Weihenstephaner Festbier

Weihenstephaner FestbierGiven that it’s been a number of days since my last beer review, I probably should write one up. Tonight I gorged on roasted potatoes, miso soup, and steamed spinach. So much, in fact, that I was on the verge of yarfing. That was a couple of hours ago and I’m feeling a bit better. Time to suck it up and pop the top on this Weihenstephaner Festbier.

Right off the bat I am horribly confused by this beer. Festbier. A label with wreaths. Holiday beer. Dark and spicy, right? WRONG!!!

Weihenstephaner Festbier is crazy light colored. Damn near as light as a macro light beer. 5.8% ABV makes it significantly stronger than a macro light. There isn’t much in the way of aroma. The flavor is lemony. Festive lemons?!? I almost want to say it’s wheaty, but maybe not. I also want to say coriander, but I’m not sure of that either. Finally, I feel like the beer might remind me of a bubbly pilsner. Can you tell I’m completely clueless? I’m not cheating and googling this time.

One way or another, I’ll give Weihenstephaner credit for being original…even if it is in a really odd way. I’m going to enjoy finishing off the bottle and contemplating what I’m really tasting.Weihenstephaner Festbier

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.

7 thoughts on “Weihenstephaner Festbier”

  1. Here's a hint as to why you're confused by this one… It's an excellent beer for it's style, which isn't a winter beer. It's an Oktoberfest/Marzen. :) I'm sure the wreaths have something to do with Germany and the celebration. Given the syle, it's several months old. You shoul revisit this one in late September when it's fresh. It's one of my favorite Oktoberfests, second probably only to Ayinger's.

  2. I've been in and out of your tasting for a few months now and I have to say I really like the way you talk about beer. Its informative and entertaining. Sometimes we all get stuck trying to figure out what we are really tasting. I think RunawayJim (love the name) has a point. It could very well be old and unless it is a pasturized Bud Light, it probably isn't going to keep.


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  3. Thanks for the commentary folks. Sometimes I love just trying something and NOT googling to cheat. :) Knowing now that it's an Oktoberfest, I have to still say that it would have been odd for that season as well. I haven't tried a ton of them, but lemon isn't something I recall ever finding in a fall beer.


  4. Like I said, the beer is 4-5 months old now. It may have developed some off flavors. You really need to try this one again when it's fresh. It's normally really tasty, though it is lighter in flavor than many of the other Oktoberfests.

  5. I read some other reviews on the beer, and other people said it was lemony too.

    Doing some further research, I see that it is brewed year-round, so my bottle might not be old at all.

    Generally speaking, I liked the beer…just thought it was funky. In my book, funky is a positive. :)


  6. I'm living here, and I still get confused about what makes a beer a festbier. 😀

    The majority are seasonal (and are timed to spring or fall depending on the area's traditions), but I sometimes reckon many, and I mean the ones that are made all year round, are essentially just a stronger, special beer. It can be applied to all sorts of styles as far as I have seen, with Märzens being the most popular.

    And that lemony flavour? I get that in loads of beers from small breweries in Bavaria and Franken, and it's something I like in the Frankisch pils. To me it's a classic southern German hop flavour. I had a pils from Franken the other night that was so funky it smelled like a pig pen, and it had tons of lemon too. That was bloody weird 😀 (hope that wasn't douchey :D)

    Gonna have to see if I can get this one localy… What was the best-before date on it, by the way?

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