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Weihenstephaner Festbier

Rating: 3.05

I never pass up the opportunity to try a new Weihenstephaner beer and this was no exception when I spotted a bottle in The Cave bottle shop over Glasgows West End in the run up to Christmas. Each of the four Weihenstephan beers I have tried to date have been excellent and rate amongst the best I have tried so hopefully this will follow not too far behind. One thing I did note however was that this is an Oktoberfest style beer and not their usual hefeweizen so I’m not sure how that will affect the quality.

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Appearance (3/5): A very light, golden amber with a huge, foamy white head on top that settles to about a half centimetre tall one. The beer is very clear and the head leaves some very small amounts of lacing on the side of the glass.
Aroma (6/10): A grainy aroma right off the bat followed by some orange peel and a hint of skunk. There is some light citrus, a grassy hop smell and some sweet malts.
Taste (6/10): Grainy again, some sweet malts and a few grassy hops that the nose hinted at. There is some sweetness along with a slight bit of skunk, some honey and orange plus some caramel. Not the greatest taste in the world but not entirely bad.
Palate (3/5): Slightly skunky, a base sweetness and light bitter finish. The carbonation is about medium and the feel is very slightly grainy, all on top of a light medium body.

Overall (13/20): A pretty average beer, about what I’ve come to expect from the majority of märzen or Oktoberfest beers I try. This one is easily the worst of the five Weihenstephaner beers I have tried to date, it doesn’t bring much to the table and is pretty standard for the style; one that I’m not exactly a fan of either so this definitely isn’t an enjoyable beer for me. Give this a miss and stick to some of the more well know Weihenstephaner beers on offer, their flagship hefeweizen for example.

Brewed In: Freising, Germany
Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
First Brewed: Brewery since 1040
Type: Märzen/Oktoberfest
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Cave (Glasgow)
Price: £2.99

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