Elder Pine Brewing & Blending
A Note on This Beer
Did you know Festbiers and Märzens aren’t the same thing?
In 1872, the malty, amber-colored Märzen German-Lager became the official beer of Munich’s Oktoberfest. As recently as 1990, it was replaced by its paler, hoppier, less-malty cousin, the Festbier — currently the #1 most consumed beer at the annual celebration.
Today’s brew from the Lager legends at Elder Pine Brewing is a crisp, clean, ridiculously drinkable example of a proper Festbier!
Every pour is a deep golden hue, and each sip carries a smooth body. Festival Lager flows with a restrained nutty maltiness, followed by an elegant, honey-drizzled biscuit note. Hopped with Lemondrop, bright lemon-citrus and subtle herbaceous flavors keep each swig light and invigorating.
Boasting lush, fragrant hop aromas and a super drinkable 6% ABV, Festival Lager is a sterling, swift swilling Festbier for Oktoberfest!
So, why are Märzens more popular in the States? Maybe it’s because they’re steeped in tradition! Share this even crispier brew with your Oktoberfest lovin’ buds… and you might just find yourself forever entrenched in team Festbier.
Elder Pine was one of USA Today’s Best New Breweries of 2020!
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Ok but nothing special
Medium bodied, sightly hoppy, malty, heavier than usual Oktoberfest beers, but still drinkable
Tastes even better then it smells- but not overpowering
Nice heavy and sweet. Pretty great.
It truly tastes like a German lager you would get walking around a festival. I really enjoyed it and could have downed a bunch of these.
Excellent fest beer, really loved this one
Good malty breadcrumb like taste. Decent beer overall.
Good malty flavor and a nice rich finish. Reminds me of some of the Bavarian lagers we tried in Germany...
One of the best Oktoberfest I’ve had.
Great fest lager indeed, would drink many.
Solid malt, grainy, and light. Crushable
Gave it to my dad and he enjoyed it!
Refreshing and light without losing flavor.
Fantastic German style amber lager. Great malt notes and a little hoppy zest in there
Addition of Lemondrop while adventurous for this style, makes it taste unbalanced and strange.
Grab a liter and pretzel and sing with some friends! This is a wonderfully executed festbier. Slightly sweet with running notes of caramel. Prost!
An Oktoberfest beer for people who don’t love Oktoberfest beers: This is a dry, lean take on the Märzen style, with subtle shades of malt rather than the whole damn bakery.
Nice, easy drinking lager.
EP continues to knock it out of the park with their lager game. Malty, for sure, but also dry with a touch of citrus. Interesting enough to be memorable and unique while still remaining true to style.
Malty with a hint of lemon flavor. Clean and crisp.
A very enjoyable Oktoberfest, more body than others I've had which is a nice surprise. Full marks for being different/unexpected in a good way.
Disappointing effort for a festbier. Didn't care for this interpretation.
wow that’s hoppy. really hides any malt flavor.
Wow! Elder pine is a real favorite of mine on any occasion, but this would be my first dance with their Oktoberfest. And does not disappoint! This one pours hazy which is always a good thing. BlackBerry aromatics! Wow again! Notes of leather, biscuits, tobacco leaf and fresh elder berries! This is a real twist! Silky on the palate... aaaaand finishes with a crisp kiss from the hops! Unbelievable! Never had one with this particular blend of layers! A new 5 star classic! Just excellent 🍺👍😃 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐