Festbier
Columbus Brewing Company

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #159
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,007
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 10.99%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
91
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Columbus Brewing Company
 
Ohio, United States
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 91
Photo of jrc1093
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/27/19

Pours a bright, clear copper body with multiple fingers of tight, off-white foam; good retention yields a frothy collar and a variety of moderate, webbing lacing.

Aromas of rich malts accentuating brown bread crusts define the bouquet, with touches of Noble hops, toffee, and an earthy, tea-like tone adding further versatility.

Taste sees more brown bread in the spotlight, with fresh dough and grainy spice adding detail; soft caramel tones and light medicinal hops guide through an earthy, semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel has a light-medium body with fluffy carbonation developing evenly across the palate; remains ultra-crisp past the mid-palate and into a moderately dry swallow.

I'm admittedly fairly hard on American interpretations of Oktoberfest brews, but this one is one of the most rounded examples I've come across in awhile. The desirable marriage of robustness and simplicity is spot-on alongside a full-feeling but always quenching body. No weaknesses here; just a fine German-styled lager with a deft American touch.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice brew pours a luminous
red tinged amber with a decent head of white foam that settles to a thin
ring, subtle light layer, and shows spotty lacing. Nose of toasted malts,
light grain notes, and floral hop notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with
light floral hop notes amongst toasted malts and light brown sugars
with light cereal grain touches on the rear. Nice mouth feel; medium
body, light carbonation, and a lightly sweet bread touched finish that
is subtly dry.

Overall, a pretty nice brew from an old favorite brewery of mine.....
although I WISH they would bring back the 80 schilling. Great stuff
from back when----and Reverend Purley's was pretty nice as well.

Cheers

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Corey for the beer!

Beautiful copper orange body, clear but with a slight haze. Nice one finger white head that leaves some spotty, runny lace and a broken ring around the glass.
Huge waft of caramel sweetness, lighter in toasted malts and the slightest hint of medicinal hops.
Quite an odd progression with the taste of this beer. Initially it is very thin up front until a burst of caramel and apple skin shows up and blend seamlessly in to a very pleasant medicinal and spicy hop finish.
The body is on the lighter side of medium with medium carbonation. Very smooth mouth feel and light.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A typical ocktoberfest beer no fancy bells and whistles to boot. Just a plain oktoberfest beer. This beer is smooth and finishes great. Overall drinkable

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not only is this beer smooth with hops to malt and a somewhat bready finish but it still holds up well despite the bottle I had being over 4 months old. Downright refreshing really I could drink this any day.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Columbus Festbier | Columbus Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this puppy is to fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a medium golden amber body.

Smells like a lighter amount of malts than most marzens, and this brew isn't even two months old as of this review.

Again, the malts are coming off as NOT caramelized or richer than would make for a regular lager.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll give Columbus Festbier | Columbus Brewing Company an overall 4. This needs the malts to adhere to the style more authentically IMO.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Columbus Festbier brewed by Columbus Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.30% This Oktoberfest pours out a nice deep golden amber color with a small white head. The sticks around for a while. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Columbus Festbier has the look of most Oktoberfest brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is bold with grains and malts. There is also a nice amount of sweetness to this brew, and mild hop bitterness. Between the look and the smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pickup on a nice sweetness. Lots of rich grains and malts. The hops put it all together. There is a lot going on in Columbus Festbier, a real nice put together Oktoberfest. I like how bold , but smooth this brew goes down. This is a real nice enjoyable Oktoberfest. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to. The mouth feel is Bold, Clean, Smooth, Rich and, Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Columbus Festbier a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Columbus Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this Oktoberfest.

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

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 8/30/2016. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Good appearance. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, toffee, herbal, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Some yeast fruitiness as well, but not overwhelming. Flavors of brown sugar, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with lighter notes of nuttiness, caramel, toffee, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness for a short bit. Nice balance and solid robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and fairly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is good. A bit too thin and not creamy enough. Fairly clean on lager flavors; with some light yeasty fruitiness present in aromas and flavors. Overall this is a pretty good Oktoberfest style. All around good balance and solid robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. Not as clean or robustly malty as I hoped; but the flavors were still good for the style expectations. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of beergoot
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper body; rich, creamy head. Mildly fruity aroma; pear. Toasted, cereal grain flavor with a mild hop bitterness. Medium body; mostly dry finish.

A nice, tasty, festbier. Nothing outstanding, not wrong either. A solid offering from Columbus Brewing Company.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My bro-in-law gave me this treat. It poured a clear copper with no head and no lace. The scent had waifs of biscuit. The taste was evenly balanced and very easy to drink. There was slight sweetness and bread base. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this was a great session type of beer and worth a try.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OZ bottle
Served in a half liter mug

This beer pours copper in color with amber highlights. It is topped with three inches of tan head that very little lacing.

The aroma is toffee, caramel, and toast.

The taste leans slightly towards the sweeter side with notes of caramel and toast. Some light hops come into play through the middle with a semi dry finish.

Medium to moderate mouthfeel

This is not my favorite style, but this is a very good example of the style. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Again with the chill haze--copper body with a thick, dense beige head.

Smell is bready grass, pilsner like at first, with some banana walnut bread. A little hay and barnyard quality tries to come up every now and then.

Taste starts with a really nice malt and spice base. Festbier just has a full and punchy flavor. I get a pumpernickle tingle, with nice and smooth banana bread, wheat grain, and somehow, a little nibble of hot pepper.

The body is full and really intensely frothy, yet sort of spicy from the carbonation. Wet and fluid, but nice and semi-dry at tail end.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Columbus makes a more than competent marzen.

This beauty sits pretty burnt orange with moderate head. The aroma is subdued, fresh and malty.

The taste is a style appropriate malty all nicely balanced and easy drinking. This mouthfeel is much cleaner and fresher than others of the style.

Highly recommended for an easy drinking seasonal.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/29/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours amber with a subtle haze and some sediment floating around that comes from the bottom of the bottle; fluffy off-white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and solid lacing. The aromas have lots of fresh bread and toast notes. Lots of grains. Subtle hints of caramel and toffee. The flavors basically follow the nose. The flavors are pretty clean. More fresh bread. Slightly earthy. The caramel and toffee is there without dominating. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, very creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest. It might not be crazy, but it's well crafted and very enjoyable stuff. I like it.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you haven't tried this Marzen yet do not be fooled by the Ba score of 82 ! A respectable score sure but this Oktoberfest style lager from the CBC is in my opinion head and shoulders above many American brewed Marzens as well as the traditional German representations as well. Clean and crisp. Full bodied with terrific touches of caramel and bread malts. A really nice Lager that's right up there with this year's Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest collaboration.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 15202. Threshold beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber, with 1 finger sandy head that quickly dissipates to a very thin cap of foam. Endless carbonation is visible. Modest lacing. Excellent retention of that little skim of foam with a ring around the edge.

Aroma: Lagery; honey sweet maltiness. Toasted sourdough, whole grain bread.

Taste: Slightly sweet arrival, immediately turns light and crisp. Where's the malt? Toasty/sweet mid-palate, with that toasted multi-grain bread taste asserting itself. Far less sweet than other marzens, but just as toasty as the best of them. Finishes with that sour/caramel taste that is the hallmark of a great marzen.

Mouthfeel: Light, very well carbonated and wet. Slight slickness lingers, but it is nowhere near the viscosity or the density of most American marzens. Ample carbonation. Feels very much like a helles or heavier pilsner.

Overall: Do not write this beer off! I had this beer two years ago, and was heartbroken it wasn't bottled last year. This is not a traditional American marzen, because it is not heavy and not sweet; it is not a modern German-style marzen either, in that it's still very dark, and not hoppy. But what it is, is amazing. It is a lighter, fresher take on the American marzen style, and I will get it every year it is available. I could easily drink this all day long.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a rich yellow-copper into the glass, with a one-and-a-half finger loose head of off-white foam characterized by lots of large bubbles that falls quickly to a 1/8 finger of tight bubbles and lace that just sit on the surface. Then, that takes awhile to slow dissolve away to just a lacy sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a bright orange/yellow copper and clear, with a fair amount of carbonation rising throughout the glass from the bottom.

S – Rich caramels and nicely toasted malts with hints of toffee and light pipe tobacco. Nose is soft, but inviting. Noble hops start to emerge as it warms in the glass, along with suggestions of soft, yeasty spiciness, like nutmeg.

T – More malt-forward and more toastiness to them than the nose suggests. Noble bittering hops thoroughly mixed-in rather than following behind. The nose promised sugars, but they're much in the background and indistinct. It's liquid sourdough toast. It's score suffers from its classification.

M – A bit fizzy in the mouth, showing moderately full carbonation. Decent body, definitely not watery. Structure is well-integrated. Not much of a finish, and is a bit dry for the style. Would have liked to have had some of caramel lingering on the tongue, especially since it's so hidden in the taste profile.

O – While the lack of caramel in the taste profile makes this an atypical Oktoberfest, the somewhat fuller toastedness of the malts is surprisingly well-balanced with the hops. This beer isn't hop-forward, but it's not the least bit sweet, either. It's one that you could easily session because your tongue isn't going to get tired of the sugars and long for a break from them. Try it for its own take on the style.

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Photo of garuda
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber/ruby, slightly hazed and arrives with no head and has no lacing.

S/T - Sweet, bready and caramel malts with a bit of noble hop presence and bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium to light body, medium carbonation, finishes mostly clean and slightly bitter.

O - A little bitter for my liking of the style, poor appearance, but drank fairly easy. Nothing to write home about, no urge to get it again.

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Photo of kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RB style quickie:

Columbus Festbier perfectly drinkable, if safe, Marzen, gifted by my buddy Jared. Clear copper, short head, bit o' lace. Smells Old-World and toasted and characterful, well attenuated, with real noble hops. Flavor follows, this is a lighter take on the style. Quite drinkable, full, slightly spicy carbonation, no surprises, clean. Grows on me.

Maybe not worth seeking out, but an excellent local option if you can get it.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another dose of Columbus goodness from Ryan011235. 12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. 2 fingers of foma that settles fairly quickly into a thick skim atop the hazy copper body. Lazy small wet patches of lacing.

Full malty nose with hints of nutmeg, caramel and baking apples. Definitely smells more bready and roasty than sweet. More flavorful than the nose led me to believe. Quite toasty with a nice little punch of bitterness in the dryish finish. Earthy and slightly nutty. Fluffy carbonation coaxes out light tobacco and citric notes. Just enough juiciness to lend a quenching quality. Another tasty offering from Columbus.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass on 11/30/11

This obviously isn't fresh, so let's see how it stacks up to my recollections of having it earlier.

Burnt tobacco brown. A clump of sediment broke free into the glass, slowly adding a drifting cloudiness. Fast rising, three finger head that's riddled with pores. After a few minutes, all is gone, save a thin layer. Not much lace at all.

The aroma finds notes of tangy apple butter, caramel, toasted grains and bread, and a fluffy, dusty yeast undercurrent. The most striking difference being a prominent butterscotch aroma when fresh that is absent here. I specifically let this bottle warm up while I did dishes because I previously noted I liked the beer much better as it warmed. Now, I find the aroma mellow and blends together as it warms even more.

Huh. Same thing as with the nose. The buttery aspect is mostly gone aside from a slight notion in the middle and some that creeps in around the edges; certainly a lot less than when fresh. At this point (and this temperature) toasted grains and suggestions of caramel are showcased very nicely. A soft earthy hop note rounds it out. The finish is rather dry; suits me just fine.

I'd call the overall feel medium, though it's a bit on the plump side (is that what you get when you drink an Oktoberfest after Thanksgiving?). Carbonation seems pretty close to spot on, though my own fancy for the bubbles might have been better suited if I poured the beer before letting it warm up. The only downside here is a coating feel on the latter half.

On the whole, I'd say this has held up pretty well, at least for my two cents. Though I liked the aroma more while fresh, I think it tastes better now. I wouldn't have any complaints about seeing this return next year.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. Thin streaks and small dots of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit-like malt and lots of caramel aromas. Taste is of malt, caramel, and some herbal and citrus zest hops. There is also a slight metallic taste with each sip. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a weird carbonation going on with a crisp but acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good Oktoberfest beer but the carbonation issue makes this one hard to drink.

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Photo of prototypic
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Festbier pours a nice looking copper color. It’s very clear. Backlighting gives it a slight orange tint. It’s capped with a vanilla colored head that stands about a finger or so tall. It recedes to a surface covering quickly and holds there for a bit. Lacing is on the lighter side.

The nose is weak and needs more strength. It’s still pretty good. Initially, it smells like a mix of caramel and toasted malts. The caramel definitely smells like the stronger of the two. It smells a little grainy. Grassy, earthy hops are certainly in the mix. Definitely smells like noble to me. They complement the malty base well. All in all, it smells pretty good. More strength would help.

The flavor is good. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet, but isn’t offensive by any means. There are some toasted malts, as well, but they are secondary. Hops are certainly noted. They’re earthy, grassy, and all kinds of noble. No doubt about that. At the secondary level, it’s grainy and earthy. Frankly, it’s not very deep or complex. For the style, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Nonetheless, it tastes good. Alcohol is buried and isn’t noticeable at all.

The body is definitely light. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn’t affect the feel. It’s not buzzy. Having said that, it’s not smooth either. It’s easy drinking, whatever the case. I could tackle a few of these in a sitting.

Festbier is a pretty solid release from Columbus Brewing Company. It’s not among their best, but it is pretty good. To be fair, it’s really tough to distinguish yourself in the Octoberfest style. It’s a straight forward beer style that isn’t very complex. Festbier hits all the bells and whistles, but lacks that extra punch to reach the elite level. Pretty good stuff though. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of JayQue
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't get that excited with the Marzen style, but this is a real tasty example of the style. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a small white head with average retention and some lacing on the glass.

Surprisingly strong aroma of sweet and roasted malts. Taste is stronger than many Marzens as well. Sweet and roasted maltiness leads as it should with a marzen. A good hint of bitterness in the middle and malts again in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, crisp and without the metallic taste that affects so many marzens. This one is very drinkable and overall a solid representative of the style.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by inebriated joker.

A: Comes out a dark copper color with a large white head. Very active carbonation and good lace.

S: The smells is somewhat subdued, showcasing some bready malt, caramel sweetness and some higher-than-usual hop presence. I get some metallic notes in the aroma.

T: The taste is bigger than the nose. The malts have a soft sweetness and nice toastiness. This has more hops than most marzens but overall it's still the expected malt show.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly thin, good for the style, allowing it to go down very easy.

O: A really flavorful and sessionable marzen. A good beer for their first time out on this(I think?).

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 91 ratings