Erlangernick (1) - Erlangen, - JAN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tiefstest gold und krystal klar mit schönem, weißem Schaum, der allerdings ein wenig schnell abfällt. Eine leckere Marshmallow-Aroma kommt sofort vor, gefolgt von grasigen Hopfen- sowie schönen, leichten Pflaumen-Noten.
Díeses Festbier lässt sich sehr gut munden, aber was nicht erwartet wird, ist dass die Seiten der Zunge gereizt werden, welches ein fast salzartiges *Gefühl* gibt, aber doch nicht so wirklich *schmeckt*. Sehr interessant. Interessant genug ist es, um die ganze Flasche sehr schnell runter zu kriegen, im Versuch davon, den Geschmack genau zu ergreifen. Das typische runde Mundgefühl eines klassichen Festbieres ist dadurch vielleicht ein bisschen gestört, dafür ist der Ausgleich zwischen Hopfen und Malz bei diesem Exemplar aber sehr fein, weil Herr Witzgall keine Angst vor Hopfen hat.
Am Ende unterscheidet sich dieses Winterfestbier von anderen dadurch, dass es nicht überwiegend Malz-geprägt ist, wie viele sind, und dass es heller als alle anderen ist, die ich kenne. Eine aufzuspürene Besonderheit nur bei der Brauerei zu finden, und dann für den majestätischen Betrag zu erwerben: 0,55€ pro halbliter Flasche.
Deepest gold and crystal clear, with a lovely white head which does fall away a bit quickly. A tasty marshmallow aroma appears straight off, followed by grassy hop notes and nice, light plum notes.
This Festbier tastes very good, but what’s not expected is that the sides of the tongue are stimulated, resulting in a nearly salty-like *feeling*, though it doesn’t really *taste* so. Very interesting. Interesting enough to neck down the whole bottle right quick in an attempt to get an exact grip on the flavour. The typical rounded mouthfeel of a classic Festbier is perhaps a bit disturbed thereby, but OTOH the balance between malt and hop with this exemplar is very fine, since Herr Witzgall isn’t afraid of hops.
What distinguishes this Winterfestbier from others in the end is that it’s not dominated by malt like many are, and that it’s paler than any other I know of. A rarity worth seeking out and only to be found at the brewery, and then to be obtained for the kingly sum of 0.55€ per 50 cl bottle.
TAR (2468) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fresh bottle purchased and consumed at the brewpub in Dec. 2013: Rich golden. Creamy but broken white foam. Dull and flawed nose of metal, papery malt, pear syrup, and a hint of yogurty yeast and toast. Limp and flabby mouthfeel. Foamy carbonic residue. Fuzzily malty with a subtle papery limpness capped with honeyish sugars and floral hop accents. Minimal depth, character and texture from the tired, poorly extracted malt. Merely a touch of toasted hay is discernible. Yeasty twang clashes with the papery, wet hay maltiness. Dull and lifeless finish is overly sweet with notes of pear syrup and nonexistent hop flavor or bitterness. A highly curious concoction from a typically great brewer. Difficult to drink much of as it’s very muddled and unclean. Their glorious Landbier sometimes greatly suffers (and shines!) from the bottle, so perhaps the bottle is to blame for the lackluster quality in this case. Quite perplexing that this is a Witzgall product, but I hope to revisit and find it in better condition.
motelpogo (6469) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. clear golden with a thin white head; aroma of sultanas and hay; some porridge and stonefruit flavours with a pleasant tinny bitterness and lively texture. decent stuff
kevnic2008 (7839) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - APR 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden colour with a white head that dies away after a while. Flavours of caramel, wheat, grassy hops and yeast again.
jfb (3768) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, many thanks to pivnizub & erlangernick!) pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of caramel, peaches and worcester sauce, slightly grainy, with some hints of bubble gum and earth. flavour is quite grainy, with big notes of popcorn, pancake batter, some yeast and a hint of herbal hops in the finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.
Ernest (6196) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (at the brewpub).
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cereal, malt syrup), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of metal.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic.
Pretty raw and downright unpleasant. You’d never guess this was from the same brewery based on their draft Vollbier and Kellerbier. We re-sampled a bottled Landbier at this sitting and it pretty much sucked as well. What an inconsistent brewery! And a seemingly cursed trip in which many prior favorite breweries just weren’t performing well (although a few new good ones made up for that in part).
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A sweet and chewy malt-driven heller festbier (not Märzen) suffering in the bottle. Toasted grain, corn kernels, potato starch malt with milk powder yeastiness and faint off-notes of green apple / acetaldehyde and metal flakes and alcohol. Medium body, decent froth of carbonation, nicely crisp and quenching but washes away in a minerallic flood of honey-ish saccharine and apple sweetness. I fear it is not in the best of shape, though we were told it had been bottled 4 weeks prior and lagered until then since September. Clear gold body, from bottle at Witzgall in Schlaemmersdorf, best by date December 2013.
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma and flavor are both very straightforward and fairly basic. In both of them I get a lot of grain and biscuit malt notes, as well as a hint of grass from the hops, as well as a very low amount of bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59.
Cloudy orange pour with some decent head. Nose is dusty with grains and caramel - flavor is metallic and off.
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) Clear, golden colour with a solid and slightly off-white foamy head. Mildly sweet malty aroma with subtle fruity notes and rounded flowery and herbal hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a well-matured carbonation. Slightly draffy cara-malty base with present herbal hops; medium-dry finish with a pleasant hop and (cara-)malt ration. They know how to brew good beer in Schlammersdorf ! Reading the reviews from overseas almost made me cry; this kind of Franconian Lager has to be consumed as fresh as possible (one or two months after filling) and is not suitable for regular export. 17.XII.11
jonas (5616) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks pivnizub. Pours amber, fine carbonation and a off-white head. Spicy caramel base, fat fruity, some salt and limestone, a few grainy notes, broad herbal hops.
Fairly dry on the palate, salty edges into the finish. Rough but pleasant.