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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,675
Reviews: 730
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 1,675 | Reviews: 730
Photo of fattyre
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with a moderate dissipating tan head. The smell is a pleasant roastiness with a faint background hoppy aroma. The taste/mouthfeel is very slightly roasted maltiness with a mild hopiness which gives it a crisp clean finish. A drinkable clean octoberfest, while not the best it is very drinkable.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is classic Oktoberfest copper with a frothy white head on top. Smell is mainly caramel like malts, sweetness on the edge.

Flavour is similarly lightly malted, caramel tones, bread like aspects, light hop bitters on the back of the tongue throughout. A pleasant and somewhat more bready take on the style than usual, and one that pushes it up to a 4 for me.

The mouth is thin but with some hop presence, this is what one would expect for the style. Drinkability, not an issue, but again, this is also normal for this type of beer.

The bottom line: Oktoberfest is what it is, a lighter bodied, softly malty Fall quaffer. Of the major micros I've had in the style, this is one of the better examples. Ideally suited for a dimple style pint glass on a crisp Fall day with the window open.

Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Consumed 10/13/09
A) Some haze. Head is light and thin. Lacing is semi-sticky. Bronze to amber in color.
S) Light caramel. Mellow notes of apple. Light grainy notes.
T) Earthy caramel sweetness. Grainy with bitter hop tones. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with subtle caramel malt. Sweetens up with more sips as the palate grows accustom.
M) Tannin feel. Dry. Fizzy. Light bodied.
D) A nice brew once my palate likened to it. I'd have another.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Beautiful clear amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Retention is somewhat short, but a thick collar remains.

S - Sweet, bready malt, heavy on the crystal. This smells a lot like fresh bread. Hiding in the background is a small spicy component, though I can't put my finger on the exact aroma. Fairly simple, but appetizing.

T - Great sweetness from the malt with the expected bready quality. Late palate a metallic quality emerges and provides a quick earthy bitterness. Very good, but lacking quite a bit of complexity.

M - Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Better than most oktoberfests I've had so far. Smooth.

D - This stuff goes down great. No real off flavors, and while the flavor is simple overall, it is very good. An easy beer to session without getting wrapped up in nuance.

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kwakwhore
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition. A little late to be reviewing this but what the hell.
Nice amber pour into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Caramel malt in the aroma.
Flavor is a little on the buttery side, with biscuit malt. Some caramel, a bit of hops and more biscuit malt in the finish
Smooth mouthfeel.
A seriously easy drinking beer. Another solid offering from Victory.

Photo of Buggies
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of malt, caramel mostly with aromas of bread from the Vienna malts. Also some small hints of a fruitiness too.

Tastes good to me. This beer is sweet up front with a nice malt backbone, but cut off leaving a nice dry finish. It is light enough that I could drink these all night.

Not the best example of the style. But a solid beer from Victory.

Photo of DubC14
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of blairisbeastly
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling 2011 edition of this beer. Just picked it up at my local store. Drinking from a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Nice copper orange color. Pearly light head dissolves quickly into a swirly cap. The carb bubble dance would last longer in another glass, but it kind of fades out quickly in the tulip.

Aroma: Bready and yeasty qualities pop out first and are most dominant. There are more subtle notes of roasted nuts and herbal/spicy hops too. Balanced with no flavor dominating too much.

Taste: Really balanced qualities right away. A nice, but not sweet bready maltiness comes out swinging, but it is quickly held at by herbal notes from the hops. After the hops fade away, a nice, slightly roasted nuttiness comes in, which lets the breadiness take on a tone of caramel. Nice, subtle yeasty spiciness is left on the linger. Lots of flavors that don't dominate each other and compliment the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice medium body that lays down on the palette, but not too hard. Flavors develop without getting cloying and it is very easy to drink. It would be easy to have a bunch of these during a football game.

Overall: Really like this brew. It is a low ABV, yet flavorful brew that is light enough for warm Autumn days, yet rich enough to satisfy once the leaves fall. Nice entry by Victory.

Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed amber brew looks nice in my freebie Sammy Adams glass. An ivory head lingers about for a short time, and then it settles with just a ring of lace.

Light hops with a bit of pine undertone in the aroma. Bready malt in the quaff, a surprising brew to be a on the sweet, malty side versus more on the hop bandwagon. Nice medium bodied brew to sip in the fall weather.

Very drinkable, but kinda steep with the $10 per sixer price.

Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA

A: Pours with a bright white head. Light copper color. Brilliant when held to light. Bright clarity.

S: Subtle malt aroma. Some other reviewers mentioned a "doughy" smell and I would agree. Very clean and crisp.

T: Very clean and crisp lager taste. Slightly malty with just a slight, slight trace of hops. A totally clean and refreshing finish.

MF: Light. Medium carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable. No doubt a very good session beer. Marzens are suppposed to be subtle and understated but this one might be too understated for my tastes. I have reccomended this to friends who still drink Bud, Lite, etc. in efforts to get them to start drinking higher quality beers.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Look: Dark amber, off white lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness, earthly, spicy.

Taste: Toasted wheat bread, Herbal hops, Caramel, nice chocolate after taste in the finish as the brew warms up. Highly drinkable.

Feel: Medium body,soda pop-esque carbonation.

Overall: This is a first for the Marzen style. This is a well polished, well balanced and highly easy drinking brew. This is worthy.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Spaten stein. Beer was a clear copper color, with a foamy, two-finger, sandy colored head. Soft carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt, caramel, nuts and bread.

Taste was grains, cereal, nuts, caramel, bread and light hops.

Very clean and smooth. Goes down very easily. A pretty solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of drowninginhops
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in standard pint glass. From notes.

A: Hazy amber in color with white head that fades quickly.

S: Spicy with lots of malt and slight smell of pumpkin and pretzels.

T: Spice, grains with crazy amount of malt.

M: Creamy and well carbonated.

D: Well crafted.

Photo of burnstar
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours a nice copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very mild and malty. Taste is almost all sweet malt with just a little hops kicking in for the finish. Medium bodied, maybe just a tiny bit thin but I think the mouthfeel is about right for this beer. This is extremely drinkable, it really begs to be drank in quantity. This won't blow you away, but it's a nice example of the style.

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn gold brown with a sticky, off-cream head. Caramel, caramelized carrots, honey, maple, vegetal hops on the nose. Biscuity malt flavor up front. Toasted caramel takes over. Spicy, herbal, hops finish over cooked vegetables and caramel residue. Medium-light bodied. Quite drinkable. Nice.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly clear copper with a smallish head of foam. Slight caramel nose with some toasted grain and light citrus and herbs. Flavour is rich malt with some light fruit and toasted character. Hints of coffee. Light bodied and quite fizzy, fairly dry and very drinkable.

Photo of jayhass
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Clear amber almost light ruby red hue with one inch white head that fades fast but keeps a ring around the glass. Smell - Light bready malt with caramel and grassy spicy hop notes. Taste - Caramel with a light nuttiness and sweet pilsner malt are equaled by spicy grass with light floral hop flavor that keeps till the end. Overall - Not a bad beer wish breadiness would stand up stronger against the hops.

Photo of drcarver
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice deep amber color with a one finger off-white head. Clear body, no head retention, and little lacing.

S - malts are in the forefront. Sweet toffee smell but cleans out with a bit of floral hoppiness.

T - malts are assertive, but do not overwhelm the palate. Medium bodied that fills the mouth. It feels as though it will coat the tongue but it finishes clean with a bit of a sweet malt aftertaste

D - Nice beer and could easily have this one with some brats and krat sitting in a parking lot waiting for the game to start.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before Dec 29, 08.

A: Pours a clear and dark copper and topped with a rather fizzy, none too substatial off white head, that fades into nothing, no lacing either.

S: Solidly sweet hop and malt profile, a slight hint of fruit mixed with a strong and sweet bready maltiness.

T/MF: Again, well balanced in both hop and malt profiles. Malts do most of the work, as they should, but a mildly biting hop fruitiness finishes off this pleasantly grainy, bread crusty sweet brew. Mouthfeel is mildy chewy and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very fresh tasting is a definite plus.

D: If it were not for the dissapointing appearance of this beer it would have scored a bit higher on the drinkablity scale, but since this is not the case, an otherwise solidly constructed beer has to suffer in rating just a bit.

Note: Will have to revisit the next bottle of this to see if this beer is indeed as it appears before me now.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Smells slightly of malt, caramel and a little hop spice. Not as much aroma as many octoberfests. Has a nice malt backbone in the taste. A little nutty with caramel and toffee notes. Mild sweetness throughout. Finishes with a nice malt spice and dryness. Mouthfeel--medium light bodied with a nice dry crispness throughout.

Overall a good octoberfest. A bit weak on the aroma, but full in flavor.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great caramel character, nicely toasted breadiness, and just the right level of malt sweetness balances will with a mild hop bite. Mouthfeel is decent and the toasted finish is fairly satisfying.

Not bad at all, Victory always manages to produce great interpretations of German brews, and this one is no exception.


Photo of TheFightfan1
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a nice white heading. Holds a thin lace around the edges until the very last drop.

Smell is of sweet toasted malt with a nice earthy aroma.

Taste is all sweet caramel malt. Nice toastiness with a somewhat spicy character as well. Slightly identified bitter hop.

Mouth is medium bodied. Nice and bubbley throughout. An awesome sweet malty feel in the mouthand not overly sweet.

This is a heavily malted beer. One of the very best Oktoberfests I've had yet.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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