Creekfestbier Lager
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

Creekfestbier LagerCreekfestbier Lager
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #79
Ranked #23,597
3.83 | pDev: 8.88%
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Creekfestbier LagerCreekfestbier Lager
Notes: Traditionally brewed in March just before brewing was banned for the Summer, Märzenbiers are malty, smooth, clean, and rich lagers that have a distinctive malt backbone and complexity for a style that can be so understated. Brewed with German Munich and Pilsen malts as well as German Hallertau and Tettnanger hops, this distinctive brew is conditioned at cold lagering temperatures for five months; some things you just can’t rush. This is a true Oktoberfest offering, one that is prominently featured during our Oktoberfest celebration at the brewery, and at 5.2% ABV it’s a crisp, smooth, and easy to drink beer perfect for the chilly Fall nights ahead.
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 47
Reviews by BigMike:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 3.00 (Including tax)/16 oz can ($ 0.188/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 7/3/19.
Undated can. In reefer at point of sale. Stored upside down at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Dark yellow, clear.
Body – Orange, slight haze.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), off-white with distinct yellow cast, average density, short retention, diminishing to a one mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Malty.
Flavor – 4 – Malt-forward with a taste of flowery hops, slightly sweet. No alcohol taste or aroma (5.2 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, on the watery side of syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.25 - (-0.25 points for undated personal container) Lacks the characteristic crispness and clean taste of a typical lager.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big 'ol middle fingers worth of head quickly settles and leaves behind a very Fall-like burnt maple leaf-tinged lager. Smells like a fuckin' fest "bier". Tastes like one too. Overall, I'd drink this shit again! This has been another in a long line of reviews I didn't want to write because I've become a dipshit slave to my "beer karma".

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can, sticker on the 4-pack holder has a Julian date of "264 17" so it was canned on September 21, 2017.

Deep amber color with an off-white head. Five months of lagering has served this beer well, as the clarity is brilliant. Great-looking Märzen.

Lightly toasted malt aroma with a touch of caramel. Light floral hops in the background. Clean malt flavor, but there's a lingering sweetness that detracts from the beer just slightly.

A little chalky in the finish. Medium bodied. Not as bready as most of the top-tier Märzens but a damn good effort here. One of the better American versions I've had.

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Photo of dgherm
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwa357
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10/8/16...pours rich bright amber with fluffy head of 1/4 inch white pillowed foam. Spicy malt nose. Smooth malty taste, heavy caramel flavoring. Chewy. Malty, yet crisp, simple straightforward excellent Octoberfest.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After my first favorable try in 2013 at the brewery, I picked up a few bottles back in 2014 at my local bottle store/pub (Blue Dog). My first impression was good but the hop level for this style was excessive. My 2013 experience: Very flavorful, malty oktoberfest poured a clear medium amber with substantial white head. Aroma if caramel and fresh bread. A bit too much hops on the finish.

After aging for two years, one year in cellar, one year in fridge, a bottle was sampled on 5-10-16: Super malty rich taste with just the right balance of hops on the finish. The caramel predominates upfront with a pleasant roasted malt finish. The cloudiness has increased with age along with the rich flavor.

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Burnt orange in color and a bit murky which was surprising for beer lagered for 4 months. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet, bready and caramel malt aromas at first followed by toasted malt, dark ripe fruit and herbal hops. On the heavier side of medium bodied with a big oily feel down the middle and spicy, tangy feel on the edges. Big sweet caramel malt up front followed by dark, fruity raisin-like sweetness. Toasted malt and spicy, herbal hops through the middle with expanding hop bitterness toward the end. Finished with a lightly crisp feel and a tangy herbal hop bite. Along with the big malty presence, the dark fruit notes were very unique.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite a good find I walked into my House of 1,000 beers and saw they were clearing these out for just 4 bucks a bomber marked down from 7.95. Into a pint glass.

A - Quite a deep shade of orange brown, very dark for a marzen. Clear looking with a 1/2 inch of off white head.
S - Really stands out with nutty and bready malts, some bittering hops, some skunk, and mostly caramel sweetness.
T+M - Quite good the body was on par maybe drank a bit heavy with a medium body. Just busting with sweet malts, bready malts, and very little skunked hops.

Overall not the best Oktoberfest but a very good malty version of one. Finished the bottle and wish I bought two for the price.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Growler from the brewery - poured into pint

Deep chestnut color with soft orange tones, topped by a frothy layer of beige head. Retains for a moment while drinking before fading, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass. Nutty and malty in the nose with sweet caramel and leafy hops. Complex layering of malts on the tongue, mild sweetness with caramel and bread crust. Crisp and clean drinking - refreshing enough for the waning days of summer but flavorful enough for early fall.

Neshaminy's strong suit definitely appears to be their lagered beers, I'd be happy to see this make an appearance every fall.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Brownish amber with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Very cloudy.

Toasted bread, caramel, nuts, banana bread and cocoa.

Caramelized brown sugar, toasted brown breads, molasses and nutty malts. Light notes of banana bread and cocoa nib. Finishes with an earthy and somewhat leafy hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp, smooth and clean.

Ziggy Zaggy is brewed in March and cold conditioned for 5 months before its fall release. A lot of love from NCB in this one. A top notch Oktoberfest!

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I like this beer it was very good.
Pours a rich copper with a tall beige head.
Smells malty and bready and the taste is similar with a big biscuit malt taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Creekfestbier Lager from Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 47 ratings