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Baird Fest Lager

Baird Fest Lager
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
The German Oktoberfest celebration held annually in Munich each fall is perhaps the largest and most storied celebration of beer in the world. For those of us who can’t make the pilgrimage to Munich this year, we thought we would offer a flavor of the celebration that can be experienced and enjoyed right here in Japan. Baird Fest Lager is brewed with an all-German grist which features at its core the Vienna malt. The color derived from the malts is a deep amber reminiscent of the fall foliage. The flavor is rich, bready and layered in its malt complexity. The texture is one of velvet silkiness. I can think of no other beverage more conducive to pleasurable imbibing on a crisp autumn day. Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a nice deep copper with a finger of foam that lingers. Light bready aromas with some faint caramel notes. Clean and feels light for the abv on the palate. Light bitterness on the finish. Very nice and paired well with lunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (6101) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
140 ml glass on draft at Baird’s Bashamichi Taproom. Labeled as Fall Fest Lager. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus and floral notes. Tastes of citrus, malt, light floral notes, caramel. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Draught at Baird Harajuku.
Copper brown with a small head. Smells of rye and caramel. Malt-forward flavour. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2014
As Fall Fest Lager. 6.5% this year according to their website. On tap at beer Komachi. It pours an amber with an off-white head. Med-light bodied with a crackery sweet malty flavor & crisp bitter finish. A nose of sweet grains & mild caramel. Looks like a Vienna lager but tastes more like a pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5091) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2013
Had this at Harajuku Taproom and it was called Fall Fest Lager. liquid autumn color. Nice bready malty nose, but the mouth is a bit too hoppy and the yeast doesn’t really work. Still decent depth, palatable and enjoyable. Lingering bready finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2014 Keyaki, as Fest Amber, but pretty sure it’s the same. Totally wasted rating. Aroma very grainy, lots of malt, earthy. Taste is bit sweet, grain again, pretty nice but not outstanding. Rerate: Nov 14, Nakemeguro taproom. Nice marzen. Caramel maltiness, light bitterness, little bit spicy, but everything in order. Nothing outrageous, just good stuff. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2010
Draught at Harajuku Taproom, Tokyo. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel. Light smokey. Fruity hoppy. Peppery. Nice malty. Resin. Grassy. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KyotoLefty (9403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2010
Quite dark amber, almost medium brown, with no head! Fruity, slightly vinous aroma, lots of cherry. Malty flavor, earthy, fruity, low hops, caramel. Very smooth, almost flat. Quite ale-like. Rather boring, and it is not clear what they were aiming for. Not close to the style, but not clearly something else either.

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