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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (8415) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2008
bottle, thank you MoritzF! Clear golden yellow, malty aroma with hints of vegetables. Malty and fruity, hints of vegetables also present in the flavour. Traces of alcohol, especially in the otherwise pleasant hoppy finish. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2008 This beer did not meet the level I had hoped from this brewery and while I kind of like it, it does little for me. It is golden with a medium off-white head that lingers a bit before thinning to a ring and wisps. The aroma is grain, grass, and pine. The taste is similar, with some decent body and definite maltiness, plus a strong, persistent, if moderate pine-grassy hop bitterness. It is somewhat enjoyable and does not lack flavour while it has a somewhat intriguing & lively palate, but the bitterness is too piney and a little unpleasantly sharp and tends to overpower the malt too much. The end is very dry and a little too sharp, although I really enjoy the basic character and flavour. I’ll drink it and like it but would prefer others. To me this seemed a lot like a very dry, bitter, stronger pilsner and it is not really what I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9197) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2007
Bottle: Pale and greenish-golden with a persistent frothy head, unexpected aroma: distinctive aromatic, a bit grassy hops, completed by some fruity grains; quite dry, moderate bitter flavour, rather light bodied for a beer of 5.8%; moderate bitterness, sweet malt and some aromatic hops, not to forget the tinge of vanilla, in the finish. More a "Pils de luxe" than a Festbier.......

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gsmitty80 (1978) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Im usually very impressed by this brewing comapny although this beer did not meet my expectations. Poured cloudy with minimal head and lacing. Tasted slighly hoppy for a fest beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Poured yellow, puffy white head. This one snuck up on me. First taste was underwhelming, but improved with each taste. Flavor is sweet, honey, faint breadiness. Finishes dry with enjoyable spicy hop flavor. Body is thin, like a pilsner. Good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MontereyJimbo (79) - Monterey, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Weihenstephaner makes many great beers, but this is not one of them. Festbiers served in Germany usually are crystal clear with huge heads served in one-liter mugs. This had almost no head at all and was cloudy. The taste was fairly "hoppy" and not bitter and not too tasty. It does go down easily though. It is the kind of beer you can drink at a volksfest without realizing you have imbibed seven liters until you have left the beer tent and searched for your hotel in vain for four hours, weaving from street to street.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2007
A light beer with a spicy wheat taste, somewhat similar to a weak marzen. A good blend of malts and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Medium yellow, nicely lasting head. Aroma is sweet honey malt with a touch of floral hops. Flavor is sweet, honey and bread, with a pleasant floral and grassy hop finish. Nice. Improved significantly as it warmed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
I get the lemongrass aroma, and pilsner aroma. Has a great balance of malt to spicey pilsner bitter. I guess that’s the helles profile. I don’t get the breadiness. It’s got a contrasting sweet and dryness. moutfeel is full but w/ small refreshing bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4623) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Wow, the average on this beer is far too low. Pours pale yellow with a sudsy soapy white head. The aroma has pils malt, lemongrass, light breadiness and grass. Medium / light body with a grainy feel and gentle carbonation. The flavor starts with pils malt, light sweetness, grassiness and spicy hops. the finish is spicy and refreshing. A nicely constructed helles. (7/3/7/3/15 -3.5)
Rerate notes: This has to be a different beer that what I had last year ~ now it is definitely a marzen. Pours light golden / orange with an off-white head. The aroma has lightly sweet caramel malt with the distinctive o-fest traits, but it seems more subdued and dry. Medium light body that is more crisp than normal for the style. The taste is in lie with the aroma & is far more drinkable to me that most marzens due to the dryness and some noticeable hops on the finish. A good beer & very nice for the style.

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