Columbus Festbier | Columbus Brewing Company

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83
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64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
columbusbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 25
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5/5  rDev +37%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of zimm421
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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 +11%
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 recall1242
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Giantspace
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schoolboy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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 JoeLacy
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClePaul
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jminch
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 nitter
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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