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RATINGS: 753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a large fluffy white head that lasts well and leaves a bit of lace. Sweet, grainy aroma has notes of malt, caramel and citrus. Flavour is less sweet but otherwise identical to the aroma. Light body, thin mouthfeel and a short, slightly sweet finish. Easy to drink but nothing particularly memorable either. Not really up to the standard of most of this brewery’s beers.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Name: Festbier
Date: October 01, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: clear gold, wispy white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet bready aroma
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice bready character, light earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tgncc (3107) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2009
Fairly standard stuff. Deep amber, white head. The aroma is tepid caramel malts. The flavor follows, a relatively weak malty beverage. Very light hops on the finish. Not bad at all, not a classic by any means.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Holdwine (1188) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle. Lighter than I would have thought. Not quite "deep golden color". Slight skunk on the nose. Enough malt to keep you drinking. Hoppy for a fest beer leading to a bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4289) - Sofia, BULGARIA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle from K&L Redwood City. Meh, this is the first from this brewery that I’ve found to be rather unexciting. Pours a very clear pale golden color with a dissipating white head. Aroma is caramel and pale malt, rather muted but pleasant. Flavor is again pleasant but not very exciting, with pilsner malt, caramel, and just a touch of herbal hops. No roast to speak of, which I expect some of from this style. Palate is very light and crisp, refreshing but uninspiring. Drinkability is high, but water is really drinkable too. Overall this is around average for the style.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
halfonit (1330) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Clear pale yellow color. Aroma is a skunked, malt and hop scent. Taste is a little bitter/skunked. Flavors are mainly malts and hops. Has a bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
bottle. pours a clear yellow with a medium white head that dissapates quickly. notes of czech hops, Herbs, and earth. I don’t know. This went down quite easily. Very crisp and refreshing. Would drink this again. A good session beer.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2009
Draught at Mallaskukko. Very pale golden, tight white head leaving dishwashing lace. Pretty sweet nose with little white bread, sawdust, pear and mint. Hints of alchohol in there too, clean and mild. Flavor has mild herbal notes, minerals, clean maltiness, pale and ESL-like. Strong and coarse carbonation, but the reasonably malty body covers some of that. I like ’em more toasty and caramelly, like the Ayinger Fest-Märzen, but this still drinks pretty easy.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle: Pours a clear color with a light white head. The nose is lightly fruity with some crisp pilsner malts and light nuttiness along with a fruity yeast thing. The flavor is a little thin with alcohol and fruity biscuit malts playing mostly. The finish is brief and crisp, easy drinking oktoberfest but needs a little more in the malt department to remain entertaining.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2009
12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear pale straw color with a couple of fingers of white head. Light bodied, plenty of carbonation. Noble hop aroma with some malt. A hint of corn. Crisp and dry with a good noble hop snap to it. Some malty sweetness. Very drinkable. From the name festbier, I was expecting and hoping for a Marzen styled beer. This is a decent enough helles.


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