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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of BigDank
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 drtth
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a slender 0.5L mug. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice rich dark amber/bronze color with ¾" off-white head that recedes slowly. Steady streams of bubbles rising through the beer. Sipping leaves foam on sides of glass with patches of irregular lacing. Throughout the entire beer there is a ring and some foam to leave bits of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is soft, fresh and clean with bready and caramel malt nicely blending with earthy/herbal undertones from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is bready and caramel, with some initial light malt sweetness followed by a mild but definite bitterness from the earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied but soft and smooth with the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long to long, beginning with the sweet malt flavors and then slowly trailing off to earthy herbal hop bitterness that leaves me wating another sip.

Drinkability: I thought this one nicely drinkable. Unlike some O-fests it isn't too sweet and so the flavors never cloy. I could easily have another and drink this one again. I'll have this one again.

Note: In fact I have had this one again and enjoyed each glass. Definitely drinkable. :-)

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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 confer
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 philipquarles
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 John_M
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their 2nd annual German beer festival.

The beer pours a rich amber marzen color with OK head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on nose, just some light sweet malt, which is sort of to be expected. On the palate, however, this is a very nice marzen, with the sweet malt balanced quite nicely by some subtle hoppy bitteness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and easy going, but not at all watery or thin. Drinkability is just exceptional... so easy and enjoyable to drink. Good stuff!

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Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of bready and slightly sweet caramel malts with just a hint of earthy hops.

Tastes almost exactly how it smells - caramel malt flavors up front soon gain a bit of body and breadiness that carries through to a slightly sweet and rather crisp ending. As with the smell a light hint of earthy hops enters into things midway through the sip but doesn't manage to do much more than make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer and while the flavors didn't pop as much as others there was the perfect amount of everything present here. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of drperm
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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 Bierfreund
4.73/5  rDev +24.8%
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 MillRat
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously it isnt )-fest/Marzen season but I like to find some German beers of the style anytime of year.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear light bronze color with a 1/2 finger white head that has decent lasting power.Aromas of toasted grain and caramel malt stand out most with hint of iron.Not overly complex on the palate but the flavors are nice,toasty with some butter/caramel its obviously malt driven to be expected,its easy going down.Again not really complex but its very drinkable.

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Photo of nick76
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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 pmcadamis
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
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 nocheinsbitte
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Photo of paco1029384756
2.37/5  rDev -37.5%
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 wisrarebeer
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear, light copper color
S: traditional earthy grains
T: very drinkable and smooth, expected a bit more malty grain flavor, a bit thin in the finish
M: good, very easy drinking
D: good, but needed just a bit more alcohol (slight) and malt, very little aftertaste

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shelton Bros. import label, "Weissenohe Monk's Fest" half-liter fliptop. A slight "pfft" when the seal was broken.

Light orange, high clarity, it glistens in the light. Two fingers of foam settle down to a thin skim. Fruity yeast and bready caramel notes in the aroma. Taste offers the same, an initial light fruity sweetness, caramel middle, light noble hop on the end. Light bodied, pretty much to style. An easy drinker, probably best on tap in a half-liter mug. A little bit pricey ($5) for a Märzen, but it's well made.

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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of PatrickJR
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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 tempest
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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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