Columbus Festbier - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011)
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Reviews by MbpBugeye:
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a New Glarus pilsner glass.

Appearance
Really cool label, perhaps their best looking one. Very fresh with plenty of Bavarian throw-back accoutrements. The beer isn't bad looking either. Its a pretty pale looking lager, for the style but it retains some copper/toasted hues. Ultimately though, the beer is an oxidized gold color. The tall head is very good at playing the lacing game. There is kind of a weird haze, I wish this were perfectly clear.

Aroma
The smell is toned way back. Butterscotch and buttered biscuits dominate. Hops are modest and grassy.

Taste
The buttered biscuty malts come out, but it is a pleasant buttery profile, which is not typically a desirable flavor, it works here though. Sweet up front with butter-pecan nuttiness and a fresh baked bread idea. Hops kick in to keep the sweet stuff well in check. Balancing is left to green grass with a faint dab of pine. The finish is very quick and clean, something that these German quaffing lagers should all have.

Mouthfeel
This falls right around middle bodied. The carbonation is happy to do the job of palate cleansing while a crisp finish dries things up behind it.

Overall
There's really not much in the way of faults to this beer, surprised? I'm not. Its a very inoffensive beer and it should sell really well. I suspect not many close-minded BA nerds will swoon over this, but this should be the Columbus fall drink of choice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a rich yellow-copper into the glass, with a one-and-a-half finger loose head of off-white foam characterized by lots of large bubbles that falls quickly to a 1/8 finger of tight bubbles and lace that just sit on the surface. Then, that takes awhile to slow dissolve away to just a lacy sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a bright orange/yellow copper and clear, with a fair amount of carbonation rising throughout the glass from the bottom.

S – Rich caramels and nicely toasted malts with hints of toffee and light pipe tobacco. Nose is soft, but inviting. Noble hops start to emerge as it warms in the glass, along with suggestions of soft, yeasty spiciness, like nutmeg.

T – More malt-forward and more toastiness to them than the nose suggests. Noble bittering hops thoroughly mixed-in rather than following behind. The nose promised sugars, but they're much in the background and indistinct. It's liquid sourdough toast. It's score suffers from its classification.

M – A bit fizzy in the mouth, showing moderately full carbonation. Decent body, definitely not watery. Structure is well-integrated. Not much of a finish, and is a bit dry for the style. Would have liked to have had some of caramel lingering on the tongue, especially since it's so hidden in the taste profile.

O – While the lack of caramel in the taste profile makes this an atypical Oktoberfest, the somewhat fuller toastedness of the malts is surprisingly well-balanced with the hops. This beer isn't hop-forward, but it's not the least bit sweet, either. It's one that you could easily session because your tongue isn't going to get tired of the sugars and long for a break from them. Try it for its own take on the style.

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mtooman
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of prototypic
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Festbier pours a nice looking copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. It’s capped with a vanilla colored head that stands about a finger or so tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing is on the lighter side.

The nose is weak and needs more strength. It’s still pretty good. Initially, it smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. The caramel definitely smells like the stronger of the two. It smells a little grainy. Grassy, earthy hops are certainly in the mix. Definitely smells like noble to me. They complement the malty base well. All in all, it smells pretty good. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet, but isn’t offensive by any means. There are some toasted malts, as well, but they are secondary. Hops are certainly noted. They’re earthy, grassy, and all kinds of noble. No doubt about that. At the secondary level, it’s grainy and earthy. Frankly, it’s not very deep or complex. For the style, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nonetheless, it tastes good. Alcohol is buried and isn’t noticeable at all.

The body is definitely light. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t affect the feel. It’s not buzzy. Having said that, it’s not smooth either. It’s easy drinking, whatever the case. I could tackle a few of these in a sitting.

Festbier is a pretty solid release from Columbus Brewing Company. It’s not among their best, but it is pretty good. To be fair, it’s really tough to distinguish yourself in the Octoberfest style. It’s a straight forward beer style that isn’t very complex. Festbier hits all the bells and whistles, but lacks that extra punch to reach the elite level. Pretty good stuff though. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Popured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown color. Has a decent off-white head with a hint of brown in the head coloration. Good retention and slight amount of lacing.

Aroma is full of nice roastiness and some earthy hops. The malts dominate the nose, but as a whole the nose isn't overpowering. Definitely smells of fall, but too soft of an aroma here. Taste is very similar. Slightly sweet, and the malts are definitely the focus. Hops are again earthy with not much else coming through. Maybe a little too sweet for my tastes, but it actually works well with the other characteristics.

Mouthfeel is just slightly under medium bodied. Finishes off with a good carbonation kick to the tongue. Fairly drinkable, but the sweetness ends that pretty quickly. Overall, a good marzen, but there's definitely better out there. Nothing is overwhelming, nor blows me away, but it is definitely a well-brewed beer. Definitely goes down well on a cool weekend during football season.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, but there's pretty much no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is bready, toasted and caramel malt, along with a little bit of butterscotch. It tastes like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and some butterscotch. There's a bit of bittering hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, there's some slickness in this brew and there's also decent carbonation. It's a solid Oktoberfest brew, not bad at $8.99 a six pack. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of recall1242
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Bottle shared by inebriated joker.

A: Comes out a dark copper color with a large white head. Very active carbonation and good lace.

S: The smells is somewhat subdued, showcasing some bready malt, caramel sweetness and some higher-than-usual hop presence. I get some metallic notes in the aroma.

T: The taste is bigger than the nose. The malts have a soft sweetness and nice toastiness. This has more hops than most marzens but overall it's still the expected malt show.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly thin, good for the style, allowing it to go down very easy.

O: A really flavorful and sessionable marzen. A good beer for their first time out on this(I think?).

Photo of dusting871
5/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of PDXHops
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another dose of Columbus goodness from Ryan011235. 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. 2 fingers of foma that settles fairly quickly into a thick skim atop the hazy copper body. Lazy small wet patches of lacing.

Full malty nose with hints of nutmeg, caramel and baking apples. Definitely smells more bready and roasty than sweet. More flavorful than the nose led me to believe. Quite toasty with a nice little punch of bitterness in the dryish finish. Earthy and slightly nutty. Fluffy carbonation coaxes out light tobacco and citric notes. Just enough juiciness to lend a quenching quality. Another tasty offering from Columbus.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 11/30/11

This obviously isn't fresh, so let's see how it stacks up to my recollections of having it earlier.

Burnt tobacco brown. A clump of sediment broke free into the glass, slowly adding a drifting cloudiness. Fast rising, three finger head that's riddled with pores. After a few minutes, all is gone, save a thin layer. Not much lace at all.

The aroma finds notes of tangy apple butter, caramel, toasted grains and bread, and a fluffy, dusty yeast undercurrent. The most striking difference being a prominent butterscotch aroma when fresh that is absent here. I specifically let this bottle warm up while I did dishes because I previously noted I liked the beer much better as it warmed. Now, I find the aroma mellow and blends together as it warms even more.

Huh. Same thing as with the nose. The buttery aspect is mostly gone aside from a slight notion in the middle and some that creeps in around the edges; certainly a lot less than when fresh. At this point (and this temperature) toasted grains and suggestions of caramel are showcased very nicely. A soft earthy hop note rounds it out. The finish is rather dry; suits me just fine.

I'd call the overall feel medium, though it's a bit on the plump side (is that what you get when you drink an Oktoberfest after Thanksgiving?). Carbonation seems pretty close to spot on, though my own fancy for the bubbles might have been better suited if I poured the beer before letting it warm up. The only downside here is a coating feel on the latter half.

On the whole, I'd say this has held up pretty well, at least for my two cents. Though I liked the aroma more while fresh, I think it tastes better now. I wouldn't have any complaints about seeing this return next year.

Photo of Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of JayQue
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get that excited with the Marzen style, but this is a real tasty example of the style. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small white head with average retention and some lacing on the glass.

Surprisingly strong aroma of sweet and roasted malts. Taste is stronger than many Marzens as well. Sweet and roasted maltiness leads as it should with a marzen. A good hint of bitterness in the middle and malts again in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, crisp and without the metallic taste that affects so many marzens. This one is very drinkable and overall a solid representative of the style.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice darker amber color with a puffy 2 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides. Good looking beer

S - Good amount of caramel malt, biscuit, a tad bit of hops in the faint background, even some hints of light fruit in there.

T - Again, a bit of spicyness in this marzen, some nuttyness as well, as if just a light bit of hazelnut that gives it some sweetness, caramel malts.

M - Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and the aftertaste is actually a little bit...off. I think it leaves a bit of unpleasant bitterness.

Overall - I was actually very impressed. It actually added a few characteristics not typical for a marzen lager, i.e., it wasn't all malt. There was a bit of complexity there. But at the same time, it took a way a bit from what I've come to expect out of a marzen. Still, a decent Octoberfest.

Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kbrown
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.