Gordon Biersch's co-founder Dan Gordon studied brewing engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan, providing him with the needed expertise to craft German beer styles.
His brewery's take on an Oktoberfest beer has a lighter body than a Märzen but a more robust and moderately hopped flavor, resulting in its 5.6 percent ABV FestBier. Its maltiness is the product of dark-roasted Munich malt and pilsner malt, and the hoppy aroma comes thanks to the German Hallertau and Tettnang aroma hops. Being an American version, it's not surprising that the hops are a bit more aggressive than those from across the Atlantic, with 24 IBUs (International Bittering Units). The appearance features a slight orange color and a clear, amber tint. Available seasonally from August through October, FestBier is an ideal complement to dishes served at Oktoberfest, such as roasted chicken, grilled sausages, roasted pork or just about any meat dish off the grill.