Wayfinder Beer

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Wayfinder Beer
Oregon, United States
Ranked #24
Ranked #11,764
4.02 | pDev: 5.47%
Nov 14, 2022
Oct 21, 2017
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
really impressive execution, this is what these guys do best. a very authentic german lager here, less of an oktoberfest type than expected, more pale, in that festbier style that is coming on so strong in recent years. way more golden brassy looking than reddish orange, immaculate clarity too wow, pretty white head on top, fizzy and alive, looks fantastic, just very light. the aroma is german malts all the way, a munich breadiness, light sweetness here but a big bready vibe from the yeast keeps it kind of earthy and organic, floral honey, dry crackers, simple in the right ways. the flavor follows, mild nuttiness and a touch of malt sweetness without the rich weight and lingering caramelized character of vienna malt and more familiar marzen types. i like the lightness, biscuit in the flavor, snappy quick finish with rushing carbonation, gone instantly, nice minerality and water chemistry in general, very mild on the hopping, noble and lightly spicy but way in the background, i taste this pale german malt and old world lager yeast well in front of anything else. perhaps the most remarkable thing about this very drinkable lager is how well made it is, its not so striking in flavor or anything, but its super professional, clean, and right on for the season, although for me this is an all year round kind of brew. need to get more wayfinder stuff in my gullet, are they all this good?!
Nov 14, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Light orange in color and clear on the pour, which initiates a billowing off-white head that refuses to settles, slowly relenting and leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked bread, raw dough, biscuity malt, toffee, melanoidin, and floral hops
Taste: Starts off with a huge bready punch that includes fresh baked bread, toast, dough, and actively baking biscuits that hold center stage until waves of floral hops and toffee join in. Closes with light floral notes
Mouthfeel: Full but light, extremely clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and crisp, clean, and slightly soft on the finish
Overall: This is delicious stuff. I love a good Festbier to cut into fresh hop season and provide a great contrast and my respect of these folks’ lager skills made me really want to try this and it did not let down. Bready, doughy, floral, and clean – yeah, I can dig it
Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
16 oz can.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a massive creamy off-white head. Great head retention. Leaves some splotchy lacing.

Aromas of fresh biscuits and caramel, along with banana esters and spicy hops.

The flavor brings notes of sweet dough, cereal grain, caramel, banana and a spicy hop finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly crisp with a modestly dry finish. Highly drinkable.

Overall, this is a great Märzen. Lots of nice malt character with plenty of hop presence to provide balance. Ridiculously drinkable.
Oct 02, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by heymikew from California

Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by smithj4 from New York

Sep 20, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
L: golden straw body, soapy head.
S: Sweet bready caramel backed by fruity hops, and a hint of banana.
T: more of that aroma. Upfront fruity hops, a bit of banana, then sweet caramel malt and a floral note, with cereal grains and biscuit on the finish.
F: Moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.
O: Enjoyable, but not quite snappy enough.
Sep 16, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Slightly unfiltered golden body, slight copper hue. Crisp cracker and toasted bread, mild fruity yeast ester that sticks around for a while, floral noble notes. Caramel lingers on the backend. Medium lighter bodied, good carbonation, drinks fast and easy
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by BarrelAgedG from California

Nov 13, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
love this time of year when every one comes out with a fest beer - this is a ml;ty marzen with great sweet smooth taste
Oct 10, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by rab53 from Washington

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by NickSMpls from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Rated: 3.5 by pkalix from California

Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6%
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
Rated: 3.97 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 13, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by laquebrada from California

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 3.78 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Oct 10, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by MattSn from Oregon

Oct 10, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Rated: 4.49 by MichaelHillison from Oregon

Sep 06, 2020
Rated: 4 by NickThePyro from Washington

Sep 05, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 21, 2017
Freiheit! from Wayfinder Beer
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings