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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch FestBierGordon Biersch FestBier

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 164
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: TexIndy on 01-21-2009

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.
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Reviews: 75 | Hads: 164
Photo of emmasdad
1.68/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of Schmittymack
2/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of travisnd
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wknight167
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz. stein: clear, deep golden to light amber with a quickly receding foamy white head.
Very fresh aromas of spicy, European hops and malt.
A solidly malty entry with a faint earthy flavor in the background; hints of bready yeast flavors with a nice hoppy finish.
The body is a little thin with zesty carbonation. The mouthfeel was slick and rather sweet with some faint hops on the palate.
This was a solid effort that complemented the German sausage and red cabbage dinner I enjoyed at the Louisville, KY Gordon Biersch restaurant.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - light amber in color and slightly murky. A good 2 fingers of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Faintly more malty than hoppy. A tinsy bit spicy.

Taste - Fairly bitter, but in a much less dryer way. Slight sweetness is helping to balance out the bitterness. Slightly wheaty, but not terribly full in body. Well-balanced in texture, not too watery and not too creamy.

Drinkability - In general kind of bland-tasting, but not bad-tasting either. Not much complexity in the taste, but easy to drink.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good marzen-style beer, a bit different from the more long-standing "Marzen," but not really any better.

Pale copper, it has a medium-big, off-white head that soon thins to a ring and weak hints of foamy lace.

Aroma is toasted barley, grass, hints of herb and apples.

Taste os a good, light toasty barley, hints of apple; it starts sweet, then becomes more dry, with grassy bitterness before light sweetness in the aftertaste. The feel is a bit light but has a good liveliness. It's good, pretty drinkable, but simple and hardly great.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Very clear, dark orange/amber, slightly darker than their märzen, very creamy slight off white head, rises up then settles around 1 finger

S: Some bready carmel, not in your face at all, whiffs of hops, but in general very mild

T: Definite carmel malt, pretty focused on that flavor, hops kick in and provide good contrast and emphasize flavors already present, tastes very similar to many imports, a pretty accurate, if macrobrew approach to an oktoberfest

M: Very smooth, but still has some carbonation, good pleasant medium body, not really dry, but finishes a tad on the drier side

D: Good, the german session beer in the form of an oktoberfest, just not super flavorful

Notes: An average beer. No huge complaints, but not much praise for it either.

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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.