Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom

Harvest Moon Festbier Style AleHarvest Moon Festbier Style Ale
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #355
Ranked #37,775
3.6 | pDev: 9.44%
Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Washington, United States
Harvest Moon Festbier Style AleHarvest Moon Festbier Style Ale
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 33
Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a weizen glass. Pours a deep reddish amber w/ a big fluffy eggshell head, plenty of lace, lively carbonation. True to style.

Aroma is bready, malty, fruity, and sweet. Again, spot-on for the style.

Taste follows nose. Nice fruity, bready malt with just a touch of graininess. Very clean.

Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied, very drinkable. Good carbonation keeps it fairly light on the palate.

Overall a solid rendition of the style. I've had a couple local Märzens that trended toward over-hopping, but Snoqualmie appears not to have succumbed to this temptation. Very nice.

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3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

LOOK: Big head, bright copper

SMELL: Dried hay, caramelized sugar, herbal, yeast

TASTE: Thick malt, smooth, grainy, toasty, grape skin, hop bitterness, herbal, nutty yeast, clean

Not the same pale fest beer you’ll get in the tents in munich during oktoberfest, but defi- nitely lands solid as a märzen, even with the use of ale yeast. Brewer does a great job of keeping this one very clean and, of course, drinkable, both of which are expected. damn tasty.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split into two large snifters

Pours a dirty amber cloudy, very little head, medium amount of slow fine active carbonation. Lots of sediment had collected on the bottom -- it sat in my fridge for some time before getting poured. Smell is lemony, yeasty, malty.

Taste is very lemony, and otherwise pretty bland. Fair amount of yeastiness.

Mouthfeel is dry, slightly gritty. Overall, this is an OK beer.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep, hazy amber-orange, with a medium off-white head, with good head retention and lacing.

S - Smell is somewhat faint, but is of toasted grains/malts, a hint of caramel, some floral hops, and a hint of honey.

T - The taste delivers! but not in the expected fashion of the style. This one tastes of toasted malts, balanced with a moderate amount of earthy, nutty hops, hints of orange peel, and just a bit of caramel. Crisp, clean finish.

M - Light-ish/medium body, with moderate carbonation, and a clean finish.

O - Overall, I'd say this one doesn't really taste like a Marzen to me at all, but regardless, it's a good beer I can see myself coming back to. Refreshing, but flavorful, it'll be good to have around during the fall.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a coppery orange, with a decent finger of head with good retention and lacing.

S: Very floral and spicy hops with a nice malty background containing gains and biscuit.

T: Citrus and spicy hops are the first thing I taste, the malt backs it up pretty good with nice lightly toasted notes and a caramel like flavor.

M: Medium body, sharp flavor and good carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer, though it is not at märzen. Been to Germany and Oktoberfest many time and they do not taste anything like this, good beer otherwise.

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Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a nice medium amber color with about 3/4 inch of tan head that good retention and lacing.

The beer had a very nice malt aroma with just enough spicy hops to be interesting. The flavor was very similar, just more focused and detailed. A solid, multi-flavored malt bill that was topped off by a nice hop tang complemented the foundation well.

The body was just short of full, but was still solid and well balanced. Drinkability was great, the rare time I didn't get bored with a 22. I could have easily drank 1 or 2 more.

Overall, a very nice brew (as seems typical for Snoqualmie) that goes down easy and is certainly worth your time. For the record, the label is now different from what's shown here, it's now a black and gray label with the falls still centered.

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Photo of loren01
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark orange color, pretty decent head with good lace down the glass.
S: My first impression was that I smelled kindof a sour scent to it. Lots of caramel sweet scents in there as well.
T: Again I can't tell if this beer is slightly infected or its just my tastebuds today?? Nothing is offensive actually it tastes pretty good but maybe a slight sourness in there. Mostly sweet toffee caramel flavors.
M: Medium bodied good creamy mouthfeel.
D: Not too bad, can't get past the funky sourness to it though...maybe its my tastebuds i'm gonna have to re-review this beer on a different day.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into my Paulaner Maßkrug.

Appearance: pours a dark, rich orange color with lots of haze and two fingers of light tan foam. Not bad, but I usually like my Oktoberfests a bit clearer and even a tad lighter.

Smell: rich nutty, toasty aroma with a sweet caramel base. Not much in the way of hops, but overall the aroma is quite pleasing.

Taste: toasty, biscuity and bready malt with, again, a touch of caramel sweetness. A balanced bitterness, but hop character is limited (it is earthy, if anything). Not bad, but a little biscuity for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a surprisingly good level of carbonation. There's some creaminess here; certainly enough to place this brew above-average.

Drinkability: not half bad. The flavor profile is not my favorite, but overall it is a well-executed beer. I might have this again under the right circumstances.

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Photo of philbertk
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--2001 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Clear rich copper red color. Creamy malty lacy head. Toasted fruit malt mild floral hop front. Creamy lager smooth crisp mild roasted sweet cherry caramel body. Mild hop creamy malt spice end. Sampled 9/9/2001.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--2002--22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Hazy rich amber color. Rich white lacy head. Light sediment. Mild hop malty front. Smooth crisp thick sweet caramel malty ale ester fruit body. Dry clean mild hop citrus end. More of a light hop amber. Sampled 9/29/2002.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--2003 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Clear rich dark amber red color. Light toasted malty mild hop front. Light sediment. Rich clean light sweet toasted caramel fruit body. Smooth mild hop end. A touch bland but smoothly drinkable. Sampled 9/13/2003.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--New Unique Logo--2004-B 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's Oktoberfest--Sighted at Fremont Oktoberfest 9/17/2004.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--Original Logo--2004-A 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Rich foamy lacy head. Hazy bright dark amber color. Floral malty mild hop front. Smooth rich creamy malty crusty sweet mild toasted caramel toffee body with Ale ester tang. Doughy base. Smooth mild hop end. Sampled 9/10/2004.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale--2005 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Creamy stable rich lacy head. Bright Bottle Conditioned hazy pretty amber red color. Mild hop floral malt front. Malty smooth crisp caramel mellow sweet fruit ester doughy mild tangy Fest Ale body. Smooth mild hop end. Sampled 9/24/2005.

SNOQUALMIE Harvest Moon Festbier-Style Ale--2006 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Fest--Rich lacy head. Hazy deep amber red rich bright color. Malty mild fruit hop front. Rich mild sweet creamy caramel fruit malty body. Smooth clean crisp mild hop end. Tasty Malty Fest Ale. Richer in 2005? Sampled 9/9/2006.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Harvest Moon Festbier-Style Ale--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Fest--Rich mild lace foamy copper head. Clear dark amber bronze color. Mild hop malt front fruit ester front. Creamy mild crusty toasted biscuit caramel fruity malty body. Smooth malty mild hop clean toasted end. Sampled 9/29/2007.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE--Harvest Moon Ale--German Style Festbier--A smooth, Oktoberfest-inspired Festbier--New Label Style--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0 ) Amber Ale--Fest--Dense lacy off white head . Sediment hint. Clear cold hazed rich bright amber gold color. Mild malt hop front. Malty smooth mild fruit caramel tangy refreshing Fest Ale mild ester body. Mild tangy malt spice hop hint smooth crisp end. Mellow Amber Festbier Ale. Sampled 9/19/2008. 4 @ $3.49 Each.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE--Harvest Moon Ale--German Style Festbier--A smooth, Oktoberfest-inspired Festbier--New Label Style--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV--24 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Fest--Rich dense lacy off white head. Clear bright dark rich amber color. Light unfiltered sediment. Rich malty mild hop toasted fruit hint front. Smooth mild creamy malty rich toasted caramel mild doughy biscuit fruit hint body. Clean satisfying mild hop smooth end. Sampled 11/1/2009. 2 @ $3.49 Each.

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company--SNOQUALMIE Perfectly Balanced Hand Crafted Ales--Harvest Moon Ale--German Style Festbier--A smooth, Oktoberfest-inspired Festbier--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 24 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Festbier. Lacy rocky dense lasting rust orange head. Fizz hazed dark bright amber red color. Toasted dark malt ester mild hop front. Creamy smooth mellow sweet cloying frothy malty toasted doughy caramel toffee black cherry hint body. Satisfying mild hop Fest end. A favorite highly anticipated Seasonal release that seems a little overly sweet malty this year. Sampled 9/12/200. 2 @ $3.99 Each Purchased at The Ballard Market, Seattle, WA 9/12/2010.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I got this beer home in March I looked at the label and thought "Oh no, I just bought an old OK fest beer from 2008". Well I was very happy to find this beer fresh tasting and not suffering from any signs of age. This is a great marzen that is full bodied and very drinkable. The malt played strongly on the midbody, but I liked the hops in the finish and really liked the creaminess of the mouthfeel. Nice beer from a Brewery that has impressed me over the years

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Photo of froghop
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark copper with a large mountainous light beige head, not much lacing.

smell is faint, slight caramel, and some spice.

taste is smooth, slightly watery, caramel, and some spice.

overall very average, okay but better Marzens out there.

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Photo of erikm25
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours fire apple orange with darkened copper hues. An aggressive pour yields a creamy and fogged pale tan head. Retention is moderate. Lacing drapes around the glass.

S: Subtle bready malts and smoky sweetness. Hints of citrus and very slight hops tint. Torched grains towards the back of the nose.

T: Earthy and sugary with caramel malts. Apricots and apples toasted in peppers. Tastes are herbal and breaded stained with a singe of cinnamon and pine. Finish is dry with a thickened buttery spiciness.

M: Creamy medium mouth feel and decent carbonation.

D: I am not familiar with this type of beer but it was an interesting change from my norm. Worth picking up and throwing around.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery after a morning hike.

appearance: copper body, light off-white head and minimal retention

smell: mild aromas of taoasted malt and grain, some light sweetness

taste: caramel malts, sweet apple, dry grain, bready with some light hops...resembles the oktoberfest style but in its own way...wish i would have ordered the IPA in retrospect

mouthfeel: medium-light body

drinkability: good

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Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my son Jake for muleing this in from Seattle, gracias!

Nice deep amber pour, darn fine ivory head throwing a lace ring around the Bitburger pilsner glass. Aroma like an IPA with piney hops, but the quaff adds a very nice dose of winter spice and zing. Even a subtle pop o' chocolate in there.

Another tasty beer from the brewers in Washington, I could have more than just this bomber anytime.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had Harvest Moon on tap at the Snoqualmie Falls brew pub. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a redish/orange color and for the most part is clear.. Small off-white head, has some resiliency.

Smell is faint, with a malted grain aroma.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor with a mild acerbic finish. It is a typical marzen-like brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

A very drinkable fest bier. It lacks flavor and aroma but is very drinkable.

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Photo of xoqx
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Bad Albert’s in Ballard. This is a garnet-copper colored beer with a yellowish head and good retention. It had almost vertical, columnar lace drooping down to the top of the brew as I drank it down. There were very distinct apple smells in the nose. The beer is a nice herbal, spicy marzen and spicey hops are present but do more bittering than flavoring or adding aromatics. This is very nicely balanced for the marzen style. The mouthfeel is fresh and crisp while still being rounded and smooth. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foggy yellow-orange, with almost a brownish iridescence - as capitivating as its namesake with no head to speak of. Sparse, tricking bubbles struggle to the surface and white ring around the glass is barely maintained.

Hefe-like nose; spicy wheat and yeast, with light citrus notes floating around.

Celery seed, and cracked white-peppercorns all tinged with a light lemony edge. A fresh floral-herbal quality throughout – like walking through an herb garden after a spring (or fall) rain shower.

On the chewy side, but finishes clean with a subtle tartness. Still, a filling beer. Two of these max, for me. An interesting seasonal from an excellent brewery, one I’d like to try the bottled version of.

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Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass 22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. Don't know what the hell a "festbier style ale" is supposed to be, but I presume it's as in "Oktoberfest."

Poured a muddy amber color, with a big, light tan head and lots of lace.

Smell is bready malts, with sweet caramel tones and a slight, medicinal hop scent.

This tastes better than I thought it would, judging by others' comments. It starts out with bready malts and a caramel sweetness. Then comes a mild, medicinal hoppy bitterness that comes more into play at the swallow. Slightly more bitter tasting than most O-fest/ marzens I have known.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Not a classic Oktoberfest (in fact, not really an O-fest at all), but not a bad beer at all. It doesn't compare with SF's awesome IPA, but it does not reflect poorly on them either. Living in an area that is dominated by Widmer and Spaten's O-fests, I'd buy this again.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected more since this brewery makes top notch beers. Pours a dark amber orange with off white head that is decent. Smells of earth tones, dewy leaves and herbal spices. Nice creamy caramel malt tones and floral hops are subtle. The taste upfront is a creamy chewy earth taste then comes a nice caramel malt tones, great mouthfeel, refreshing, light enough to drink a few, not a bad October session beer, pack a few for the football games.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark orange in color with carbonation visible and a modest, lacing head.

Smell – Light aroma of malts and a tinge of orange sweetness with maybe a slight hop balance.

Taste – The malt comes out more in the flavors. This is a light, smooth malty ale. It’s a tad sweeter than how I remember the style in Germany, but good nevertheless.

Mouthfeel – I think this is the ale’s strong point. This festbier is creamy smooth, and the focused malt flavors go well with the firm carbonation.

Drinkability – This is a decent rendition of the style. It went down well, didn’t offend, and made for a good autumn drink.

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Harvest Moon Festbier Style Ale from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company & Taproom
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 33 ratings