49degrees (49) - British Columbia, - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holsten's Festbock is an exceptionally enjoyable, easy drinking beer that dishes up enough kick taste wise, aroma wise, style wise, and alcohol wise to really be considered a nice general drinking beer. But its high alcohol content (7%) does seep through in the taste which was a bit of a downer. However, if you're drinking a few brews a day, its tough to justify paying $5-10 a bottle for the great stuff, but Holsten's Festbock (obtainable locally for a mere $2.10CDN (that's $1.37USD) for a traditional 500ml can, this is not only enjoyable, its incredibly affordable.
Packaged similarly to that of their Maibock and Premium (Lager), I've made the mistake on more than one occasion of picking up the Maibock (which is considerably lighter) when I really wanted the Festbock. Nonetheless, both are enjoyable, but the Festbock is clearly the frontrunner in their lineup.
Pours surprisingly clean and crisp for a bock styled beer, with condersiderable thick frothy white head which disapates to a rather flat shallow surface murkiness., Thankfully, this one still delivers excellent (longterm) glass lacing. Exceptionally dark, hints of amber can be seen when raising your glass to a bright light.
Taste wise, Festbock presents a very nice blend of caramel, chocolate and coffee tones, with a nice blend of malts and hops to make this more than just a little enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, there is a slight hint of the alcohol coming through, but the above characterists help to gloss over that minor drawback.
I'm a fan of the bock concept with the Doppelbocks (Aventinus and Celebrator) clearly leading the ways in my book, but with the price of those at 2-4 times higher, Holsten's is a nice alternative when you've already got the important money wrapped up in the "premium" brews.
Dan_the_man (1) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Awesome full bodied beer with a hints of sweet caramel and a malty presence devoid of bitterness that makes this a true festive bock. It is beautiful in colour with a saturated copper redish hue. If you don’t like bocks, you won’t like this. I can’t drink watery beers or dark heavy ones. And the alcohol content is a plus. We don’t get many Bocks to choose from here in Ontario Canada and I consider myself lucky to have this one as a regular option.
MunBro (804) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Syrupy and malty, dark brown pour. No head or lacing. Cheap beer, not worth buying for taste but $3/can for 7% isn’t bad if you’re cheap I guess.
Beardbeerman (256) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ebony pour with roughly no carbonation and a reddish hue. The head is lightly tanned and quickly shifts to a porous layer. The nose is pure malt with no seemingly pairing or overpowering scent. The taste is light, sweet and somewhat metallic which to me destroys everything you get in the first 2 seconds in your mouth. No aftertaste, this one disappointed me with its metallic backbone.
vadie (1017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rouge foncé avec un petit tête beige. L’arôme du sucré brun et un peu de fruits noir. Le goût est similar avec une finale un peu amer. Le goût, ou chaleur, de l’alcool est toujours présent et il masque la bière un peu.
Jayseppi (155) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer. Reddish brown hues and a light beige head. The aromas are very caramel-y with slight licorice and tobacco notes. There is a metallic taste at work here that makes the flavour of the beer interesting. No hop profile to speak of and very low bitterness. The licorice and metallic carry through to the after taste. Not great, not bad, just a little interesting.
a_sully (270) - - JUN 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich amber colour with a white but almost tan head. Malty aroma, and a malty taste with caramel notes.
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Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can. Definitely some sweet liquid bread here. I bit heavy on the tongue and finishes quite strong as well. I expected worse from the look of things, but not too bad, would try again.
BrewGoblin (549) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad enough to be terrible but too far from good to be great. I’d never turn one away but would never buy again. Copper adorned with an ivory cap, a wee bit of nondescript spice tap dances on mild hops and a decent, sweet caramel malt. Creamy and a bit slick.
bunget (677) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml can. Deep amber body, medium crème brûlée head with average retention. Aroma has a strong malty character: rye bread, caramel, herbs, a touch of licorice. Taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose: caramel malt, herbs, plums. Not bad.
exeter (454) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Festbock presents a very nice blend of caramel, chocolate and coffee tones, with a nice blend of malts and hops to make this more than just a little enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, there is a slight hint of the alcohol coming through, but the above characteristics help to gloss over that minor drawback.