Festbier - Victory Brewing Company
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4.73/5 rDev +27.8%
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.
10-04-2012 22:49:01 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.72/5 rDev +27.6%
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
09-18-2007 10:40:29 | More by BeerLover48Fan
4.7/5 rDev +27%
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
02-03-2013 08:30:27 | More by dertyd
4.7/5 rDev +27%
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.
05-03-2005 16:28:38 | More by JackTheRipper
4.63/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
09-26-2008 00:19:10 | More by MiScusi
4.58/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
10-08-2010 19:08:11 | More by DrDemento456
4.58/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
11-20-2004 06:46:40 | More by wailingwench
4.55/5 rDev +23%
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.
09-03-2010 03:30:51 | More by tzieser
4.53/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
11-06-2009 02:41:29 | More by kingcrowing
4.53/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
09-30-2005 04:48:23 | More by goodbyeohio
4.53/5 rDev +22.4%
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.
11-30-2008 13:15:36 | More by MusicaleMike
4.51/5 rDev +21.9%
Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass.
A: Beautiful shade of brownish red/copper. Not very dark, but you know that you are going to get a full taste. Thin head, off-white.
S: Malts, malts, malts. Faint scent of hops, but this thing is all malts on the nose.
T: You get a ton of sweet malts. As Victory always does, the malt is very well-balanced with a touch of hops. Perhaps a little dried fruit as well. Fantastic flavor here.
M: Unlike a lot of "Oktoberfest" beers, this is pretty crisp.
Overall, this is definitely one of my top 3 favorite beers out there, if not my favorite. I found this bottle in the basement, thinking that all of them from the case bought in September's case were gone. What a surprise! But it's always available at the brewery, thank god.
02-25-2013 22:33:42 | More by Hansford
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
a: Copper in Color, typical thin Octoberfest head
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
10-02-2008 02:46:22 | More by Joker2008
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
10-24-2002 07:49:05 | More by RBorsato
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
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.
08-20-2010 23:33:51 | More by mtnbikerpa
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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