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
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – Pours a rich yellow-copper into the glass, with a one-and-a-half finger loose head of off-white foam characterized by lots of large bubbles that falls quickly to a 1/8 finger of tight bubbles and lace that just sit on the surface. Then, that takes awhile to slow dissolve away to just a lacy sheen across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a bright orange/yellow copper and clear, with a fair amount of carbonation rising throughout the glass from the bottom.

S – Rich caramels and nicely toasted malts with hints of toffee and light pipe tobacco. Nose is soft, but inviting. Noble hops start to emerge as it warms in the glass, along with suggestions of soft, yeasty spiciness, like nutmeg.

T – More malt-forward and more toastiness to them than the nose suggests. Noble bittering hops thoroughly mixed-in rather than following behind. The nose promised sugars, but they're much in the background and indistinct. It's liquid sourdough toast. It's score suffers from its classification.

M – A bit fizzy in the mouth, showing moderately full carbonation. Decent body, definitely not watery. Structure is well-integrated. Not much of a finish, and is a bit dry for the style. Would have liked to have had some of caramel lingering on the tongue, especially since it's so hidden in the taste profile.

O – While the lack of caramel in the taste profile makes this an atypical Oktoberfest, the somewhat fuller toastedness of the malts is surprisingly well-balanced with the hops. This beer isn't hop-forward, but it's not the least bit sweet, either. It's one that you could easily session because your tongue isn't going to get tired of the sugars and long for a break from them. Try it for its own take on the style.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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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3.32/5  rDev -9%
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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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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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