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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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138 Ratings

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant visit their website
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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1.6/5  rDev -56.5%

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal. Seriously disgusting.

09-29-2011 03:01:55 | More by emmasdad
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1.9/5  rDev -48.4%

On tap at Old Chicago Westy for the Octoberfest Mini Tour. Poured an orange-amberish color with aromas of some spices, rye bread, and some fruitiness. Tasted started a bit sweet, then turned to disgusting before I could even swallow the sip. I tried another sip, then decided I wasn't going to be a trooper and finish this one. Not quite Bud Light Lime territory but pretty damn close!

10-03-2011 04:28:37 | More by Schmittymack
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2.35/5  rDev -36.1%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; GB doesn't make any great beers - at least none I've tried.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent/okay thickness, and average (~ minute) retention. Colour is a transparent textbook copper.

Sm: Marzen hops, cream, and overdone caramel. I'm not horribly excited for this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Overdone caramel is a definite here, but the marzen build does what it can to resist - and fails. Some cream is present, but it's buried. Pretty simple, pretty boring. Not well balanced or built by any means (or stretch). Bleh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Standard fare. Nothing exciting.

Dr: This is a hoi polloi beer aimed at commercial success and nothing else. It's better than budweiser, but my compliments stop there. It's drinkable, but so is water. Leave this where it belongs, lads: on the shelf.

11-27-2011 07:39:01 | More by kojevergas
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-22-2012 00:58:48 | More by acurtis
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

03-07-2014 23:23:55 | More by DOCRW
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

08-20-2014 05:57:08 | More by John_Squires
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2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

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.

10-09-2008 03:23:36 | More by Murchmac
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-05-2013 23:04:13 | More by SmilinEric
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

I had this beer that last time I was at Gorden Biersch which was just a few weeks ago. The staff was really pushing this beer as I usually order the Marzen but I figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't bad, though not sure I would order it again. I did have it just after it was released so it's possible it could be alittle better now.

10-07-2011 19:22:10 | More by travisnd
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%

Appearance has a nice amber to it with a thin head and nil lace. Smell of caramel malts having a light honey note. Taste has a bit of spice with the malt with saline in the background having moderate hops leaving a light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. Not necessarily my choice for a festbier, but not bad either.

09-12-2010 23:09:13 | More by Bookseeb
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

11-11-2010 00:54:52 | More by JayS2629
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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A coppery yellow with a white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Sweet malt and some toasty notes, but very clean; no fruity esters or diacetyl.

T: Some malty sweetness but a good initial hops bitterness. Finish is dry. Also very clean.

M: Carbonation gives the rich and frothy texture. Dry finish, goes right down. Not too much body that I can sense.

D: This beer is too drinkable. It goes down smooth and the body offers little resistance.

Overall: A rather simple beer. Meets it category well.

10-30-2009 20:28:16 | More by kevinjosephlee
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3.13/5  rDev -14.9%

On tap at some Gordon Biersch restaurant at the San Jose airport. Pours golden orange with a big lacy white head. Aroma is bready malts with a citrusy twang. Flavor is similar, mostly bready with a bright orangey note. Sweet and thin but drinkable enough.

11-02-2009 10:18:52 | More by illidurit
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

10-16-2010 17:59:31 | More by Reidrover
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

09-20-2008 01:17:20 | More by bunnyhustle
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is a bit of toasted malts, but not much else. The taste is a bit of sweet malts, but nothing that great for the style. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is just another run of the mill Oktoberfest, nothing I would have again.

11-04-2010 22:58:37 | More by atsprings
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottled On: 09/18/09.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light-hued amber body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Floral, spicy hop aroma mingled with grainy pilsner malt and some further toasted bread notes.

Taste: Starts with lightly sweet, grainy pils malts, then in come some toasty tones, though the husky pilsner malt certainly dominates. Spicy, modestly floral Noble hops with a mild, cleansing bitterness. Drying, fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Just a hair above medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable but ultimately forgettable. With it's blend of pilsner and Munich maltiness, I wonder if this beer could be replicated by blending their Märzen and Czech-Style Pilsner together...

12-06-2009 00:34:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%

Sampled on tap at the brewery in San Jose.
The Festbier is a hazy orange color, it is unfiltered. The beer is fairly sweet, and has a definite yeastiness to it (could have lagered this one a bit longer). It finishes with a bit of bitterness and has a hint of hop spiciness in the flavor.

11-07-2003 20:15:06 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

02-08-2014 03:15:13 | More by DerwinWentworth
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Apearance - Pours a clear light amber orange with minimal head and no retention.

Nose- Light caramel and toasted malt, spicy barley and a touch of orange.

Palate- Starts off sweet, then toasty and finishes bready with caramel and a touch of spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Just under medium on both body and carbonation

Drinkabiliy- Not too interesting, but not offending either.

01-17-2010 11:19:50 | More by wknight167
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-21-2013 22:57:12 | More by bmjivi221
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

06-25-2013 18:21:12 | More by petermethot
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3.35/5  rDev -9%

A: I think it was a cloudy dark orange body with not much head. But have been finishing off a case just drinking from the bottle.
S: Typical oktoberfest smell, pretty heavy on the roasted malt.
T: Pretty true to the smell. Not too much more in the taste than the strong malt flavor. Also a bit of honey half way through.
M: Maybe a bit light, but generally a well-balanced body.
D: Easy to chug. Not bad but a bit uninteresting as a session beer.

07-29-2009 18:57:51 | More by lhaqq
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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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