Gordon Biersch FestBier | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch FestBierGordon Biersch FestBier

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gordon Biersch FestBier celebrates fall and the flavor profile of beers served at the modern-day Oktoberfest. FestBier emphasizes rich, malty undertones with a moderately hoppy finish. The maltiness is created via a combination of dark-roasted, Munich-style malt and Pilsner malt. The hoppy aroma is achieved via the imported Hallertau aroma hops.

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Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the Oktoberfest beers I've had this year, this was by far the best! Served with a small head (I think only to give customers the most beer for their buck), some lace. Color was an almost clear (unfiltered too!) medium red amber. Aroma was malt, caramel, burnt sugar. Flavor was like nose but roastiness comes out more and has geat balance. Body was good, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a little alcohol at the end. Extremely drinkable brew.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic seasonal selection from Gordon Biersch that make me look forward to the Fall months. Can be enjoyed by itself, or paired with a wide range of foods.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an Octoberfest beer with its copper hue. Normal head formation but then it settles out quickly.

Smells lovely. Lots o’ Munich malt contributing a slightly sweet, earthy, and fruity aroma.

Taste wows me from the get-go. What I like most is the finish: it ends with a dry hop snap that I’ve been wanting in other Octoberfest beers of late. I think this really helps keep it light and drinkable. It’s mainly malty from start to finish, but they’re not heavy and syrupy when you think of a malt-driven beer. Carbonation is right where I want it, which is medium, and the body has a velvety smoothness that’s nice too. I really love the finish; it has a good Noble hop bite that’s a bit leafy and nicely drying. Good stuff!

I believe this is my first Gordon Biersch beer and I am impressed. I’ll certainly have to try more. I will definitely be buying a six-pack of this to drink at some point during the official Octoberfest season.

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Photo of brewnickbrew
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Great color. Burnt-Orange/Dark Copperish in color. Large 3 finger head, with off white foam. Lacing was pretty good. Bright and Crystal Clear.

S- Malty, Slight Caramel aromas. Fruity in terms of esters, and a slight cherry aroma

T- Malty, Bready, Slightly Toasty, Slightly Sweet, Earthy hops.

M- Medium body, Slight bitterness, Medium Carbonation

D- This one to me is a sipper. Could have been that I had this after a meal. This is a very good Marzen made by Columbus GB.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VIII:

This Oktoberfest-style beer is lagered for six weeks and uses traditional ingredients, so you know Dan Gordon aimed right at the style at hand, as he usually does.

Decent lacing from a thick froth, pale amber color flaunts a perfect clarity. The nose is very clean with delicate aroma of light biscuity and bread malt, and a mellow floral and slightly spicy hop. Incredible smoothness boosts the drinkability, making for easy work with this moderate-bodied brew. Spicy hop and a faintness of alcohol meld with the carbonation for a refreshing bite up front. The malt character lays a solid foundation on top of that, but not so much as to mute the hops. Clean biscuity, bready and cracker flavors from the grain. Hops leave a long trail of flavor with suggestions of fresh herbs and green peppercorn. Semi-dry, grainy, malty finish.

By far this has to be the most drinkable, true-to-style Oktoberfestbier we've experienced over the years, and is our top pick for the style this year.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the California Brewer's Festival

A - Poured copper-gold with 2 fingers of white head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S - Honey, ample amounts of breadiness, and some light bittering hops in the background.

T - Honey, bttering hops, light caramel, and a bigger presence of bittering hops.

M - Moderately bodied, well-balanced, sweet and smooth.

D - Overall, a good job at an easy drinking fest beer. Impressed a macro did this good of a job.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at wine source, enjoyed from a willbecker chilled.

A light copper color with great clarity and light cream colored cap which settles to a ring with ultra tight bead. The head revives when swirled. The smell is nutty and bread crust with a slight fruity light yeast aroma with a mild ting of floral hops accenting the nose. There is a slight spice and malt body gives a medium full feel iwth moderately high carbonation with a relatively clean yeast w/ mild bitterness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild fruity and toasted malt entry with light spice and subtle hop flavor which adds deptht to the light sweetness with nutty flavor anchoring the body with a subtle hint of dried fruit sweetness. The gentle dry yeast flavors are almost mineral which seems to add to the bitter hop accent and finishes in the clean dry end. Overall a beer I could be happy with most often, very approachable and drinkable. I think it is a high quality lager -very clean and quaffable.

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Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/24/08.

Medium golden beer presented by the bartender with a two-finger white head. The head soon reduces to a thin skin of foam with plenty of sticky lacing.

Aroma is slightly spicy and has subtle juicy, fruit overtones.

Flavor-wise, this beer splits the difference between a marzen and a pilsener. Caramel malt flavors with slight metallic overtones come on first. Slightly fruity (golden apples) follow, then a crisp, dry finish with some bitterness. Aftertaste is that malty marzen flavor I like so much.

I drank this beer without much trouble and enjoyed it pretty well; I could see myself drinking this again when/if it is available.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into large German mug. Dubbed "Festbier".

Slightly cloudy burnt orage and amber hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The aroma is light and toasty grains, with maybe a touch of brown sugar. The toastiness is repeated along with a little bit of caramel. Medium bodied. The finish is pretty dry, with a little bit of lingering grain.

This one was pretty good, perfect for the time of year as the temperature is dropping. Recommended (if available).

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent pour yielding a creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with some lacing, over mostly clear golden tan colored beer.

Nose is loaded with golden malts, light toasty pilsner malts, some nice lager aromas with a bit of lager fruit, hint of apple and pear, slight touch of grassy herbal hops.

Taste starts with lots of toasty malts, straw, earthy straw toasty pilsner malts, light sweetness. Then some lager flavors, light crisp lager but not very dry, a bit too sweet, and some light lager fruits with hints of apple and pear again. Finish gets a bit drier but sticky as well, more lingering fruit, and just a hint of grassy hops come through with touch of bitterness.

Mouth is a bit lighter bodied, decent carb, slightly crisp but not dry at all.

Overall a nice beer, very drinkable, they got the malts down pretty well, nice and toasty straw etc, not loaded with caramel and reddish malts, etc. Hops are the right variety but a bit too light for the hops, maybe a hint more would help. The biggest set back that keeps this from the A- to A range is the sweetness, it really needs to be a lot drier and it would be really high class.

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Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap 11/05/08 into a 32 oz. dimpled mug.

Appears a slightly cloudy golden orange with a nice one inch thick creamy white head. It sunk down eventually and left a bit of lacing.

Aroma was like most Oktoberfests with sweet caramel, toasty malts, and a clean noble hop aroma.

The taste was similar. Clean caramel sweetness up front followed by some toastiness and some spicy hops at the backend.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp, and drinkable.

Quite a tasty Oktoberfest. Not the best I've had this year but it was certainly very tasty and if I hadn't been so full from the food I would have easily been able to put down the 32 oz. mug a lot faster than I did.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper-amber body with an off-white head.
S: Malty with some floral notes with some spice and light caramel tones.
T&M: Biscuit taste with a sweetness to it. Caramel touches and a smooth maltiness. Very nice.
D: This seasonal brew was a very pleasant surprise. Of the beers I had at this establishment...this one stands out. The Gordon Biersch site describes it as: Local breweries in Germany made a special beer for all to share during Oktoberfest celebrations. Gordon Biersch's Festbier is the style of beer most commonly served during the modern day Oktoberfest celebration. It a full bodied, rich, moderately hopped, bronze lager.

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Photo of beergeek279
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a sample at the Gordon Biersch Columbus location. The color was amber, with a very good head. The smell was maltish. The taste was the good caramel malt taste, with a nice hop backing to keep it from becoming cloying. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, quite good.

Though not amongst the best Oktoberfests of the season (Penn, Spaten, etc), I thought this beer was better than some of the commercial offerings. I'll have to make sure I put this one on next year's to-have list.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours amber with a firm white head, good lace.

S: Nice Munich malt, caramel candy.

T: A more direct, fuller malt flavour than the regular marzen. Great Munich malt taste, some walnut, light hop character, but the Oktoberfest flavour is there which is hard to find in this style sometime.

M: Medium/full-bodied for the style, firm carbonation, good overall body.

D: A very impressive American Oktoberfestbier, I could certainly find myself buying this again.

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Photo of codfeast
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Amber, 1/2 off white head, carbination bubbles, and lots of lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, yeast, biscut.

T: Big malty caramel start, followed by a nice yeasty biscut taste. bitter finish.

M: Medium Body, and carbination, dry finish.

O: Thought that it was their Marzen in a different bottle, but the mouthfeel was a little less creamy then their Marzen to me. Even if it is the same beer in a different bottle it's still quite good.

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Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During my latest trip to New Orleans, I was able to sample this on three different occasions. This is their version of an Otoberfest Beer and is a different recipe than the Marzen they offer as a regular.

Served in a dimpled glass mug, the beer is a bright copper with a tan head.

Nice aroma of breads, malts and light spices.

The taste is grainy and slightly sweet. The malts add a nice toasted cracker quality and they compliment the backend spicy finish. Nice notes of grain, bagel with a hint of fresh straw.

The mouth is right on style with a bit of heft and smoothness. Very easy drinker and it goes great with nonspicy food. Give this one a try!

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Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap tonight at the Gordon Biersch in Bolingbrook, Il.

A= This beer poured a fairly clear pale gold color with a 1/2" snow white head.

S= As with many fine lagers, this one did not have a very pronounced aroma. A bit of sulfur but mostly just clean malt smell.

T= This lager tasted very clean and fresh - filled with lots of sweet malts and a hint of orange/lemon zestiness. Also, a fine bisciut and nutty flavor throughout.

MF= Crisp and refreshing carbonation made this a real palate cleanser. Light to medium body.

D= This was a very good example. I really liked this one and will try to get back for more! Very easy to drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gordon Biersch Festbier has a medium, off-white head, with a slight orange tint and a clear, amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate, and not much lacing is left down the glass. The aroma is bready, and piney hops predominate. Taste is likewise hoppy, with that breadiness. Mouth-feel is full, and Gordon Biersch Festbier finishes partially dry. Drinkability is high for this lager. I really enjoyed this mild beer, and would recommend giving it a chance.


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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with a nice 2" head but it broke apart immediately. No lacing developed.

Smell: loads of malt and some soft fruit sweetness comes through.

Taste: decent malt profile with some caramel, mild fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterenss. A hint of earthiness arrives at the finish. Straight forward version of the style.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: nice beer to pair with some german sausages. Easy to drink and since this was quite fresh it was also refreshing.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a slightly hazy amber color with a two finger creamy white head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to conceal the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma; earthy, spicy, crisp and pleasant, start has a sweet malt profile, light hop bitterness at back, top medium in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops mild but pleasing in their bite, dry lingering aftertaste, a quite nice beer, well worth a sample.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would say this is a pretty good American Fest Bier. Fits in the Octoberfest category very well. Nice Amber-ish color but not real bright. Good spicy malt aroma and flavor. Medium bodied, rich and flavorful. A strong flavor profile - a little strong for me to have too many.

Based on draft version at Washington DC brewpub.

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Photo of BigBry
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pint from the Gordon Biersch in Glendale.
The beer poured slightly hazy, deep reddish gold color. White head, thin but good retention. Smell of sweet malts, with hop bitterness. Mild hop flavor matched with a solid sweet caramel malt. Earthy, leafy hop bitterness (not fruity/citrus hops). Medium mouthfeel and body, dry finish. Very nice compliment to my meal, another good one from GB.

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Photo of sommersb
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-01-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-15-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

A: Clear, bright copper color with a white head 3 fingers high. A good amount of bubbles are seen in the mug. Both head retention and lacing are good.

S: Clean aromas of biscuit-like malts and noble hops.

T: Crisp, lager taste with a malty backbone. The spicy hops yield a light bitterness. Notes of roasted grain round out the flavor profile. Smooths nicely as it warms.

M: Body is medium, with a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.

O: Simple and easy drinking lager, just like you'd expect for this style. Nicely done.

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Photo of rel
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have this place less than half a block away from the entrance to my building. The smell from the microbrewery exhaust is amazing when they're mashing. Its a great way to be welcomed home honestly.

To the beer!

I don't frequent the restaurant despite its proximity, until festbier is on the menu. Not to downplay the others; they create wonderful brews for a "commercialized" joint.

Deep golden color, somewhat hazy and hard to see in the dark lighting, but I can see it has a nice head and its served in a nice little stein.

Smell reflects the more common american interpretation of the fest beer. Nice bready malts, but it also has some sweet hoppy notes.

The taste reflects the smell of the malts, while the feel reflects the hops. A very comforitng taste accompanied by a tingling bitterness that lingers.

A great balanced dark style fest beer.

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Photo of ender796
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Columbus's tapping party. Tasted malty and bready. Full bodied and slight hop flavor. Drank many pints of this that evening and since! Didnt know that they had this in bottles in other parts of the country. Brewed on premisis here in Columbus and tasted great.

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