Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 123 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber colored beer had a small head and a little lace.It had the aroma of malts,caramel and some light fruit notes.
The taste was sweet and pretty much followed up with malts,caramel and fruit hints.
The feel was thin,light beer with medium carbonation and a smooth finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer with good drinkability.Decent balance and while I may have expected more I can not say this was not worthy.

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DubC14
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/11/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big pear, toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, apple, earth, herbal, and light nuttiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light fruit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest lager. Nicely robust with good flavor balance; extremely smooth to drink. Enjoyed this.

Photo of blairisbeastly
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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

A: Clear golden brown pour with only a small head.

S: Smells a lot more like an amber ale than a marzen/oktoberfest. Lot's of fruity hops and caramel malts.

T: The taste comes through a lot more like a marzen, with hints of typical amber ale characteristics in the back. Malty, with fruity hops in the background. Bread, crackers, caramel malts and hops.

MF: Carbonated well, crisp, light

O: Very drinkable, refreshing. Great beer for the fall.

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a bubbly, clear reddish amber with a good-sized off-white head that lingers as a cap for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing. Roasted caramel malts dominate the nose with a bit of sweetness of vanilla as well. The hops are present but subdued in the aroma. The taste is even sweeter than the aroma indicates with a much more bready malt backbone and tons of caramel and vanilla sweetness. There is a bit of earthy hops in the finish leaving a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied - crisp and clean with good carbonation. Not overly complex, this brew is definitely drinkable and a good representation of the style.

Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finger of deep tan foam with a mild orange tint, loose and bubbly, weak retention but does a solid dusting across the surface, the lacing slides easily down the glass sides. Noticeably clear amber copper, mixes in browns, red and oranges, transparent, few bubbles visible inside. Lots of cereal, granola, biscuit and grains in the nose, quinine or mineral water too, pepper spice, takes awhile for a caramel or toffee scents to get going, walnuts, limited but steady orange citrus, no real distinct fruit component. Medium-bodied, there's a strong, wiry carbonation to it which keeps it moving at a brisk pace. Not that sweet, seems closer to the "traditional" Märzen recipe with grain, pumpernickel bread, corn husk, walnuts and chestnuts, white pepper. As in the nose, subdued orange citrus as well as peach, pear, yellow apple fruit. Thin patina of milk chocolate and caramel. Overall, it's a nice little brew but not really that interesting.

Photo of Minkybut
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a nice tan head. The beer smelled a little fruity but did not taste that way. The color of the beer was orange and the taste has a hint of caramel. I liked the beer and would buy again.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The body is a clear honey amber color with about three fingers of rocky off white head that leaves sticky lace all along. The smell is full of toasted malt, a touch of honey and bitter hops. The taste follows to be a big grainy and very earthy. The toasted malts are very predominant in the one and the beer has a slight honey sweetness to it. However, the grainy taste is a bit overpowering. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. No complaints on the carbonation and the drinkability is very nice. I could see myself having this around.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a small sparse head over top. Nose is sweet and toasty, almost sugary sweet. I'd like a bit more of the bready and toastyness to come through. Flavor is pretty nice. Fairly toasty with just a touch of sweetness and a very very light noble hop finish. Very clean. Nice american example of the style. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Pretty solid brew here. Tasty.

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 Gyle41386
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Darker amber pour. Relatively small white head dissipates quickly, and the lacing doesn't stick.

Sweet malty aroma. Caramel and toffee, with a little bit of a toasted malt scent.

Flavor follows the aroma. There's an earthy bitterness in the flavor that I didn't smell, so that was a bit of a bonus, because it offers a touch of balance to the sweetness.

Decent feel, maybe a little thin. Prickly carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. A refreshing, easy drinker.

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 fields336
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SN snifter
Enjoy by Jan 18 2012 printed on label

A: clear, orange amber liquid, with 1 finger bubbly french vanilla colored head. Dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing on sides of the glass that also dissipates.

S: roasty, caramel, bready malts, with a slight herbal/grassy/earthy hop presence in there

T: nice bready, chocolatey, malty character with a nice toasty finish. There is a slight bitterness which is nice. Not as cloyingly sweet as some other commercial marzens. Stays more earthy, and bitter than others. I much enjoyed this one, very sessionable, cool, balanced, crisp, and nice.

M: nice carbonation, crisp, drinkable as any marzen should be. I love fall and this style, it's a big hit for me.

O: If you're picking out an American interpretation of a Marzen, this is the one in my opinion, I bought multiple 6ers of this, it's a great beer

Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The amber bodied beer was amply carbonated, and readily formed a durable three finger thick, head. The smell was sweet and malty with slight hints of cooked corn. The taste was driven by honey dipped bread sweetness of the malt with some counter taste by spicy hops. The body was thicker than typical for the style and aftertaste had a touch of sourness. One of the better festbiers I've had.

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 Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour from Deciccos in Ardsley, NY
Pours clear medium amber, w/ a slight golden hue. Typical khaki head, moderate retention and then a film, collar and upon a moderate swirl, the appearance ofminor spots of lace. Dull malty nose. Pretty typical O'fest brew, the expected smooth malt, the expected clean bready notes, the expected easy to drink quality. Never been my favorite style, on the dull side IMHO. This one fit my expectations. Works in a marinade if you have more of this type of brew sitting around and you are not real interested in drinking more of it...

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 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.

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

Pours a nice bright orangey amber color with a tall foamy tan head.

S - Bready and sweet aroma. Caramel tones.

T - Sweet and malty. Very much caramel with a little bit of a toasted flavor. Small amount of citrus as well.

M - Smooth and creamy. Light bodied.

D - Very high. Light and refreshing despite its maltiness.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a orange-copper with great clarity. Off-white head is creamy and lingers a bit leaving great lacing.

S: Not very apparent - some faint sweet, malty notes.

T: Very sweet malt up front, with a VERY mild hop finish.

M: medium body with moderate carbonation. "Feels" sweet with a clean finish.

D: Very drinkable - could be a session beer for some - may be a little too sweet or a little "rich" for some to be a session; definitely worth checking out.

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

12oz single bottle into a East End pint glass. Haven't had this one yet, strangely.

Victory Festbier pours out a bright copper/orange color with a very light brown mixed in. The liquid does not look so thin which bodes well. A two finger head rose up with a vanilla white head & fluffiness, some minor bubbles within. A cap stays on the surface throughout, no lacing though.

The smell is a mix between a lager & marzen. It's not huge but when your nose gets near the glass some sparks fly. Festbier is malt driven and that's noticed through fresh baked bread and some sweet sense. This has a somewhat more earthy scent than most in this style from a different form of using the hops. The little green cones don't give off normal hop scents(Tropical fruit, pine, citrus) but more of a down to earth smell.

The taste is familiar for a oktoberfest and doesn't really offer anything new, IMO a marzen is a marzen, at least American versions. Festbier gives off sweet malt first, than a mix of light hops, malts and grain, after that the sweet malt comes back, in that order. The malt is big, the hops are light and the mix makes this a enjoyable and familiar drink. Some bubblegum, cotton candy with some warming on the end.

Fest has a decent enough feel, when I let some sit on the tounge some fizz came off. I am used to these beers being pretty dead but this one shows some life. Not a lot of carb but enough to be felt. Fest is a very small step up from light bodied and could go down the hatch with ease, and pretty quick mind you. The malt base really smooths things over making this very approachable.

I enjoyed this, although I pretty much knew what I was getting into. Festy is a bit different if only for the way the hops gently come out to play. In most Marzens I really only get big malt globs. I would gladly enjoy a sixer of this in a sitting with the low ABV, but 1/2 way through I probably would be looking for a new style to tackle. I've yet to find a oktoberfest that could hold my interest, either way this is good for a go.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,664 ratings.