Wayfinder Beer

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #66
Ranked #21,036
3.99 | pDev: 6.02%
Wayfinder Beer
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Festbier. Golden, smooth, malty Oktoberfest Wiesn-style Lager. This incredibly sessionable beer is very much alike a strong Export Helles than a Maerzenbier.

Freiheit! Means “freedom” in German and is a reference to Münchner Freiheit, the area of Münich where the Allies freed the German people of Nazi rule as well as an 80’s New Wave band that we love.
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NickSMpls from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not the typical Marzen, being a clear golden amber - a beautiful beer. Good malty aroma. Well carbonated. Taste is lightly sweet, mild bitterness. Exceptionally tasty. It's probably too late to find this years batch, but keep it mind for next year.

Oct 04, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear amber body with a white head and lazy lacing. Musty flowers atop caramel malts in the nose. Taste gives white bread impressions in addition. Very light yet malty and smooth. Body is medium light, crispness is lacking, just a malt weight finish the whole way. A forgettable yet solid marzen. The wife liked it

Dec 22, 2020
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laquebrada from California

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz. can.
Good clarity, orange- gold color. Small white head.
Biscuit malt aroma, very pleasant.
Bitter flavor masks the malt initially, followed by a hint of malty sweetness, and a long balanced finish.
Full bodied, but very drinkable.
Overall, nice beer, hybrid marzen-festbier.

Oct 15, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold with a frothy meringue head. Malty sweet bread and biscuit, floral dandelion bitterness. Light to medium body, very smooth and an ever so subtle bite at the end. Crisp and refreshing, filling and satisfying. Can art is awesome too

Sep 30, 2020
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours a fizzy finger of white head into my perfect pint glass. Quickly fades to half that, but what’s left is nice, frothy, and holds up well. Initial lacing looks great. Body is lighter, as advertised - golden orange, with hues of yellow. Crystal clear, which a huge amount of nucleating bubbles coming up. Looks quite nice so far.

Very light caramel and toasty notes, mixed in with a mineral smell, even picking up some grassy hops. The malt here is certainly subdued compared to normal Oktoberfest’s, but it is still perceivable. Not sure how I feel about this because it’s not exactly what I want in an Oktoberfest, but it somewhat makes up for it with it’s almost spring-like, effervescent charm.

Flavor is as described “more like a strong Helles than a Marzen” that’s cool and all, but not really what I want, not a fan of Helles and when I buy a Festbier or Marzen, I want a Festbier or Marzen. Still getting acquainted with the difference, but I’m quite certain neither should be this light. Profile is pilsner malt mixed in with a little heavier, sweeter malt, but I’m not sure I would even go as far as “bready”. Some nice floral notes help this out and add the same effervescent charm the nose had, but I’m not sure that makes up for things here. Kinda reminds me of a Dortmunder. This is the best version of itself, but I don’t think it’s best for me.

I can grade the mouthfeel a little more unbiasedly. Carbonation is medium - high. Body is medium - low. Crisp, good attenuation, a touch dry, and a bit of sweetness - wonderfully balanced. Bitterness is barely noticeably, but provides nice support, and lingers for a second into the finish. Wonderful.

Drinkabiltiy is very high, this is light and very well balanced.

Appearance turned out pretty nice. The layer of foam lasted most of the way down. Lacing was patchy but pretty good.

Overall this is a solid beer, but not really what I’d expect, nor what I want. I’m being a little harsh, but that’s how it goes.

Sep 17, 2020
Freiheit! from Wayfinder Beer
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 15 ratings