Columbus Festbier - Columbus Brewing Company
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Reviews by 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.
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.
The smell is toned way back. Butterscotch and buttered biscuits dominate. Hops are modest and grassy.
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.
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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-03-2011 00:22:37 | More by MbpBugeye
More User Reviews:
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2013 02:32:07 | More by BuckeyeSlim
2.9/5 rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
A - Amber/ruby, slightly hazed and arrives with no head and has no lacing.
S/T - Sweet, bready and caramel malts with a bit of noble hop presence and bitterness in the finish.
M - Medium to light body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean and slightly bitter.
O - A little bitter for my liking of the style, poor appearance, but drank fairly easy. Nothing to write home about, no urge to get it again.
Serving type: on-tap
09-18-2012 16:21:33 | More by garuda
3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
RB style quickie:
Columbus Festbier perfectly drinkable, if safe, Marzen, gifted by my buddy Jared. Clear copper, short head, bit o' lace. Smells Old-World and toasted and characterful, well attenuated, with real noble hops. Flavor follows, this is a lighter take on the style. Quite drinkable, full, slightly spicy carbonation, no surprises, clean. Grows on me.
Maybe not worth seeking out, but an excellent local option if you can get it.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2011 00:33:38 | More by kkipple
Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.