RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
In the days before refrigeration, brewing was difficult or impossible in the warm summer months, and March was the time a big brew was made as a supply for summer. This March or marzen beer was brewed to a fairly high gravity for protection against spoilage as it was stored away in cool cellars or caves. At the end of the summer, when the new brewing season began, any beer left in storage was ceremoniously consumed. The pouring of this special marzen coincided with the fall harvest festival, making for one big party. The traditional German marzen is a medium-strong, reddish amber lager, with a malty body and aroma, which has been lagered, or conditioned, an unusually long time. Our Fest Bier is offered in honor of the old ways. We brewed it in early January with German Pilsner and Vienna malts, hopped it with German Hallertaus, and fermented it at low temperatures with lager yeast from a monastery brewery near Munich. It fermented for weeks in our "cellar," then, in March, it was bottle-conditioned and moved to cold storage for further aging, until its release in late summer. The reddish Vienna malts in this beer provide a spicy sweetness and some caramel notes that perfectly complement roast or grilled chicken, pizza, or pasta with red sauce. 7 % alcohol by volume.

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Bill Becker (1905) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 26, 2017
From Aug 2007

Purchased at Poplar Wine and Spirits in Casper for US$10.50

I was just about to enter this as a new beer but I see my good buddy jwc215 beat me to it. ;^)

This one pours from waxed swing top 33.8oz bottle a hazy reddish gold with a thick head of foam with lots of sticky lacing. Very appealing appearance. The foam shrinks to a fine layer by the end of the session but it's *still* looking fine in my Sam Adams glass.

The smell is of caramel malt but it's very delicate.

The taste is semi sweet on my first sip and very earthy, almost tastes funky. As I take further sips, I'm getting some spice and a good hop bitterness, grass and a touch of lemon, that shows up near and through the finish. This is a tasty son of a gun!

It has a medium mouthfeel and the carbo is lightly done. A very quaffable offering from Grand Teton...yet again. I'm really liking what this brewery in Victor Idaho is doing with their Cellar Reserve series.

Bottom Line: If you see this one in your local store, give it a try. I recommend it!

chinchill (5339) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2017
On tap at the brewpub in Idaho.
Clear deep amber body with a good white head.
Aroma: sweet with a hint of caramel.
Flavor: average strength for style. Hints of baked bread and toffee.
Medium body and carbonation.

Iphonephan (7325) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2016
On draft at the brewery. Pours s clear gold with a white head. Flavors of white bread with some spec notes. Crisp clean finish.

JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 30, 2015
2 finger head comes up like meringue... brew is crystal clear amber orange.. head sticks around forever.. so does the pretty lace..

Very rich malty aroma.. no hops to speak of.. waves of toasted malt.. not sweet.. not caramelly.. just thick toasted malt.. very nice.

It strikes me as having a pretty dry finish.. with the assumed toasted malt essence .. no sweetness on the end. Medium/high malty sweetness out of the gate.. melts to toasty malts mid palate and a subtle earthy hop flavor is still stick around... very very clean from front to back.. Medium body and carbonation has a smooth velvety texture... deep malts but it’s never too sweet.. just very smooth and clean.

onceblind (10690) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Hazy copper with a thin white foam cap. Biscuity nose with a little toasted English muffin and sweet honey coated cereal grains. The flavor is big and full with a lot of honey and toast and sweet cereal grains. Very smooth and sweet with a good honey PPP that’s very distinctive from other marzens. A wee bit grainy and biscuity but overall, this is basically a Honey Oktoberfest.

EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 11, 2014
The color of this beer is a slightly hazy amber color with a medium white head. The aroma belnds yager yeast and lighter malts that are reminiscent of toast. The taste is slightly sour, a touch bitter, and a touch sweet, creating a very crisp flavor. The aftertaste is fairly abrupt, but the bite from the average carbonation does linger on the tongue. Also, the beer has a medium-light body and a slick texture.

Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Draught: med gold pour with thin head. Aroma is toasted marshmallow, caramel and light fruity hop. Flavour is toasted malt, light grainy bitterness, medium body. Pleasant enough. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Tap at Wurst in Fargo. Pale yellow pour with a large head. Grains and malt, some toffee like sweetness. Kind of muted overall. Not great.

cards04 (2931) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy honey color. Aromas are very muted... Some grainy malt... That’s it. Nice malty flavors. average.

bhensonb (15832) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Tap at University of Beer. Pours hazy amber with a creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly fruity. Med body. Flavor is roast malt, light stone fruit with hints of spice and earth. Not really sweet and barely bitter. Drinks decently. Growing on me.

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