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RATINGS: 755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Eh. It’s very light for an oktoberfest. It did have a nice sweet flavor, but not at all what I’m looking for when I look for a fest.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Clear golden color with a viscous white head. Spicy grassy hop aroma with sweet pale malt. Smooth light/medium body with light carbonation. Sweet lagered pale malt flavors with a lightly bitter finish. easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (7260) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt aroma with a good amount of yeast and some spice. Crisp flavor with a bit of sweetness with some spice and a hint of grape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
A nice, lightly hoppy, very pilsner influenced oktoberfest, with a nice golden color, white head, and slightly spicy aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3980) - Kansas, USA - OCT 6, 2009
12 fl oz bottle purchased at Lukas in Kansas City, Missouri. 3269 stamped on the back label. Pour is clear golden yellow with a white two inch head that falls slow with some minor lacing. Aroma of herbal medicinal malt and some very faint black cherry sweetness. Some honey floral is there as well, though also faint. Overall a subdued nose. Taste is straw hay maltiness and honey floral hops. The same medicinal element of the nose comes through strong in the finish and aftertaste. Clove present as well. Palate is medium to thin, lowish carbonation - drinkable enough. Nothing wrong here, just a bit subdued.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
drpimento (3276) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2009
You know, these new fangled blonde fest/marzens just don’t cut it with me. As a pale lager it’s not bad, not great, but not bad. As a fest, it’s the requisite malty, easy drinking beer. But the key red/Vienna malt thing is ignored. Oh well. Served with a nice, white, foamy, frothy head and lots of lace. Color is a clear yellow gold. Aroma is a very mild malt. Flavor show’s a lot more hop (fest?) bitterness and good balance with the malt, so I have some decent bittersweet flav. Body is quite good and so is carbonation. Finish is quintessential pale lager. Session beer for a pale lager but NOT for a fest/marzen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a small head. Nice light spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Light for a marzen, yellow in the glass with a pale aroma that doesn’t differentiate from the weihenstephaner lager. There’s even some soapy nose too. Metallic, sharp, and still a bit soapy. Disappointing given how much I enjoy their lineup.

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