Thursday, October 30, 2008

Weyerbacher AutumnFest (2008)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (597) - Albany, USA - APR 30, 2010
As someone who really enjoys beer for their taste and craftsmanship and artistry, I’m almost beginning to regret feeling the need to try so many Oktoberfestbiers this season because I find them all to be extremely similar. This wouldn’t be a bad thing if they all were delicious, but I find the majority of them are bland. Weyerbacher Autumn Fest might not have the word “Oktoberfest” in its name, but its style certainly has all the makings of one. The only major difference being this is an ale instead of a lager.


Oktoberfestbiers tend to be fairly thin in body and they pour very smoothly. Weyerbacher Autumn Fest is no exception as it pours nicely to a dark orange/light brown, clear body with little carbonation. It forms a small, off-white, foamy head that fizzles out very quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly weak, having only a trace scent of a generic malt nose.


It’s becoming more difficult for me to come up with different ways to describe essentially the same taste so many beers seem to share. Weyerbacher Autumn Fest’s is a generic American Octoberfest beer: slightly malty but mostly bland. Additionally, it tastes nothing like an authentic German Oktoberfestbier. There is much appeal here, only that it doesn’t taste bad.


The only good thing I have to say about Oktobefestbiers across the board is that nearly all of them are velvety smooth and this is true of Weyerbacher Autumn Fest as well. This beer goes down easily with just the slightest hop tingle, but nothing that makes it even remotely challenging to drink.


Another reason I’m not crazy about beers of this style is they tend to have a much heavier body than their taste can justify. Weyerbacher is 5.4% ABV which is about average for a beer of this sort, but it drinks like a much heavier brew. I’m not sure how many calories it contains, but I’d guess it’s close to 200. I felt pretty full after drinking two bottles, which I wouldn’t have minded had there been a taste to go with it.


Weyerbacher Autumn Fest is a typical American Oktoberfest in that it’s pretty plain and generic while trying to purport itself as some kind of unique take on a niche German style, which it is not. I’m glad this is the last beer of this type I will drink this season.

Grade: 5/10

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