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Gordon Biersch FestBier - Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch FestBierGordon Biersch FestBier

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BA SCORE
83
good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-03-2012 22:18:34 | More by Hanzo
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Rocketman8911

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-29-2012 18:41:46 | More by Rocketman8911
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-21-2012 02:32:28 | More by cynical1027
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-01-2012 02:40:40 | More by AndrewMichael
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MTNboy

Germany

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 05:00:00 | More by MTNboy
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 21:04:46 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-22-2012 00:58:48 | More by acurtis
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TrojanWheels

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-19-2012 17:46:02 | More by TrojanWheels
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:25:55 | More by woodychandler
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:51:15 | More by sommersb
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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-30-2011 21:59:42 | More by cdwil
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-19-2011 04:05:20 | More by EasyReader
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ububru

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 21:33:02 | More by ububru
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 20:00:30 | More by Slatetank
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bluetrevian

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-11-2011 00:46:15 | More by bluetrevian
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-08-2011 08:14:27 | More by kornkid8600
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-06-2011 17:31:50 | More by kjkinsey
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burlingamerob

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-05-2011 01:27:30 | More by burlingamerob
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kojevergas

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 07:39:01 | More by kojevergas
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 05:40:24 | More by animal69
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 05:32:54 | More by codynevels
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 02:35:37 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a medium amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready and toasted malts, caramel malts, grain, and some fruity malts. The fruit coming in the nose is nice and helps it out a bit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, fruity malts, and light wheat or grain. Again, I enjoyed the fruit mixing with everything else.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer, one of the better ones I had at GB. Some nice fruit mixing with the caramel and toasted malts, something I would probably order again if I was at GB.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 18:59:24 | More by mdfb79
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rel

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this place less than half a block away from the entrance to my building. The smell from the microbrewery exhaust is amazing when they're mashing. Its a great way to be welcomed home honestly.

To the beer!

I don't frequent the restaurant despite its proximity, until festbier is on the menu. Not to downplay the others; they create wonderful brews for a "commercialized" joint.

Deep golden color, somewhat hazy and hard to see in the dark lighting, but I can see it has a nice head and its served in a nice little stein.

Smell reflects the more common american interpretation of the fest beer. Nice bready malts, but it also has some sweet hoppy notes.

The taste reflects the smell of the malts, while the feel reflects the hops. A very comforitng taste accompanied by a tingling bitterness that lingers.

A great balanced dark style fest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 01:46:16 | More by rel
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 21:58:42 | More by smcolw
Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
83 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.