Arches Festbier

Georgia
United States
Arches Festbier, Arches Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

This Märzen-style lager is brewed with 97% local malts from Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC. The nutty, sweet malt character takes center stage as a hearty foundation of this beer. The spicy yet elegant hop character balances the malt body and provides sharp bitterness before a clean finish.

Profile

ABV: 
6.0%
IBUs: 
20.5
Served at: 
38 - 42º F
Hops: 
Magnum, Hersbrucker, Tettnang
Malts: 
Riverbend Malt House Vienna Malt, Light Munich, Expedition Pilsner, Aromatic Malt
Judges Review 
Brad Darnell's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Arches Festbier by Arches Brewing is an Oktoberfest-style lager that I am judging according to the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines, Category 4B, Festbier.

A brilliantly clear and sparkling bright copper-colored beer supports a large, bubbly beige head that persists somewhat. Rich caramel malt rises from the glass and greets the nose, and light spicy and earthy Noble hops follows suit. The same rich malt aroma carries into the flavor, and faint nuttiness and tastiness joins the palate. Medium-light hop bitterness rounds out the flavor.

The aroma presents some light toasted nuttiness upon further analysis, along with a clean lager nose. The clean lager also creates a clean flavor that allows the malt-forward character typical of this style to shine. The finish is lightly sweet malt but dry. The beer is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation and a light alcohol warmth.

I would enjoy a rich German meal of mushroom gravy atop a crispy schnitzel, warm red cabbage and chunky mashed potatoes alongside this beer, especially on a slightly cool fall afternoon.

Brewery Introduction

Arches Brewing is a craft brewery located just north of the Atlanta airport, in the arts district of Hapeville, GA. Our focus is bringing the best of old-world and modern brewing practices together to deliver many beer styles never commercially brewed in Georgia. Our biochemist-brewmaster, Jamey... Read More

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