Festbier
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.04%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
40
From:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
 
Germany
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  3
Gots
  6
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 40
Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Uh oh. Looks like a got an old bottle. Dammit man! Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts, grains. Taste is clean, bready malts, some grains, tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle poured into an antique German bier glass

Clear golden yellow, active carbonation which creates a frothy two finger white foam cap lid. Settles into a frothy white layer with nice lacings. Looks great.

Aroma of grass and breads

Sweet on the first sip. Grassiness , sweet malts on the second sip.

Low sudsing, quaffable.

Yeah, I could see my self sitting in a bier garden drinking mass after mass after mass of this beer

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Photo of sommersb
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-28-2014
Freshness: Best by 03-2015
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, swing-top
Glassware: Stein
Purchased: Single from Craft Brewed, Nashville

The label says this is the same beer they serve at the Oktoberfest and is a cousin to the normal amber Märzen usually exported.

Clear and golden in color, topped with a big white head. Shows excellent retention and a nice lacing.

Aromas have grass and hay, plus bready malts and a fruity sweetness.

The taste is fruity and sweet from the malts, tempered by a light hop bitterness. Great balance makes this an easy-drinking lager.

Carbonation seems just right. The finish is lightly sweet with some lingering noble hop flavors.

Overall a real treat! Prost!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours, clear and bright golden with a nice, white head. Retention is decent, it drops to a chunky, filmy ring. Good lacing left behind.
Smell is a bit sweet, a bit tart, green fruits, hops with just a bit of malt to balance, biscuity. Great balance. Tortilla note as it warms.
Taste is more tart, less sweet, hops, light pepper note, green fruits, light malt, some biscuit note though faint. Balance is not as tight here.
Almost medium body, effervescence is sharp up front, especially on the tongue tip. A bit of warming after it warms up. A lot of beers of this style drink like a regular lager in a fancy dress. This isn't one of those.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

"Festbier is lighter-hued, drier version of its venerable amber sister, Original Oktoberfest".

Light, malty, tons of cracker and biscuit flavors. Near perfect Oktoberfest beer! Easily confused with it's "original" sister, but delicious.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and bright golden yellow with a white finger width head. Displays excellent retention before dying down to a thin, broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is small and spotty with poor stick.

Smell - Fair aroma with notes of grain and a fruity bouquet that touches on mild lemon and hints of apple.

Taste - Follows the nose with a clean grain bill and a mild lemony tartness. Faint grassy notes from the hops. Hints of honey. Balanced finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - Solid Okto/Marzen, but there are better options out there, particularly their more accessible Original Oktoberfest. That said, if you can find this, it's worth a try.

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Photo of fx20736
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single swivel top bottle from Beers of the World on 10
/11/14. Poured cold into an Oktoberfest mug.

look: Old Gold with a towering snow white head. Beautiful lacing.

smell: Helles aroma of noble hops balanced with pale malt.

taste: mild sweetness balanced by noticeable but restrained hops.

feel: dry and clean

overall: not bad but unmemorable

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Photo of utopiajane
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours the color of golden straw. It's clarity is brilliant and you can see some lager bubbles coming to the top. This beer looks as though the sun has jumped down out of the sky and into this glass. A white head of creamy foam crowns this beer and lasts and lingers. It seems to smile at you from the glass with the last of the suns warmth before the winter comes.

The nose is simple and perfect. No hop scents. Perfectly clean and no fruity esters. It doesn't smell like honey and it doesn't smell like caramel. It smells like sweet golden grain. It smells like sunshine. Only after the beer warms for a bit do you pick up a light perfume of noble hops that is so faint.

taste is lovely. Rich malty sweetness with a depth that is hard to define. It's not heavy but it lays down on the palate softly. It's expansive and yet light in a way. it's dry but not bone dry and has a smart carbonation that enlivens the palate but does not bite. It tickles as you swallow. The noble hops come to the palate with a subtle dryness that takes you to a finish that lingers with a touch of temptation form that maltiness. The noble hops resonate with a small bit of flavor for the first time in the aftertaste.

I am in love.

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Photo of rustybelly
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Yeah, I'll go 4.5 as a relatively new beer snob, but not young by any means. My beer monger pointed this out to me this a.m.
and he doesn't even taste any of his products.
I wasn't aware a beer could be a lager and a marzen. $4.99 + tax for a 500 ml. and worth it!!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a clean golden, with a big frothy head of fine white carbonation. Beautiful spider web lacing, too.

Nose is caramel malts, brisk lager grains, and a touch of the Hallertau hops underneath. Nice.

Taste is definitely malt-based, and light in body — easy to drink and packed with flavor. This is a lager done the right way, and virtually an ideal template for the style. I could easily see downing a few of these anytime, even though it’s a deceptively big 6% ABV.

A spot-on brew, and certainly showing (again) that the Germans have the history and know-how to make a truly world-class beer.

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Festbier from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 40 ratings