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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

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Added by MbpBugeye on 09-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,275
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
68
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of kbrown
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of garuda
2.89/5  rDev -21%
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 dokhollidai
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mtooman
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Josbor11
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeremyEsmith
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of crashdavisinoh
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of PDXHops
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -7.9%
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 BeerBuckeye
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice darker amber color with a puffy 2 finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing along the sides. Good looking beer

S - Good amount of caramel malt, biscuit, a tad bit of hops in the faint background, even some hints of light fruit in there.

T - Again, a bit of spicyness in this marzen, some nuttyness as well, as if just a light bit of hazelnut that gives it some sweetness, caramel malts.

M - Very smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth a bit dry and the aftertaste is actually a little bit...off. I think it leaves a bit of unpleasant bitterness.

Overall - I was actually very impressed. It actually added a few characteristics not typical for a marzen lager, i.e., it wasn't all malt. There was a bit of complexity there. But at the same time, it took a way a bit from what I've come to expect out of a marzen. Still, a decent Octoberfest.

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Photo of schwaeh
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of nrbw23
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. Has a descent egg shelled colored head that has okay retention and leaves some layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty bready with a touch of toffee, and a bit of grassy hops.

T- There is something a bit odd about this beer. A strong corn taste or its maybe that I tried this one side by side with Great Lakes Octoberfest, which is my personal favorite of the season. Anyway, after a few more swigs of this the odd taste is gone. Very bready, roasted malts, and a touch of hops.

M- Medium in body and carbonation.

O- This one has grown on me, but I'll probably spend my most of my money on GLBC. I can see grabbing a few of these ones through out the season too though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fluidmotion
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kkipple
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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 SaltofOH
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 68 ratings
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