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Lager - Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #3
Ranked #11,624
3.99 | pDev: 12.03%
Very Good
Notes: This singular speciality of the Augustiner brewery is dispensed exclusively at Munich's Oktoberfest.
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner-Bräu “Oktoberfest Bier”
,5l brown glass bottle coded “Mindestens haltbar bis Ende: 02.22 L1311121 P”. Sampled on 04.10.21.
€1,22 @ Horst Lehmann Getränke GmbH, Berlin, DE

Notes via stream of consciousness: It’s poured a clear golden colored body beneath a finger’s width of dense white foam. The head held well but slowly dropped to a thin but solid surface covering, and left solid sheets of lacing about the glass. The aroma is clean and straightforward with grainy/grassy malt with just a hint of floral hops. The flavor follows. It’s clean, lightly sweetish, and bready/doughy with touches of grass, flowers, and light spice. There’s also a very light, underlying, apple-like fruitiness. The bitterness is moderate and just balancing, and along with the alcohol that’s there (6.3% although you don’t notice it), it finishes mainly dry and refreshing. In the mouth it’s medium bodied and just slightly dextrinous. As is almost always the case with German beers, the carbonation is very-fine bubbled, and seemingly natural which leaves it gently crisp upfront and then smooth once warmed. I’m in love with these Weisn’ biers, and although my favorite is probably from Paulaner (it has a little more hops), this one is great as well. I think that we really need to have two style designations now as this is clearly not what most people expect from an “Oktoberfest” bier, and yet this is what everyone is actually drinking in the tents! And this is just a side-note, but damn, I love these Germans and their beer culture - a half liter bottle of this for €1,22 is an incredible deal. After converting the current Euro to American dollars, and based simply on fluid ounces, that would make a standard American case of this beer (without the extra shipping and everything) cost a whopping $24.19! Wow!
Review #7,515

Oct 04, 2021
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misteil from Ireland

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

look: two finger white head which dissipates quick enough to a thin layer of bubbles, lot of lacing, beer is a clear golden colour with lots of fast moving carbonation within the beer.

smell: smells alright, not much, all malt, bready, biscuity, grassy, lightly sweet, caramel, a little floral, alright.

taste: not bad, nice malt flavour, bordering on rich, biscuity, white bread, a hint of unami flavour, grassy, lightly to moderately sweet, a little metallic on the finish, malt flavours linger, it’s ok.

feel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, really drinkable, crushable, crisp, smooth, refreshing, what you want a lager to be.

overall: standard stuff really, expected a little more to be honest, drinkable beer though.

Oct 18, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Pale gold, more mid-straw really, clear (it's filtered), pours with fleeting 2mm white head.
S- Some breadiness but overall mild.
T- Grains and some meaty malt, into a classily balancing hoppy dry flourish into the finish.
F- I think it right to conclude this is something a bit special, it has a meaty mouthfeel with hints of richness, yet that ^dry flourish too. The ABV% also makes it's presence clear as well. It looks so meek in the the glass but it's making a pretty powerful statement on my palate. It's certainly something a bit different and overall comes over as well evolved and refined (most unlike my neighbours hehe...).
O- All the above elements align together so well, lovely balance, meaty Autumnal reward for the palate, bright enough to make it sessionable by the errr... enthusiast. I'd very happily drink this again

Bought from Wholefoods, London W8 as part of their annual Oktoberfest promo. A $$ shop but the flipside is at times they have some beers in I'm unlikely to be able to source anywhere else.
500ml bottle £3.99 BB: 01/21. Just for the record ABV6.3%, it was previously listed here as 6.0% and Admin Snowcrash updated that today, for which Thx!

Sep 23, 2020
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and clear with a 2 finger head that continually cascades upward. Beautiful look. Aroma- garlic, grass, clove, plenty of skunk and a little cleaner. Taste- pretty crisp given the aroma. Hints of banana, bubble gum, grass, garlic, black pepper. Mouthfeel- nice and refreshing. Bubbly, carbonated well. Nice served cold. Overall- cannot againything like this here. Tons of character. You could taste the import blind. A world of difference between American fests and something like this. Though less approachable than its American counterpart, it is very delicious, full of flavor and genuine.

Nov 23, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At Oktoberfest Munich. White head. Lace. Clear golden color.

A great Oktoberfest. Biscuity with Nobel hops. Grassy and earthy with a touch of floral. Very soft feel. Lighter than the American versions which I like.

Oct 03, 2019
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a stein a deep rich copper color with a big blooming head that just looked majestic in the stein.Caramel and vanilla in the nose wich is subtle but pleasant,a smattering of spicy hops linger.The palate is more delicate than most American counterparts wich is true to German form,caramel and mild sweet dough then melding into drying herbal, and leafy hops in the finish.A true joy to drink,its subtle complexities just make for a well refined fest beer,great job.

Oct 01, 2019
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drmeto from Germany

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Dec 06, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Oct 07, 2016
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henkmudi from Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

Jan 13, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Nov 04, 2014
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mmmbirra from Italy

4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Sep 27, 2013
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Dec 18, 2012
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RichieBraustubl from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Dec 02, 2012
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supermeniscus from Netherlands

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Oct 15, 2011
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Cozzatoad from Italy

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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

Sep 23, 2011
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Dec 02, 2010
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Zimbo from Scotland

4.27/5  rDev +7%
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.

Oct 03, 2010
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Augustiner719 from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
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!

Oct 03, 2010
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joemacpherson from Utah

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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

Sep 29, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Sep 17, 2010
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BlackHaddock from England

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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?

Jan 21, 2010
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Yojimbo1941 from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Nov 01, 2009
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DerBayer from Germany

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Oct 31, 2009
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PartyBear from England

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Oct 21, 2009
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Rayek from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Sep 24, 2009
Oktoberfestbier from Augustiner-Bräu
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 97 ratings