AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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 rudolphjacksonm
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice deep ambery-red with a very small white head. Not much lacing at all and not very carbonated. An attractive looking beer. 4.0

S - Very faint smell of apple or cider, bit of yeast and malt as well. I wish there was a bit more of a nose on this beer but it's not unpleasant. 3.0

T - Slightly sweet with a very subtle bready flavor. Malt flavors appear in the middle of the sip and dissolve towards slightly bitter hopnotes at the end. Sourness and bitterness at the end make you crave another sip, which is pretty addicting! 4.0

M - Very thin body with little carbonation. I prefer my ales to be a wee bit heavier but this is still incredibly drinkable. 3.5

O - I think Weyerbacher has done a fine job with this beer. It's a little lighter on flavor and body than I prefer with amber ales, but definitely enjoyable and drinkable. 3.5

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

Purchased as a single - Pint

Pours a nice even, honey color with okay head - goes away quickly. Smells malty, not very present though. Tastes incredibly smooth and sweet in a good way. not too sweet, perfect amount of malt in there. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly at the same time.

This is a great fester - do it

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Photo of dtivp
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with orange hues, a half of a finger off white head that faded quickly into a thin ring with very light lacing.

Aroma of malt, light toasted grains and slight hops.

Taste of sweet breads, malt, spice, ending with a light floral hops.

Mouth Feel was light body leaning medium, with low carbonation, a little sweet with some crispness.

Overall a average ale, not the best of the Weyerbacher fleet of beer. Enjoy on a nice Fall football day.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice reddish amber color body, very little head that disaptes quickly to a thin lace. The smell has a some malty aroma and some floral hop. The taste if carmel and has some grapey flavor with some hops on the back of the tongue. The mouth feel is nice and smooth, well carbonated. Overall this is a good beer, not my favorite amber ale, but close to it.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours a dark, vaguely transparent shade of amber with a one finger, very foamy slightly offwhite head. Looks like a solid amber

S- mild hop aroma, with some caramel in there as well. A little bit of sweetness

T- some sweetness from the caramel, no real hop bite....pretty much, a standard amber ale.

M- medium bodied, on the thicker side

O- pretty standard amber ale....but to a man who was raised on HopBack and Nugget Nectar, it falls short. But that really isn't a fair comparison

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Photo of stickynotes
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish caramel, a healthy off-white head retains well and laces weakly. Nose is caramel, slight roastiness, I'm getting just a hint of popcorn, a slight floral hoppiness. Taste is caramel, slight grapey sweetness, lightly roasted malts, bready. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well. Overall this is an enjoyable drink. Flavors are interesting and blend well, sweet, lightly roasted and bready. I would get this beer again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/22/11
*From notes

A: Dirty ruby-brown-amber. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head and moderate lacing.

S: Egh - like burnt rubber. What is this, a South African Pinotage?

T: Call it an Amber if you will, but this redheaded stepchild feels more like a hybrid of a nutty brown ale and yeasty Belgian Golden. It's really weird and uninviting.

M: Well at least it feels nice. Good carbonation and texture improve this beer a bit, but can't completely pull it out of the muck.

O: Weyerbacher makes some really good beers. This, their Autumn Fest, isn't one of them.

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

First had: on tap at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Very nice! Poured amber with a small white head. Aroma of toasted grains and lots of sweetness. Bready taste, caramel, and I got lots of honey from it too. Some fruity tones as well. Lots of sweetness, like I said, but there's still a nice floral hoppiness that come in mid- to end-palate. Medium body and very easily drinkable.

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Photo of droomyster
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A boring offering by an otherwise excellent brewery. Pours a copper body with a small head with poor retention. Aromas are predominantly toasty with some wet pavement and earthy notes. Flavors are solidly toasty from beginning to end, with a dash of toffee as it transitions from mid to back palate. The taste is good but uninteresting. This first bottle is probably my last.

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Photo of JackRose
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this up at a local package store - had not seen or heard of it until I spied it at Downeast Beverage in Portland, Maine.

Very good, easy to drink fall seasonal offering -these days it seems that all craft breweries are making pumpkin beers and/or Oktoberfest offerings and true autumn selections are getting harder to come by. Great nose of toasted malt and drinks incredibly smooth. The ratings so far on this have been way too low and I think that its lower alcohol % may factor in those scores. Overall, a very solid beer and Weyerbacker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries - now, only if they will do something about their labels.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer pours a nice autumn brown with and nice orange hue with a light white head.
S: Nice brown amber malt aroma with some sour and dry notes and a slight hop bitterness.
T: The flavor hits you a tart bitter hop character and some toasted bread flavor but then the beer smooths out into a nice husky corn sweetness.
M/O: Crisp and drinkable, and not too heavy. The beer isn't overwhelming in any category but it is a solid autumn beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Worty, spices, maybe some pilsner malts. Sweet, sweet, roasted malts.

Appearance: Medium amber, dark but clear enough to see through it. Pouring about 8" above the glass produces a two finger head. Dissipates to a thin creamy layer.

Flavor: Worty, dark and caramel malts. Very pleasantly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Slight tingle from the carbonation. Oily, turns a bit dry near the end, but ends up oily overall.

Overall: Not complex by any means, but the combination of malts is wonderful. Slight roastiness, but no bitter harshness.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle does not list ABV or a born on date or a drink by date.

A: Amber and clear showing slow but steady carbonation. There are slight red tints, and the beer has some nice inner light. The head starts very large at more than half-a-finger but settles within thirty seconds to a respectable fingernail. The head is fluffy and white with a slight dingy dust.

S: Sweet malt, oats, slight nuttiness, and a bit of metal.

T: Starts out with sweet bread and nuts and finishes with slight watery hops and lots of grainy oats (perhaps a bit of maple wood flavors).

M: A bit light and almost watery.

O: Weyerbacher's fall seasonal is an ale rather than a marzen type lager. Since it is an ale, I was expecting a variety of flavors (by nature ales often have more flavors than a lager). While smooth and easy to drink, the flavor profile in this beer is not very full. There is some nutty flavor, and there are grainy oats in the finish which does work well with fall. The real strength of this beer is its appearance; it really catches the light well. However, that is not enough to separate Autumn Fest from the large amount of fall seasonal offerings.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber w/ only a sliver of a cocoa head. Very little carbonation or lacing at all. Still, this is a nice looking beer, just not quite there. Nose is toasted malt, some fruit, grain.... and really that's about it. Taste is heavy on the malt and a touch of honey. Very one dimensional, and sort of a let down. Feel is carbonated, syrup-like, and fairly mediocre. Overall, this is a decent, but mediocre brew from a brewery that makes really good beers. Kind of a let down. Probably won't pick this up again.

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Photo of billab914
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Three Floyd's glass. It poured a clear and clean copper color with a thin, white, foamy layer barely covering the top of the beer. Really loved the color.

The aroma shows a good dose of toasted malts coming through and mixing with some sweeter, grainy, caramel like flavors. Pretty nice and flavorful aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of a caramel, malty, somewhat sweet flavor to it throughout. Some of the toasted malts and a little breadiness comes through in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. overall it was a pretty nice beer of the style. It was flavorful and easy drinking and pretty nice overall.

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Photo of BeerBean
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, copper color with a dissipating head that didn't lace well, but honestly, the lacing might be the worst part of this beer, which is a good thing. The only other downside is the smell, which is not particularly strong, but the taste makes up for it.

Little bit of hop bitterness up front. Heavy sweet fruits, maybe on the level of apricots or pears. Probably because the mouthfeel is heavier from a more pronounced malt presence. Caramel notes, or maybe it's brown sugar... Whatever it is, it's subtle and not invasive.

This beer lets you figure it out. It's got just the right body for the season, and all the flavors without any one flavor dominating. This is my favorite Weyerbacher brew.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm getting a huge smell of caramel and doughy yeast. I also get some toffee and some fruity characters which give off a citric floral smell. I get a kiss of spicy hops in the beginning then the big malt toffee caramel tastes in the middle and then ending with a floral earthy bitterness.

Excellent take on an Oktoberfest. They really back up the malt sweetness you'd find in a Oktoberfest with a floral earthy hop that really makes the beer for me.

The fruitiness definitely melds well with the malts. For lack of a better explanation, the malts are raw tasting and tastes very natural. The malts are sweet but end roasty and kind of bitter which mixes well with the hop bite it has.

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest is sweeter than this, where this has more of a fruity, raw, a touch more bitter taste. I think I like this better. The mouthfeel is pretty medium not too heavy at all but really makes for an excellent malty beer with an added fruity, earthy hop character.

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Photo of drpimento
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a smallish sized off white head that soon settled down to about 2/3 light cover and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear red amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, fruit. Flavor is similar to nose and is dominated by the malt with a hint of bitterness and a bit of tang for some balance. Body is ok and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Workaday beer.

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

The color is copper, clear and bright. An off-white head develops to about one finger in height but fades fairly quickly, leaving decent lacing.
The aroma is toasty with obvious caramel malts and some grains. Hops are light at first but some grassy and citrus notes pull through nicely.
Sweet caramel malts and toasted bread along with a grains undertone make up most as with the nose, but a huge dose of something like honey comes through in the finish after a touch of citrus and lightly herbal hops flavors come out.
The body is medium with just a bit of carbonation for it, lightly crisp with a nice, smooth feel all the way through.

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Photo of pburland23
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting to take to the Penn State season opener.

Poured into a clear plastic cup (I know, I know, but it was a tailgate). Beer pours a really nice coppery orange hue with a nice layering of off-white head. Nice looking pour.

Smell is pretty muted. Not much going on here. A touch of malty sweetness, but that's about it. Taste is better. It's bready and sweet with a touch of yeasty spiciness. Nice take, flavor wise, on the autumn seasonal style.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy with pleasant carbonation. Drinkability is also quite good. A decent fall sessionable brew.

I definitely enjoyed this beer and would drink it again as the weather turns cooler.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer on a whim to drink during Hurricane Irene. It was not my first Weyerbacher, but by far is my favorite.

S: has mostly a barley smell

A: The clearity reminds me of dyed water, it has a nice amber color to it.

T: The Barley was the most potent notes, but the malts and the hops are very, very mild. Almost has a little bit of a caramel sweetness to it as well

O: This is a good beer, I rather liked it and would recommend it. Shame it is only seasonal.

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Photo of jlenik
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden amber appearance, clear. Finger and a half's worth of off-white head. Some retention.

s: a dry malt and bready smell. A small bit of hops is noticeable at the forefront but is then overwhelmed.

t: a sweet non-roasted nutty bread-like taste. minimal hop notes.

m: creamy mouth feel with a dry finish.

o: this is a fairly solid beer. I'm a fan of Weyerbacher but I took a pass at this every year at the beer store. Instead of the million different pumpkin ales coming out this looked like the better choice at the beer store. This isn't a mind blowing beer by any means, but a good beer to have around the fridge during the fall. (Same for the Winter Ale!)

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Photo of Stunner97
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- golden brown to amber and easily see through from the glass, slight tan head fades to lacing

Smell- husky malt and lots of grain on the nose,

Taste- lots of nutty flavors i first pick up on the flavor followed by alot of grainy flavors that really keep this beer quite dry yet certainly not hoppy yet more to be described as a gently kissed malt, overall flavor profile very light bland

Mouthfeel- very very light with moderate carbonation

Drinkability/overall- overall from a brewery that i really do love and run by great people this is probably there weakest of there line i have tried, its in offensive it just sort misses the spot and is a little light and bland, could be easily drank and sessioned but real just nothing incredible, its trys to almost be an octoberfest beer but lacks the malt back bone or the real interest other wise to be and interesting amber ale,

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Photo of jsanford
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle poured into a Weyerbacher Tulip.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-copper with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a slight haze and ring.
S - Sweet caramel malt, a touch of molasses, earthy hops, and some Fall-oriented spices. Smells more like a Marzen then an Amber...
T - Sweet, doughy caramel malt, spicy yeast profile, and some earthy hops. Not too flavorful, but makes for a nicely sessionable Fall beer.
M - Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation.
O - Not bad, could probably have a few on a Fall day, but not very memorable. Also, unless this bottle is just way past it's prime, there's no way this is an Amber Ale. Much closer to a Marzen, which would make more sense given it's Autumn title.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru copperish amber with a 2-finger initial head that soon becomes a wisp and leaves no lace. Color’s handsome, though.

Nose leans more toasty than sweet, with some modest leafy hops in the background. A touch of alcohol seems out of place at this ABV. Hits the mouth fruity and sweet- apples and pears- but it dries out midswallow, with moderate sweetness turning to pleasant toastiness that allows a touch of bitterness to sneak in at the palate. Mild leafy hop flavor. A little boozy at the swallow, which again seems odd.

Decent little sessionable brew here.

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