AutumnFest | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

ehhh...Weyerbacher has much much better out there.

Well, to keep this review short and concise I'll simply say that it tastes like a watered down marzen with a 'wheat' like trip to it. Maybe they tried to blend a hefe and marzen. Interesting proposition if this was the case, but this beer did not exactly impress. I think some potential is there. Just needs to refine the recipe maybe. Focus more on seperating the tastes to create a balance instead of just a blend, if thats possible.

I enjoyed it, but not as much as some of their other beers.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium yellow/orange color with a medium tan largish head. The mouthfeel is firm. The smell is a pleasing breadlike sweetness with a very faint hoppiness. The taste is a pleasant rounded sweet bread with mild increasing bitterness. Although this is not a true Octoberfest since it is an ale, it still tastes pretty similar to style and better than some I have had. Quite drinkable

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Photo of bierman2000
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a real Oktoberfest beer since it is top fermemted ( an ale ) that is not as smooth due to its time less spent in lagering. It is slighly oily with a pungent aftertaste, though it is fairly light and not filling. It can be a drinkable beer depending on the time and temperature outdoors.

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Photo of Bunnyhop
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, medium yellow-orange Octoberfest with a medium tan, largish head. The smell is sweet, nutty, and hoppy. The taste is malty and breadlike, with a slight nuttiness, and a mild bitter finish. The body was firm in my mouth. Overall, an enjoyable Octoberfest.

(source: PremierGourmet; Buffalo, NY)

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Photo of Jarod
2.59/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured into the glass amber that looked rather sharp in the light. The head was an off white in color that did not last long. There seemed to be very little lace to none at all. The aroma was almost non-existent. Slight hops, malt and spices. The taste was just there. It had a prominent perfume flavor. Some malt and hop bit but if it was not perfume it would have hardly no taste. Sorry, maybe it was the bottle I got , but not a good beer except the color.

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

Red amber body supports a big fizzy but rapidly decaying head. Nose is nuts and malty sweetness, with some chocolate notes. Taste has some caramel, some chocolate, and a surprising dash of herbal hops. Carbonation adds a wholeness to the mouthfeel, making it full, but not syrupy. Makes for easy drinking. I'm not sure this is a true marzen. I think it is an Octoberfest ale, particularly since I can't at this moment think of another lager by Weyerbacher. The finish is nice, but not lager-like clean. Whatever the case, it is a fine autumn seasonal.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Malt/nut nose. Light tan colored head. Deep mahogany colored. The head is rich and lasting. Medium mouth but not very smooth or rich. Taste is quite watery, there is a slight flavor of roast malt and a trace of hop in the finish. The flavors are faint at best. From the look and the smell... the taste disapoints.

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Photo of yen157
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep, clear reddish-copper with no head at all, only a curface covered in tiny white bubbles. The nose was full of malt all the way, barely any hop aroma at all.
The beer tasted malty, but not sweet like the style might indicate. With only a touch of bitterness, the hops accentuate the surprising dryness of this beer. The discernable flavors in this beer were of caramel, nuts, and toasted grains. I'm not sure whether it was related to the hops, water chemistry, or what, but there was a pervasive mineral-like quality about this beer that extended a bit into the aftertaste.
I have rated the mouthfeel only as "average" since the body was on the thin side, and the carbonation was very big an unnatural. Overall, an easy-to-drink beer and an appropriate autumn seasonal. It was lacking, though, in the robustness of the flavors. Looking back at the other reviews for this beer, it seems that perhaps my batch may have been off. Maybe next time I have it things will be different.

This was the first of three beers we tried for our regional Oktoberfest tasting, even though it isn’t in the same style as any other Oktoberfest beer out there. (It’s an ale!)

Medium fine foamy yellow-tinted cap. Reddish amber with gold highlights. The first sip of this non-Oktoberfest Oktoberfest beer was on the sour side. The sourness never really went away, but it became a welcome part of the beer helping to dry things out in the end. Semi-sweet but fruity malt don’t stand a chance against the one-two hops-sourness whollops. It’s not sour in the off-tasting kinda way, but rather a subtle, berry-like manner. Anyway, this proved to be a good, refreshing beer that is very unique. One of my favorite autumn beers.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a big, somewhat off-white head. Aroma is very malty, with whiffs of floral hops. Taste is sweet and nutty. Terrific balance between the predominance of malt and more-than-expected hoppiness. It’s full, textured, and delicious. A little more hoppy than other beers in the style, but it’s a refreshing and interesting beer. It’s absolutely worth picking up again.

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

This pours with a nice light tan head over medium amber liquid. Lots of toasted malt in the nose, malt sugars also. Taste is a nice blend of biscuity maltiness, lightly roasted/toasted malts & a strong hop presence...nicely done though. Finish is nice, sweetness mixing with the hoppiness that ends up taking center stage. Not a traditional take on the style, but rather a nicely done Octoberfest ale.

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

Pours a clear copper-amber color, with a thin off-white head. On the nose the aroma is malty sweet. On the palate the flavor consists of hints of Vienna & Munich malt, slight roastiness, smooth mouth feel, slight fruitiness,slight caramel, slight toastiness, more flavorful as it warms a bit. Overall this was a good O’fest with an american twist on it...Autumn Fest...

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