Festbier

Includes styles: Oktoberfest Bier

Recipes:
723
BJCP 2021:
04B
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Pale
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Malty

Profile

Festbier is a paler, modern interpretation of the traditional Oktoberfest beers historically served at Munich's Oktoberfest celebrations. In contrast to the older, more malt-driven Märzen style that many associate with Oktoberfest, Festbier is lighter in color and body while remaining malt-forward. This evolution toward a paler lager reflects both changes in consumer preferences and advancements in malting technology. Today, it stands as the prevalent beer served at Munich's famous festival, offering attendees a smooth lager that is both flavorful and easy to drink in larger quantities.

Festbier presents a deep gold to pale amber hue with brilliant clarity and a persistent creamy white head. The visual aspect suggests an inviting quaff without the heft of darker lagers. The aroma of Festbier is typically marked by a moderate intensity of German malt character - often reminiscent of fresh bread or biscuits with a touch of light floral or spicy hops lending balance without overpowering the malt profile. Neither hops nor malts dominate too aggressively; instead, they harmonize. A clean fermentation character allows these balanced flavors to shine through without much in the way of fruity ale esters or diacetyl.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
5.8 – 6.3 %

In Database
5.3 < 5.8 < 6.8 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 25 IBU

In Database
17 < 22 < 28 IBU

Color

Specification
8 – 12 EBC
4 – 6 SRM

In Database
7 < 11 < 13 EBC
4 < 5 < 7 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
13.3 – 14.0 °P
1.054 – 1.057 OG

In Database
12.1 < 13.7 < 15.7 °P
1.049 < 1.056 < 1.064 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
2.6 – 3.1 °P
1.010 – 1.012 FG

In Database
1.5 < 3.1 < 4.6 °P
1.006 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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