big a carmael sweet nose, and some earthy fresh vermont woodiness and leaves.

T: Reminds me a of a bigger version of hacker pschor's oktoberfest. Big hearty and sweet caramel flavor with a touch of fresh woodiness and lightly burnt character and earthy hopping

M: Full malty palate, very rich and creamy and full bodied.

D: A hearty and an easy, beautiful drink for the fall season. Can honestly sit and enjoy this all night around the campfire on a brisk fall night.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with flavors of caramel, cinnamon and dark fruits. The malt character is very hearty. The hops presence is mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and pretty crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, this one seems to be a hybrid of an Oktoberfest and a Winter Warmer. I could drink a few of them, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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

Pours a very foggy orange-ish brown. No head in my Duvel tulip. Nose is slightly leafy. Very little to it. Flavor is even and constant with a slow drop off. Profile has a obvious leafy thing going on. Beyond that it's a very mild almost citric thing. More like the flavor of an orange with absolutely no sweetness from it. More like old almost dead orange outer skins. Okay. Enough typing out of my ass. Feel is decent. Low bubble hitting my tongue. Liquid is decent. Overall this is a very easy drinker. Nothing wild or crazy. Just a smooth and even brew. Worth a shot.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12ox bottle poured into a pint glass. It was a hazy orange/amber color with a small head. Somewhat muted aroma: sweet malt and some fruit. Tasting revealed the fruit to be pumpkin, with a light malt background. I think I also got a hint of maple syrup. A crisp, enjoyable beer; a good session beer.

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

12 oz bottle acquired at the brewery.

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange/amber with a dense 2 finger white head.

Smell: Toasty malts are most prominent with a very slight grassy, floral hop aroma.

Taste: Again toasted malt in the front but with a good hop balance. Clean and crisp with a slightly drying finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin but doesn't miss by much. Carbonation is medium and finish, as mentioned, was dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable autumn brew.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually pretty happy with Weyerbacher, so bought a sixtel of this.

Consistently poured with a large, foamy head (3 finger) that held tight. Deep copper, orange color.

Not much to the smell ... slightly grassy, with very light note of hops.

Taste was average - nothing special... Maybe a hint of carmel maltyness. Certainly not the full flavor that I've come to expect from most Weyerbachers.

Much weaker mouthfeel than I expected - watery even.

Drinkable, but not necessarily enjoyable if you tend to prefer a more robust beer. Then again, this is an amber/ red ale.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. Surprisingly reddish colored for something I thought would be more "seasonal". Finding out it was a red ale and that the red colors were quite sharp though gave me approval. The aroma definitely had the classic smells: cinnamon, pumpkin, spice, etc. It's taste was a great balance of hops and spice, making it very accessible. It's thick, low-carb feel made it come down smooth. Overall, a very accessible autumnal beer.

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Photo of musicjustintime
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the many "October/Autumn" fests I've had...this one is a very close second to Paulaner O-fest! Very beautiful amber color...nice, smoooth and caramely taste....but not too sweet...and very drinkable. I truly like this one, and was glad my buddy brought some to my place to sample over the weekend. We enjoyed 'em with brats and German fair! Nice brew, Weyerbacher. HIGHLY recommended if you like this style of brew. Great for the fall season, for color, AND flavor. Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

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

A- Completely transparent rust colored body that pours with a thin foamy white head that quickly fades to a nice thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass and plenty of bubbles can be seen rising to the top.

S- Nose is heavy on pale malt with some caramel malt and hop aromas.

T- Subtle flavors of pale and caramel malt upfront. Soft bittering hops accent the finish but soon fade away. Lots of pale malt sweetness and hints of caramel malt linger on the palate. Is that cinnamon lingering too? Nice soft spice touch at the end.

M-Low to medium carbonation and medium weight body.

D- This one looks and tastes like an ale version of Oktoberfest. Its a good idea and a decent beer but for this brew's color I expected a lot more caramel malt presence. Drinkable and somewhat enjoyable. Not my favorite from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of shivtim
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like clear dark apple juice with a couple of bubbles. Has a dense off-white head. Nose is gentle hops and slight biscuity malts. Taste has a hint of metallic flavor, with a malty backbone, a mile unnatural sweetness, and some alcohol on the end. Not too much good going on here. However, mouthfeel is above average, it's more dense than expected and really fills out your mouth. Drinkability is exactly average.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle from the Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours an amber red translucent body with a half inch of off-white head. Smells like roasted malt with a hint of diacetyl. Roasty husky malt dominate with little hops to speak of, with hints of diacetyl. Light to medium in body with just enough carbonation to make it a fairly drinkable brew. Tasty enough, but not their best offering, nor is it the best "Octoberfest" ale out there.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Glowing orange color with some ambery hues. Moderate amount of creamy off-white head that settles slowly at first and leaves thin foamy lacing down the glass. After the first few sips, though, there's little head to be seen.
S: Clean and grassy smell up front, with a lingering scent of caramel malts. Stronger whiffs reveal a deep fruity smell with some roasted sugars, almost candy-like. Mostly crisp and floral with a sweet malty character.
T: Crisp and slightly hoppy up front, mostly tastes of floral hops and sugars. The midtaste is even a bit sweeter and yields some caramel malt flavors. The finish is sweet and smooth, with more maltiness than before. A caramel flavor lingers for a while in the mouth.
M: Crisp and refreshing. One of the better aspects of this beer.
D: Pretty good. The mouthfeel is great and makes this beer quite quaffable. However, the fake candy-like sugary taste in the finish is slightly off-putting and hard to stomach.
Overall, not too bad. Could stand alone outside the fall seasonal time as a reasonable light amber ale.

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

This one's new to me...

Appearance- Rich copper, creamy well structured light beige head. Clear, good activity in the glass.

Smell- Toasted malts combined with some caramel... not too complex but enjoyable.

Taste- Malty and clean, with a long crisp, yeasty, bready finish. Pretty good, this bottle's a month-and-a-half old. This tastes like Fall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Phenomenal. Great beer.

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Photo of AndoBrew
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

*did not like at all and would never buy*

app: deep copper but a little bit dull. suddsy white head.

smell: odd hop headache smell. normal malts from a fest but a bit trashed smelling.

taste: yuck. candied fake sugar spiked flavor sneaking around in there.. like some of the avery beers. odd hops un balanced non uniform flavors. the flavors are everywhere and fatigue my tounge.

mf: fine, a bit thick in the back of the throat but fine.

drinkable?: not much

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright amber body with a small, though lasting white head.

Smell: Toasted caramel aroma with a hint of vine-ripe fruitiness.

Taste: Rich toasted caramel taste that's a bit bready. Slight fruitiness. Hints of brown sugar and spice. Floral hops with a reserved spicy bitterness that lingers softly into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: All the flavors come together nicely to create a pleasing, refreshing Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of jdg204
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well it's Autumn and time for another mixed variety case from Weyebacher, and of course I had to get a taste of their Fall seasonal brew.

Appearance - Nice light brown color with a light white head which quickly disipated.

Smell - Nice caramel odor along with light spices give the brew a good cool weather feel.

Taste - Nice dark brown, caramel flavors with hops/carbonation that overpowers the flavor balance a bit much.

Mouthfeel - Flavor disipates a bit too quickly with the lack of flavor balance, but not a bad aftertaste.

Drinkability - So I'll admit this isn't my fav style and this brews just okay, but I still enjoyed it. Weyerbacher has a nice brew you should give a shot if you get a chance, but definetly not one worth going out of your way.

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

A 12 oz bottle from the Jester's Choice case.

A: The beer is a lighter amber color, sharing equally in deep brown and bright orange colors. The beer is thin, head-wise, with no lacing or foam after the initial pour.

S: The nose is grainy with a sweetness that is concentrated and strong, almost channeling the octoberfestbier spirit in an ale form. There is a noticeable lack of hops.

T: The taste is a dead ringer for a marzen style lager, full of big rounded malt flavors that are concentrated to the point that they take on a sweetness. That sweetness has some apple flavors, not tart green apples, but red or yellow ones. Hop bitterness is on the low-end, adding slight contrast only and no strong taste elements. The finish is the grainy malts, again fooling me into thinking that I had an oktoberfestbier in my hands.

M: The mouthfeel is well-rounded with a strong graininess that pleasantly sweet.

D: The alcohol is well hidden in the big malt flavors. The ale is a good fit for the season.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored, with a decent, slightly off-white head.

Not much to the aroma, some caramel malt, not much hops. Really quite plain. Unfortunately, the same is true of the taste. Some sweet maltiness up front. It finishes real fast, this is pretty clean for an ale. For the most part nondescript though.

Light bodied, and a real easy drinker. Might be a nice one for drinking a sixer out by the fire or something.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a fan of the hop over-loaded Weyerbacher's, I was pretty disappointed with this one. I suppose it is true to the style, but it wasn't clear what the style was when I bought it, and the stuff was pricey.

I think a more descriptive label would have given me a hint (and I might not have picked it up). I guess the others of the Weyerbacher breed had opened the door wide in my mind, and this one just didn't compare. Still, I would not refuse one of these, I just won't buy it again.

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Photo of Bram7
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my favorite glass mug. Aggressive pour gives a good fluffy head that dies quickly. Not very lively, just a few small bubbles rising up. Bright Amber/Gold color. Nice sweet malt smell.
Taste- Slight sweetness that gets better as it warms. Same with mouthfeel, I expected more to be "there".
Overall I could drink several of these but would not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a one finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of bubbles lasting throughout. I really enjoy this smell, very unique. Has a hint of dried leaves almost, and yes, I do enjoy that smell. Also combines some mild caramel sweetness and a tiny bit of floral hops as well. Taste starts off with a clean citrusy hops that is quickly diluted by the malty sweetness. Aftertaste leaves an almost tea like flavor that is quite enjoyable, to me anyway. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, I found this one went down much quicker than I had anticipated. Nice twist on the autumn seasonal.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first fall beer of the season,not a Octoberfest,an amber didn't seem like an o-fest doesn't say what it is on the bottle. Anyway,poured this beer into a nonic glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped cap.

Medium,intense amber color,looks the perfect color for a fall beer,had about a 2" very light tan head that dissapated quickly to a skim coat of foam.Had some good carbination lots of tiny bubbles tighly knitted together whisping from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was on the faint side,light sweet malt,perfumy/flowery and fruity with a bit of a metallic note. Has some butterscotch scents as the beer warms.

Grainy,astrigent with grassiness tastes up front with bittersweet maltiness a nice toastyness,with some herbal/woody hop flavors. A pleasing,crisp,tart light hop bite to the finish.

Grainy, first mouthfeel impression, starts to smooth out the more you drink and becomes drier also. Not bad could drink a few not a beer i would buy,but I won't turn it down either.

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Photo of Risser09
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter - August 2007 Bottling

Appearance: The beer pours a deep copper color with an off white head that reaches half an inch. Carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass and don't want to let go. Head retention in mediocre.

Smell: Malty, orange, cinnamon, clove and allspice. Alcohol burn in the nose is pleasant. Smells like it has a nice dose of sugar, although it can be cloying in Weyerbachers beers sometimes. What's it taste like?

Taste: Malt profile is sweet and not cloying, yay. Flavors are not strong but include hay, oatmeal, white raisins, orange peel and maybe some cinnamon. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Smoothe and creamy. There is also a pleasant warming belt as you near the end of this beer. Alcohol makes a presence in the finish but is not overwhelming at all.

Drinkability: Great for a fall evening. Slightly warming with enough flavor to get you by and not kill you after a six pack. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing wrong with getting a jump start on the fall seasonals. This one pours an amber color with a tannish head that dies down to a thin cap, but leaves ample lacing. Smells of bread with a small malt background, but there's little here to sniff at. Tasting reveals more of the same with a hint of caramel and a slight hop snap. I'm also picking up some hints of honey. Mouthfeel is a little to thin with plenty of carbonation. I could easily see this as a sessionable beer with football on its way. A good choice for a day like today where there are hints of fall coming in the winter, but not a standout brew.

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