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Fest Bier Märzen Lager - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
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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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Schmittymack:
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Schmittymack

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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....

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 10:10:45 | More by Schmittymack
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2014 16:03:21 | More by Whiskeydeez
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-09-2014 13:23:34 | More by sgttibbs
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of my favorite octoberfest types of the year right here, authentic and delicious. straw colored on the pour and sporting several inches of permanent thick creamy foam. looks the part for sure. grassy aromatics, prickly german hops, dusty light malts, and a lager yeast that really sets it apart. smooth as anything in terms of feel, delicate on the palate, and just oozing tasty pilsener malts. not quite as hoppy as it could be, especially given the quality ingredients here, id like more, but its balanced up well and drinks like a champion. dried hay late summery vibe in the finish, not quite as autumnal as some, but it really works. perfectly carbonated to lighten it up, clean quick finish without being overly dry. I need to remind myself to buy more stuff from grand Teton. everything ive had from them has been great, and they seem to always have something on the shelf. this is a splendid illustration of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2013 18:59:58 | More by StonedTrippin
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RBorsato

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9%

10-16-2013 20:56:07 | More by RBorsato
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-12-2013 14:58:47 | More by jaydoc
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LuceScrew

Idaho

4/5  rDev +9%

04-27-2013 22:26:52 | More by LuceScrew
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

08-06-2012 16:38:33 | More by spark3148857
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Hex92

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:46:24 | More by Hex92
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

03-12-2012 01:14:36 | More by UltimateLivewire
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

02-15-2012 04:45:38 | More by Cramerican
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nataku00

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 05:22:55 | More by nataku00
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:16:35 | More by emmasdad
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 02:13:33 | More by mtstatebeer
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Brandt

Montana

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Serving type: growler

11-17-2009 23:15:31 | More by Brandt
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Dotcubed

Arkansas

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 03:47:36 | More by Dotcubed
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kraichely

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:25:52 | More by kraichely
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joe1510

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 00:05:42 | More by joe1510
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 07:32:56 | More by JohnGalt1
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cjgator3

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 03:02:03 | More by cjgator3
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:55:12 | More by JDV
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 01:14:28 | More by rdickey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber body. Zilch for carbonation.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of candy apples with a sprinkling of spice.

Taste: Sweetish caramel maltiness. Tart Golden Delicious apple fruitiness with a touch of acidity. A swig of booze. Some light bitterness holds till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Completely flat.

Drinkability: Would be nice if it had some (any) carbonation, but as it stands...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 20:34:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Patrick999

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big stinkin' bottle with a swing top.

Pours a burnished gold into a weizen glass with some frothy head, but not so much. Head doesn't retain and no lacing is present. I expected a bit more from this style, especially poured into a glass that yields a two-finger head with almost any beer. Retention was a little better with the second, more-yeasty pour, so I'm going to bump my score up from 2.5 to 3.0.

Excellent aroma, a very clean fresh cake-y malt, a bit like stepping into a bakehouse.

Rich, full taste, this is liquid sustenance for sure. That clean bready malt bill dominates, with the 7% alcohol nipping at the edges. Mild hop is there but doesn't make too much headway.

Feel is a weak point of this beer. It seems to me limp and inadequately carbonated; not as crisp as I would expect from this style.

Drinkability is pretty good. It comes in a huge bottle, but it isn't much of a problem to drain it yourself. Clean and tasty lager with no off flavors whatsoever. Would be an excellent 4-star O-fest with a little more of a crisp feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:40:07 | More by Patrick999
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t0rin0

California

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer was your typical german festbier but it was little heavier and had a little more alcohol to it.

It poured a orange/brown color that was moderately clear. There was little head and the tiniest bit of lacing. Just right for a german beer. It smelled very malty and a little bready. There was a touch of german yeast present. The aroma as a whole was not very strong. The flavor was a stronger more enjoyable version of the aroma. It had all the nice maltiness that good festbiers have and a little alcohol and hop bitterness to give a little more of an ale quality.

The body was heavier than expected which was nice. The carbonation was just right. And this beer was very drinkable not because of any amazing flavor but because you could drink this anytime anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 23:28:46 | More by t0rin0
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Fest Bier Märzen Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.