Old German Festival Lager | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Fall

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Added by NeroFiddled on 09-11-2015

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3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pittsburgh Brewing Company "Old German Festival Lager"
16 oz. can, production coded but without any freshness dating
$16.19 for 24/16 oz. cans @ Javie's Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

When I first tasted Old German Festival Lager I thought to myself "Wow, that tastes like Yuengling Traditional Lager... does it have Porterine in it?" And my answer was yes, or at least some other version of the same product that adds color to beer, and a little bit of sweetness and caramel color. I confirmed that as I searched the label for the alcohol content (which isn't there) and found that it reads "Malt Beverage with Caramel Color Added".

This is nothing new of course. Porterine was created to allow breweries to "brew" a porter without actually using dark malts; they simply added it to their standard beer (or a higher gravity version before they watered it down to where they wanted it) and the sweetness and dark color that it bestowed was enough to create the new product. Each year many breweries used the same technique to make their spring "Bock" beer.

So what about the beer? It's clear, copper-colored, and initially produces a full-sized head of off-white foam. It's got better than average head retention and lacing, and overall it's pretty decent looking. The aroma is sweetish with an adjunct edge (subtly corny). It's not grainy; but there is a very slight edge of caramel to it. The flavor follows suit, and there's very little bitterness to it, nor any hops - they may be there in the background, the far background, but they're not readily recognizable. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge - perhaps even medium-full in body- and gently crisp. It's smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. Thea appearance is a clear light copper colored brew with a mdium sized white head. The aroma is full of malt and has a caramel aroma at the end. This beer is very smooth with a slight creamy texture that blends well with the malt flavor.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foam
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

got a six pack of the pounder cans at a six/twelve pack shop in Pittsburgh ... i'm always excited to see/try something new even if it's swill crap like this .... I wish i'd carefully read the fine print on the can which indicates caramel coloring was added for color... bummer but, ... tastier than expected ... better than the standard Old German by a hair or 2 ... for 8 bucks ... not a terrible deal ... brewed in Latrobe, PA. (former Rolling Rock brewery, I believe ...) by the remnants of Pittsburgh Brewing (Iron City & etc.) Not a brewery ever known for quality beers but, as they say "it is what it is" .
this would be good out of a keg/on tap at a dive bar ... the foam head doesn't dissipate quickly as other cheapy swill beers' ... one shouldn't compare to this real-Fest beers/Marzen beers ... it's ok-ish beer on a budget and nothing more ... with an eye-pleasing can graphic design ... cheers / slainte / prosit / salud !

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old German Festival Lager from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 5 ratings