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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

151 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tone77, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an Octoberfest beer with its copper hue. Normal head formation but then it settles out quickly.

Smells lovely. Lots o’ Munich malt contributing a slightly sweet, earthy, and fruity aroma.

Taste wows me from the get-go. What I like most is the finish: it ends with a dry hop snap that I’ve been wanting in other Octoberfest beers of late. I think this really helps keep it light and drinkable. It’s mainly malty from start to finish, but they’re not heavy and syrupy when you think of a malt-driven beer. Carbonation is right where I want it, which is medium, and the body has a velvety smoothness that’s nice too. I really love the finish; it has a good Noble hop bite that’s a bit leafy and nicely drying. Good stuff!

I believe this is my first Gordon Biersch beer and I am impressed. I’ll certainly have to try more. I will definitely be buying a six-pack of this to drink at some point during the official Octoberfest season.

JEdmund, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is minimally hazed dark copper, rust brown with a 1/2 tan head. Aroma is straw and caramel sweet malt. Classic Oktoberfest nose, though somewhat muted. Taste is the nose, clean sweet caramel malt and straw, with a dull finish. Palate is medium to thin, though gets a touch watery towards the finish. Nice enough, though a bit on the light side for the style. This actually made it quite easy to drink.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jan 08, 2011
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.

JayS2629, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of atsprings
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

atsprings, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

dstc, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest has a nice clear, toasted copper and white bread crust color with good bubbling and a great head.

The aroma was a crisp toasted caramel and crackers with a little something earthy.

Th taste had a solid toasted malt sweetness with only a little noticeable hop flavors and faintly dry palate. This light dryness and toasted sweetness make for a quick savoring, session lager.

scruffwhor, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a smallall whsipdy white head, orange colored and clear. Munich malts come to the nose. Malty toasted and sugary notes with a good hop back balance. A little drying but it makes you crave more. Light bodied very drinkable. Not a bad american version of oktoberfest.

bigrzman, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of drpimento
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had this year, this was by far the best! Served with a small head (I think only to give customers the most beer for their buck), some lace. Color was an almost clear (unfiltered too!) medium red amber. Aroma was malt, caramel, burnt sugar. Flavor was like nose but roastiness comes out more and has geat balance. Body was good, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little alcohol at the end. Extremely drinkable brew.

drpimento, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  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.

Nerudamann, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Reidrover, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour, small white foam, not much retention.

Aroma: Standard marzen profile of caramel, toasty malts, etc.

Taste: Sweet malts, toastyness, caramel. Pretty much follows the aroma, but it also has a good hop finish..not too strong, but present.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated well. Its good, and drinkable. I'd have a couple more without too much issue.

kshankar, Oct 12, 2010
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.

brewnickbrew, Oct 04, 2010
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."

Erish, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

Bookseeb, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Elimination
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was wanting to have some fall beers in this shitty weather and since I was on a budget picked this up in a variety pack

Look is a elegant copper yellow with a nice white head, although thin

Smell is slight sweet lager yeast stands out, a tiny bit of a German hope smell comes out

Taste is a bit dry but a nice malt backbone, little hops, a bit of Carmel and barley to it

Mouthfeel is great just thin enough that it's true to style plus the carb level is perfect.

Drink is amazing for right now, this hits the spot

Elimination, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange color with a very nice 2 inch creamy head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is fair.

S - Smells of malt and grapes. There is a slight wine odor to this beer.

T - Tastes of a sweet malty biscuit and just the slightist hint of hops in the finish.

M - Has a light crisp taste with pretty good carbonation. Leaves a slight coating in the mouth.

D - I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable actually. I got it in a clearance sampler pack and the bottling date is 8/24/09. 8 months later and this still is tasty and fresh.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a frothy head that leaves a few spots of lace

Smell: Vague bready aroma, with some light grains underneath

Taste: Bready, up front, with a surprisingly spicy hop character emerging at mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter malts return to the fore and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and true to the style

brentk56, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of wknight167
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

wknight167, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Offa, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap to a light copper color with thin white head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Nose is faint, but trends toward malted nuts and caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat sweet, and the taste picks up the malty flavors of the nose. A fairly short, but pleasant finish. Not a bad fall beer.

kimcgolf, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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...

ChainGangGuy, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.5/5  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.

dpodratsky3, Nov 25, 2009
Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.