Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Weyerbacher Autumn Fest


Weyerbacher Autumn Fest

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, Pennsylvania USA

American Amber / Red Ale

5.40% ABV






Commercial Description:
AutumnFest is Weyerbachers own unique twist on the German Oktoberfest style. Copper-amber in color, AutumnFest is made with Vienna and Munich malts for that authentic, Bavarian easy drinking taste. Each sip imparts a wonderful roastiness of malt on the tongue followed by a smooth, consistent finish. Wonderfully balanced with a clean, velvety, slightly fruity taste, AutumnFest is the perfect beer for the Fall- a nice transition between the lighter beers of summer and the darker, heavier winter brews. It is a favorite of many Weyerbacher aficionados, who anticipate the end of summer with this wonderful beer. Weyerbacher AutumnFest (ABV 5.4%) is generally available in stores August through December. Pick up a case to celebrate the change of seasons. Prost! (RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottle: ~$10.00 6 pack, ~$39.00 case

Background:
This was a gift from my friend Gonzalo. I’m a big fan of this Easton brewery but I have never had this one before now. So let’s see what the Autumn Fest has in store for us.


Review:
The beer pours a clear amber with orange hues and a fairly rich off white head.

The nose is nice with sweet caramel malt and floral hop aromas.

Well, that was unexpected. What a great first sip; rich caramel malts with a light hop finish. Let me attempt a play by play.

The experience starts out with a caramel malt sweetness upfront. That is followed by effervescence over the tongue and building malt robustness in the middle of the sip. The robustness diminishes during the swallow with a carbonation release that masks the flavors. The finish is very nice with a sweet caramel malt flavors along with a floral hops. The final aftertaste is a lingering caramel malt sweetness. It’s almost like a coating it is so robust.

I’m not sure what I was expecting but it wasn’t this.

This is a very impressive easy drinking beer with rich caramel malt flavors and nice floral hops on the finish.

The experience gets smoother and richer as the beer warms and opens up a little.
I have let this beer warm to 65 degrees.

The beer is extremely smooth at this temperature. The malt flavors are very nice with robustness but still smooth and easy drinking.

I’m going for a B+ on this Autumn Ale.  What a nice offering from Weyerbacher; easy drinking with rich caramel malts and a mildly hopped finish.

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