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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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City Festbier is a 100% all-malt lager beer, brewed in the Marzen style. City Festbier is a rich, malty lager balanced out with a mild hop bittering, and smooth caramel flavor. It is the perfect beer for Fall Festivals. 4.8% alcohol by weight (5.7% ABV).


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoPackJo99 (16) - Oregon, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2002
I found a case of this at the local supermarket for just over $6. It was about 5 months out of season, but still tasted pretty good.


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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BrewHaMeister (166) - - JUN 27, 2014
Do not let this beer sit around, fresh is best. Abundantly malty with a mild bitterness.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Golden color, lively large head. Metallic notes lead the aroma, but the malty sweetness leads the tasting. The finish carries on in the malt vein of things, with a light breadiness and little suggestion of Germanic style hops (e.g. grassy). Warming. A little too sweet for my taste. Can.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Can: Amber, fairly clear, moderate to large foamy off-white head, spotty lacing, low carbonation.   Stale malt aroma, slight pale fruit skin.   Pale malt flavors, a little biscuit, slight mustiness.   Might be some wet cardboard, just a smidgen.   Decent amount of sweetness.   The fruit aspect appears to be Pear skin.   Very soft biscuit and mustiness.   Held together fairly well for the 2 or 3 years I have had this in my cellar.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Gotta say that I enjoyed this one.   Light, a little fruity, with low to nil hop aspect and a decent malt base.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2010
city festbier. a little watery .. basic orange hue .. medium foam .. pretty boring .. but not that offensive .. its ok for normies ... light caramel .. . if i owned show turtles, i’d show ’em .. .

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
CanIHave4Beers (3280) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2009
I’m actually shocked to find out that this is all malt. Pours a light orange color with a small head. The aroma is lightly hoppy but generally there isn’t much aroma at all. The flavor is malty and lightly vegetal, I thought corny, which seemed obvious but huh.... I guess I was off there. There is a nice light hoppiness to this as well.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
badgerben (4401) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2009
Courtesy of Skyview. Light copper color with a medium head. Slighly soaked grain aroma, a bit of cardboard and old hops. Astringent, weak grain flavor. Rotten corn. Sweet caramel. Some kind of bizzare marshmallow thing going on.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Can, thanks Ughsmash! Pours clear and surprisingly light amber-orange with a thick and lacy off-white head. Toffee nose with a touch of grass. Overly sweet taste for a marzen, and not as dry on the finish as I would like. Seems like they sort of tried to substitute a bit more on the hops for a lack of malt complexity. I’m in the "it’s all about the malt" camp for marzens. American brewers can do it, this one just doesn’t.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Picked up a six-pack of 12-oz aluminum cans at Festival Foods in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Pours a clear light copper brew with a thick creamy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin white film top with some spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, grassy hops, and a touch of toffee. Taste is sweet, medium bodied, and some light carbonation with flavors of sweet caramel malt, a touch of marshmallow and wintergreen. Finish is mostly sweetened caramel with a touch of candi sugar and grassy hops after the finish. It’s interesting.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Stickly sweet malt flavors dominate this beer. Smells completely unremarkable. The flavor is very very one-sided in the worst way possible. I’ll take 30 of the "worst" hopbombs in existence before another of these. 6 Festbiers was enough.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2855) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2007
A slightly better than everage Marzen. Aroma of stale malt and caramel. Pour was a flat orange with no head. Taste was slightly carbonated with a strong caramel taste and malt in the aftertaste. Very thin and wet. Not bad for this style but the taste is kind of flat amd one sided


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