Forest Fest
Big Timber Brewing

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From:
Big Timber Brewing
 
West Virginia, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #25
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,905
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
27
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2023
Added:
Dec 25, 2014
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  4
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16-ounce can into a straight-sided crystal mug. Beautiful pour: dark copper-amber color, offset nicely by a two-finger light tan head. Malt forward on the nose and palate, with notes of dark bread, caramel, and dried fruit in addition to the grassy hops and a little green apple. Medium bodied, not much bitterness, and a bit of spicy astringence and a hint of Granny Smith apple lingering on the finish. Overall, an excellent beer.
Sep 24, 2023
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
We found a gem of a restaurant in Fayetteville W VA in Wanderlust Creative Foods. They had a small but good selection of craft and imported beers in bottles and cans. I had a Marzen called Forest Fest from the Big Timber Brewery to go along with my delicious mussels appetizer and pork belly main course. I poured this beer from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Gota the chilled glass warmed up before I poured and was rewarded with a good sized frothy, light tan white head and a medium density brown color. Lots of golden light came through when held to a light. Good aroma and flavor. Malty, earthy and with some mild hoppiness, this beer went down very nicely. It was a bit richer than most Marzens I have tried but still crisp with just enough bitterness. A great choice to complement good food!!!!
May 22, 2023
 
Rated: 4.19 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.39 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Oct 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.95 by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.14 by Curt3 from Ohio

Sep 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by VaporDome from New York

Sep 21, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On tap at Abolitionist Ale Works in WV. Revised in August 2022 with a fresh 2022 can from Charleston WV.

Appearance. Clear dark reddish-brown body with an excellent, creamy beige head.

Mouthfeel. Exceptionally smooth with seemingly perfect (draft only) medium, soft carbonation.

The flavor is true to style with no obvious defects but leaning towards the hoppy, spicy and earthy side.
Sep 15, 2021
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Reviewed by ricknewsom from West Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Aroma: Rich complex toasty, bready, malt. Moderate herbal, woodsy hop. Clean fermentation. No esters or other aroma.
Appearance: Deep copper, approaching brown with brilliant clarity. Moderately tall light tan head of mixed bubble size with average retention. A touch dark for style.
Flavor: Rich complex maltiness of toast, bread crust, grain balanced almost equally with noticeable hop presence of earthy, herbal noble hops. Absent the cloying sweetness that mars many domestic examples. Moderately low hop bitterness. Finish is neck and neck between rich maltiness and noble hops. Moderately dry finish. Clean fermentation with no real yeast character. No phenolics or significant esters.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very slight creaminess, no astringency. Not warming. Rich, yet easy drinking.
Overall: Even though the aroma screams "German", this beer is Just a little darker than most with just a little more hop presence than the style demands. But those excursions from the traditional style yield an Oktoberfest that leans slightly toward the American palate. Is it a classic example of the style? No. But, it is a bold, Americanized adaptation certain to appeal to domestic palates.
Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
16 oz can shared with Jeremy. Pours out with a nice amber body, small skin of head. Malty aroma and taste, toast, light caramel. pretty solid for the style.
Jan 07, 2020
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
10/2019 Draft - Blennerhassett Hotel
8/2022 Can - Vienna Walmart
Oct 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.77 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 21, 2019
 
Rated: 3.64 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Nov 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Psyd2 from West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I look forward to this every year when we make our pilgrimage to the brewery. It is my favorite offering from Big Timber. Wonderful smell, great color and delicious.
Oct 12, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by DoubleMalt from New York

Aug 24, 2018
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Rated by Jaydog1970 from West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very smooth drinking lightly Carmel in color
Aug 17, 2018
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Rated by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black Bear Burrito. Very good solid selection of this style. Good balance all around.
Oct 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by ougawha from West Virginia

Oct 14, 2017
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Rated by Zylod from West Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Seasonal and only available in kegs, to bad as this is probably the best Big Timber beer I have had. Very solid version of the style.
Oct 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.95 by golf4collet from West Virginia

Aug 21, 2017
Forest Fest from Big Timber Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 27 ratings