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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,371 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,371
Reviews: 700
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a copper-orange color with a two finger off white head. The head fades over about 3 minutes to leave a lighter amount of lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt are the heaviest of the aromas, although overall the aroma is rather light. With the roast are some lighter notes spice and herbal hop with some hay-like aromas mixed within.

Taste – The taste begins very bready with a good deal of caramel sweetness up front. Some flavors of a sweeter toffee nature come to the tongue with some lighter fruit flavors which create a sweet taste. At the end a nice roast and light herbal flavor come and round out the sweeter flavors; leaving a pleasant sweeter herbal spiced flavor to linger on the tongue. Rather nice.

Mouthfeel – For the abv. and style, the body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather average. The creamier body if very nice for the sweet yet spicy and roasty flavors with the carbonation level making it very drinkable.

Overall – Other than the lack luster aroma, this is one really fantastic and tasty beer. It is one I will definitely go to again. It has great flavors and a very nice feel.

10-14-2012 01:39:16 | More by Darkmagus82
More User Reviews:
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stella77artois

New York

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber. Smallish head.

S - General hoppiness. Earthy aroma, small hints of of caramel and smoke.

T - Solid malt backbone. Slight amount of hoppy bitterness. I notice earthy hops. An ever so slight bit of smokiness. Solid malt backbone has elements of toasted wheat bread and earthiness.

D - Slightly thick. About how a Marzen should be. Definitely drinkable.

O - A solid Oktoberfest. I don't drink a lot of this style as so many seem similar to me, and there isn't much variation it seems. This is a solid Oktoberfest though. Somehwta complex, full of flavor and fairly easy to drink. I recommend it.

08-23-2014 18:26:11 | More by stella77artois
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Straight 4's on this one,pours a nice amber color with a medium head that leaves a little lacing, aroma is of caramel toffee very appetizing.Taste is malty and doughy with some soapiness in the finish.Nice toasted malt flavor as well,pretty drinkable.Man I love this time of year!

08-31-2003 17:29:02 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance – The head was a bit modest here and didn’t show a lot of good retention, but the beer itself was a brilliant orangish-brown.

Smell – The light grain shows a touch of class and is mixed with some caramel malts. I can also pick up a hint of molasses.

Taste – The caramel and gooey malts are more prevalent at the taste. The grain is light and of high quality (not the cheap husky stuff on most American lagers). The sugars are subdued but raw.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied with some nice carbonation. It is very refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Drinkability – This is a true session bier and one of the better efforts at the style from an American manufacturer.

11-06-2005 02:34:27 | More by RoyalT
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-08-2013 01:12:01 | More by aszatk01
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Turbo

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.9%

10-13-2013 23:54:41 | More by Turbo
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Shakerman

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-28-2012 01:08:00 | More by Shakerman
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear with a sort of burnished copper color. Maybe a fingers width of soapy head that didn't last long before disappearing. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas are a bread-like malty smell with a bit more hops on the nose than anticipated.

Although malts are the star of this offering, the overall brew was more dry than sweet. The maltiness that does come through seems to be a caramel grain flavor with some light bready or yeasty notes coming on in the middle. Finish is dry and quick, with just a little bit of that nice grain flavor in the linger.

Overall mouthfeel was good. The flavors are solid and everything holds together well to the finish. Carbonation is relatively light but well matched to the overall texture of the brew.

I found this to be rather drinkable and enjoyable. For whatever reason, most of the Oktoberfest brews I have tried this year seem to be on the dry side and I personally like them toward the malty sweet side. None the less, this was good and I would certainly order it again.

09-17-2008 11:50:22 | More by SIRIUS2
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12oz longneck bottle, best by Feb. 24 '07. Pours into my glass a nice clear copper/red hue with a half inch of tight bubbly white head. Looks good so far! Aromas start somewhat sweet and malty upfront with a nice toasted caramel nuttiness. A bit of hops lurk underneath with maybe a touch of raisin. Good stuff.

First sip brings a nice smooth toasty, nutty maltiness with some caramel hanging out underneath. It has a nice creaminess to it and flows down with a bit of sweetness finishing with a little kick of spicy hops on the back end. A bit of a dark fruit/raisin sneaks in there as well. Overall, a solid oktoberfest brew if I do say so myself.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a solid creaminess. Flows down really easily and makes for an enjoyable brew. I could see myself sitting down to a few of these in a session no problem. Another solid brew from Victory, and quite possibly my last O'fest of the year!

11-17-2006 06:06:39 | More by orbitalr0x
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blitz134

California

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

Clear dark copper body with a 1" light tan head that reduced quickly to half a skim layer of bubbles and half slick surface. More head retention would be nice.

Strong, clean dark toasted aromas of malt. Clean hopping, a bit of earthy hops work in nicely.

Earthy, toasted malts dominate again. A touch of grain husk. Dinner rolls as well. Earthy, slightly herbal hopping. Pretty good, but not a style I have had much of in the past.

Medium bodied, mediumish carbonation. I think a bit more would make it a touch more crisp.

Drinkability is good though. Good malty flavor. A solid beer that will go down easily, especially this weekend while camping out.

08-25-2007 02:21:27 | More by blitz134
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JasonA

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.9%

average ... thats what I got from this beer.

Pours a dark copper with little to no head. Almost a translucent carmel.

I dont get much from the smell. Some sweetness and a little spice. Not much there.

A little biting, may be due to the alcohol content. Tastes like the smell. Not a whole lot there. Wish there was more to talk about. Some sweet, no real hops. Little malty with some spice finish.

Average. Carbonation and bite may be a little more than desirable.

Overall I would rather move forward from this beer than drink it again. Not bad, simply not something worth coming back to.

03-03-2007 21:23:26 | More by JasonA
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ROBORB

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced a amber hue with a short lasting 1 finger white head. The aroma smells like like malts and perhaps sugar/something sweet. The carbonation is light but the taste is not great. I felt like this beer really goes outside of the regular Marzen characterization. Unfortunately this is not a repeat for me.

03-24-2009 00:11:44 | More by ROBORB
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%

To my mind, this is a really good Octoberfest beer.
In a pint glass the beer is an amber color with a rather small tan head.
Caramel aroma, very sweet.
Caramel taste, like licking a caramel apple. Very sweet.
Pretty robust. The sweetness is a positive, I think.
A great fall beer.

09-01-2010 19:39:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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pengs68

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

02-11-2013 21:10:22 | More by pengs68
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sponberg

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a deep amber/orange with a thin head that gets thinner rapidly. Bready, sweet malt aroma - to style.

Sweet maltiness abounds, with decoction like flavors and some slightly weird fruitiness that I can't quite figure out - it's not there when cold, and shows up when it's warm, a sort of fig like flavor? Very round flavor overall. Finishes a touch on the phenolic side, with a slightly numbing-the-tip-of-the-tongue effect alongside some green apple and toasted malt flavors. About 9/10 of the way to being an outstanding Ofest.

08-30-2003 02:22:25 | More by sponberg
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -23%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts, carmel, and some grassy slightly minty hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet toasted biscuit malts with a dry, slightly bitter (minty), finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest. I'm finding I don't much care for the style. I don't like the toasted biscuit flavors.

09-26-2008 01:45:09 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big mug. There is a freshness date on the front label but I can not read it.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with very good clarity. Its head has a good two finger thickness and is just off white in color. It has very good retention and hangs on well making nice slick lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Its nose is full off floral and spicy Pilsener like saaz hops along with some sweet bready maltiness.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bready malty base flavor with nice sweetness and mild caramel and nutty notes. Hop flavor quickly moves in with very tasty spicy/floral and grassy flavor notes. Hop bitterness is very bright and clean on the finish and well balanced to the malt. The body has a solid medium feel with smooth yet active carbonation.

Notes: This beer was very interesting and surprising. The malt was Octoberfest all the way but the hops were crisp snappy German Pilsner and they made for a very tasty combination.

11-02-2009 02:02:47 | More by generallee
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-24-2014 02:27:31 | More by nstroup
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-01-2012 01:33:52 | More by TimoP
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mverity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Perfect clear amber color with very little cream colored head. Aroma is of very sweet caramel, and not too much else. Taste is definitely of caramel, and a good biscuityness to it as well. Lighter carbonation than I would expect, but not terrible. Good body too.

11-18-2013 01:55:05 | More by mverity
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Victory's Festbeer is one of the better Marzen style beer available. Nice amount of malt, mouthfeel is pretty good. Marzens can be a little too light or way too much malt, but Festbeer is a perfect balance. Nice hop bitterness to cut some of maltyness.

03-03-2012 20:06:03 | More by Fcip78
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

'07 release

appearance - crystal clear amber color with a great beige head that sticks it out and leaves some nice lacing behind in its midst.

smell - sweet maltiness, caramel, some hop spiciness...typical octoberfest aroma

taste - sweet maltiness, caramel, toffee, a subtle hint of hop spiciness to balance everything out...SMMOOOTH. This is one of the smoothest beers Ive ever had. Excellent finish.

mouthfeel - medium bodied, light carbonation

drinkability - i could kick back PLENTY of these bad larry's. VERY drinkable. The best American version of Oktoberfest that I have tasted yet. Seems better than last year's outing.

09-07-2007 22:27:46 | More by Doomcifer
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours a rich, light copper color. Two-finger head of dense, pillowy, eggnog-white foam falls at a moderate pace, leaving a bit of lace around the glass and islands of small bubbles on the surface. Beer is a vibrant orange-red and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Nicely toasted malts; rich, darker caramels; hints of orange/soft spice. Touches of floral hops come through. Nose is light, but present and defined.

T - More hop-forward than usually found in the style. Roasted (but not burnt) malts, well-toasted whole wheat bread, cereals, and caramel sugars seem to serve as the opening acts for a finale of bitter herb-style hops. Taste is a straight-forward presentation of these flavors, without complexity.

M - Somewhat foamy, full carbonation. On the lighter side without being thin. Finish lingers longer than expected and is focused on the bitterness of the hops rather than traditional Oktoberfest sugars. Simple structure.

O - An American NW take on the style that respects the traditional foundation of toasted malts and caramels, but still has the need to make sure the hops are noticed. If you're expecting a Marzen, you'll probably find the overall effort out-of-balance. Probably better paired with food, where the hops can find more to balance with, than drunk alone.

10-21-2012 18:27:53 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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jmshulk

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Aroma: Really nice fall, grassy type of smell with some malts and maybe a hint of lemon.

Appearance: Awesome looking deep dark orange/redish color. Light Tan head the falls slowly and gently.

Taste: Nice bold toasted malt flavors with a little grass, some subtle lemon flavor. Not much bitterness.

Feel: Nice and smooth, medium plus body, with medium carbonation.

Overall: Really nice, refreshing fall beer. I've picked this up the past two falls and like sitting back and enjoying it once the weather starts to take a turn and feel more Fallish. It's got a really nice earthy flavor that goes down all too easy.

09-25-2011 01:22:29 | More by jmshulk
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-06-2014 15:17:51 | More by megamass
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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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