Heiner Brau Mardi Gras Festbier | Covington Brewhouse

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Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Bavarian style lager, light copper colored, medium build beer with a malty finish. In Bavaria, this beer is usually brewed in late summer to celebrate the bringing in of the harvest. With a fresh Festbier in hand, your celebration of the chilly “Mardi Gras” season will warm your heart.

Added by acrawf6 on 11-22-2006

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of LeRay
1.93/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

What can I say, but that I really didn't enjoy this beer at all. When I saw it on the shelf, I was really excited to try it out, but I was really disappointed while drinking it. The beer had a very strange taste and was really flat. I had to force myself to drink it all. I really hope this local brewery succeeds, but I haven't been too impressed by their beer so far. Maybe it was just a bad batch considering that the other two ratings are positive. I'll try it again and see if anything changes.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.16/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Aroma- ale-fruity with citrusy/ spicy hop. Not what I expect in the style but still very appealing. Really fruity.

Appearance- Dull, mirky bronze. Totally chill-hazed. Thin off-white head with lace. Really gross color.

Taste- This is super-light on the palate. Very dry. Vienna malt wants to be heard but doesn't stand a chance up against a prominent astringency, minerally bite, esters, and herbal (almost vegetal) hop presence.

Drink- I could, but won't.

This brewery makes some great beers and I was a big fan of the traditional german offerings I had from them at a recent beer fest, but this misses the mark big time. Disappointing.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a golden bronze with a thin 1 finger white head.

Smell - Sweet malts, and a fruity combination.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Lite, crispy, and dry. Malty sweetness comes through as in the nose. Kinda tart on the back of the tounge into a dry finish. Ummm, i'm gonna say NO on this one.

Drinkability - My first beer from this brewery, and it will definitely be my last.

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Photo of seeswo
2.58/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber with a small amount of whitish head, The nose is a pretty strong dose of malt sweetness, almost a bit darker in flavor than expected. The taste is oddly sweet and yet also dry, a weird version of an Oktoberfest type beer that doesnt really come together. Bready, yeasty, weird. Doesn't taste good in a way that is hard to put my finger on. Medium low carbonation. Overall, just not much of a success.

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Photo of tempest
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a sixer at Rouses in NoLa. My hopes weren't high, but this beer is pretty far off the marks. There's a slight acidic tang to the finish-not good-and the amber beer is hazy. The nutty toasty malt note is interesting, but a bit out of place. The body is on, but this is not a good example of a fest beer. Move along, nothing to drink here.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mardi Gras! Woooo!!!

the beer looks like apple juice in my glass. no real head here. the nose is sweet malts. Not too exciting. with the taste of sweet malts as well, nice little hop balance, subtle light fruits. it is medium bodied, has low carbo, pretty crisp and dry of a brew

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Photo of Vengeance526
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color that leaves a thin white head which quickly dissipates. Really not much to see here.

Not much going on in the aroma either. Fruity/citrusy and a bit of sweet malt.

Faint taste of caramel and citrus but it seems like the most prominent taste is that of stale bread. A little bit of spice comes through as well and I think the balance that provides helps make the flavor a bit more tolerable.

Fells very light and somewhat watered down. I'd really like to say good things about Heinryk and HB since they're local but there is much to be desired in this one. Maybe I'll give it another try down the line just to see but for now I think it is safe to say I won't be enjoying Mardi Gras with this in hand.

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Photo of gford217
2.77/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of deepsouth poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a small bubbly head that dissipates immediately leaving no head and no lacing at all.

S: Smell of light, sweet malts with a faint hop presence. There are definitely some fruity smells going on in there as well. Honestly, it smelled a little like watered down apple juice.

T: Much like the smell, it's mostly very light, sweet malts and light hops. Also some fruity sweetness along with some candy sweetness, maybe caramel.

M: Very light, crisp mouthfeel that doesn't really leave anything on the palate to speak of.

D: This is a decent enough beer, but I'm not extremely impressed with this offering. Hopefully, some of the other Heiner brews are more drinkable.

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Photo of champ103
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. At first a two finger head rises, but recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: Sweet grain and cereal. A sulfur and metallic twang that I don't like at all.
T: Sweet grain and cereal again. Caramel is very light. Maybe some grass hops as well. Not much is here, but enjoyable.
M/D: A light body with a clean crisp snap of carbonation. Fairly easy and smooth to drink.

Kind of bland and sub par. Nothing really bad, just not exciting at all. This would be a good swilling beer in New Orleans during Mardi Gras though. Which I guess is the point, otherwise I would avoid this.

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Photo of Exiled
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of schwaeh
3.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from injuredreserve

A: Pours a very light amber with a 1.5 finger head. Really active carbonation. This is way lighter and more transparent than most Marzens I've had.

S: Bready malts, slight nuttiness, and some metallic aromas. Smells fairly status-quo for the style, just to a lesser extent. This is right there beside the sweetest examples of the style, also fairly highly hopped.

T: This is very nutty, like it was brewed with walnut shells or something similar. The typical bready malt, high sweetness, and some grassy hops are all here. The flavor seems subdued when compared with the top of the style. Man, that nutty flavor is prominent. If only they turned the malts up some more.

M: Thin mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Just seems really drinkable like it should. A bit thin for my tastes.

O: This is pretty decent, it doesn't play with the big boys but its a lot better than Michelob and a few others I've had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoping for great things from the brewery. Some different characteristics coming from this brew. Aromas begin with a heavy dose of malts (pilsner / vienna or 2-row) with a descernable earthy flavor with raw grains and corn. The beer's appearance is darker than most traditional Oktoberfests and the head formation / retention left me wanting more. Seems light on overall carbonation. The taste is more balanced toward the grain (barley) flavors and of the un-malted variety; leaving the beer tasting like green-beer or wort. A sweet caramel-like quality rounds the beer out, but the light hop additions keeps the beer sweet. A bit oily on the toung and lack of co2 makes the beer feel more weighted. Finishes with a sweet grain flavor. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but certainly a different take on the style.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to exiled for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a clear pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma is corn, malt sweetness and wheat. The flavor is corn with some malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Tastes a lot like a macro lager, nothing you should seek out.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank straight from the 12 oz. bottle.

Nice nose, caramel, malt... a lot what you would expect from the style.

Taste is more of the same... crisp, a little light, definite malt flavor with hints of caramel and toffee. Not bad at all.

This is a lot like their regular märzen which isn't surprising. Not spectacular, but far better than their kolsch.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with my cousin out of NOLA. Given that this is likely one of the last nice days of fall, I thought it appropriate to give this festbier a whirl.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a pumpkin orange, with a one finger head that quickly reduces to a thin skim.

Has a mildly spiced malty aroma. Hints of caramel are there, but minimally so.

Taste is clean and easy, grassy with wisps of smoke. Has a pithy bitter finish, but not in a hoppy way. More of a sticky, tacky bitter that gets a bit wearing as you drink more of this beer.

Light to medium bodied, with a creamy middle before the tacky finish, this is an easy drinking brew.

I've had a lot of Oktoberfest style beers this year. While not among the top tier, this is still a decent festbier that I've got to imagine would be much better on tap than it is bottled.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of the Mardi Gras Festbier (though it's supposedly the same as the Oktoberfest). Pours a perfectly clear light gold-copper with a medium white head that dies quickly, leaving a thin foam sheet and little lacing. Aromas of sweet malt --reminiscent of honey--with some spiciness sneaking in later. The flavor is sweet and malty initially, but quickly gives way to refreshing, sharp hops. Nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is decent; the heavy carbonation works well to make it quite drinkable. I might be in the minority here, but this is a solid lager.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer is a clear golden with a white, persistent head.

S The aroma is sweet and malty.

T: The beer is bitter and spicy. The malt is noticeable. There is a bitter aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel is on the thin side and carbonation is quite noticeable.

D: While there aren't any outstanding characteristics in this brew, it is drinkable and by far my favorite Heiner Brau.

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Photo of theghost3
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 1-finger, yellow-tinged white head that quickly disappates, no lacing.

Smell is subtle--some mild, caramel malts & a hint of hops. Taste is grainy with some caramel, spices, & slight hops. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, smooth.

This is a fairly drinkable beer. It's not at the top of the style, but it's sessionable.

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Photo of zbellino
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: BA has this one mislabeled. So, Heiner Brau offer TWO Festbiers. One is in Fall and the other is in Mardi Gras. The Mardi Gras beer is much lighter take on what a Marzen is supposed to be. Reviewers here should specify which one they drank, because it makes a big difference.

A - The color is a fantastic ochre with a little clarity too it. IT pours about a one inch off-white head with very little lacing. It looks like a Marzen, but the head is a bit thin.

S - Very, very good. The malts are very fuity. Most of the fruit is like strawberry with a caramel apple running slightly behind it, and a very 'Heiner Brau' yeast characteristic underneath.

T - Good! Right up front, this is a malty beer. And it runs really fruity on the front of the tongue, again I would say strawberry and banana malty goodness. Not much burnt malt at all, but a little caramelization in the middle. Slightly bitter blackberry/strawberry finish on the back of the palate that keeps it very drinkable and not at all cloying.

M - Perhaps a little slick for this style. Do sense diacetyl in there? Any how, just above average for an Octoberfest here. Though again not heavy at all. I think perhaps the weak carbonation has to do with the mouthfeel.

O - A conservative take on the style. IT's brewed, in many ways, to really emulate what this beer should be and only really falls short on the foam.

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Photo of biggmike
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper color with generous white head that lasted for a while. The aroma of the beer is very malty. The taste is also malty, with light hops, sweetness, and a bit of spice. The mouthfeel is good though maybe a little on the thin side. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had several of these while visiting Lukes (great place btw).

It is served in a glass that reminds me of a strange - the beer is copper with virtually no head.

The nose is of sweetish grains and grass.

The taste hits the mark with lightly roasted malts, some sweetness and a touch of spice bite at the finish.

The mouth is crisp with a lively level of carbonation. I think they hit the sweet spot with this one.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup on Sunday Gras while waiting for the Krewe of Thoth parade.

A: Amber, half finger head that stays. Light lacing

S: malty, biscuity, floral, earthy.

T: A nice surprise. Malty with caramel sweetness. A lager feel with more umph.

M: Light to medium; not much carbonation.

O: A decent Octoberfest. Very sessionable. Wish I'd bought more to enjoy the afternoon parades with. I'll drink again. I enjoyed Heinerbrau's fall Oktoberfest. These guys really do their beers well.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. No visible best before date. Twist-off cap.

A: Very little head. It fizzes and disappears almost instantly. The beer is a pellucid gold, with no carbonation/agitation.

S: Sharply lagery; sourdough bread dough.

T: Surprisingly, it's actually pretty good. Primarily sweet, with a strong supporting malt base that preserves the sense of sourdough indicated by the nose. Toasty and slightly buttery, this is a damn good Oktoberfest.

M: Only lightly carbonated, with a persistent sweet-dry maltiness that I'm not entirely sure if I like lingering.

O: Normally a style I avoid, Covington has done an excellent job in creating this Oktoberfest. I would drink it again, if not regularly, and it is exceedingly pleasant.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium gold color with a frothy bone-white head. Retention is just ok, as is the lacing.

Sweet grainy malts are about all I get on the nose. Perhaps some faint grassy hops if you really look hard. No fruity esters and overall a pretty clean smelling beer.

Very bready flavor, bordering on a loaf of sourdough. Grainy and biscuit notes float in there as well. Just a smidge of toasty malt and mild hop bitterness clean up the palate at the end decently. Reminds me a bit of the Spaten Ur-marzen...a nice malty festbier that goes down smooth and easy. Most likely better than 96% of the beer consumed during Mardi Gras. IMO, this beer carries the name well, it's a good session beer and can be drunk in mass quantities.

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Heiner Brau Mardi Gras Festbier from Covington Brewhouse
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