East Brother Festbier

California
United States
East Brother Festbier, East Brother Beer Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

A smooth, clean, pale German lager with a moderately strong malty flavor and a light hop character

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
24
Served at: 
38° F
Hops: 
Hallertau Mittlefrueh
Malts: 
Admiral Maltings Admiral Pilsner, Briess Bonlander Munich 10L, Brises Vienna, Weyermann Caramunich I
Judges Review 
Nelson Crowle's picture
Judges Rating:
96
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

East Brother Festbier by East Brother Beer Co. was evaluated as a BJCP 2015 4B Festbier. Pours a brilliant very deep gold with a medium-sized head of tiny white bubbles that fades fairly quickly but returns when swirled. With such a brilliant clarity the beer shows a beautiful upward cascade of rising bubbles that's very visually appealing. The aroma is of freshly baked bread and moderate bread crusts with just a hint of floral hops. The flavor extends with bread doughy notes and a lightly toasty character, echoing the moderate bread crusts of the aroma. The hops in the flavor come across as floral, with just a hint of black pepper, and they are all very well balanced. The malt character has a hint of sweetness - not quite dry, but still well attenuated. Hop bittering is medium-low - with the balance towards the malt. Medium body and a smooth and creamy yet crisp finish with a slight honey note lingering. This beer is barely within the style guidelines as a Festbier; it's at the high end of the malt, in particular, but it works very well as everything is really nicely balanced, producing a world-class example of this style. This is a perfect beer to go with a family grilling session - especially bratwursts.