Thursday, November 1, 2007

My First and Last Weihenstephaner Festbier

In the last few months I've heard some pretty good things about Brauerei Weihenstephan out of Germany. I passed up some of their regular stuff, most notably their hefeweizen, and went with their seasonal festbier. Nowhere on this bottle does it say "oktoberfest" or "marzen" so I am not holding it to those guidelines. However, I was disappointed with this beer anyway. In a nutshell this is a light bodied lager (with fairly generous alcohol of 5.8%) that I just couldn't figure out what they were trying to do with. Is it suppose to be light and quenching like your "typical" lager, or is it suppose to have a little something extra unique for the season? It seemed like it wanted a little bit of sweetness to come through it but it was very hard to tell through the pale malt & alcohol sharpness. If I'm in the mood for a light lager, I would reach for this. If I'm in the mood for a fall seasonal- something supposedly brewed along the lines of the whole Oktoberfest type tradition, I wouldn't go for this again. 3.05/5 on BA.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Festbier rocks you twonk.