Gordon Biersch FestBier | Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

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Gordon Biersch FestBierGordon Biersch FestBier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
United States
gordonbiersch.com

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.

Added by TexIndy on 01-21-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
175
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -72.2%

Photo of emmasdad
1.68/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a brilliant orange/amber color, with a smallish beige colored head. A little spicy on the nose, with a bit of caramel, some cereal and rye bread. On the palate, this one is sweet, crisp and medium bodied, with some caramel, toasted malt and cereal. Seriously disgusting.

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Photo of jesus808
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Schmittymack
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Old Chicago Westy for the Octoberfest Mini Tour. Poured an orange-amberish color with aromas of some spices, rye bread, and some fruitiness. Tasted started a bit sweet, then turned to disgusting before I could even swallow the sip. I tried another sip, then decided I wasn't going to be a trooper and finish this one. Not quite Bud Light Lime territory but pretty damn close!

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Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'Ice Chouffe goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; GB doesn't make any great beers - at least none I've tried.

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, decent/okay thickness, and average (~ minute) retention. Colour is a transparent textbook copper.

Sm: Marzen hops, cream, and overdone caramel. I'm not horribly excited for this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Overdone caramel is a definite here, but the marzen build does what it can to resist - and fails. Some cream is present, but it's buried. Pretty simple, pretty boring. Not well balanced or built by any means (or stretch). Bleh.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Standard fare. Nothing exciting.

Dr: This is a hoi polloi beer aimed at commercial success and nothing else. It's better than budweiser, but my compliments stop there. It's drinkable, but so is water. Leave this where it belongs, lads: on the shelf.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Mrose78
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of John_Squires
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Murchmac
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer pours a big two finger head which quiets down to nothing. Metallic copper to this oktoberfest lager.

Some bready sweet smells, some metallic smells, hops thrown in.

Tastes bubble sweet with not much malt backbone. Some resiny metallic notes.

Aftertaste of a macro can.

Not a very good beer. Their marzen is much better.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a beer with more yellow going for it than I was expecting, was thinkin more auburn for this style and these guys more traditional old world ways. Smooth and mild toasty aroma.

Taste, again, decently smooth, easy drinking beer with slightly more malt and roasting than BMC, hopping not apparent, easy enough body. Nothing over the top, nothing that tastes bad, I consider it worthy of a recommendation given that it was marked down to $3.99/6pk, the old lady thinks they're good, so these come in handy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer, half inch of white head that gets the F outta dodge pretty quick. Mild, underplayed aromas, almost nothing beyond grain, mildly toasted. Mild Mild Mild. I need another adjective. Now I have that adjective song from Mr. T Experience stuck in my head.

Its an easy going beer with slightly more, toastier malt than BMC, the wheat giving it a craft edge so you can put a slice of ___ citrus fruit in your glass. Has a place in the world.

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Photo of SmilinEric
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mblakesley
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bookseeb
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice amber to it with a thin head and nil lace. Smell of caramel malts having a light honey note. Taste has a bit of spice with the malt with saline in the background having moderate hops leaving a light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with a good spike of carbonation. Not necessarily my choice for a festbier, but not bad either.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of travisnd
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer that last time I was at Gorden Biersch which was just a few weeks ago. The staff was really pushing this beer as I usually order the Marzen but I figured I'd give it a try. It wasn't bad, though not sure I would order it again. I did have it just after it was released so it's possible it could be alittle better now.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dull Translucent amber with a nice white head that leaves a clinging lace.

S- Toasted bread, hops and notes of caramel.

T- A good lager with hints of citrus and faint hops. Notes of honey in the background.

M- Light bodied, crisp and clean with a hoppy dry finish.

D- Slightly bland but very drinkable. A decent Octoberfest.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A coppery yellow with a white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Sweet malt and some toasty notes, but very clean; no fruity esters or diacetyl.

T: Some malty sweetness but a good initial hops bitterness. Finish is dry. Also very clean.

M: Carbonation gives the rich and frothy texture. Dry finish, goes right down. Not too much body that I can sense.

D: This beer is too drinkable. It goes down smooth and the body offers little resistance.

Overall: A rather simple beer. Meets it category well.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 pack Fall Specials found at Grocery Outlet, Salem Brewed 8/24/10..so not old. To be honest a ugly looking beer in my mug dull copper body no real head..just wisps. Aroma isnt great either..slightly cereal with a weird metallic aroma. Taste however saves the day..a nice malty Oktoberfest style beer. Palate thin but not horrid. Overall a dissapointing beer..would be understandable if this was the usual dated Grocery Outlet beer..but this was new.

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3.6 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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