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
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
10.68%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
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 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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, but there's pretty much no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is bready, toasted and caramel malt, along with a little bit of butterscotch. It tastes like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and some butterscotch. There's a bit of bittering hops noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, there's some slickness in this brew and there's also decent carbonation. It's a solid Oktoberfest brew, not bad at $8.99 a six pack. Definitely worth trying.

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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 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 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 prototypic
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 Adamostella
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of nrbw23
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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 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 WesMantooth
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 kbrown
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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 Ryan011235
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
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 garuda
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
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 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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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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