Augustiner Bräu Oktoberfestbier | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 87
Photo of drmeto
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear straw golden witha small to medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-medium bitterniss for the style
-slightly dry
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
O.k. overall, but it lacks the sweetish, buttery flavors of the other Oktoberfest Beers.
Honestly , you could sell this as an Export-style and nobody would notice.

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Photo of aleigator
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden colored beer, with a big, fluffy white head.

Smells of young straw, wet grass, a hint of dried wheat, accompanied by toffee and white bread dough. Pretty fulfilling on the nose, due to a herbal hop crispness which blends perfectly into the rustic, bright foundation of the beer.

Has a lively carbonation, while the beer manages to produce a crisp, entertaining flavor profile, showcasing a light, refreshing body.

Tastes of straw right from the beginning, together with wet grass, forest leaves and an effervescent, lively peak. Turns a tad thinner after the swallow, showcasing a stony mineral quality, white bread dough, rich wheat and a hint of toffee. Finishes sweeter, with more toffee on the tongue, balanced by a nice, late noble hop dryness.

Perfect example of this style. I could not stop taking big gulps of this since it is truly refreshing while providing a bright, enjoyable taste of wheat and straw, rounded out by a great hop crispness.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pale golden color, large head. Floral and slightly toasted malty smell. Malty flavor, fairly sweet with hops in the middle and very sweet and dry finish. Medium carbonation, light to medium body, deep buttery grainy malt, low bitterness. Palate was mellow, finish hopy, but very refreshing and drinkable. Moderately strong.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has bready malts and some specific spiciness I get in Märzen beers. Taste is also bready and slightly sweet. A bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Body is a bit more dense than a regular lager but still in the light-medium zone. A bit of warming from the alcohol which I don't like. Märzen is definitely one of my least favorite beer styles but this one is pretty decent.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very pale and translucent yellow. White head. Pretty standard but the foam sticks around a while.
Ahhhh, now this is an oktoberfestbier. Full malt aroma with hints of noble hops. The alcohol just barely makes it through, but isn't strong enough to detract from my enjoyment and is certainly concealed better than most others of the style. Perhaps a touch of sulfur that gets in the way.

Straightforward pils malt flavor with some bitter chestnut honey following. Very smooth, no harshness, no astringency, really good.

Smooth and not overcarbonated. Perfect to drink by the liter.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light golden looking and clear with a pinky sized, foamy white head and plenty of bubles rising to the surface. The head stays okay, with only a slight initial reduction in size but the beer just looks too light to me.

Mainly a malty lager aroma to begin with some sweet malts piled on top and a little bit of biscuit and grassy hops. There is some citrus notes in there too but not a lot and has a clean finish.

Almost skunky to begin with a lot of sweet but not overly strong malts, there is some ctirus and grassy hops to but again both are light. I got some biscuit and lemon but not much eles really. It was an okay tasting beer but pretty basic in my opinion.

Light medium with lively carbonation and a smooth, wet mouthfeel. There is almost no bitterness in the end as well.

This is another beer that started to grow on me as I got further down the glass. There was quite a good malty base to this one with a some nice light hops and a biscuit like taste on top. It went down very well and would make a great session beer.

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Photo of RichieBraustubl
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on my first trip to the Augustiner Braustubl in Salzburg December of 2010. As a caveat, I will say that any beer you have at this establishment is already going to be better than your average brew due to location, and the fact that they serve it in ceramic krugs and locals insist the krugs be warmed in this giant fountain prior to having a beer pulled. You then buy a beer ticket and wait in line to have your beer poured from a giant wooden keg. Truly an amazing experience and highly recommended. I digress..

Appearance: Light orange, not as dark as many marzen biers but darker than hofbrau and lowenbraus oktoberfest offerings. Nice two finger head that doesn't dissipate for quite some time.

Smell: Super malty, very little hop

Taste: Tastes like smells, lightly toasted malt characteristic which is terrifically balanced with mild bittering hops, leads to that, "I just had a sip but I want another one now" pilz'y dryness to the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: Kind of blew my load on this above, 'nuff said.

Overall: Fantastic beer, my favorite of this style. Shame I've only had it a couple of times and was fortunate enough to get it in December. Recommended highly if you can get your hands on it, or anything by Augustiner for that matter.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was first introduced to this by a friend from Munich who used to bring some back with him from the Oktoberfest. I tried it again a couple of years later and it was very refreshing. It is exteremely light on the tongue and goes down very easily. Nice malty taste. I can remember drinking many of these back in Germany and still having a clear head the next morning. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on-tap at a local pub for the season

A- Golden/very light orange colour. Big, wonderful, white fluffy head, just like those you see in oktoberfest pictures. A hint of lacing on the glass

S- Quite weak sweet malts aroma, with a herbal/lemonish hint underneath

T- Pretty much what the taste suggested. Sweet malts, not as crisp as in other lagers and hence more on the biscuity side than on the grain side. Hops flavours bring a slight herbal feel and some lemon hints (expecially on the tongue), though with almost no bitterness at all

M- Very light body (expecially light given the style) and actually quite little carbonation. The result is a smooth, almost oily mouthfeel that really helps drinkabilty but has the beer feeling a little flat

O- Exceptional drinkabilty and smoothness but not so much besides this. Quite light in body and flavor for the style, it tastes pretty much like a standard Helles; actually, it is highly similar to their Lagerbier Hell

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Photo of Dentist666
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours excellent clear light golden beer with magnificent white head. A unique manure aroma of malt. A bit citruses and herbal hops' bitterness in taste, very refreshing and drinkable. Alcohol gradually makes your brains gone pop. Very upmarket maerzen beer!

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Photo of Zimbo
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There is quite a bit of power in this light golden beer. The head is modest but there is a nice firm and slightly rough and lingering thirst quenching bitterness that really fires up the taste buds. Does exactly what an Octoberfestbier should do. Cunningly lethal too.

Can't understand why reviews here are so low unless people don't understand the style. Could easily drink multiple 1 litre steins of this. Another top notch Augustiner beer.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had several times at local bars in Munich last week.

Pours a very light honey yellow orange color with perfect clarity. The carbonation streams up the glass and the head is a pillowy white color. The color is typical of traditional German oktoberfest lagers. The aroma is sweet estery malts with some acidic undertones. Really fresh smelling. Great clean flavors of lemon peel, orange zest and caramel maltiness. The cleanliness of this is second to only the helles. Nicely carbonated and light on the palate. This is meant for drinking in volume. Great beer, too bad you can only get this in Munich!

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Photo of joemacpherson
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden hay-yellow.

S- light malt with lemony hauch.

T- Sweet biscuits and zap from the alcohol. the delicate spiciness gives it a complex, yet clean finish.

M- good feel. full bodied and what else would anyone expect.

D- Of course!

Now Im going to finish this beer! Prost

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Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured with a nice, large, foamy, frothy, sudsy, white head that slowly settles and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow with small bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, grain, cereal, a bit of skunk (this bottle came from a gas station). Flavor is ok; a little on the sweet side, but does have some good malt, and hop flavors along with the other qualities of master brewing - floral, herbal, grain, and cereal. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and on the short side. Still, I prefer the old red Okfest beers and not the sweeter pale lagers.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, very close to its best before date (end of Jan 2010, drank mid Jan 2010). Poured twice into a 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip glass.

Mid gold/pilsner yellow in colour, paler than the draught version if my memory serves me correctly. Same white head sat on top though.

Slightly sweet malt aroma, otherwise very little smell comes from the beer.

Very easy to drink with a good marzen fel and taste to it, not rich, but heavy and deep in its flavours.

I must admit the fresh draught version in a litre stein at the Munich O'fest is a whole lot better, but you can't review while drinking at the O'fest can you?

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Augustiner am Platzl near the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Served in a half-liter mug.

Golden color, fluffy head. Looked exactly like what you would expect a beer around Oktoberfest to look like. I'm very partial to APAs back home so the hops were hard for my under-developed sense of smell to notice. Taste was sweeter than the Oktoberfest offerings from Hofbrau and Lowenbrau. Very smooth, refreshing. I could (and did) drink this beer all night. No bad aftertaste noted.

Special thanks to Michael, a regular at the am Platzl, who flagged down the bartender to give me this wonderful beer.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a rich amber with frothy head really very pleasant to look at

The smell is of sweet caramel Munich malts and some floral hops with little bitter ness.

The taste is slightly sweet but mainly floral bitterness. The taste is maybe a bit thin as is the mouthfeel.

Drinkability is outstanding

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Photo of PartyBear
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, clear, and moderate to heavy carbonation. The head is mountainous and persistent.

Aroma: Grainy malts, hints of fruits sugars, and floral German hops.

Taste: Subtly sweet grainy malts at the front, with a distinct biscuity touch. There is more of a floral bitterness in the middle from the hops but its is finished with a bittersweet graininess.

Mouthfeel: Light and clean, with a good balance of carbonation.

Drinkability: For a 6% beer this is incredibly drinkable, I'm slightly concerned about the speed I got through it.

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Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Oktoberfest '09 in thankfully sane quantities. Served in the traditional 1L Augustiner Bräu Maßkrugl.

A: Deep brass, with great clarity and active carbonation. A huge soapy white cap has very good retention and leaves a smattering of lace.

S: Slightly sweet, with a bit of caramel. Straw, grass and lemon aromas round things out.

T: Starts with a nice malty sweetness that's more clover honey than the toffee I usually associate with this style. A lemon and grass bitterness is just high enough to balance the sweetness. Finishes dry, with a mild straw flavor.

M: The medium-light body has just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Heck ya. Perhaps not the best tasting Oktoberfest in my book, but this beer is perfect for its job. It's just light enough to make you want it to keep coming without turning you into a blithering idiot at the same time. Nice work.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm amazed to see how little this beer's been reviewed, since it's one of the major beers of Oktoberfest. Anyhow, it's my turn!

With a slightly vigorous pour, this brew creates about two fingers worth of bright white head, which dissipates in about a minute or so to a fine white film. Somewhat soapy looking lacing, and has a gold colored and clear body.

A little more aromatic than expected. It has kind of a husky/bourbon like aroma, as well as a sweet honey doused biscuit characteristic.

The taste is very blunt with grainy huskiness upfront, but gives way to a honey finish.

Feels a little coarse upfront, but leaves the palate wet.

Overall not a bad example of the Oktoberfest style, and is probably close to the top IMO.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a great off white head that was thick and rocky. Which was followed by a spread out pattern of lace? The body was brass colored and full of carbonation. It has bit of hops to the smell but it mainly malt that makes this aroma. The flavor was bitter. sweet, having a fruity sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is a little much but the taste saves it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

BB 02/2009, consumed a month past the expiration and served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a bright, dark straw hue with great clarity and semi-lively (turning moderate) carbonation in support of a 2cm-thick white pillowy head that manages to last for a long while.
S: nothing heavy here or reminiscent of Oktoberfest, but a decent grainy, mildly sweet malt main theme decorated with a very light and refreshing aroma like lime peels and, of course, the un-missable floral aroma of German hops. A semi-savoury touch likely from the yeastiness seems to linger in the background, too. Overall, the nose is surprisingly light in the malt apartment for a 6%abv. lager, but rather integrated.
T: a quiet swallow of juicy pale malts is ensued closely by an increasing flow of pure malt aroma, lightly toasted nuttiness, and a faintly sour fruity touch... almost simultaneously, the faintly dry-ish touches of German hops expand (but without much floral flavour), rendering a light finish that is not malty-rich at all, but just clean enough with a wee bit of chewy bitterness to round up each sip.
M&D: the palate is pretty solid, showing only moderate carbonation against a medium body, but, flavour-wise, this beer is lacking a pronounced maltiness, a desirable sour touch that a well-lagered beer should demonstrate, and any favourable support of slightly more assertive hoppiness. Overall, this is an integrated and easy-to-drink lagerbier that I won't care for a second bottle/pint, alas. I wonder if the expiration issue has dragged down the performance a bit?

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnished gold with little retention. Lots of malts on the nose. Sweet with no hops or spice to speak of and little evidence of the alcohol. Chewy and clingy.

Nothing exciting here and not the best example of the type. The label is prettier than the beer!

Edit: Two years later, I thought my 1st review deserved a second look.
There's a bit of dried grass hops on both the nose and palate I didn't catch before, honey-on-white-toast malts stand tall, and it's got a noticeably creamy feel.
Not the best Marzen - I'd take Lowenbrau over this - but not a C/across the board 3.0s like I had it. Live and learn!

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Photo of atis
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle bought in Dublin

Pours pale yellow, very little head that dissipates fast (I poured rather aggressively), extremely lots of small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is weak malty with some fruity hops. Taste is rather bitterish ar first, with hints of forest fruit and maybe some honey and soon becomes rather sweetish malty. Mouthfeel is very light and there is too much carbonation.

Not bad, but nothing special.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured aggressively into my Paulaner Seidel.

A- Pale gold like a pilsner, thick creamy 3 finger head with good retention. Lively beading.

S- Lots of munich malts, not overly sweet like other fests, very reminescent of a munich helles obviously due to the malt. Some biscuit and grassy notes.

T- Lots of sweet malt as exepected, alcohol is more obvious in the aftertaste than expected. Slight hop bitterness also there but sweet malt dominates.

M- Pretty flat and lifeless, a little sticky

D- Pretty average/poor fest bier and suprised due to coming from one of the best brewers in Munich. Not a fan of this one. lots of other fests beat this easily.

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Augustiner Bräu Oktoberfestbier from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 87 ratings