Thursday, May 19th 2011
(Starr Hill Brewing Company)
At one point Festie was a seasonal brew and apparently people loved it. So, why not give them what they want whenever they want it? This is why you've got a traditional Oktoberfest/Märzen style beer available all-year round and now it's even available in cans so people can take it with them to concerts, beaches, lakes, rivers etc... Festie is joined by Northern Lights IPA as one of the first two canned brews from Starr Hill. Prosit! Cheers!
From the Starr Hill site:
"Rich and malty, Festie is now available year-round, and it is our tribute to the great German lager. Its name invokes the German tradition of Oktoberfest, while also paying homage to the end of the summer music festival season."
Here we go...
Pour - orangish/yellowish in color, very clean with a wispy head on top which fades rather quickly leaving a ring around the inside of the glass at the top level of the beer. Not a bad looking pour whatsoever.
Aroma - brown sugar, baking bread, steeped grains, honey, corn syrup and sweet tea. Some doughy/biscuity notes as well.
Taste - first sip is sweet on the tongue. Lots of honey and caramel flavors combine with some raisin and lemon tea with a sharp, crisp finish. Its a bit dry surprisingly in the finish with no real after taste which certainly makes for an easily sessionable beer. Nice malty flavors and easily approachable for any beer drinker from the uber-snob to the casual imbiber.
Overall - Not a ton of complexity, just a straightforward amber lager. However, when it comes to finding a decent canned version of just that it's not so easy. Certainly worth picking up and taking along with you wherever you're outdoors (or indoors) festivities may be happening.
Would I buy more of it? - not much of an option where I am. This is a pretty easy drinking lager and if it was more available I could definitely see myself putting some on ice once in awhile.
Note - "The tag line on the label says 'life is a carnival', in reference to lyrics from a song by The Band. The Starr Hill crew are in many ways like carnies, in a positive way, like a family." - Mark Thompson (Master Brewer)
Posted by Russ
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