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Columbus Festbier - Columbus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011)
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thedifferencemaker

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

11-18-2013 01:32:30 | More by thedifferencemaker
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Mtooman

Ohio

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-16-2013 01:15:32 | More by Mtooman
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crashdavisinoh

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-14-2013 04:27:27 | More by crashdavisinoh
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Nyskizy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-09-2013 22:21:48 | More by Nyskizy
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nitter

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-09-2013 22:05:56 | More by nitter
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-30-2013 12:51:03 | More by williamjbauer
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-29-2013 19:28:21 | More by Kegatron
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10%

10-25-2013 21:12:26 | More by Stinger80OH
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

09-22-2013 19:00:36 | More by outoffocus
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OB1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-19-2013 14:28:03 | More by OB1
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-19-2013 02:32:07 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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jeremyEsmith


3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-22-2012 23:35:39 | More by jeremyEsmith
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-11-2012 00:45:01 | More by jaidenjb
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CoryJHarber

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

10-18-2012 18:48:57 | More by CoryJHarber
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kbrown

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

09-30-2012 23:15:22 | More by kbrown
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

09-20-2012 23:16:38 | More by Giantspace
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garuda

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

09-18-2012 16:21:33 | More by garuda
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equincel

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-12-2012 00:47:15 | More by equincel
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jminch

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

09-01-2012 00:32:23 | More by jminch
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-24-2012 19:00:33 | More by xdefeatsy
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dusting871

Ohio

5/5  rDev +38.5%

02-18-2012 19:31:07 | More by dusting871
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MuscleConfusion

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-17-2012 13:37:41 | More by MuscleConfusion
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fluidmotion

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3%

01-17-2012 03:01:47 | More by fluidmotion
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

12-21-2011 00:33:38 | More by kkipple
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

12-14-2011 23:37:43 | More by PDXHops
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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.