Beer of the Week – Heiner Brau Festbier

Heiner Brau Festbier

I woke up this morning and it was a cool 41 degrees! Our one month of Fall is upon us, and soon it will be unbearably COLD, followed by a month of Spring, and Summer will once again make it unbearable HOT. We don’t really have four “Seasons” here … unless you count Football, Crawfish, Shrimp and Carnival seasons as such. It’s about to get COLD, and when living next to the bayou like I do … it does get cold! Down here we get some seriously cold wind. It may not be cold for your average Green Bay Packers fan, but to those of us who call South Louisiana home – 100% humidity and 30 degrees equates to  COLD.

So what does colder weather mean? Darker, Malty beers … and I happen to LOVE me some darker beers. Heiner Brau’s Festbier is a brew that I look for every Fall, as I start the wonderful process of trying all the local (and not so local) Octoberfest-style offerings.

A definitive example of the Marzen style, in the glass it pours a light colored orange with a inch-thick head with minimal (if any) lacing. An aroma overflowing with malts, breads and a slight nutty smell. The malts hit you first (you’d expect that in a Marzen) followed by toasted cereals and caramels, the light carbonation gives this brew a medium body. The finish is what remains of the hoppy tones coupled with the malt.

This one won’t disappoint if you’re  a huge fan of Marzens, as am I.



Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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