21 January 2009

Beer Review, Weihenstephaner Festbier

Weihenstephaner Festbier
Freising, Germany
5.8% ABV

Appearance: Very light yellow body (so light as to be almost white), almost completely transparent with only a slight haziness. Some bubbles in glass, very thick white foamy head that sticks around. I normally like my oktoberfests a bit darker, but otherwise this is a very nice presentation. 4.0/5

Smell: Rich, malty, very yeasty. Somewhat earthy, hints of... cherries? Just that slight note of sweetness at the bottom to give it a bit of interest. 4.0/5

Taste: Heavy on the roasted malts up front, with a nice sweet yeasty backbone and a clean but dry finish. Goes down smooth, leaves a dry malty aftertaste. Very enjoyable. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, hardly any carbonation at all. Slightly chewy, especially towards the bottom of the bottle. 4.0/5

Drinkability: This was a bit of a find for me, as my local has a sixer for $7.99. At that price it's a steal. The Weihenstephaner bottles claim that they are "the world's oldest brewery" and with this level of quality it's totally understandable why they'd still be around. Pretty much a perfect beer with which to relax inside when there's a foot of snow outside. 4.5/5

Overall: 4.25/5

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