Columbus Festbier | Columbus Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +0.8%
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 +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 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 jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Josbor11
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 wjoelbrooks
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Bearded_Buckeye
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dlin0sbb
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shadwow13
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 thedifferencemaker
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Mtooman
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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