Brewed by Brauerei Witzgall
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Hallerndorf-Schlammersdorf, Germany
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle, thanks pivnizub. Pours amber, fine carbonation and a off-white head. Spicy caramel base, fat fruity, some salt and limestone, a few grainy notes, broad herbal hops. Fairly dry on the palate, salty edges into the finish. Rough but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma and flavor are both very straightforward and fairly basic. In both of them I get a lot of grain and biscuit malt notes, as well as a hint of grass from the hops, as well as a very low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2011
(500ml bottle thanks to blutt59) clearish gold with creamy film of head. Nose of cream, gold raisin, sweet, and caramel. Taste of metal, gold raisin, light alcohol, watery grain, not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cuso (4206) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle, many thanks to pivnizub. dark golden color with medium white head. Aroma of malt. Taste, malt, honey, fruity notes. Nice long bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cavie (3745) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy blutt59. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with light carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt with slight butter. Dry grains and bitter bread. Rough finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (3679) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
(bottle, many thanks to pivnizub & erlangernick!) pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of caramel, peaches and worcester sauce, slightly grainy, with some hints of bubble gum and earth. flavour is quite grainy, with big notes of popcorn, pancake batter, some yeast and a hint of herbal hops in the finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Cloudy orange pour with some decent head. Nose is dusty with grains and caramel - flavor is metallic and off.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Erlangernick (1) - Erlangen, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2011 does not count
Tiefstest gold und krystal klar mit schönem, weißem Schaum, der allerdings ein wenig schnell abfällt. Eine leckere Marshmallow-Aroma kommt sofort vor, gefolgt von grasigen Hopfen- sowie schönen, leichten Pflaumen-Noten. Díeses Festbier lässt sich sehr gut munden, aber was nicht erwartet wird, ist dass die Seiten der Zunge gereizt werden, welches ein fast salzartiges *Gefühl* gibt, aber doch nicht so wirklich *schmeckt*. Sehr interessant. Interessant genug ist es, um die ganze Flasche sehr schnell runter zu kriegen, im Versuch davon, den Geschmack genau zu ergreifen. Das typische runde Mundgefühl eines klassichen Festbieres ist dadurch vielleicht ein bisschen gestört, dafür ist der Ausgleich zwischen Hopfen und Malz bei diesem Exemplar aber sehr fein, weil Herr Witzgall keine Angst vor Hopfen hat. Am Ende unterscheidet sich dieses Winterfestbier von anderen dadurch, dass es nicht überwiegend Malz-geprägt ist, wie viele sind, und dass es heller als alle anderen ist, die ich kenne. Eine aufzuspürene Besonderheit nur bei der Brauerei zu finden, und dann für den majestätischen Betrag zu erwerben: 0,55€ pro halbliter Flasche. Deepest gold and crystal clear, with a lovely white head which does fall away a bit quickly. A tasty marshmallow aroma appears straight off, followed by grassy hop notes and nice, light plum notes. This Festbier tastes very good, but what’s not expected is that the sides of the tongue are stimulated, resulting in a nearly salty-like *feeling*, though it doesn’t really *taste* so. Very interesting. Interesting enough to neck down the whole bottle right quick in an attempt to get an exact grip on the flavour. The typical rounded mouthfeel of a classic Festbier is perhaps a bit disturbed thereby, but OTOH the balance between malt and hop with this exemplar is very fine, since Herr Witzgall isn’t afraid of hops. What distinguishes this Winterfestbier from others in the end is that it’s not dominated by malt like many are, and that it’s paler than any other I know of. A rarity worth seeking out and only to be found at the brewery, and then to be obtained for the kingly sum of 0.55€ per 50 cl bottle.

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