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Fest Bier Märzen Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Fest Bier is offered in honor of the old ways. We brewed it in the spring with German Pilsner and Vienna malts, hopped it with German Tradition, and fermented it at low temperatures with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. It conditioned for weeks in our cellar, then was moved to cold storage for further aging until its release in late summer.

27 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 08-25-2007)
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Reviews by Schmittymack:
Photo of Schmittymack
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting on 13 Aug 10. Appearance was reddish with a slight head; minimal lacing. Smell was pretty faint but the taste was decent enough with some caramel being the most pronounced. I'd drink this one again if they ever brew it again. Alas, it was my last bottle so....

Schmittymack, Aug 16, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of kraichely
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter swing top. Bottled on 4/27/2007

Poured into a 1 liter glass.

Appearance: Head filled the glass but quickly dissipated with no lacing. A slight bit of foam held on throughout. Very cloudy amber color.

Smell: Not much of an aroma at all, but what was there was all toasty malt.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malt taste with the alcohol coming through at the same time. Slight bitter finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: If I have another of these, I will be sharing it as it was pretty strong for the size of the bottle. Flavors were what you would expect from the style.

kraichely, May 31, 2009
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

sgttibbs, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml red waxed swing top bottle. Pours a tea colored dark reddish amber color with not much carbonation. The aroma is very malty that is just a touch toasted with caramel and a touch of hops. The taste like the aroma is sweet malt with just a hint of hops in the finish. Where this beer lacks in the appearance, it makes up with in the taste. Overall, a pretty interesting Märzen that is worth a shot if you have the chance.

cjgator3, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Brandt
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a ruby copper color with a white head

the smell was both spicy ans sweet with a molasses aroma that was the primary scent

the taste of this beer was a grainy/malty sweetness and a little bit of toast, along with a honey flavor as well.

this beer finished up with a nice light body and a pleasurable sweetness. a nice example of octoberfest beers and great for some fall weather

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of LuceScrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

LuceScrew, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

27 Apr 07 on the card, I assume this is the bottled on date??

This one came in for $12 a quart (waxed & fliptopped)

Pours a semi-hazed orangish/caramel with 2+ fingers of pillowy, sand-colored head. This became effervescent as this warmed & cleared. Great sticky lacing clinging to the bottom half of the Spitzal .5L Mass I used to sample this in. Oh yeah, excellent head retention as well!

S: Caramel & breadyness, plus rye-like peppery notes

MF: Rich, chewy & low carbonation, really brings out the malt.

T: Huge cakey notes, plus caramel & dryness up front. Some herbal hops & alcohol warmth as this warms. Slight grainyness, more caramel, honey malts & some boozy warmth. Finishes dry, with grainyness & a bit bready

This bottle-conditioned beauty drinks like 7% abv, almost makes me think bock, which I could drink all day or till I have take a nap...
always need a knife to break through the wax seal; well worth a go! Quality Marzen!

russpowell, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

spark3148857, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a goblet glass. The Public House in SF called this Fest Bier Marzen which is retired by Grand Teton, but I'll assume it is this Oktoberfest. Beer poured a dark brown, with some hints of red at the edges of the glass when held up to light, with only a light tan colored collar of bubbles. Light lacing when I swirl up a half a finger of head made up of small bubbles. Looks decently carbonated since the beer wasn't quite opaque.

Nose is very malty, toasted grains and bread, lighter caramels, with a bit of floral hops when it warmed up a bit.

Tasting it, there is a good amount of floral and herbal hop bitterness initially, then just mainly toasted malts dominating the tongue, toasted barley and bread, with only a hint of caramel near the finish. There is just enough hop bitterness so it's not just a malt bomb, providing some astringency. Finish is remarkably dry and crisp as a result with some lingering floral hops lightly on the tongue.

Light bodied and well carbonated with a lot of soft and fine carbonation to help keep the tongue clean, which is fitting for a marzen. Should go nicely with food especially the sausage I had during the game. Too bad I couldn't take this beer into the Cal game since the stadium had to stay dry...

nataku00, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 ltr fliptop that has been in the fridge for about a year now... I had it on my gots forever but never got a bite... so tonight I am gonna enjoy it once again.. sharing the bottle with Brenda.. mine is going into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head comes up like meringue... brew is crystal clear amber orange.. head sticks around forever.. so does the pretty lace..

Very rich malty aroma.. no hops to speak of.. waves of toasted malt.. not sweet.. not caramelly.. just thick toasted malt.. very nice.

It strikes me as having a pretty dry finish.. with the assumed toasted malt essence .. no sweetness on the end. Medium/high malty sweetness out of the gate.. melts to toasty malts mid palate and a subtle earthy hop flavor is still stick around... very very clean from front to back.. Medium body and carbonation has a smooth velvety texture... deep malts but it's never too sweet.. just very smooth and clean. I remember liking this when it came out, but wow a year in the fridge has done nothing to screw it up... if anything, it's better and more "lagered".

Class act for sure... I am going to have to ding this brew on the drinkability just because with a 1 liter bottle... even with sharing it, it is a little bit much for me.

4/4/4.5/4/3.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of rdickey
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source: 1 liter corked bottle; April 26, 2007 date on tag.

Appearance: Pours reddish amber into a goblet. Increasingly rough pour produces virtually no head; I hope that this is not dead.

Smell: Hard to get a good feel due to the lack of head, but generally sweet and syrupy.

Taste: Mostly bready malt, with not much of a hoppy profile (as you'd expect). Slightly dry finish. There's not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: I have to say I don't love it. It's not that I feel that every beer should be extremely zippy, but this is almost flat. I suspect I may have a bad bottle; it's almost on its first birthday.

Drinkability: I should caveat that I don't love the marzen style; perhaps it's because I haven't had any of the great ones, but I just find it a little boring. This one, for me, falls at the bottom of that category. I'll see if the warmer second glass changes my view, but for my money there's better out there.

rdickey, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Quart, 1.8 oz. flip-top bottle - from "Cellar Reserve" collection -

Pours orangish with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of caramel candy with bready notes.

The taste is of carmelized grain with some underlying earthy tones. Finishes with a controlled sweetness.

Medium-bodied, smooth...

The smoothness and gentle, but enjoyable, taste make this one disappear quite easily despite higher than normal abv level for the style (which is hidden quite well). A nice O-fest that I enjoyed having...

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this one!

jwc215, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Cramerican, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of mtstatebeer
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 qt, 1.8 oz bottle, 27 Apr 2007. Pours a hazy red-orange color with a fair, fizzy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale and caramel malts, bread, hay, metal, and fruits. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, toffee, and fruits. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry, and bitter. Decent beer.

mtstatebeer, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +8.7%

RBorsato, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Dotcubed
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of an older bottle. tag dated apr 27th 2007.

Poured a modest 1/2 liter glass.
Nice head, fat finger that dies to a scant skim.

Smells malty. Rich taffy sweet. Redish color?

Malt. Burnt sugar. Little carbonation. Some dryness, hints of toasted nuts. Warmth, that 7% alcohol is surprising.
Can it increase over time?

Could go for another, but needs some kind of salty accompaniment. Pretzels, chicken dumplings, sausage.

Dotcubed, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of dakotaben
4/5  rDev +8.7%

A 2finger light cream head that dissipated slowly. Hazy orange look. Lingering lace

S light malt fruit smell. Banana.

T Maltier than expected from the smell with a slight sweetness. Earthy aftertaste and lingering malt punch. On second taste, I am getting a faint nut. Hop taste, but it is well in the background.

M smooth mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.

Overall moderate, but very drinkable complex beer. It may not have the Maltese of malts or happiest of hops, but it is good. I like this one.

dakotaben, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage. Had this one at a tasting the other night, and while I was grateful for the opportunity, this one hadn't held up all that well. Orange-copper color, with no head at all. Some caramel flavors, but mostly oxidized cardboard. Decent, at best.

emmasdad, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

750ml
Red Waxed Swing Top
April 26, 2007

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, but will see with the next pour, some slight oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, very slight hop, nice caramel notes. The taste is malty, slight hop, nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. I don't believe it's 7% ABV, if it is very well hidden. Medium body. Very drinkable, like most, if not all GT Cellar Reserves another awesome brew. Would definitely recommend this one.

Wasatch, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of JDV
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottle shared at tasting with Dewbrewer. Thank you!
Pours a rich, cloudy amber with not much head mustering up in my sample. Smell is malty toastiness, but light and a fair amount of hops in the nose too for the style. Taste is somewhat thin with a uniquely prominent lemony hop characteristic in the end. Thin bodied overall, and mild maltiness. Different from what I'd expect of the style, but not bad.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Hex92
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I waited too long to open this one. The bottle is dated April 2007. Not a good idea to let it sit for 5 years. Lagers don't age that well.
Cloudy orange, minimal carbonation. Muted flavors overall past its prime.

If you still have one on you shelf...open it now, because it isn't going to get any better.

Hex92, May 12, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liter Swingtop

A big thanks goes out to BitterBill for sending me this liter of Grand Teton, thanks Bill! A standard pour wouldn't bring about any head at all through half a mug but a more aggressive pour brought about a fingers worth of dish soap head that quickly fizzled to nothing. The body of this beer is a rusty red not unlike a fresh pressed apple cider. All the swirling in the world won't bring the head back to this beer.

This beer smells deliciously malty. Toasted grains abound with some caramel drizzling. There is a touch of freshly husked grains in the mix but they fall to the background rather quickly. The caramel grows as this beer warms and becomes juicier each time I stick my nose in the glass. This O-Fest has all the style I appreciate but with even more depth which may bring the caramel to the point of being a little sweet. That's just me being picky though.

This beer comes across the tongue nicely with a moderate toasted grain quality drizzled with caramel just like the nose suggested. A ghost like alcohol presence is there but barely noticeable. The caramel comes across stronger in the flavor then in the aroma and makes for a good beer. A hint of the fresh barley comes through as well although there seems to be some green apple tartness in there; it's tough to pick out but is noticeable. This is a nicely crafted O-Fest although the green apple throws me for a loop.

The body has a certain richness that leaves some sweetness behind on the tongue. The sweetness seems to be a little too much for the style but I may be too critical. The moderate body moves slowly through the mouth with the lazy carbonation.

This liter of marzen is going down easy but that's about all I could drink in a sitting due to the sweetness left behind.

This is a decent example of the style but there could be a few tweaks made to the recipe to make a crisper, easier drinking O-Fest. I do enjoy it though, thanks again Bill!

joe1510, Sep 29, 2008
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Fest Bier Märzen Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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