JDBaker11058 (2206) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Appearance: bright gold with a HUGE fluffy white head that lasted forever. Aroma: slightly sweet grains, with crackers and freshly-kneaded bread; hops are a little more forward than in your traditional lager: light, floral and a bit spicy. Taste: very much as the aroma indicates: slightly sweet, crackery and doughy grains, then some very lightly spiced and decently aromatic hops that don’t add too much bitterness. Finish: dry, crisp and clean; medium in length. Notes: Solid. As many commenters said, this doesn’t seem to be so much of a marzen or oktoberfest in style. Nonetheless, this was an excellent brew. My buddy Z said: this is what American lagers would taste like if the large commercial brewers gave a crap about making good beer. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Light, clear gold color with a slightly above average sized, thick, sticky, creamy, pearl white head. Good retention leaving a foamy, sticky layer of lace.
S - Good amount of doughy, bready aroma with a spicy and floral hop aroma on top of that. Some grassy hops as well. Very German smelling, but not very much like a märzen.
T - Similar to the nose with a nice bready, doughy taste making up the backbone. Pretty sweet flavors in the background. Good amount of spicy herbal, floral and grassy hops. Some faint citrus flavors and a hint of mineral taste.
M - Lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and slightly drying.
D - Easy to drink beer with a nice mix of sweet bready/doughy malt flavors as well as spicy, hoppy flavors. Very refreshing and crisp.
Notes: Not really like a Märzen, but a tasty beer. Definitely German tasting with German hops and bready/doughy malt taste. Overall another tasty beer from the brewery, but like the weizenbock (Vitus) it doesn’t really seem to fit the style too well. MaBeer1972 (2057) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2010
A strong-bodied clear golden brew with light to medium carbonation. Sweet light malty aroma and flavor. Very drinkable with a slightly sweet clean finish. A very solid brew. skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2010
bottle with the first fireplace fire of the fall. I might just be in love with this style of beer, but I thought that it was excellent. I love the metallic hops and light mouth-feel. This is a great session beer after drinking lots of heavy American micro beers recently. Nice job weihenstephaner. amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - SEP 4, 2010
THIS IS NOT AN OKTOBERFEST/MARZEN. "Festbier" is not synonymous with Oktoberfest/Marzon. I would say this is a stronger version of their Helles (which is one of the best in the world). Really nice and I like that you know it’s fresh since it makes its way to the states only in the fall.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Pours lemon yellow with about an inch of pillowy white head and excellent lacing. Aromas of bread upfront with minerality throughout. A little wet stone comes into play as well. The palate is medium bodied with bright extensive and complex citrus hops. Bready malts come into play with a great balance and long finish. There are light vegetal notes but not in an offending way. Perfect end of summer beer. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2010
12oz bottle in a snifter. Average german beer. Nothing worth trying. An lright beer. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Golden pour with big white head. Aroma of crackers, bread, leafy hops. A bit of dusty pale malt. Flavor is somewhat fruity, somewhat bitter. Hops are very leafy. Malts are bready and crackery, somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is nice, at least. Certainly worse than most of the american Oktoberfests I’ve had. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a big mug. The abv is listed on the label at 5.8% and there is no freshness date. This is the first Oktoberfest I have seen this year so I’m sure it’s very fresh.
Appearance: The body has a bright gold color with excellent clarity and some visible carbonation. On top it forms a tall bright white head of tightly packed foam. The head has good retention but makes very little lacing.
Smell: The aroma has equal parts bready and nutty malt with fresh floral hops.
Taste/Palate: Its medium body has balanced mix of bready malt with nutty and light honey like sweetness backed up buy floral/botanical, almost grassy hops. The finish is quick and refreshing. It just begs for another sip.
Notes: This is an outstanding, highly drinkable Fest bier. It’s not very complex but what’s there is very good!!!
phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle at The Royale. Pours a mostly clear gold with just a little haze and a big bone white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma of Bavarian malts and hops, some floral notes, straw, grass, and a little orange citrus. Flavor of grassy hops, orange citrus, mild spices, and bready malts. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel that I can just call ’German’. This doesn’t strike me as a typical marzen by any means, but just has an unmistakably traditional German feel. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.