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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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770 Reviews

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Reviews: 770
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Photo of imabluehen
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far one of my favorite brews. I am partial to PA microbrews since I grew up in the Philly metro area. However, now that I live in New England I patiently wait until I can make a trip home so I can have Victory Festbier on tap at the brewery.

It's a very malty brew, but has great flavor to it. It pairs well with Victory's signature Bavarian style pretzel, if you are lucky enough to be enjoying it at the brewery.

I stumbled upon a random 6-pack of this beer in April, against my better judgement (knowing it had probably been sitting on the shelf since the fall) I bought it anyway. Good surprise is that it was still good!!

I will stock up on the beer every fall, as Oktoberfests tend to be my favorite style!

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Photo of beerking1
4.97/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful garnet-amber color, crystal clear, pure white, small head. The aroma is a great combination of Munich Malt and subtle hops. That, however, is only the beginning. The real pleasure comes with the first sip, and last until the last drop. This is a great example of the style, exhibiting the unique flavors of a true decoction mash, with the wonderful malliard flavor components this brings. Seek this beer out!

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had nothing but pumpkin ales for the last two weeks, I tired of that and decided to get back to the fall classic: Oktoberfest-Marzen. For good lager-type brew, can't do better. Saw this in the store and picked it up, as I love Victory Brewing and surprisingly haven't had it yet.

Freshness date is: enjoy by Jan 29 '12

Here goes:

Pours a beautiful shiny orange/copper-amber with a solid thick and bubbly white head. Nice retention. Thin lacing that sticks for a reasonable while.

Aromatic notes of sweetness, caramel-like barley, bread and dryness.

Toasted barley, and sweetness all around wave on the tongue,followed by a slight hint of faint hop twang, and finishes nice and dry. Medium body, with very minimal carbonation,allowing the barley sweetness and other characteristics to come through easily.

I really like this one. As good as any authentic made-in-Germany Marzen. And a lot better than some.

Victory scores another home-run with this one, but then again, when do they not?

Four Stars(out of four)

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Photo of Kallessin
4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/copper color, clear with a moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top. It has a sizzling cream colored head that settles to thin ring around the top in a couple minutes.

Has a very sweet malty aroma, lots of caramel.

Huge malt flavor - lots of caramel and toffee. Very sweet and rich. The flavor has a lot of depth to it. Almost no hop bitterness to speak of. Really a fantastic tasting beer.

Full bodied and very smooth with low carbonation. Very rich and satisfying.

This is a great beer. Easy to drink, great flavor and aroma with an amazing feel to it.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Ample carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here. I have only tried two Victory beers, Prima Pils was my first but I like Festbier a whole lot more. A great seasonal that should be a year round beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.74/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.6% ABV, Enjoy by Dec 31 2012 etched lightly into shoulder.

A - Festbier pours a fire-y clear amber that parallels the trees' changing leaves; a stunning color. Dense ivory foam settles to a thin skim pretty quickly but leaves some spotty lacing left on the glass.

S - Right off the bat, Victory's Festbier is very reminiscent of the classic German lager but it is much toastier than any I've experienced. Deep and dense bready aromas stem from the Vienna malts which impart biscuit and toasted wheat bread. Munich malts add a drizzle of honey-like sweetness which nicely blankets the "bread" but this beer isn't all malt. Plenty of German noble hops finish with a follow-up of light spice and herbal notes, completing the ensemble very nicely!

T - Hefty malt really ups the ante in the flavor as it loads on the bread characteristics. Imagine for a moment, a warm loaf broken, gooey on the inside but complete with a crispy shell; that's Festbier for ya'. Chunky dense biscuit, Munich sweetness with just a touch of earthy nuttiness, and the perfect balance of hops on the finish which not only keep the beer's sweetness in check, they add a lingering herbal note which compliments while delicately contrasting the beer.

M - Full-bodied while remaining extremely drinkable, Victory's Festbier has a lush, smooth malt feel but a nice carbonation presence that livens it up. Finishing dry from toasted malt and hops alike, this perfectly balanced beer goes down incredibly well.

O - Victory Festbier might just be the ultimate Oktoberfest. Crisp and clean, it adheres to it's strict lager standards and showcases deep malt complexity while adding a simplistic but oh-so-important kiss of hops, all while remaining exceptionally drinkable, especially for it's robust body! A moment of pause to consider the skill required to brew such a balanced and immaculate beer is rewarding but equally as rewarding is losing one's self in the festivities and enjoying pint after pint of such a beer.

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Photo of dertyd
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle to a pint glass

A-rusty copper with lots of bubbles little head and no laceing

S-sweet malts,figs,dried fruit

T-sweet malts,figs,grassy citruss verry well ballanced

M-nice and crisp

A verry good beer from victory they haven't done me rong yet I will drink this one again

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear amber color. Head of about 1". Nice looking bubbles rising.

S: Nice toasty malt aroma. No real hop smells.

T: Incredible. Nice sweet malty flavor up front, just enough bitterness to balance things out perfectly. Toasty bread with just a hint of a mild peppery spice. Aftertaste is a wonderfully lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. CO2 is spot on and the alcohol, while relatively low, gives a nice warmth.

D&N: I'm sitting here in front of my computer trying to finish this review before I finish this beer. Unbelievably drinkable, the tastes are just right, it feels good. The only faults I could spot were a bit of a weaker aroma than I was expecting, probably my fault for waiting so long to drink this. This is probably the best Marzen I've ever had.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Cloudy orange amber with a two finger slightly off white head that dissipates.

Smell- Lemon along with some fresh caramel malt and honey.

Taste- Rich caramel malt flavor. Toasted cracker tastes goes on to a mild bitterness as far as this style goes. A short and simple flavor profile but quite lively.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin with great carbonation. Crisp.

Overall- A near perfect octoberfest in my opinion. So flavorful. The malt taste in this beer is great. Well done and a must try oktoberfest!

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Photo of MiScusi
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great burnt orange color, very good clarity, looks pretty lively in the glass. Foamy white head builds up and drops to a thin froth. Smell is lagerish, some subdued sweetness in there, a bit of sharp malt. Taste has a good amount of toasted malt, a nice full flavor to it. Semi-sweet ending... I could drink a lot of this beer. I think they nailed the flavor that is acceptable for Marzen's. Good mouthfeel, not too watery, not too big. One of the better Marzen's out there. Might have to take this head to head with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.57/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Dark transparent copper, pours with a fizzy white 1 finger head.

Aroma: Toasted malt character. Slight nuttiness. Clean and balanced.

Tongueland: Well balanced beer, toasted malts that finish with a nutty finish. Light to medium m/f.

Bender Factor: Adheres to the O-fest style.Perfect to guidelines. Similar to Otter Creek without the metallic afttertaste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of three Oktoberfest's I had last night. This one was the best.

A - Poured a semi dark copper/amber color with a nice foamy white head.

S - Toasted malts, nuts, caramel. and slight bready.

T - Smooth. Started off malty and sweet, then pushed a but with some toasted almond and nut and finished creamy and caramelized. I can dig it.

M - Medium boded and full of flavor

D - I really liked this Festbier. It gave a great representation of the style and I kept the "local brewed" aspect in mind when enjoying it. If victory had this in a variety case I would not be disappointed.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured in a 12oz tumbler.

Pours a nice rich dark amber with a small fluffy off white head. Nose is light sweet and malty with a good rich toastiness.

Wow, this is an amazing oktoberfest, one of the best I've ever had. Rich and smooth, nice and sweet and toasty. A nice little bit of hops on the finish for an overall smooth and super drinkable brew.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with moonglow weizenbock, i'm surprised i haven't reviewed this yet. festbier and moonglow are two of my favorite autumn brews. poured into a .5l lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: thick, foamy white head over three fingers tall. head settles extremely slowly to a half-finger or so lacing. crystal clear and copporish amber in color.

s: sweet, biscuity, caramel-y malty deliciousy-ness(y). seriosuly though, bready sweet malts dominate the nose.

t: crisp, sweet and malty. this is definitely one of my favorite marzens. sweet caramel malts, with nice bready undertones with an extremely faint touch of hops that create a near perfect balanced marzenbier.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. excellent drinkability. for me at least.

I think Victory is at the top of their game when they make German beers. Prima Pils, Festbier, Moonglow Weizenbock, are all awesome beers. Don't get me wrong, i like their other stuff too, but there's just something really special about those beers. if you blindfolded me, i'd probably think this was a Paulaner (i actually think its better, but that's the closest comparison i could get). get one.

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Photo of Joker2008
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Copper in Color, typical thin Octoberfest head

s: Malts

t: Malty but not too sweet. A Little spice on the back end. mmm!.

m: medium carbonation, very smooth nicee finish

d: very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors and body

This one of my favorites in style. A very tasty drinkable beer.

Everything I expect from an Octoberfest

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold, light amber color with a low head. Light spicy malt aroma and an awesome candy-like sweet flavor (reminiscent of smarties?). There was a nutty character as time went on. A medium bodied and creamy brew. One of the best American style Oktoberfests in my tasting.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, pours amberish copper color with a copious amount of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. About 2 inches of off white head. Strong aroma of malts. Sweet malts of a caramel nature, substantial hop backbone. This is my favorite of the Oktoberfest beers and I look forward to it each year. I normally end up buy a couple cases. And just a side not, I have drank it well into March and it was fine.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bb 12/12/05

deep orange color, thin stream of lively carbonation and a respectable head of smooth velvet and coarse bubbles. solid lacing. aroma screams lager yeast with a perfectly subtle malt richness and the faintest hint of hops. so drinkable and refreshing. light black pepper notes and a crisp autumn malt sweetness are detectable.. full bodied but light in terms of gravity, this beer goes down in big gulps. so fresh... unbelievable. carbonation, freshness, hop spice and malt smokiness add a faux-sense of fall spice... when in reality, this is nothing more than a well crafted, four ingredient beer. mild hint of alcohol in the finish is the only negative i can see here. difficult beer to get right- bill and ron have done it.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

This is my new favorite octoberfest. Had it poured from the bottle into a mug. The color is perfect, a reddish copper. The aroma and flavor are outstanding. It's a smoky mix of molasses and malt, capturing the flavor while avoiding the syrupy constitution of some other offerings of the genre. Love it.

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful transparent bronze-red body with moderate carbonation. Light tan head with a touch of orange, tiny to large bubbles. Both lace and retention are pretty good.
Light lager scent and a sweet bready and grainy element.
Smooth flavors of grass, bread, grain and orange peel. Well balanced. Slightly fruity aftertaste with some mild hops.
Good perfectly full lager body. Nice coating and a hydrating feel without being watery.
This is a good lager that is pleasant to drink and likely to be a repeat.


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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Growler fill straight from the brewery in Downingtown, PA

A: a beautiful dark amber, with a light khaki head. Nice lacing.

S- very bready, with caramel, some light herbal hops.

T- Very forward with the breadiness, then caramel hits, before a big toasted and light herbal hop finish. As good or better than the German offerings.

M- Medium Carbonation and medium body.

O- I love Marzen's and I love Festbier. Bring on more.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory. Dark amber like a marzen should be. A nice white head of foam as well that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all sweet malts up front and nice green hops on the back. The taste is sweet and malty with a more pronounced caramel flavor than most marzens. There is also the lovely taste of bready malts and fresh hops as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very good. This beer is very festive indeed! Good stuff.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. The label declares "enjoy by Dec 30 '07"
A: Copper-amber in color, clearish and bright. Roughly one inch of smooth off-white head comes with the pour, and it recedes quickly to leave a thin layer atop the beer.
S: I can practically smell this from a few feet away, and it's quite nice. Sweet malts and a subtle earthiness are most noticeable, and there's a crisp grassy scent underneath, as well. After letting the beer warm a bit, I get a slight deep fruit smell along with a more noticeable hop scent.
T: Sweet yet crisp up front. The sugars explore the mouth and give way to a more noticeably hoppy taste in the middle. The underlying caramel malts remain tasteable, but they're not quite as sweet. The finish is a continuation of these tastes, with the addition of a little smoky taste, although the lingering flavor is sweetish and malty.
M: Relatively light and perfectly refreshing. Hardly a hint of unnecessary bitterness or alcohol
D: Great, I could drink this all night.
Overall, a fantastic beer for this time of year, or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always heard good things about this offering from Victory and now that they distribute to Tn, I can finally try it fresh...

Pours a beautiful burnished bronze color with a persistent fluffy head.. This just looks like the arrival of Fall if that makes any sense... Warm and inviting...

Classic O-fest aromas of sweet biscuity malt and a touch of noble hops thrown in for good measure... Smells a lot like the German Oktoberfests which is a really good thing...

And its spot on taste-wise as well... Sweet delicious malts that are delicately balanced by the slight bitterness of the hops towards the end.. Lingers at the finish...

Very very nice Oktoberfest from the folks at Victory... May be the best domestic Marzen I've had, right up there with Left Hand..

Highly recommended...

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A while back I bought a six-pack of Festbier and decided to save one bottle for a review. Tonight, I decided to drink it side by side with Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest. What a great experience this was, seeing how an American brewery has taken a very traditional style and put its American stamp on the beer. What I ended up determining by trying these two next to one another is that they are both of equal caliber, yet they must be considered in different categories. Festbier is clearly an interpretation of an original (and an excellent one at that!). Hacker-Pschorr is the mold for Oktoberfest beers, so it is by default, a classic and almost flawless beer.

The label says "Enjoy by Jan 06 09". Poured into an Amber Bock glass.

A: Good two fingers of almost white head sits on top of a perfectly clear, radiant copper body. The clarity is better than Hacker-Pschorr. The head retention is pretty good, and there is a minimal amount of lacing that is evident.

S: There is a faint smell, yet what can be perceived is predominantly malty with little wisps of hops. I can easily pick up notes of bread and honey in this beer. The smell is very clean. Overall, I would say that this beer has a great smell, but it could use some volume.

T: Definitely hoppier than the Hacker-Pschorr...well-balanced, giving an edge to the malts while keeping the hop flavor present. The aftertaste is sweet and bread/biscuit. Notes of honey. A well designed beer that follows a traditional German brew in the style of an American brewery.

M: Wet mouthfeel, with crisp carbonation. Smoother and less body than the Hacker-Pschorr. It is still medium bodied though.

D: Excellent drinkability. I would highly recommend that you drink this offering from Victory. It is delicious and a great example of the style. I could drink this all day.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.