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

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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 chaz01
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, reviewed from my tasting notes.

A: Clear amber color with rich thick head.

S: Huge malty sweet bready aroma with some waxy piney notes that remind me of citrusy furniture polish -- but in a good way.

T: Bready malty raisins and spicey bread pudding flavors.

M: Medium bodied, rich syrupy mouthfeel, dry finish.

D: Normally, I find a lot of Octoberfest type beers very similar in nature, but this very nice malty beer that stands out from others in the same style. Definitely worth pursuing again.

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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 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 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 steveh
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I've heard nothing, but good reports on this beer. Finally got a local retailer who pulled the right strings.

I hope I'm not over-expecting, but I sampled a bottle over the weekend and was sort of underwhelmed. However, it was not on a clean palate, so here goes.

A -- Poured into a .25 Willi Becker: clear, deep, copper-amber color with a dense, light tan head that settles slowly leaving good lacing.

S -- Malty to nutty nose, not big in a decoction mash melanoidin character. Vague DMS, yeasty breadiness back.

T -- Flavor is nutty up front blending into spicy hoppiness and finishing with an earthy nuttiness. Not exactly the big toasted bread flavor so prominent in a good Bavarian Oktoberfest, but still flavorful.

M -- Body is medium with a soft mouthfeel and very dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is very good. This beer really reminds me of an American Oktoberfest (Capital, Flying Dog, Summit) in its nutty character. Not what I expect in a German Okto, but it goes down very easy.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange/gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into nothing more than lacing on the surface of the liquid.

A pronounced roasted smell is what I can detect first, followed by a subtly sweet grain note, and a strange and surprising whiff of bitter chocolate.

The taste is reminiscent of a nice toasted biscuit, with a deliciously bready aftertaste. Very simple and satisfying. Medium-bodied, very smooth, and excellently drinkable.

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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangish amber color with one finger of head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Smells pretty good with a nice balance of caramel, biscuit malt, and Noble hops with earthy, and herbal elements. The flavor follows the aroma. The hops are not as prominent but still balances the sweeter malt. I think this is a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh because without those hops, this would be a boring beer as the malt is not that complex. The beer needs a little more life in the carbonation department. The body seems on par for the style. Would be an easy beer to drink in the beergarden. Not the most interesting Marzen but for what it is, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml flip top bottle, served cold

orange caramel color. good carbonation. rings of head from every sip lacing the glass.

smells of lager yeast. mild aroma

caramel malty start, with a nice crisp lager finish. taste better as I continue to sip on it for a while.

soft mouthfeel, easy drinking beer. little bland for my taste. but highly drinkable.

wish I had a few more to sip on.

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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 scoobybrew
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
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 herman77
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bulldog Northeast had a firkin of this for yesterday only.

A: Very hazy brownish/orange with a thin off white head.

S: Lightly toasted carmel malt and some bready notes. Fairly week nose.

T: Light bread notes with some a little bit of toasted malt and carmel sweetness. It does have a odd sourish taste in the finish, other than that it has a great balance. Very smooth and crisp.

M: Medium to fuller body. Incredibly smooth carbonation makes it feel creamy and velvety.

D: Very good drinkability. Nothing complex, very straightforward.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a translucent orange with a small white head, solid retention, mild lace.

S: Munich malts, with a bit of roast, nutty, minerals.

T: Has the requisite Munich malt caramel taste. The beer also has an intriguing roasty malt character, toasty dark grain flavour, with a minerality. Almost a hybrid of a Keller and a Marzen, from Franconia I'm not surprised.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth. A little flabby at times, soft carbonation.

D: Definitely an interesting marzen, has that countryside unfiltered lager feel to it. On the expensive side for this style, but it's a good beer, and I'm glad I found another Oktoberfest beer to try.

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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 Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a glow and a quite thin head. Smells very malty and on the sweeter side with aromas of caramel and toffee, and some lager yeastiness. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest, and the malt is very firm in the mouth. A touch of Horlicks and burnt sugar, and some burnt toffee. Once again, not very sweet even given these flavor notes. The mouthfeel is a little on the thick side, but not sticky or grainy, instead quite drying in the finish, and relatively smooth. Not bad at all.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine Marzen style beer although almost a tad over the line into a bockish flavor. Poured from the 25 oz flippy, it's nice looking in the glass; a cloudy amber capped with a soon diminished frothy head. Deep malty smells wafted up from the pilsner glass, slightly caramel in nature. Big malty flavor with some real sweetness although there is a decent hop backbone giving this beer great balance for all the flavor. The finish is real good. A very nice beer!

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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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a reddish brown with big head and steady lace down glass with a semi-sweet, semi-bready malt smell along with some minor spicy hops. Taste is more of the same as there is chewiness to the medium body thanks to dry breadiness and some sticky malts as well. Nice balance between this and the bitter hops that finishes with a good crispness and some carbonation. I found this beer to be a great sipper.

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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 peabody
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filtered Marzen. Pours out really clear weak Ice Tea color with one finger of creamy white suds. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is spicy with nutmeg and yeast and bready malts. Label says liquid bread.
Taste is caramel malt with a tinge of bitterness probably from the hops or the bitter wheat.
Mouthfeel is very clean except for a sugary stickyness at the end of the tasting.
Drinkability is pretty nice here, I would quaff a couple of these bad boys if I had them.

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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 maltlikker
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with many particles in suspension. Fluffy light tan head which soon diminishes leaving moderate lacing.

Flowery, almost honey-like aroma with a strong underlying fresh biscuit scent.

Dense, moderately sweet caramel and bread flavor gives way to a slight citrus note with some nuttiness and a hint of sourness at the end.

Medium body with light carbonation. This is very easy drinking, but the bottle may have been a tad past it's prime.

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Photo of Domingo
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Never seen or heard of this brewer before, but I like the swingtop bottle and labels.
Pours a light amber color that's somewhere between the more orange-y traditional examples from Paulaner/H-P/etc. and the neo-festbier style. I believe this is a hallmark of the Marzen beers from Franconia vs. those further south.
The nose has a pretty strong lager yeast smell that always reminds me of fresh clover honey. You also pick up a malty sweetness, but it's not too strong. The yeast (surprisingly) is the main smell.
The flavor is mildly sweet and toasty. Toasted gingerbread with a hint of nuttiness. Not too sweet, but definitely not dry either. Just a lingering semisweet flavor.
Texture is slicker than some, but it's a long way from watery. Again, it walks the line between the traditional Marzen beers and the newer festbier style.
I polished off my bottle almost too quickly. The flavors are really right up my alley and I could certain imagine polishing off a mass (or two) of this beer.
This definitely gave me a good first impression of Weissenohe.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest two-finger head with even a violent pour. Settles quickly and leaves no lace. The brew color is lightly dull copper with a slight haze.

Malty, light caramel nose. Little to no hops.

Spritzy on the tongue. Mostly light crystal malt flavors with a mild sweetness. Balancing hop in swallow with some pleasant bitter aftertaste.

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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 beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed at Weissenohe Monastary in Weissenhoe, Germany.

A: Poured a predominantly pumpkin orange with marzen highlights throughout. The head started out with a macro-bubbly appearance, 1 finger high and was soft beige in color before lapsing to a smooth creamy whipped coating ¼ finger high. Upon the initial pour the inner glass was lined like bubble wrap composed of micro-carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides, which quickly dissolved leaving behind only a faint and light offering. All in all a decent showcase here appearance wise of a traditional german marzen that should generate few complaints.

S: The nose was clean and soft in nature with light hints of semi-dry oranges and sweet caramelized grains. Fresh bread-dough is also evident while the hops were hard to pick up if any with vague hints of fresh flowerys, mostly greenery coming through with perhaps a touch of sunflowers.

T: The flavor starts out with a beautiful and forth-right display of semi-dry noble flowery hops. The malting is smooth and lusciously sweet with a bit of munich dry toasted grain backing. Midway through there is a sharp spicy hop bite (tettnang?) that really stands out giving this some bite. The beer then proceeds to a light lemony hopping and caramelized grain sweetness for the finish accompanied by a fruitiness of ripe apples and pears. This is what I envision a true german marzen to be. A light noble flowery hopping gives some dryness to the finishing fade giving you incentive looking forward to the next taste.

m: The mouthful was soft, creamy with a light bodied and almost no carbonation getting in the way which only increases the soft luscious feel. Very smooth though out, and again better then expected results.

D: A very smooth drinking experience that brings a nice flowery hop bite and smooth creamy malting to the table which only increases its enjoyability factor. There was a slight bit of alcohol presence which may hinder this as an all day drinker, perhaps more suited in more moderate quantities but should achieve a much higher level of satisfaction. Mug worthy toaster with repeat drinkability and purchase, particularly from a brewer I never previously heard of. I would certainly advocate this for strong recommendation at any Octoberfest gathering.

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