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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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BA SCORE
83
good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
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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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Orangey amber with a bright white head that left no lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet breads and malts.

T - Nice lager with a really inviting sweetness. A little bit of spice up front with malts picking up the rear.

M - Light body with nice carbonation.

O - Pretty nice lager that I wouldn't mind drinking again. I'm not a huge lager fan but this is a very sessionable beer.

ThePaleRider, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of DioS
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of jkjd
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jkjd, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of DexterP236
4.5/5  rDev +23%

DexterP236, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4/5  rDev +9.3%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Rocketman8911
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Rocketman8911, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

MTNboy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +9.3%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

woodychandler, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Tasted On: 01-01-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-15-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Clear, bright copper color with a white head 3 fingers high. A good amount of bubbles are seen in the mug. Both head retention and lacing are good.

S: Clean aromas of biscuit-like malts and noble hops.

T: Crisp, lager taste with a malty backbone. The spicy hops yield a light bitterness. Notes of roasted grain round out the flavor profile. Smooths nicely as it warms.

M: Body is medium, with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.

O: Simple and easy drinking lager, just like you'd expect for this style. Nicely done.

sommersb, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +9.3%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

EasyReader, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ububru, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed from a willbecker chilled.

A light copper color with great clarity and light cream colored cap which settles to a ring with ultra tight bead. The head revives when swirled. The smell is nutty and bread crust with a slight fruity light yeast aroma with a mild ting of floral hops accenting the nose. There is a slight spice and malt body gives a medium full feel iwth moderately high carbonation with a relatively clean yeast w/ mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild fruity and toasted malt entry with light spice and subtle hop flavor which adds deptht to the light sweetness with nutty flavor anchoring the body with a subtle hint of dried fruit sweetness. The gentle dry yeast flavors are almost mineral which seems to add to the bitter hop accent and finishes in the clean dry end. Overall a beer I could be happy with most often, very approachable and drinkable. I think it is a high quality lager -very clean and quaffable.

Slatetank, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

bluetrevian, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

burlingamerob, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%

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.

kojevergas, Nov 27, 2011
Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.