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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
82
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159 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TexIndy on 01-21-2009

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Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of Erish
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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."

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

RJT

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brewnickbrew
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dstc
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of Murchmac
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours a big two finger head which quiets down to nothing. Metallic copper to this oktoberfest lager.

Some bready sweet smells, some metallic smells, hops thrown in.

Tastes bubble sweet with not much malt backbone. Some resiny metallic notes.

Aftertaste of a macro can.

Not a very good beer. Their marzen is much better.

Photo of JayS2629
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dull Translucent amber with a nice white head that leaves a clinging lace.

S- Toasted bread, hops and notes of caramel.

T- A good lager with hints of citrus and faint hops. Notes of honey in the background.

M- Light bodied, crisp and clean with a hoppy dry finish.

D- Slightly bland but very drinkable. A decent Octoberfest.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, this one was not available in the area until post-Oktoberfest. Still, it's the Oktoberfest season here in the States, and therefore still prime time for another Festbier.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Seidel.

Pours bright amber in color with a creamy cap of off-white froth that shows a fairly mediocre retentive ability and fades to a thick crown that lingers a while, leaving a few patchy rings of lace on the glass. Krystalklar.

Mildly hoppy in the nose, with some bright grassy herb and a faint whiff of sweet bread.

Medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation; lightly toasty malts show themselves briefly up front and then it's hops all the way. Bone-dry throughout, with a grassy noble hop character that lingers into the aftertaste. Finish is ever-so-dry, making me want more with every draught. The malt shows itself a bit more in the finish, with a faint honey-toffee sweetness, but always fails to take hold.

Overall, a much lighter and hoppier brew than their malt-forward Märzen; initially I was skeptical as to how different the two beers would be, the styles being so similar, but the difference is quite distinct.

A rather light and drinkable Festbier, but nothing spectacular. Solid, yes, but not holding up to the original.

Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint from the Gordon Biersch in Glendale.
The beer poured slightly hazy, deep reddish gold color. White head, thin but good retention. Smell of sweet malts, with hop bitterness. Mild hop flavor matched with a solid sweet caramel malt. Earthy, leafy hop bitterness (not fruity/citrus hops). Medium mouthfeel and body, dry finish. Very nice compliment to my meal, another good one from GB.

Photo of Reidrover
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 pack Fall Specials found at Grocery Outlet, Salem Brewed 8/24/10..so not old. To be honest a ugly looking beer in my mug dull copper body no real head..just wisps. Aroma isnt great either..slightly cereal with a weird metallic aroma. Taste however saves the day..a nice malty Oktoberfest style beer. Palate thin but not horrid. Overall a dissapointing beer..would be understandable if this was the usual dated Grocery Outlet beer..but this was new.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all I cant say why there so many listings for this beer. Anyways...Pours clear and golden with nice bubbly head and good retention and lacing. Smell is bread-like, malty, and somewhat yeasty. Taste is on par with smell. It has that dry malty, bicuity Oktoberfest taste to it. But something about this just doesnt stand out. Mouthfeel is somewhat light. Overall not a bad beer but not a standout at all.

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pour yielding a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over mostly clear golden tan colored beer.

Nose is loaded with golden malts, light toasty pilsner malts, some nice lager aromas with a bit of lager fruit, hint of apple and pear, slight touch of grassy herbal hops.

Taste starts with lots of toasty malts, straw, earthy straw toasty pilsner malts, light sweetness. Then some lager flavors, light crisp lager but not very dry, a bit too sweet, and some light lager fruits with hints of apple and pear again. Finish gets a bit drier but sticky as well, more lingering fruit, and just a hint of grassy hops come through with touch of bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb, slightly crisp but not dry at all.

Overall a nice beer, very drinkable, they got the malts down pretty well, nice and toasty straw etc, not loaded with caramel and reddish malts, etc. Hops are the right variety but a bit too light for the hops, maybe a hint more would help. The biggest set back that keeps this from the A- to A range is the sweetness, it really needs to be a lot drier and it would be really high class.

Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would say this is a pretty good American Fest Bier. Fits in the Octoberfest category very well. Nice Amber-ish color but not real bright. Good spicy malt aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, rich and flavorful. A strong flavor profile - a little strong for me to have too many.

Based on draft version at Washington DC brewpub.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this in a trade with my local trader, tone77, who brought over a whole bunch of nice beers for me to try.

As an homage to sommersb, some stats:
Tasted On: 01-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 08-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle

From the bottle: "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Oktoberfest-style lager"; "Gordon Biersch FestBier celebrates fall and the flavor profile of beers served at the modern-day Oktoberfest. FestBier emphasizes rich, malty undertones with a moderately hoppy finish. The maltiness is created via a combination of dark-roasted, Munich-style malt and Pilsner malt. The hoppy aroma is achieved via the imported Hallertau aroma hops."

My pour netted me a finger of tawny head with low retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was very rich and sweet, like caramel/toffee and molasses with a light underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and it was really sweet and malty on the tongue to this hophead. It had some nice clean flavors to it, but overall, it was just too sweet for me to really enjoy. One was plenty for me but YMMV.

Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/24/08.

Medium golden beer presented by the bartender with a two-finger white head. The head soon reduces to a thin skin of foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is slightly spicy and has subtle juicy, fruit overtones.

Flavor-wise, this beer splits the difference between a marzen and a pilsener. Caramel malt flavors with slight metallic overtones come on first. Slightly fruity (golden apples) follow, then a crisp, dry finish with some bitterness. Aftertaste is that malty marzen flavor I like so much.

I drank this beer without much trouble and enjoyed it pretty well; I could see myself drinking this again when/if it is available.

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a dimpled glass...nice touch. Good ring lace after a modest head. Cloudy, dark gold color.

Mild pale, fully-malted barley smell. No notable hop, which is okay for the style and understandable based on how full the glass was initially.

The taste is more grainy than I expected based on the smell. The body tilts to the thin side, even for a Marzen. The high carbonation exasperates this. Low to no bitterness, but this brew is still relatively dry.

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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.