Festbier | Columbus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 28
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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 zimm421
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark amber to brown color. Has a decent off-white head with a hint of brown in the head coloration. Good retention and slight amount of lacing.

Aroma is full of nice roastiness and some earthy hops. The malts dominate the nose, but as a whole the nose isn't overpowering. Definitely smells of fall, but too soft of an aroma here. Taste is very similar. Slightly sweet, and the malts are definitely the focus. Hops are again earthy with not much else coming through. Maybe a little too sweet for my tastes, but it actually works well with the other characteristics.

Mouthfeel is just slightly under medium bodied. Finishes off with a good carbonation kick to the tongue. Fairly drinkable, but the sweetness ends that pretty quickly. Overall, a good marzen, but there's definitely better out there. Nothing is overwhelming, nor blows me away, but it is definitely a well-brewed beer. Definitely goes down well on a cool weekend during football season.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass -no best by date (new release)

A: Poures a light translucent brown with one finger head that desends into a thin frothy lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Roasted malt ,spice, toffee.

T: Nice earthy nuttiness with small amounts of toffee and caramel,roasted malt.

O: Overall this was a very tasty - slightly sweet but not enough to make it un-drinkable , I would have this again.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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 dlin0sbb
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 DigitGrowler
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Caveworm
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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 JoeLacy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
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 wjoelbrooks
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClePaul
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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