Fest Bier Märzen Lager | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerBeing on 08-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
37
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
3
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0
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Photo of IDABEERGUY
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of 773-F-I-B
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of dakotaben
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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?

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hex92
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of nataku00
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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...

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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....

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Photo of emmasdad
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of Brandt
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of kraichely
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

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Fest Bier Märzen Lager from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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