Fest Bier Märzen Lager
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #288
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3.66 | pDev: 10.11%
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
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Notes: Our Fest Bier is offered in honor of the old ways. We brewed it in the spring with German Pilsner and Vienna malts, hopped it with German Tradition, and fermented it at low temperatures with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. It conditioned for weeks in our cellar, then was moved to cold storage for further aging until its release in late summer.

27 IBU
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub in Idaho.
Clear deep amber body with a good white head.
Aroma: sweet with a hint of caramel.
Flavor: average strength for style. Hints of baked bread and toffee.
Medium body and carbonation.

Jun 13, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of biscuity malt with some subtle floral notes. It a nice spicy hop bite. It tasted of caramel maltiness with a roasty character.

Oct 31, 2014
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dakotaben from North Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.3%

A 2finger light cream head that dissipated slowly. Hazy orange look. Lingering lace

S light malt fruit smell. Banana.

T Maltier than expected from the smell with a slight sweetness. Earthy aftertaste and lingering malt punch. On second taste, I am getting a faint nut. Hop taste, but it is well in the background.

M smooth mouthfeel. Lower carbonation.

Overall moderate, but very drinkable complex beer. It may not have the Maltese of malts or happiest of hops, but it is good. I like this one.

Sep 06, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of my favorite octoberfest types of the year right here, authentic and delicious. straw colored on the pour and sporting several inches of permanent thick creamy foam. looks the part for sure. grassy aromatics, prickly german hops, dusty light malts, and a lager yeast that really sets it apart. smooth as anything in terms of feel, delicate on the palate, and just oozing tasty pilsener malts. not quite as hoppy as it could be, especially given the quality ingredients here, id like more, but its balanced up well and drinks like a champion. dried hay late summery vibe in the finish, not quite as autumnal as some, but it really works. perfectly carbonated to lighten it up, clean quick finish without being overly dry. I need to remind myself to buy more stuff from grand Teton. everything ive had from them has been great, and they seem to always have something on the shelf. this is a splendid illustration of the style.

edit: not nearly as impressive a few years later, and also from the tap, which might have something to do with it. seems almost not malty enough for what its supposed to be, easy enough drinking, and better in the summer, but probably not substantial enough for a cool fall evening. has this recipe changed?

Nov 10, 2013
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Hex92 from Virginia

3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I waited too long to open this one. The bottle is dated April 2007. Not a good idea to let it sit for 5 years. Lagers don't age that well.
Cloudy orange, minimal carbonation. Muted flavors overall past its prime.

If you still have one on you shelf...open it now, because it isn't going to get any better.

May 12, 2012
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nataku00 from California

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a goblet glass. The Public House in SF called this Fest Bier Marzen which is retired by Grand Teton, but I'll assume it is this Oktoberfest. Beer poured a dark brown, with some hints of red at the edges of the glass when held up to light, with only a light tan colored collar of bubbles. Light lacing when I swirl up a half a finger of head made up of small bubbles. Looks decently carbonated since the beer wasn't quite opaque.

Nose is very malty, toasted grains and bread, lighter caramels, with a bit of floral hops when it warmed up a bit.

Tasting it, there is a good amount of floral and herbal hop bitterness initially, then just mainly toasted malts dominating the tongue, toasted barley and bread, with only a hint of caramel near the finish. There is just enough hop bitterness so it's not just a malt bomb, providing some astringency. Finish is remarkably dry and crisp as a result with some lingering floral hops lightly on the tongue.

Light bodied and well carbonated with a lot of soft and fine carbonation to help keep the tongue clean, which is fitting for a marzen. Should go nicely with food especially the sausage I had during the game. Too bad I couldn't take this beer into the Cal game since the stadium had to stay dry...

Sep 18, 2011
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Schmittymack from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From tasting on 13 Aug 10. Appearance was reddish with a slight head; minimal lacing. Smell was pretty faint but the taste was decent enough with some caramel being the most pronounced. I'd drink this one again if they ever brew it again. Alas, it was my last bottle so....

Aug 16, 2010
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emmasdad from Colorado

2.87/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage. Had this one at a tasting the other night, and while I was grateful for the opportunity, this one hadn't held up all that well. Orange-copper color, with no head at all. Some caramel flavors, but mostly oxidized cardboard. Decent, at best.

Aug 16, 2010
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mtstatebeer from West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 qt, 1.8 oz bottle, 27 Apr 2007. Pours a hazy red-orange color with a fair, fizzy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale and caramel malts, bread, hay, metal, and fruits. Flavor is sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, toffee, and fruits. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry, and bitter. Decent beer.

Mar 20, 2010
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Brandt from Montana

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a ruby copper color with a white head

the smell was both spicy ans sweet with a molasses aroma that was the primary scent

the taste of this beer was a grainy/malty sweetness and a little bit of toast, along with a honey flavor as well.

this beer finished up with a nice light body and a pleasurable sweetness. a nice example of octoberfest beers and great for some fall weather

Nov 17, 2009
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Dotcubed from Arkansas

3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of an older bottle. tag dated apr 27th 2007.

Poured a modest 1/2 liter glass.
Nice head, fat finger that dies to a scant skim.

Smells malty. Rich taffy sweet. Redish color?

Malt. Burnt sugar. Little carbonation. Some dryness, hints of toasted nuts. Warmth, that 7% alcohol is surprising.
Can it increase over time?

Could go for another, but needs some kind of salty accompaniment. Pretzels, chicken dumplings, sausage.

Jul 11, 2009
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kraichely from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter swing top. Bottled on 4/27/2007

Poured into a 1 liter glass.

Appearance: Head filled the glass but quickly dissipated with no lacing. A slight bit of foam held on throughout. Very cloudy amber color.

Smell: Not much of an aroma at all, but what was there was all toasty malt.

Taste: Somewhat sweet malt taste with the alcohol coming through at the same time. Slight bitter finish with no lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: If I have another of these, I will be sharing it as it was pretty strong for the size of the bottle. Flavors were what you would expect from the style.

May 31, 2009
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liter Swingtop

A big thanks goes out to BitterBill for sending me this liter of Grand Teton, thanks Bill! A standard pour wouldn't bring about any head at all through half a mug but a more aggressive pour brought about a fingers worth of dish soap head that quickly fizzled to nothing. The body of this beer is a rusty red not unlike a fresh pressed apple cider. All the swirling in the world won't bring the head back to this beer.

This beer smells deliciously malty. Toasted grains abound with some caramel drizzling. There is a touch of freshly husked grains in the mix but they fall to the background rather quickly. The caramel grows as this beer warms and becomes juicier each time I stick my nose in the glass. This O-Fest has all the style I appreciate but with even more depth which may bring the caramel to the point of being a little sweet. That's just me being picky though.

This beer comes across the tongue nicely with a moderate toasted grain quality drizzled with caramel just like the nose suggested. A ghost like alcohol presence is there but barely noticeable. The caramel comes across stronger in the flavor then in the aroma and makes for a good beer. A hint of the fresh barley comes through as well although there seems to be some green apple tartness in there; it's tough to pick out but is noticeable. This is a nicely crafted O-Fest although the green apple throws me for a loop.

The body has a certain richness that leaves some sweetness behind on the tongue. The sweetness seems to be a little too much for the style but I may be too critical. The moderate body moves slowly through the mouth with the lazy carbonation.

This liter of marzen is going down easy but that's about all I could drink in a sitting due to the sweetness left behind.

This is a decent example of the style but there could be a few tweaks made to the recipe to make a crisper, easier drinking O-Fest. I do enjoy it though, thanks again Bill!

Sep 29, 2008
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 ltr fliptop that has been in the fridge for about a year now... I had it on my gots forever but never got a bite... so tonight I am gonna enjoy it once again.. sharing the bottle with Brenda.. mine is going into my shaped SA glass.

2 finger head comes up like meringue... brew is crystal clear amber orange.. head sticks around forever.. so does the pretty lace..

Very rich malty aroma.. no hops to speak of.. waves of toasted malt.. not sweet.. not caramelly.. just thick toasted malt.. very nice.

It strikes me as having a pretty dry finish.. with the assumed toasted malt essence .. no sweetness on the end. Medium/high malty sweetness out of the gate.. melts to toasty malts mid palate and a subtle earthy hop flavor is still stick around... very very clean from front to back.. Medium body and carbonation has a smooth velvety texture... deep malts but it's never too sweet.. just very smooth and clean. I remember liking this when it came out, but wow a year in the fridge has done nothing to screw it up... if anything, it's better and more "lagered".

Class act for sure... I am going to have to ding this brew on the drinkability just because with a 1 liter bottle... even with sharing it, it is a little bit much for me.


Aug 29, 2008
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml red waxed swing top bottle. Pours a tea colored dark reddish amber color with not much carbonation. The aroma is very malty that is just a touch toasted with caramel and a touch of hops. The taste like the aroma is sweet malt with just a hint of hops in the finish. Where this beer lacks in the appearance, it makes up with in the taste. Overall, a pretty interesting Märzen that is worth a shot if you have the chance.

Jul 09, 2008
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JDV from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

bottle shared at tasting with Dewbrewer. Thank you!
Pours a rich, cloudy amber with not much head mustering up in my sample. Smell is malty toastiness, but light and a fair amount of hops in the nose too for the style. Taste is somewhat thin with a uniquely prominent lemony hop characteristic in the end. Thin bodied overall, and mild maltiness. Different from what I'd expect of the style, but not bad.

Apr 06, 2008
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RWD1 from New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Source: 1 liter corked bottle; April 26, 2007 date on tag.

Appearance: Pours reddish amber into a goblet. Increasingly rough pour produces virtually no head; I hope that this is not dead.

Smell: Hard to get a good feel due to the lack of head, but generally sweet and syrupy.

Taste: Mostly bready malt, with not much of a hoppy profile (as you'd expect). Slightly dry finish. There's not a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: I have to say I don't love it. It's not that I feel that every beer should be extremely zippy, but this is almost flat. I suspect I may have a bad bottle; it's almost on its first birthday.

Drinkability: I should caveat that I don't love the marzen style; perhaps it's because I haven't had any of the great ones, but I just find it a little boring. This one, for me, falls at the bottom of that category. I'll see if the warmer second glass changes my view, but for my money there's better out there.

Apr 04, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium amber body. Zilch for carbonation.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of candy apples with a sprinkling of spice.

Taste: Sweetish caramel maltiness. Tart Golden Delicious apple fruitiness with a touch of acidity. A swig of booze. Some light bitterness holds till the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Completely flat.

Drinkability: Would be nice if it had some (any) carbonation, but as it stands...

Mar 09, 2008
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Patrick999 from Florida

3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big stinkin' bottle with a swing top.

Pours a burnished gold into a weizen glass with some frothy head, but not so much. Head doesn't retain and no lacing is present. I expected a bit more from this style, especially poured into a glass that yields a two-finger head with almost any beer. Retention was a little better with the second, more-yeasty pour, so I'm going to bump my score up from 2.5 to 3.0.

Excellent aroma, a very clean fresh cake-y malt, a bit like stepping into a bakehouse.

Rich, full taste, this is liquid sustenance for sure. That clean bready malt bill dominates, with the 7% alcohol nipping at the edges. Mild hop is there but doesn't make too much headway.

Feel is a weak point of this beer. It seems to me limp and inadequately carbonated; not as crisp as I would expect from this style.

Drinkability is pretty good. It comes in a huge bottle, but it isn't much of a problem to drain it yourself. Clean and tasty lager with no off flavors whatsoever. Would be an excellent 4-star O-fest with a little more of a crisp feel.

Mar 07, 2008
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t0rin0 from California

3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this beer was your typical german festbier but it was little heavier and had a little more alcohol to it.

It poured a orange/brown color that was moderately clear. There was little head and the tiniest bit of lacing. Just right for a german beer. It smelled very malty and a little bready. There was a touch of german yeast present. The aroma as a whole was not very strong. The flavor was a stronger more enjoyable version of the aroma. It had all the nice maltiness that good festbiers have and a little alcohol and hop bitterness to give a little more of an ale quality.

The body was heavier than expected which was nice. The carbonation was just right. And this beer was very drinkable not because of any amazing flavor but because you could drink this anytime anywhere.

Feb 08, 2008
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Red Waxed Swing Top
April 26, 2007

Pours a nice dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, not much of a head, but will see with the next pour, some slight oil slicks and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, very slight hop, nice caramel notes. The taste is malty, slight hop, nice touch of caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. I don't believe it's 7% ABV, if it is very well hidden. Medium body. Very drinkable, like most, if not all GT Cellar Reserves another awesome brew. Would definitely recommend this one.

Dec 09, 2007
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bennetj17 from Arizona

3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper color, not much for carbonation, just some soapy froth about the edges. Light, toasty sweetness in the nose, and a hint of alcohol. Sort of a mild flavor overall, but not bad. In the taste I get more of a toasty malt character also, but I notice some vegetable, corn-like notes too which turn me off a bit. I was a bit disappointed as there wasn't much body with a weak carbonation to boot. Overall an average brew, not sure why they would put this in a 750ml and call it one of the Cellar Reserve Series. I think it was at least a few months old and it didn't hold up too well...

Dec 09, 2007
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

27 Apr 07 on the card, I assume this is the bottled on date??

This one came in for $12 a quart (waxed & fliptopped)

Pours a semi-hazed orangish/caramel with 2+ fingers of pillowy, sand-colored head. This became effervescent as this warmed & cleared. Great sticky lacing clinging to the bottom half of the Spitzal .5L Mass I used to sample this in. Oh yeah, excellent head retention as well!

S: Caramel & breadyness, plus rye-like peppery notes

MF: Rich, chewy & low carbonation, really brings out the malt.

T: Huge cakey notes, plus caramel & dryness up front. Some herbal hops & alcohol warmth as this warms. Slight grainyness, more caramel, honey malts & some boozy warmth. Finishes dry, with grainyness & a bit bready

This bottle-conditioned beauty drinks like 7% abv, almost makes me think bock, which I could drink all day or till I have take a nap...
always need a knife to break through the wax seal; well worth a go! Quality Marzen!

Nov 01, 2007
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Poplar Wine and Spirits in Casper for US$10.50

I was just about to enter this as a new beer but I see my good buddy jwc215 beat me to it. ;^)

This one pours from waxed swing top 33.8oz bottle a hazy reddish gold with a thick head of foam with lots of sticky lacing. Very appealing appearance. The foam shrinks to a fine layer by the end of the session but it's *still* looking fine in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is of caramel malt but it's very delicate.

The taste is semi sweet on my first sip and very earthy, almost tastes funky. As I take further sips, I'm getting some spice and a good hop bitterness, grass and a touch of lemon, that shows up near and through the finish. This is a tasty son of a gun!

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbo is lightly done. A very quaffable offering from Grand Teton...yet again. I'm really liking what this brewery in Victor Idaho is doing with their Cellar Reserve series.

Bottom Line: If you see this one in your local store, give it a try. I recommend it!

Aug 31, 2007
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Quart, 1.8 oz. flip-top bottle - from "Cellar Reserve" collection -

Pours orangish with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of caramel candy with bready notes.

The taste is of carmelized grain with some underlying earthy tones. Finishes with a controlled sweetness.

Medium-bodied, smooth...

The smoothness and gentle, but enjoyable, taste make this one disappear quite easily despite higher than normal abv level for the style (which is hidden quite well). A nice O-fest that I enjoyed having...

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this one!

Aug 30, 2007
Fest Bier Märzen Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 40 ratings