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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
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:
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(Beer added by: TexIndy on 01-21-2009)
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Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

charlzm, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of ender796
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Columbus's tapping party. Tasted malty and bready. Full bodied and slight hop flavor. Drank many pints of this that evening and since! Didnt know that they had this in bottles in other parts of the country. Brewed on premisis here in Columbus and tasted great.

ender796, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 11/05/08 into a 32 oz. dimpled mug.

Appears a slightly cloudy golden orange with a nice one inch thick creamy white head. It sunk down eventually and left a bit of lacing.

Aroma was like most Oktoberfests with sweet caramel, toasty malts, and a clean noble hop aroma.

The taste was similar. Clean caramel sweetness up front followed by some toastiness and some spicy hops at the backend.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp, and drinkable.

Quite a tasty Oktoberfest. Not the best I've had this year but it was certainly very tasty and if I hadn't been so full from the food I would have easily been able to put down the 32 oz. mug a lot faster than I did.

roadhouse, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As previously noted, this year this location of Gordon Biersch dubbed this "Festbier."

Draft, a bright but deeply colored orange-highlighted brown. Poured with a frothy head that dissipated to leave a nice white cover.

Not much of an aroma. It displays some light caramel malt notes. Crisp grains. Balance between malt and hops, but disappointingly watery.

A very crisp and well balanced brew. Grains. Some caramel rolls along with nuttiness. Grass. I'm not sure where the malt flavors end and the hop flavors begin. A slight dab of grains left on the palate.

Sharply carbonated, I thought this less-than-medium bodied beer was crisp and pretty darn drinkable, but somewhat lacking in substance.

TheMistler, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Murchmac, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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).

BeerSox, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During my latest trip to New Orleans, I was able to sample this on three different occasions. This is their version of an Otoberfest Beer and is a different recipe than the Marzen they offer as a regular.

Served in a dimpled glass mug, the beer is a bright copper with a tan head.

Nice aroma of breads, malts and light spices.

The taste is grainy and slightly sweet. The malts add a nice toasted cracker quality and they compliment the backend spicy finish. Nice notes of grain, bagel with a hint of fresh straw.

The mouth is right on style with a bit of heft and smoothness. Very easy drinker and it goes great with nonspicy food. Give this one a try!

Redrover, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a nice 2" head but it broke apart immediately. No lacing developed.

Smell: loads of malt and some soft fruit sweetness comes through.

Taste: decent malt profile with some caramel, mild fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterenss. A hint of earthiness arrives at the finish. Straight forward version of the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: nice beer to pair with some german sausages. Easy to drink and since this was quite fresh it was also refreshing.

Gavage, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap tonight at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, Il.

A= This beer poured a fairly clear pale gold color with a 1/2" snow white head.

S= As with many fine lagers, this one did not have a very pronounced aroma. A bit of sulfur but mostly just clean malt smell.

T= This lager tasted very clean and fresh - filled with lots of sweet malts and a hint of orange/lemon zestiness. Also, a fine bisciut and nutty flavor throughout.

MF= Crisp and refreshing carbonation made this a real palate cleanser. Light to medium body.

D= This was a very good example. I really liked this one and will try to get back for more! Very easy to drink.

spointon, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

bunnyhustle, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Gusler, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper-amber body with an off-white head.
S: Malty with some floral notes with some spice and light caramel tones.
T&M: Biscuit taste with a sweetness to it. Caramel touches and a smooth maltiness. Very nice.
D: This seasonal brew was a very pleasant surprise. Of the beers I had at this establishment...this one stands out. The Gordon Biersch site describes it as: Local breweries in Germany made a special beer for all to share during Oktoberfest celebrations. Gordon Biersch's Festbier is the style of beer most commonly served during the modern day Oktoberfest celebration. It a full bodied, rich, moderately hopped, bronze lager.

July2Nov, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Sammy, Dec 06, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Gordon Biersch Columbus location. The color was amber, with a very good head. The smell was maltish. The taste was the good caramel malt taste, with a nice hop backing to keep it from becoming cloying. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, quite good.

Though not amongst the best Oktoberfests of the season (Penn, Spaten, etc), I thought this beer was better than some of the commercial offerings. I'll have to make sure I put this one on next year's to-have list.

beergeek279, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

RBorsato, Oct 09, 2002
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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
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