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Weissenohe Monk's Fest | Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by tempest on 10-22-2008

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of olblueyes1915
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jmbranum
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very satisfying beer.

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle (with a ceramic stopper cap) into a pint glass. Honey-amber colored with off-white head. Lots and lots of noticable sediment. I like the hearty look of this beer but I know some will be put off by the amount of visible sediment.

Rich, malty aroma. Flavor is a mouthful. Lots and lots of malt. I can pick up notes of pears, dates, figs and a hint of caramel. Nice background of hops with lots of spices thrown in the mix (I'm assuming from the yeast sediment).

Very full and rich mouthfeel.

Lingering flavors of caramel. A tiny bit of caramel. Very dark-wheat bread-like.

I love this beer and will be drinking more of it in the future.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very fine brew! A Märzen of deep amber colour, with a thick offwhite head and a fruity nose. But the aroma is topped by the taste. You will feel a fine WHISKEY note. Yes, really.

I don't know how much alcohol is is this brew (unfortunately bottles for the USA seldom carry that print), but we were drunk after sharing this bottle among us 2.

Of course that does not necessarily mean anyhing. But this whiskey note gave me a hint that this might have more alcohol than your regular Oktoberfestbier.

The mouthfeel was smooth, but not in a sweet way. The alcohol was clearly there, but not biting. It was just wonderful!

I will absolutely buy that again, if I see it. Paid 4,75 $ for the half liter bottle with swing top at Abe's Cold Beer Store in Bethlehem.

Yes, I would buy that again, it definitely is worth it.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - super clear light orange color with a thick white head that is well retained, leaves a nice lacing

S - grainy, bready malt aroma, clean - no esters or phenols with no hop

T - like aroma, sweet bready malt with a touch of toast; clean and finishes with a slight hop

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - This is quite a nice authentic märzen. It really delivers everything expected in the style in an unassuming manner - just clean, good and well crafted. I wish I had a few more on hand.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours dark amber to light brown with a slight chill haze under a 1” light tan cap that grips the glass leaving splotches of lace.
S: Dark malt aromas, light bread and grains.
T: Has a clean palate with a rich malt profile and some darker malt or kettle sugar character.
F: clean and smooth. Medium body and medium low carbonation.
O: A little more dark malt character than I expected but very easy to drink.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into dimpled seidel. Nice little head that gives way to a foamy ring and a wash of lace. Beautiful dark amber color.

Nose of cream, oats, honey, and sour yeast.

Taste: The sour from the nose is well-blended.

Smooth, clean mouth.

Definitely the best I've had in the style. Ostensibly a throwback to the original, darker Oktoberfestbiers.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a 16.9oz bottle, it left about two beautiful fingers of head and the beer itself had a clear orangey amber hue.

S: Bread and caramel malt notes hit immediately, dominating the aroma. Hints of grassy hop aroma tickle the nose.

T: Delicious balance of caramel malt and bready flavor. I've definitely had bigger, maltier festbiers, but the clean balance gave this beer great appeal. The hops provided a pretty dry finish, leaving me wanting more.

M: The body wasn't huge, and the caramel malt didn't cause any cloying. The medium carbonation plus the mild maltiness really appealed to my palate, and the bread notes were fortunately not overpowering at all.

D: I'd like to think that this is one of the best and closest interpretations of a märzen in existence. The beer was brewed in Franconia (whose caves were used to lager the original märzens), so there's the local ingredients, and the beer was actually brewed in March and lagered until fall by the Franconian brewery. I think this is a superbly drinkable beer, especially for fall. While I love a malty Oktoberfest, this beer is a sign that the trend toward lighter festbiers won't rob me of any satisfaction.

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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Golden copper, clear. With a moderate pour I got three fingers of white head. Decent retention, and this one leaves a bit of lacing as well.

S - Very soft, bready aroma with just a hint of grain and metal. A peppery hop aroma is noted as well.

T - A very mild taste that is reminding of a helles. Bready/biscuit flavor with a touch of a caramel/brown sugar. Some hop bitterness pulls through in and near the finish, though I'm not getting any flavor. Faint toastiness lingers in the finish. The mildness of this brew makes it difficult to describe, but it is very tasty.

M - Sturdy medium body with a moderate to soft carbonation. Very nice in the mouth.

D - A solid beer to be sure. This is probably my first experience with the more modern oktoberfests, so I don't have a huge frame of reference. However, I'll definitely buy this again (if I can find it) and would recommend this to others.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is all over the map for me. Nice opaque maybe burnt orange color but very limited head that disappears quickly and almost no lacing. The caramel jumps out in the aroma but has an almost artificial feel because it is so strong. Sweet malt and plenty of caramel and bread in the flavor, this is an desert beer. Monk's Fest is descriptive word, nice full mouthfeel gives this beer a meal like component. Filling, sweet on the finish but clean. Overall a very enjoyable beer that you will not care for if you do not a sweet beer.

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Photo of RWACKO
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of starfall
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a US pint glass.

Pours a very dense head of off-white foam (2-3cm) that slowly collapses into a thin sheeting (<0.5cm) across the entire body. Lacing is left on the sides of glass, I'm getting some strange-looking hieroglyphic patterns, quite nice. Body is medium-brown in color, murky/hazy.

Aroma opens with toasted, dark malt sweetness, roasted nuts, caramel/toffee, and roasted malt giving a bit of sweet coffee scent. You can tell from the scent that this is a malt-heavy, malt-forward, hops-be-damned sort of brew.

Taste has a big malt opening with additions of strong nut and mocha flavors. Ends with a bready, nutty flavor. Oh yeah, malty excellence, a definite extreme German way to view a beer: bread-forward.

Medium to medium-heavy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation to make itself felt on the tongue. Fairly clean overall; with a beer this into malt, I'd expect something syrupy afterwards, but this is a rather dry, crisp finish. Not cloying at all.

This is the heartiest Oktoberfest I've ever tried. What's surprising is that that ABV isn't particularly high, despite the robust flavors and chewy mouthfeel. Definitely unique among the German varieties I've had. It would be interesting to see how this fared with some hops, but I can appreciate a brewer trying to go all-out for an already bready style.

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Photo of xungmound98
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MillRat
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden amber with a half-inch of white head that dissipates but for a ring around the glass.

Beautiful aroma of malt and toasted bread, with just a bit of grassy hops in the background. Flavor delivers on the promise, providing a textbook definition of what melanoidin is, presenting a rich lightly toasted malt flavor with a little caramel that leaves you prepared to find a rather cloying sweetness, but instead it finishes clean and refreshing without relying on a heavy hopping.

This medium bodied beer goes down easily and leaves the palate refreshed, enhanced by the balance that the melanoidin provides by supplying a rich malt flavor that does not leave a syrupy impression. I'm regretting that I didn't buy a few more.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 0.5L swing top bottle into a flared pint glass. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: Nice, rich amber/chestnut brown body with good clarity. 1 finger of dense, off-white head. Ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt notes with nuts, almond, fainter dark fruit, grape. Increasingly fruit-forward as it warms. Apple juice and maybe some green apple towards the bottom of the glass. Touch of floral hops.

T: Lightly sweet, fruity notes open, followed by a rather pronounced pretzel-like malt. More toasted pretzel with buttery, nutty elements lead to a noble hop bitterness. Fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence. Some lingering toasty bread in the aftertaste, but mostly clean.

M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation with a medium body. Rich feel without any heaviness.

O: Interesting dichotomy of fruit-forward nose and malty flavors that really invoke pretzels on my palate. I really dug this one. Great stuff.


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Photo of philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear amber with a small white head. Nice lacing. Smells clearly of caramel malts; very slightly fruity. Simple, but not one-dimensional. More strong caramel malt in the taste with a lot of mineral character. Earthy. Light hops toward the finish dry it out and make it incredibly drinkable. The kind of thing you could drink all day long.

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Photo of drperm
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Unassuming mildly-cloudy tan/dark-apricot color in my Aventinus glass. It pours a generous white foam that calms down a bit without going away entirely.

Aroma: Nice! Toasty, inviting aroma with lots of caramel, a bit of earthiness, a hint of minerals, and a splash of...bath soap?

Taste: This is a fine one - nicely reminiscent of a Dunkel, and to me this hits the tongue and says, "autumn." Crispy, green apple bite with fine notes of homemade toast, lots of banana bread (especially as it warms!), an undercurrent of minerally caramel, mild noble hops, chamomile, and a faint hint of roasted veggies on the finish.

Palate: Approaching thinness, but the overall mouthfeel makes me think of the image of the happy Franconian monk on the label - jolly, agreeable, and pleasant.

Overall/Drinkability: I'm not a huge Märzen/O.F. aficionado, but this one is very nice! Quite flavorful and rich while remaining easily quaffable and easy-going. Perfect for a crisp Sunday afternoon in September. Nobody seems to know the ABV here. As a Märzen, I would expect it on the semi-weak side of things (somewhere between 4 and 5.5%?), but my constitution is suggesting otherwise. Don't throw these back *too* quickly!

I'm intrigued about this brewery. If you speak/read German, they have a fantastic website (but the Monk's Fest is nowhere to be found!). I hope to see more offerings from Weissenohe in my distribution neck of the woods soon.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farmhouse. Served in a standard pint glass, it appears a clear amber-orange with a short white head.

Wow this beer is fresh. Right off the bat, it's an expertly balanced, and seemingly flawless Oktoberfest. The aroma and flavor a filled with a seemingly simple bready and light caramel malt profile that's countered by a subtle hop note. I imagine this is what O-fest's from the big German brewers, especially Spaten, would taste like if they fresh and untainted by travel. Overall, this beer is incredibly drinkable and it's a shame this beer isn't everywhere.

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Weissenohe Monk's Fest from Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe / Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Wirtshaus
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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