Weihenstephaner Festbier is a German Märzen by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan that tastes of lightly toasted bread and floral hops.

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Weihenstephaner Festbier is a German Märzen that’s brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a mug from a 330 ml bottle.

Packaging art for the Weihenstephaner Festbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Packaging art for the Weihenstephaner Festbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

What You Need to Know

The Festbier is a German Märzen that’s rich bodied, hoppy, and brewed especially for the Oktoberfest season. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The lager pours a clear yellow with a thick cap of bubbly white foam that exhibits poor retention. Ample effervescence is apparent in the glass. A smattering of residue clings to the glass while the head disappears.

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Aroma

The aroma is a bit musty with bready grain that’s blended with floral hops.

Flavor

A malty palate delivers lightly toasted bread and then transitions to a mild bite of noble hops before finishing with a touch spicy with pepper.

Label art for the Weihenstephaner Festbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Label art for the Weihenstephaner Festbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Mouthfeel

The lager’s mouthfeel is peppy with a medium-light body and less-than-moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly.

Overall

Weihenstephaner Festbier has that classic taste you come to expect when knocking back brews at Oktoberfest. The malt flavor here comes across a bit like a sweetened pilsner but the noble hops lend some nice support. Ein gutes bier!

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