Goose Fest Bier
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #230
Ranked #26,293
3.67 | pDev: 11.44%
Jan 04, 2021
Sep 07, 2001
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Notes: Formerly Goose Oktoberfest

Goose Fest Bier is brimming with notes of toasted malt and freshly baked rye bread. This light-bodied German lager is clean and crisp with a fine noble hop character and mild earthy bitterness that is the hallmark of Hallertau hops. Raise a few steins of Goose Fest Bier this fall and celebrate this time-honored tradition, Prost!
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3.68 by Danzifer from Ohio on Jan 04, 2021
4.37 by megamick from Iowa on Aug 05, 2020
4.16 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
3.92 by Zylod from West Virginia on Nov 02, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Nass from Florida

there are too much reviews for this beer let me keep it brief There are some malts although it;s rather dull. Cheers~ B-

Nov 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

This is a good solid domestic Oktoberfest in my opinion. Not going to break any world records or win any medals but it's a good beer. Caramel malt sweetness with a touch of hops... I'm definitely getting the rye bread aspect here. I picked this up in lieu of Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest which the store was out of. I don't like it quite as well but it is still a good beer to watch football with on a chilly Saturday night.

Oct 12, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a light orange-ish/amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This has an interesting orange jam aroma, with some more typical crusty bread, grassy, and honey-like aromas.

This doesn't feel exactly to style, but it's still pretty tasty. There's orange and spicy hop character, maybe a touch too high for the style, along with a great bready and just slightly sweet malt backbone.

This is light bodied, crisp, and really drinkable, with a typical amount of carbonation.

Sep 26, 2019
3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Sep 23, 2019
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3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Azdirtmover from Arizona

Unremarkable meh

Sep 16, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a deep bronze, golden color with a white head. SRM of 12 (3.75)

Aroma: Light aromas of grass, honey, and fresh baked bread. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor is similar to the nose. There is grass with a hint of lemonflower. Then fresh baked bread. Yet, it's dry and finishes light and clean. (3.25)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Decent carbonation. Crisp and clean. Representative of the German style. (4.0)

Overall: This beer doesn't quite hit it for me. It is just right in terms of body and crispness. It nails the body of a German festbier, but it does not back it up with flavor. Ultimately, it lacks flavor and falls sort of flat in my mind. Not bad, but just misses the mark. (Final Rating: 3.42)

Sep 14, 2019
3.73 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Sep 02, 2019
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2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by Beertsipper from New York

12 ounce bottle with a BB date of 19JAN20. So this is pretty fresh. As for the style, its one of the worst Marzen's I've had. Ever since GI was bought out, the quality of their beers have suffered. The best attribute with this one was probably the mouthfeel. Vey light bodied. It's not an offensive beer at all, but the nose and flavor profiles are extremely subdued. Would not buy again.

Aug 24, 2019
4.1 by Payner19 from Illinois on Feb 20, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Jan 24, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Clear deep golden color with off-white head. Aroma is mostly malty and bready. Taste follows with grainy malts, bread crust, a bit of honey and floral hops on the finish. Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Decent, well made märzen.

Dec 31, 2018
3.49 by samEBC from Belgium on Dec 12, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Richardalways21 from Illinois

Not half bad

Dec 07, 2018
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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by daliandragon from Maryland

Straight reddish amber look with no head and a nose based on caramel malt, bread notes , and a touch of yeasty funk. Broad, balanced flavor, with surprising hop presence, but also plenty of buttered biscuit. Chewy body, especially for the style. I kind of liked this despite mediocre expectations.

Nov 01, 2018
3.81 by GloryConway from Wyoming on Oct 29, 2018
3 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Oct 22, 2018
3.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Oct 18, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 21JUL18, code 8K2055... poured into a simple 14 oz glass mug)

L: crystal-clear amber-colored liquid - strange yet limited mobile of lil speckled/flaked sediment swirling about; foam sizzles out during the pour, leaving no collar

S: bit of caramel on the nose... later a vaguely honey-graham note unravels; subtle herbal hops, faint alcohol... big cakey maltiness, but weak overall

T: lightly toasty, cereal-grainy malt; hint of bread crust and lingering caramel in aftertaste... of pleasant character, yet feeble degree of hop flavor/bitterness - the pervasive cheap doughy malt aftertaste could be better reigned in with a little more lupulin umpf

F: little bit of fat to its body up front, finishes with a drop, thin spongy film lingers... drinkable enough, but longing for more length and pull to its finish, not a dull watery wash

O: last of three o'fests sampled this evening, this well after the previous two - maybe it's a touch of palate fatigue, but this was relatively bland, relatively American in its flavors and textures... I may give in to trying it again on tap soon, but not seeking another bottle; kinda lame

Oct 14, 2018
3.87 by NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont on Oct 12, 2018
3.6 by lrend13 from Wisconsin on Oct 07, 2018
4.7 by Rojohns22 from Kansas on Sep 30, 2018
3.53 by naciml from Kansas on Sep 29, 2018
3.71 by Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania on Sep 25, 2018
3.92 by beeragent from Texas on Sep 25, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by BB1313 from Ohio

Bottled on 7/2/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; creamy off-white head that falls leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of fresh bread. Hints of caramel. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. More fresh bread along with some corn. More hints of caramel. Moderate bitterness. Finishes clean and dry. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with sharp active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice Oktoberfest. It's very crisp and clean. It's a traditional example of the style. Well done.

Sep 17, 2018
3.65 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 14, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Wholly decent American versions of the classic style - pretty balanced, not super malty, nice little hop kick at the end, sure it isn’t bursting with layers but that isn’t really the style

Sep 11, 2018
3.44 by tylerjin from Michigan on Sep 07, 2018
2.57 by Zopiac from Michigan on Aug 31, 2018
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LucMcD17 from Indiana

A great octoberfest beer, my second favorite behind Sam Adams.

Aug 29, 2018
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3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Oktoberfest from Ohio

Part of a Kroger pick six. Not particularly memorable but true to the style. Probably better if you're day drinking at a Germanfest, but then again that's true of just about everything.

Aug 29, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by matcris from Arizona

LOOKS: A crystal clear, light amber, with a small white foam that fades quickly.
AROMA: Caramel/toffee, and a bit of an earthy smell. Nice.
TASTE: Same; Nice because this one is not overly sweet and cloying, but, you get that nice bready caramel vibe.
FEEL: Medium full carbonation...nice! Overall, dry, medium-ish body, just right.
OVERALL: No complaints, really. Not as tasty or interesting as the top shelf, but, I'd pick up a six pack again.

Aug 26, 2018
3.71 by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois on Aug 22, 2018
4 by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio on Aug 10, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Mclusal from Colombia


Jul 08, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Derr_drinks_beer from Pennsylvania

Goes well with Dominican food rice beans well seasoned meet! Overall easy to drink beer

Jun 06, 2018
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