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 woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this in a trade with my local trader, tone77, who brought over a whole bunch of nice beers for me to try.

As an homage to sommersb, some stats:
Tasted On: 01-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 08-02-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle

From the bottle: "Never trust a skinny brewer."; "Oktoberfest-style lager"; "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."

My pour netted me a finger of tawny head with low retention. Color was a coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was very rich and sweet, like caramel/toffee and molasses with a light underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium and it was really sweet and malty on the tongue to this hophead. It had some nice clean flavors to it, but overall, it was just too sweet for me to really enjoy. One was plenty for me but YMMV.

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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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
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 animal69
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/22/11 notes. Had on tap at the DC location.

a - Pours a medium amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready and toasted malts, caramel malts, grain, and some fruity malts. The fruit coming in the nose is nice and helps it out a bit.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, toasted malts, fruity malts, and light wheat or grain. Again, I enjoyed the fruit mixing with everything else.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer, one of the better ones I had at GB. Some nice fruit mixing with the caramel and toasted malts, something I would probably order again if I was at GB.

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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 smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a dimpled glass...nice touch. Good ring lace after a modest head. Cloudy, dark gold color.

Mild pale, fully-malted barley smell. No notable hop, which is okay for the style and understandable based on how full the glass was initially.

The taste is more grainy than I expected based on the smell. The body tilts to the thin side, even for a Marzen. The high carbonation exasperates this. Low to no bitterness, but this brew is still relatively dry.

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Photo of travisnd
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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 Schmittymack
2/5  rDev -44.6%
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 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 emmasdad
1.68/5  rDev -53.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the Fest Beer at the G & B in Bolingbrook, IL last evening. The color was a nice copper/amber with white head that laced slightly. The aroma was sweet with hints of malt. The taste was a good balance of grain, hops and malt. The was a bigger presence of sweetness, more so than the Marzen, that made the beer a little too sweet for me to drink. The beer did come off the pallet clean. Overall not to bad....too sweet for me to session.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With moderate tone throughout, Gordon Biersch's Festbier portrays a medium density of bready flavors with just enough floral hops to round out the malt-focused flavor.

Pouring a deep golden, light copper color the lager stands out with a rich color while building a lasting head of white creamy foam and offering moderate pockets of lace behind.

Somewhat muted aromas of fresh baked bread, a malty-grainy scent that stops shy of caramel, and a nutty, grainy mix all shape the elegant malt profile, similar to that of Vienna Lagers. Floral hops along with sweet scents make me think of fruity passion fruit, honeysuckle, and apple.

More vibrant malt character in flavor than in aroma. Bread crust with a backing of yeast and baking breads all lead the way, but with the suble rebuttal of herbal hop flavor that leads to slight earthy, spicy bitterness in finish. An elegant and sweeter Oktoberfestbier that seems to be a cross between the richer export versions and the lighter ones typically served at Munich Oktoberfest.

Medium bodied, the early malty creaminess holds firm through mid palate until the carbonation waivers and ushers in a clean malty-dry finish of mild woody bitterness and minty warmth.

A highly drinkable and rewarding Oktoberfestbier that seems a bit more rich in sweetness and in body than what's normal.

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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 BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tap into a plastic cup at Gordon Biersch in San Diego, Calif. Color was light amber. About an inch of head. Decent amount of lacing. The film was light on the sides, but stayed throughout.

Smelled of toasty malts. Also some slight honey and grains in there.

Similar to the nose. Toasty malts were the initial taste, followed by a nutty finish. Pleasantly, slight bitter at very end.

Medium body. Highly carbonated. Consistent feel throughout.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer, considering the rest of my experiences with Gordon Biersch. Their seasonal are all better than their core, but this may have been the best.

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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
3.61 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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