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:
#31,987
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
69
pDev:
10.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
12
Trade:
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3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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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Columbus Festbier from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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