Jubelfest | Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

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Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UnionMade on 08-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by SheepNutz:
Photo of SheepNutz
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Little ceramic swingtop bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a medium ruby color with one finger of head. There's decent lacing left on the glass. The smell has some roasted malt, molasses, and cherry aromas. The taste is nice, and has some burnt malt character. There's caramel sweetness, and a slight bit of hops on the finish. The body is just a little light and watery. The drinkability is good though. A decent winter seasonal.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the makers of the better known (in the states) Altenmunster, Allgauer , Oberdorfer and Rauchenfelser beers comes Sailer's Jubelfest. It pours a clear, deep chestnut body that's topped by a full head of ivory foam which holds quite well and leaves wide rings of lace about the glass. Very nice! The nose displays a toasted, subtly sweet, and caramelish maltiness (from Vienna and Munich malts) and a light tinge of alcohol. In the mouth its medium body and fine carbonation combine to leave it gently tingly and zesty on the tongue. In the flavor the malt suggested by the nose remains basically the same. It's sweetish but not overtly rich; reigned in by its toastiness and a solid bitterness and leafy hop flavor. It finishes drying with a splash of sweet, lightly juicy malt upfront that fades quickly into lingering spicy hop flavor and soft bitterness. Quite enjoyable! This is a slightly stronger, less malty, and more hoppy version of their standard Jubel. It's superbly balanced, and exceptionally drinkable (although many might expect a fuller, richer beer based on the packaging. Still, it remains an excellent beer; but at almost twice the cost of the standard Jubel (though not as refined), the Jubel is a better choice. I think the painted bottle and baked-on painted label are adding too much to the cost on this one; and that's a shame because this would make an exceptional beer with any holiday meal or get together.

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Photo of Jon
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubelfest, first of all, comes in a charming package that's bound to catch one's eye -- a typical Jubel swingtop crock, but white with a painted Santa Claus label. While the beer is pretty decent, this is worth purchasing for the bottle alone as it serves as wonderful Christmas decor. On to the beer...

Deep amber with a bubbly off-white head. Sweet, malty, bready aromas paired along with what I'd imagine are Hallertauer hops. Caramel malt, breadiness, and vague traces of hops eminate on the palate. Smooth, crisp mouthfeel lends to easy drinkability. Simple enough and quite enjoyable on its own merit, save for the attractive package.

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Photo of Brent
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Intersting crockery jug-style bottle. It was downhill from there. The primary flavor was a thin, sharp caramel malt that hit the tongue, made a nominal impression, and then got out of Dodge. The mouthfeel was likewise thin and watery. During an annual tasting of seasonal beers (20 this year), the crowd voted this as "most boring." It won't make the cut next year.

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Photo of animal69
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i was lucky to get a version of this in a unique stein package as well as the swing tops (tho i lost it to hurricaine Frances). I liked this one, tho until recently i wasn't clear on the style, not bad for an alt, a nice amber color w/ a nice tan(?) head the smell reminded of a whole foods bakery w many different malt undertones not alot of hop,the flavor matched the aroma as almost every swallow was different, the fact it's an alt prob. expains the dryness & lighter body( i thought this was another of their marzens) another very drinkable sailer beer ...

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Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle kicks major ass! That's all there is to it! The smell is quite nice with hints of various spices, includeing cinnamon and ginger. It also has a caramely smell to it as well. The taste is similar, but a little more on the cinnamon after taste and the caramel taste is there as well. I thought that it was more of a Bock than anything, but I could be wrong. The only downside to this brew is the price. At $9 a bottle, it's a bit pricey. I would think this would be a $6 brew on the average, but I guess they see fit to charge more. At any rate, it's a good beer and give it a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of yen157
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish amber liquid topped by a pretty dense, foamy head which receded rather quickly. Gorgeous. Rich malt nose featuring caramel and a little toast. Same is going on in the mouth. Very lightly sweet milk chocolate and toast notes. Little bit of hops, both flavor and bitterness, provide adequate balance for the moderate malt. Carbonation is full, but fine so all is good in the world. Body is relatively substantial for a beer of the style. Good drink, though I don’t know if I’d pay $10 for it again!

(Note: This was purchased at a bar as part of a holiday promo. Normal retail price would probably be much less than that)

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Photo of UnionMade
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown chestnut color, with a ring of almond colored head around the edge.
Aroma is soft malt, with a bit of toasted malt aroma. Light caramel and a touch of fig. Hops are very subdued. Sort of plain, but clean and smells well made.
The beer is very silky, with smooth carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Very subtle. Body is medium. Little hop flavor, except a mild herbal quality in the middle. Almost nonpresent. The finish is long lasting, with a bit of wet paper flavor. The aftertaste is dry and a touch bready, with some of that papery flavor and texture. Good flavor, but the aftertaste didn't help. I wasn't sure what the style was, but it tasted very much like an altbier, and was marked as an ale on the label.

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Photo of zerk
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that the bottle is what made me buy this one... white painted bottle with a picture of Santa's sleigh. Flip top bottle... absoultely cool. The beer pours translucent amber with a small white head. Aroma is very light, with notes of grain, caramel, and some spicy hops. Flavor is a well balanced mix of toasted malt, caramel, a hint of vanilla, and some light herbal bitterness. Very light and thin for the style... not what you'd call a winter warmer, or even a spiced holiday ale. All in all, a decent beer, but not what I expected.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Malt, malt and more malt with a side of malt. Hops appears more as texture than as any kind of flavor. Quite malty sweet but not sticky sweet. A little watery, almost flat on the palate. Some more carbonation might make this a bit more refreshing; the bubbles that are present are welcome.
Nothing ever so exciting; subtle. Malty.
The bottle is pretty fun, though.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a rubied brown color with just a spot of head over top. The nose was very raisiney and bready, fairly one dimensional. The flavor was much the same. I found it to be a bit weak on flavor, almost a bit watery. The feel was very watery and light. I want more body in any beer. Overall, this was not something I would go after again soon.

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Photo of Citadel82
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like this brew very much. It has everything that a good Alt should have. Rich copper color, copious off-white head that leaves lots of sticky lace, a nutty sweet aroma and a toasted malty sweet taste that is balanced by a short dry hop finish. I can tell you that I was sceptical given the cheesy bottle...but the brew is excellent.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The usual, handled ceramic jug that Sailer uses in so many of their bottlings, this one adorned with a painting of St. Nick on a street, holding a tree, in front of some bells, while snow falls, looking the picture of jollity..."Frohe Weihnacten", it says...and, hey, same back to you, buddy!
Fsssht,goes the top as we snap back the swing-cap...it pours a deep burgundy hue, a full violet out of the light, with a short, slim head.
aroma is ruch, full malt, nutty, spicy, dark fruits, berries, and grapes, figs and dates, ...a serious matter, here.
Taste...these flavors recur, but don't maintain as high a presence as we'd like, washing way rather quickly...fullness in the mouth, a lightly fruity character, becoming more dry off of the palate as it leaves the mouth. With each sip, this play again ensues, the juicy flavor, the dry remains.
Body is at least medium, the finish is, as said, fruity, nutty, then dry, and gone.
unfortunately, nothing unique really steps out in this ale, nothing really impresses...it's a nice drink, and goes down smooth, but doesn't seperate itself too much in terms of character to be a truly memorable winter brew, no matter what the style. Quite nice, really, but I had higher expectations..perhaps I'd think better of this if I'd merely lower those...
I drip the last drops of this attractive vessel and give thanks for this libation to higravity, and the 2004 BA Secret Santa program!

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Jubelfest from Privatbrauerei Franz Joseph Sailer
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 13 ratings