Chad9976 (1161) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I notice a lot of American brewers don’t even both making an actual marzen-style lager for the autumn. Brown and amber ales seem to be valid substitutions for the season, and I’d say Weyerbacher AutumnFest is a step above your average Oktoberfest.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.
Appearance: Perfectly amber color with slight reddish/brown highlights. Forms an average size, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Toasted malt and light nutty fragrance. A hint of floral freshness, but nothing noticeably sweet.
Taste: This beer is pretty much the epitome of the standard fall seasonal. It’s certainly reminiscent of an Oktoberfest, but it’s an ale so it lacks the overt lager characteristics. They also seem to be going for a smoother palate rather than anything overly sweet. Instead of caramel and toffee it’s toasted amber malts and chestnuts. A consistent subtle bitterness throughout the palate, perhaps a tad spicy, but nothing overboard. Certainly more hop presence than your average marzen. Weyerbacher AutumnFest is a mild beer for sure, but not so mild that it’s flavorless. I’d certainly prefer more sweetness or more aggressive hoppiness, but this is pretty decent for what it is.
Drinkability: The clean, mild palate and smooth drinkability make Weyerbacher AutumnFest an easy beer to drink. A fairly short body with a soft mouthfeel and a perfectly clean finish leads to a refreshing drinking experience. It has more flavor at only 5.4% ABV than most of the German lagers with higher potency. This is a great transition/introductory craft beer for newbies. Drinkers of all calibers should have no problem throwing back a few bottles of this.
BREWMUSKCLES (2224) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
powerful enough malt syrup aroma and taste lightly fruity with citrus hop finish in black pepper. some sweetness and a little bit of vanilla toffee. velvety mouth feel.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of bitter chocolate, roast malt and nice floral hops. Pours brown with a small head. Taste is very floral with weird fruity taste. Sokay.
Beerathon (1138) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is your standard amber lager. Absolutely nothing to distiguish this among others. Okay, but forgettable. No head at all, that’s not cool with me.
radio_nowhere (795) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Wife ordered this on draft, served in a snifter glass. Typical clear amber color for the style, white head. Aroma of light roasted malt, caramel sweetness and spices. Taste adds some hops and sweetness. Body was medium with a little aftertaste. An alright marzen.
vtafro (3233) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Orange brown pour with some light beige head. Light spices, malts and grain like aromas. Flavor is malty with light hints of spice and fruit tones.
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear amber with a thin lt tan head...kinda lifeless looking. Aroma has light roastiness, dry leaves, and some nuttiness. Flavor follows suit...mild caramel too...all a bit too reserved. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is roasty/bready and dry. A bit boring.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours amber with a nice head. Aromas of caramel malts some straw and bread. Flavor is a bit watery and sweet. Body is medium light with a sweet finish
jmm635 (855) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow in color with a thin white head. Citrus aroma. Noticeable yeast. Malt forward taste. Toasted. A little thin in the body.
60minuteman (720) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown, off-white head. Decent lacing. HEAVY bread and caramel aroma. Some spice/roast and malt. Taste is similar. Sweet aftertaste was a pleasant surprise.