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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch FestBierGordon Biersch FestBier

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137 Ratings

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TexIndy on 01-21-2009)
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4/5  rDev +9%

09-13-2013 06:51:58 | More by Vigilante
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4.22/5  rDev +15%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

This Oktoberfest-style beer is lagered for six weeks and uses traditional ingredients, so you know Dan Gordon aimed right at the style at hand, as he usually does.

Decent lacing from a thick froth, pale amber color flaunts a perfect clarity. The nose is very clean with delicate aroma of light biscuity and bread malt, and a mellow floral and slightly spicy hop. Incredible smoothness boosts the drinkability, making for easy work with this moderate-bodied brew. Spicy hop and a faintness of alcohol meld with the carbonation for a refreshing bite up front. The malt character lays a solid foundation on top of that, but not so much as to mute the hops. Clean biscuity, bready and cracker flavors from the grain. Hops leave a long trail of flavor with suggestions of fresh herbs and green peppercorn. Semi-dry, grainy, malty finish.

By far this has to be the most drinkable, true-to-style Oktoberfestbier we've experienced over the years, and is our top pick for the style this year.

09-14-2010 05:14:33 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-06-2012 01:45:44 | More by maki88
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours out a beer with more yellow going for it than I was expecting, was thinkin more auburn for this style and these guys more traditional old world ways. Smooth and mild toasty aroma.

Taste, again, decently smooth, easy drinking beer with slightly more malt and roasting than BMC, hopping not apparent, easy enough body. Nothing over the top, nothing that tastes bad, I consider it worthy of a recommendation given that it was marked down to $3.99/6pk, the old lady thinks they're good, so these come in handy.

01-22-2012 21:04:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

01-22-2012 00:58:48 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-21-2012 02:32:28 | More by cynical1027
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with a 2 finger head, decent retention, and a resulting lace that's spotty.

Smell - Aroma is primarily sweet - hints at bread and caramel, with a bitter hop note edging around the sweetness.

Taste - Starts sweet, bread, caramel and a touch of butteriness, then cut into mid-taste by a biting grass bitterness. Hops continue to build through the finish, hitting on floral notes before fading in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a soft, tingly carbonation. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall - Nothing great, but it's somewhat enjoyable. Probably wouldn't buy again, but I'd drink it if offered. Mayhap Okterberfests just aren't my thing... actually, I think I've had my fair share to say they're not. It's a decent style, but I've only had one that's ever really wowed me.

10-22-2012 04:05:04 | More by TheSixthRing
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

well hopped, unfiltered yeast. More sweet than bitter, best bitter in finish and aftertaste. Aggressive carbonation a negative on mouthfeel. Amber colour. Lace in glass is class. Malt in aroma. Some spice from hops. Tasty combo, was worth a second sample.

12-06-2004 04:21:47 | More by Sammy
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Had the Fest Beer at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice copper/amber with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a bigger presence of sweetness, more so than the Marzen, that made the beer a little too sweet for me to drink. The beer did come off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad....too sweet for me to session.

09-25-2011 14:17:04 | More by WoodBrew
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3.45/5  rDev -6%

12oz bottle
Bottled on 07/08/09 (Pretty Cool Date!)

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white

S- The aroma is slightly toasted and fruity malt, caramel and a touch of floral hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is on the malty side with toasted malts and caramel and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest beer but doesn't really stand out against some of the better examples of the style for me to purchase again.

08-05-2009 03:56:47 | More by cjgator3
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-12-2013 07:09:22 | More by Hardcore
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

03-07-2014 23:23:55 | More by DOCRW
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

06-30-2013 09:38:04 | More by err122
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts. Taste is malty up front, some hops kicking in at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

09-10-2011 14:50:30 | More by tone77
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4/5  rDev +9%

On-tap into large German mug. Dubbed "Festbier".

Slightly cloudy burnt orage and amber hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The aroma is light and toasty grains, with maybe a touch of brown sugar. The toastiness is repeated along with a little bit of caramel. Medium bodied. The finish is pretty dry, with a little bit of lingering grain.

This one was pretty good, perfect for the time of year as the temperature is dropping. Recommended (if available).

10-05-2008 00:08:22 | More by BeerSox
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

11-23-2013 19:31:08 | More by jaydoc
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

I had a half liter tapped into a lovely glass mug at the Bolingbrook location: this is the 2010 brew.

A: clear orange/amber, decent 2 finger head that falls into a skim of a cap, the lacing is o.k.

S: GB brews have a unique semi-metallic like sharpness to them that comes through in the aroma and the taste; this beer is no exception, there is also a sweet malt note and an earthy note.

T: boilerplate Octoberfest: lots of sweet malt, a honey note, that aforementioned semi-metallic taste, and gentle floral hop finish. Decent, but not exceptional. It did pair quite well with the German sausages, though!

M: medium weight, decent carbonation, good malt/hop balance.

D: A bit of a disappointment, but then I have never had a beer at GB that blew me away. I would say that it is definitely a "food beer."

09-18-2010 00:46:37 | More by Erish
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4/5  rDev +9%

12-14-2011 21:33:02 | More by ububru
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Gordon Biersch Festbier has a medium, off-white head, with a slight orange tint and a clear, amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and not much lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is bready, and piney hops predominate. Taste is likewise hoppy, with that breadiness. Mouth-feel is full, and Gordon Biersch Festbier finishes partially dry. Drinkability is high for this lager. I really enjoyed this mild beer, and would recommend giving it a chance.


01-08-2011 23:51:25 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber color with a two finger creamy white head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma; earthy, spicy, crisp and pleasant, start has a sweet malt profile, light hop bitterness at back, top medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops mild but pleasing in their bite, dry lingering aftertaste, a quite nice beer, well worth a sample.

11-04-2007 16:44:54 | More by Gusler
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

10-16-2013 09:02:05 | More by angolmois
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4.22/5  rDev +15%

A- Great color. Burnt-Orange/Dark Copperish in color. Large 3 finger head, with off white foam. Lacing was pretty good. Bright and Crystal Clear.

S- Malty, Slight Caramel aromas. Fruity in terms of esters, and a slight cherry aroma

T- Malty, Bready, Slightly Toasty, Slightly Sweet, Earthy hops.

M- Medium body, Slight bitterness, Medium Carbonation

D- This one to me is a sipper. Could have been that I had this after a meal. This is a very good Marzen made by Columbus GB.

10-04-2010 04:25:28 | More by brewnickbrew
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a clear, deep golden color with full, thick dirty white head. Head falls slow. Decent clinging lace.

Sharp metallic aroma with underlying hints of malt and a hop bitterness as well.

Nice lager taste with decent, toasty malts in the background giving way to a noticeable hop presence. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with a sharpness on the tongue.

Easy enough to drink and worth trying.

11-03-2010 18:02:18 | More by dstc
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4/5  rDev +9%

11-16-2011 02:35:37 | More by oline73
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

From The Kansas City Restaurant

Appearance: A little darker than their original Marzen. A bronze colored body with more of a dark sand colored head and lace.

Smell: Bread like with more hoppiness than the original. It is a bit more floral and earthy.

Taste: The flavor and the aroma do not differ that much. I think this is sweeter and bitter than the original more of a citrus presents.

Mouthfeel: Thin and has plenty of bite to it.

Overall: I thought it was weird that this was on tap at the same time as the Marzen but even though they are the same style there are notable differences.

01-27-2012 05:00:00 | More by MTNboy
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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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