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

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Weissenohe Monk's FestWeissenohe Monk's Fest

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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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 114
Photo of drpimento
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sheesh. Another disappointment in my haul. Swing top bottle started out with a nice pop when opened but pour with a strange soap bubble head along with very fine bubbles which usually indicates going flat and it was. Aroma was caramel malt cloves yeast a bit of butterscotch. Flavor's like aroma. Body was full but almost flat. Finish is like flavor and the memory of the flatness.

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.37/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden orange color with very little head, and decent lacing.

Scent of cabbage, malts, and grain. I wonder if the bottle was bad, but it didn't smell oxidized.

Taste is equally unimpressive, a little sweetness, water, and some grain. It doesn't even really taste much like a beer, but still no oxidation detected.

Mouthfeel is pretty bland, very light and watery.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber and clear with a slight brownish tint. The head is about half a finger of creamy white foam. Looks pretty much like an O-Fest should, but the head is a little wimpy despite the decent amount of spotty lace.

S - Nutty, woody, and lightly fruity. This has a bit of a grape hard candy note to it, but besides that it's far less malty and sweet smelling than most. It smells more dark and austere than most Oktoberfests. There is a bit of a cheddar cheese note that is interesting, and not at all out of place.

T - Big time mineral and metallic notes combine with a watery cereal grain funk (like tap water on unheated oatmeal), to make this a less than spectacular brew. Nutty and vegetal notes are there too.

M - Soft, watey, and really dry. This beer is like triple ply quilted toilet paper... soft and pillowy. Smooth, airy, and silken. This is so airy and delicate that it's almost like it's not in your mouth at all... sort of like whipped cream from an air can or something.

D - Not good. This is off base for the style, and it's just a sub-par brew in every way. It's too watery, and I hate the mineral/metallic well water notes ... although some people are into that.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Served on tap in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin. There was a deal on that night for a pint of it for four Euro (their beer of the day deal). Pours a clear gould with a one finger, thin, head that doesn't retain well.

Sm: Fizzy off-smell, maybe a note of sourness? Unappealing.

T: Interesting. Notes hit you at the same time: hops, malted barley, and a strange aftertaste - maybe treated yeast.

Mf: Nice and smooth until the coarser finish, which is appropriate.

Dr: I might have it again, but only if it's discounted.


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Photo of nick76
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is corn malt, cooked vegetables, wheat pasta, and grass. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma with a clean mild hop finish. The palate is thin. Overall its not bad and I will drink it but I wont buy it again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a amber color and a completely clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Aroma was a little faint, with some traces of malt, hops, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of malt, a trace of hops, and that bready quality, but this was a thin, watery brew in the end. Not very compelling or interesting.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly average beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toffee and caramel malts. No real bitterness or hops flavors. Kinda reminds me of a Werther's Original hardcandy from when I was a kid.

The flavor is all sweet malts. Some toasty and roasty malts give off a light coffee flavor and bitterness.

The body is medium with a syrupy quality and average carbonation.

This is decent, not great, not offensive. It just is what it is. Would I drink this again? Probably not. There are better beers for my money.

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Photo of cleverbeername
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dimpled glass goblet
temp 58-62

A Clean, golden amber, off white head, about a finger of lace

S apple butter, light malt, baked spices (this is the best part, it goes downhill from here)

T band aid, off notes, taste is very brief and fleeting. Left me with sad and confused face. repeated again and again and got the same results, even after letting it warm up and develop

M it has moderate weight, but the taste sort of ruins it

D not cutting the ched. it is swing top, so i guess if its under $2 its worth it for the bottle

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, but effervescent amber/brown with a finger of tan head. Opened with a slight whoosh. Some lacing & head retention

S: Orchard fruit, spicy hops

T: Pears & figs up front, some brown bread & some woody hops. More of the same as this warms. Fruittyness & leafy hops, as this warms. Finishes dry with pears, figs & woody hops

MF: Light bodied, fairly soft carbonation

This beer seems a bit tired, nothing special here

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From fall brew tasting notes (2010: Poured copper coloured and clear with medium sized and white head. Aroma contained caramell and malts. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, caramell, molasses, mild roastedness, grass and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. Can't say much more about this decent beer. Had way better Oktoberfests from Germany.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If brewers can release a "spring" beer in the middle of January, then dammit, I can drink a fall beer in January. 500 ml of flip-top liquid bread coming. On to the beer:

Murky medium oakwood color with lighter hues of pale orange at the bottom of the glass. The head forms a finger's thick, drops to a creamy lace on top. Sweet in the nose, baker's chocolate and bread crust.

The taste isn't as strong as expected. Semi-sweet chocolate and bread crust repeat themselves, which I like, but I was hoping for something stronger in flavor. On second though, I shoud be thankful that it isn't a mess like some German beers become after too many days on the store shelf. It reminds me more of a dark mild than a marzen. It also seems somewhat watery. Still, not a bad beer from the beer hotspot of Franconia.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to have this beer from a firkin on a special night at the local bar. Thanks to Naugros for telling me about it.

They served it into a pint glass, and it came to my table with about one finger of foam that dissipated quickly. The little bit of carbonation present, had disappeared about half-way through the glass.

I like the coloring on this. Monk's Fest was light brown with tan at the edges.

In the nose I picked up caramel, raisins, and some yeast. The caramel played into each taste. I also get roastiness in the flavor. The after-taste was pretty minimal.

The body was a little thin for my typical preference, but this matched the style properly.

I thought this was a pretty good beer. I liked this experience.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. flip-top bottle, poured into a stein.

A: Pours an orange-amber color with a thin off-white head that settles quickly. Upon opening, the top barely popped, and pouring yields little carbonation.

S: Some caramel-like malt notes, with some bready character. Hops aren't real present on the nose until the end, where some floral notes shine through.

T&M: Something tells me this beer was under-fermented. Grainy malt and sweet caramel are most prominent, although not offensive. Hops lend fruity undertones, along with a grassy character. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and it's somewhat flat, but it finishes nicely.

D: While this beer is worth trying, there are definitely other Marzens that I would go for before this one. Sort of a shame, as other brews from this producer have always been pretty solid.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swing-top 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a bit metallic but contains caramelized malts, honey, lager yeast, some hops and a touch of fruit.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors from lager yeast and a hearty malt character that are quickly followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel, nut, honey and some fruit. There's a touch of smokiness in the background as well. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, while it's not one of the better O-fest beers that I've had, there are plenty of worse ones out there.

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Photo of kkipple
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First up, this is an old bottle. I'm not sure how old, but I've had it for probably a year, which, likely makes this a 2008 vintage Marzen. Yes, yes, I know. Found in my cellar during a clean-out, I figured this wasn't getting any better. So, with that in mind, a likely 2 year old Marzen here, from a brewery I've never heard of. Comes in a nice 500ml swingtop bottle.

A. Dull, mostly-clear orange with lots of particulate suspended. Does not appear (and why would it be?) bottle conditioned, so... an unfiltered Marzen? Low, fast-dying and weak white head eventually disappears entirely.

S. Sweet and slick malt, touches of caramel, honey and dark bread, the barest hint of marmalade and brown sugar. Smells nice, albeit too sweet and unbalanced. Possibly a tad oxidized. Again, clearly past its prime, but not the fault of the beer.

T. Surprisingly pretty good. Rounded, sweet and bready malt flavors mingle with honey and a smooth, hesitantly bitter, watery brew. Finishes slightly doughy and a tad lemon-sour, weird.
It still works, and drinks fairly easily.

M / D. Low carbonation is forgivable, the beer itself is Ayinger-like in body (read, thinnish to promote quantity) and is likely meant to be drunk in liters. I can see this happening.

The lesson I came away with is to go through my beer stash more often - I am quite sure this would have been better a year ago when I bought it. Still, something worthy to try and if I can get my hands on another bottle I'll try to revisit Monk's Fest.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 25oz. Bottle, no expiration date.

Smell: Musty, herbal and earthy. Very bready. Light apple cider, lilies, and toffee.

Taste: Reminiscent of nice, smooth semisweet apple bread. Some caramel. Floral flavors add depth to the intense bready profile up front. Quite smooth and creamy and easy to drink. In the middle juicy apples rush in bolstered by a touch of carbonation, spices and yeast. A rich, balanced profile. Finish is moderately sweet with residual apple and caramel flavors and a floral, hoppy depth.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, light orange in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and bread

Taste: honey and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: An above average marzen that is not overly complex. True to style. If I wanted a marzen I would consider this one, but would not go out of my way for it otherwise.

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Photo of BigDank
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing as I'm drinking this beer... it pours into a Kulmbacher - Monchshof mug a deep amber color that quickly cascades to the top leaving a creamy/foamy white head about an inch thick at the top. The smell is very wheaty/malty but not too overpowering or outstanding. At first taste... The foam follows the beer down the glass slightly and the brew is very easy going and tastes very heavy in maltiness. Not really a big fan of lagers but this one is pretty tasty and pretty easy to drink. Mouth is smooth with fairly little carbonation for this type of beer. No real bite to it at all and average ABV make this beer easily drinkable throughout the night or during any event in which you wish to maintain a casual drinking pace. About what I would expect from something like this. Nothing amazing but not a bad beer overall. Still have the dopple bock to try so we'll see how well this brewery fares through a couple tastings.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Coasters in Melbourne.

Pours a light copper color with a thin white head that leaves a small amount of lacing.

Smell is malty and bready

Taste is pretty light, sweet maltiness with some hop bitterness on the way down.

Light on the mouthfeel

A very drinkable Marzen, however I was a little disappointed with the lightness of this one.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from old notes. I have written down here lacing, brown, ruby, amber.

nutty up front.

Thats all I got.

I remember this beer being a good value for the money, like 2 bucks at bev mo and a really nutty malty hearty beer. If you come across it, try it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

What a random new O-Fest...glad I get to try it. It pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of light dusty tan foam. The nose is very straightforward, comprising buttery toffee and light grass. The taste doesn't alter anything, really, as the buttery toffee and light grass stroll back onto the stage for an encore (though playing the same songs? A bit gauche, ain't it?). A small bit of nuttiness tries to crash the stage, but the band seems cool with it, so no one really notices. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a generally pleasant O-Fest, even if it is a one-trick pony through and through.

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Photo of confer
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - From a 500 ml bottle with a flip top. Amber with a very minor head that disappeared almost immediately.

S - Malty and bready.

T- I was a little disappointed. There was nothing special for being a German Maerzen. Plain malty taste.

M- Light carbonation and a creamy feel.

D - Easy enough to drink but there are plenty of fest beers that would pick before this.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Franconian Monk Lager. Comes in a 1pt.9 ounce flip-top with a monk on it.

Large hiss when pepped open. Pours a murky brownish/amber with a 2 finger off white head. I can't say this beer looks too amazing. Could this bee last year's Ofest?

Smell is a bit like a Dunkel. Mostly roasty caramel malt with a hint of white raisin. Slight sourness.

Taste is a bit stale, It may be old, may not be. Has a juicy malt flavor, some metallic notes, water, some sweetness, and a tint of bitter hops. I wish it had more pop.

I want to see what this is like when i know it is for sure fresh, too bad it doesn't have a date on it.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft, malty amber beer.

Some head and pleasing amber color in the short tumbler. Slightly hazy. Classic light roasted malt flavor, a modest but pleasant aroma. Has that nice mouthfeel of creamy carbonation that the Germans seem to have mastered. Hint of chestnuts, a kind of woodsy flavor, and a slight sharpness like tannic teas. Nicely balanced with the bit of malt sugar.

An unassuming but quaffable beer.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich brown color. In a way, it looks like a cream soda (just had one, hence the comparison). Not as dark as I expected. Decent head, minimal lacing, lasts only a few minutes.
S: Not great. A little acid-like, nothing to draw you in.
T: The taste makes up for the smell...that is why we drink! Not as rich in taste as other Marzens, but not bad either. Taste doesn't last long either, no after taste, seems like your pallet is clean and dry after each drink.
M: Nothing exciting here. Again, not as rich as other Marzens.
D: A decent bier, not great, but I will have it again. A decent representation of the style.

Mild recommendation. Prosit.

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