Fest Bier Märzen Lager | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Fest Bier Märzen LagerFest Bier Märzen Lager

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

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

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 37
Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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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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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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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Photo of LuceScrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.


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Photo of rdickey
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of Cramerican
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of mtstatebeer
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 RBorsato
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Dotcubed
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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

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 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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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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