Brewed by Würzburger Hofbräu (Schörghuber)
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Würzburg, Germany
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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Festbier, as the name implies, is brewed especially for celebratory occasions, e.g. the Würzburger Kiliani Volksfest / public fun fair /. However, as there is always plenty to celebrate, bottled Würzburger Hofbräu Festbier, the original wort content of which must be over 13%, is naturally available throughout the year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (11866) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Not sure what makes this one an Oktoberfest. Looks and smells just like an everyday lager. Clear light yellow body with a big white head. Aroma is Germanic hop heavy. Flavor is crisp and clean, with medium German bitterness tempered by mild maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2002
I had this a while ago; very caramelly, not what I expected from Germany, but good anyway. Nice copper color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2001
This has got to be one of my favorite beers so far. I got a bottle in a ’tour of the world’ sampler pack 2 or 3 weeks ago, and made a good decision at saving it for last. It has a smooth malty taste, great deep golden color. Finely crafted. I just wish it was available longer than just two months of the year. I have to agree somewhat with ESBFREAK in saying that it is stronger than I expected but its not overwhelming by any means.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ESBFREAK (20) - tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2001
A very fine, STRONG, Bavarian holiday beer. This brew will lay you out, if you have too many. It is very smooth, with a big malt/alcohol taste. Not too easy to find, and usually only available during November-December.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2001
The bottle I had at Resi’s Bierstube in Chicago said ’Wurzburger Hofbrau Oktoberfest’; I assume we’re talking the same beer here. Anyhow, it was tasty and I would order it again happily, but it’s not in the same league as the Ayinger Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2099) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2001

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 8, 2001
White, persistent head with a familiar rusty/ copper marzen color...otherwise sub-par. Quite watery with very little hop presence. If the beer was as festive as the label, I might have actually enjoyed this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 7, 2001
Drinkable but unimpressive. Golden color, nice frothy head, but its all downhill from there. Not much of a nose, slight banana flavor sometimes present. Not too much flavor, not offensive, but not good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2001
I had a bootle of this laid down from last year. Not sure if they still brew it, but what a huge, tasty beer! Deep copper brown with a rich roasted malt aroma. Very full, rich toffee-like malt flavor with a strong alcohol presence. Very warming with a long rich malt aftertaste. Very smooth going down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (13138) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2000
A lighter interpretation, with good toffee-malt flavours and a refreshing body

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