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.

Added by TexIndy on 01-21-2009

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -53.8%
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 +1.6%
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 -3%
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 +9.9%
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 -3%
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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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts. Taste is malty up front, some hops kicking in at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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 CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is minimally hazed dark copper, rust brown with a 1/2 tan head. Aroma is straw and caramel sweet malt. Classic Oktoberfest nose, though somewhat muted. Taste is the nose, clean sweet caramel malt and straw, with a dull finish. Palate is medium to thin, though gets a touch watery towards the finish. Nice enough, though a bit on the light side for the style. This actually made it quite easy to drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 JayS2629
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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 atsprings
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a thin off white head. Aroma is a bit of toasted malts, but not much else. The taste is a bit of sweet malts, but nothing that great for the style. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is just another run of the mill Oktoberfest, nothing I would have again.

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Photo of dstc
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep golden color with full, thick dirty white head. Head falls slow. Decent clinging lace.

Sharp metallic aroma with underlying hints of malt and a hop bitterness as well.

Nice lager taste with decent, toasty malts in the background giving way to a noticeable hop presence. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth with a sharpness on the tongue.

Easy enough to drink and worth trying.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest has a nice clear, toasted copper and white bread crust color with good bubbling and a great head.

The aroma was a crisp toasted caramel and crackers with a little something earthy.

Th taste had a solid toasted malt sweetness with only a little noticeable hop flavors and faintly dry palate. This light dryness and toasted sweetness make for a quick savoring, session lager.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a smallall whsipdy white head, orange colored and clear. Munich malts come to the nose. Malty toasted and sugary notes with a good hop back balance. A little drying but it makes you crave more. Light bodied very drinkable. Not a bad american version of oktoberfest.

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Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
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 Nerudamann
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - light amber in color and slightly murky. A good 2 fingers of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Faintly more malty than hoppy. A tinsy bit spicy.

Taste - Fairly bitter, but in a much less dryer way. Slight sweetness is helping to balance out the bitterness. Slightly wheaty, but not terribly full in body. Well-balanced in texture, not too watery and not too creamy.

Drinkability - In general kind of bland-tasting, but not bad-tasting either. Not much complexity in the taste, but easy to drink.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper pour, small white foam, not much retention.

Aroma: Standard marzen profile of caramel, toasty malts, etc.

Taste: Sweet malts, toastyness, caramel. Pretty much follows the aroma, but it also has a good hop finish..not too strong, but present.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonated well. Its good, and drinkable. I'd have a couple more without too much issue.

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Photo of brewnickbrew
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Erish
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a half liter tapped into a lovely glass mug at the Bolingbrook location: this is the 2010 brew.

A: clear orange/amber, decent 2 finger head that falls into a skim of a cap, the lacing is o.k.

S: GB brews have a unique semi-metallic like sharpness to them that comes through in the aroma and the taste; this beer is no exception, there is also a sweet malt note and an earthy note.

T: boilerplate Octoberfest: lots of sweet malt, a honey note, that aforementioned semi-metallic taste, and gentle floral hop finish. Decent, but not exceptional. It did pair quite well with the German sausages, though!

M: medium weight, decent carbonation, good malt/hop balance.

D: A bit of a disappointment, but then I have never had a beer at GB that blew me away. I would say that it is definitely a "food beer."

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Bookseeb
3.02/5  rDev -17%
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 Elimination
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was wanting to have some fall beers in this shitty weather and since I was on a budget picked this up in a variety pack

Look is a elegant copper yellow with a nice white head, although thin

Smell is slight sweet lager yeast stands out, a tiny bit of a German hope smell comes out

Taste is a bit dry but a nice malt backbone, little hops, a bit of Carmel and barley to it

Mouthfeel is great just thin enough that it's true to style plus the carb level is perfect.

Drink is amazing for right now, this hits the spot

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange color with a very nice 2 inch creamy head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is fair.

S - Smells of malt and grapes. There is a slight wine odor to this beer.

T - Tastes of a sweet malty biscuit and just the slightist hint of hops in the finish.

M - Has a light crisp taste with pretty good carbonation. Leaves a slight coating in the mouth.

D - I found this beer to be pretty enjoyable actually. I got it in a clearance sampler pack and the bottling date is 8/24/09. 8 months later and this still is tasty and fresh.

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Gordon Biersch FestBier from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 182 ratings