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Columbus Festbier - Columbus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 17
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass -no best by date (new release)

A: Poures a light translucent brown with one finger head that desends into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malt ,spice, toffee.

T: Nice earthy nuttiness with small amounts of toffee and caramel,roasted malt.

O: Overall this was a very tasty - slightly sweet but not enough to make it un-drinkable , I would have this again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic pint...

A- Dark orange color. Nice finger of egg white head. Settles down to a cm then chills for awhile. Sporadic lacing.

S- Freshly toasted bread with a slight dulce de leche aroma. A touch of sulfur and trace amounts of whats a not so acceptable diacetyl for this style.

T/M- Malty and fucking delicious! Biscuits, toast, grain, toffee, and even Werthers candy. A bit on the bock side of the style as its slightly sweeter than most Fests, but still great. The flavor really sits on the tongue for a long time. Great medium crisp body. Coats the palate well, fitting for the flavor.

O- Not the most traditional oktoberfest, but I thought this was an absolutely great beer. It loses a few points here for being much sweeter and not as clean as an oktoberfest should be, but keeping the taste score high because I did enjoy this beer with styles put aside. One of the best non-pumpkin fall beers I have had. Might be hitting my brother up to send me more, soon!

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 cneville
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours a light copper, one finger head. Smell is understated for this style, malty, with definite butterscotch notes. Taste follows the smell--a little sweet, buttery, then fades into a good hop note. Taste is not overwhelming at all, which I enjoy. Mouthfeel is good--carbonation balances out well with the finish. It'd be interesting to know the abv here--I'd assume somewhere around the 5%-5.5% range. If higher, they've done a good job hiding it. Overall, it's not my favorite example of the style, but a good change of pace to other beers I enjoy around this time of year. CBC has done a good job creating something a lot of pople should embrace. Plus, it's local!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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 kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin streaks and small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and lots of caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. There is also a slight metallic taste with each sip. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a weird carbonation going on with a crisp but acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but the carbonation issue makes this one hard to drink.

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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
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