Thursday, October 1, 2009

Review: Harvest Festbier (Carver Brewing)

Carver Brewing Co. has its Harvest Festbier on tap.

This German-style Oktoberfest lager pours a deep amber, with a substantial white, fluffy head.

It's got a lot of flavor led by a big malt profile. The hop presence isn't assertive.

Festbier is a returning seasonal release from the Durango brewpub. Carver's also poured it at Oktoberfest last weekend. According to Carver's head brewer Erik Maxson, this is the first time it's been brewed with completely organic ingredients.

"This year, we went all organic," Maxson said via e-mail. "Organic German malt, organic Hallertau hops, our special house lager strain, also from Germany; and good ol' Colorado water."

Festbier comes in at 6.8 percent ABV and 24 IBUs. The numbers tell me it's boozy, but Festbier does not have a strong alcohol taste. In fact, I'd call it refreshing. It would be easy to get yourself in deep with a few pints of this one.

I'm having a tough time describing Festbier. But I like it. B+

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