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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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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Boone757

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-06-2013 00:25:58 | More by Boone757
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-22-2013 00:25:45 | More by Zach136
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pmel90

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-30-2013 04:37:16 | More by pmel90
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Budlum

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours with 0.75 inches of slightly creamy, tan head that fizzles away in about one minute. A thin blanket of foam stays on top of the beer for most of the glass. The body is a textbook amber color that almost seems to glow. Nice clarity.

The beer's initial aromas are rich and malty, on par with the best Marzen's. Sugary caramel and rich toffee decribe it best. Lightly hoppy at the end with a strong caramel presence as it warms. I just wish the smells were more pronounced.

The initial flavors present a quick burst of malty sweetness before a rush of hops take over. The hops are definitely not the typical Victory flavor and really provide balance to a very sweet style of beer. The malty, toffee sweetness mixes with vanilla flavors to provide for a long, pleasant finish. The finish also has a few smoky flavors to offer.

Mouthfeel is a little watery and has a definite oily presence after each sip. Lightly carbonated but nothing too special.

Drinkability is great. This would be an ideal companion for a cool, autumn day. I only wish I would've purchased more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 01:44:31 | More by Budlum
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mlichens

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-12-2014 21:30:52 | More by mlichens
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-25-2013 05:19:24 | More by Kopfschuss
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-06-2013 18:39:08 | More by orangesol
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psdriscoll

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-01-2014 11:54:41 | More by psdriscoll
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

01-05-2013 06:08:10 | More by sendbeer
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent copper body with active carbonation racing to the top...a one finger fizzy white head forms and quickly falls into a ring...the ring stays but does not leave much lacing

S - A very Earthy and grainy nose...German hops provide the Earthiness and the caramel and bready malts provide the graininess

T - It has a good balance to it...the sweetness hits you up front with some faint caramel flavors...in the middle you come across some buttery bread and unbaked dough...the hops play a big part in the end of this beer...they pair nicely with the rest of the taste and leave a long linger bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp and great lingering bitterness

D - Not my favorite style but a nice offering from the local Victory...this one comes across sweet at first but leaves you with a nice hoppy ending

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:37:41 | More by thain709
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-06-2012 22:16:53 | More by beerpadawan
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InsuranceGuy

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-07-2012 20:13:17 | More by InsuranceGuy
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-11-2013 09:46:53 | More by seanchai
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

07-17-2014 00:26:21 | More by PTEdelman
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-14-2012 01:43:34 | More by NoProblem
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Mat_Rampson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-07-2012 01:28:15 | More by Mat_Rampson
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VonZipper

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-10-2013 19:19:08 | More by VonZipper
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666_MPH

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-03-2013 19:34:54 | More by 666_MPH
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MSandahl23

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-22-2013 15:28:07 | More by MSandahl23
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-17-2012 00:05:34 | More by GeoffreyM
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-12-2012 04:35:21 | More by OldTime
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-20-2014 22:19:39 | More by paulys55
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DoubleJ

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I nead a break from packing. How about a marzen? On to the beer:

A low forming semi-fuzzy looking head forms on top of this brilliant amber orange colored beer. Lots of bubbles are racing through the clean body. If only the heead retention were better. The nose brings out a modest maltiness. The malt reminds me of a pumpkin aroma, a brush of husky malt and hay.

This is a pleasant tastng O-fest. The maltiness is there, providing big doughy flavors and a reminder of pumpkin. Lighly whipped with caramel and nutmeg notes. There's a little kick of alcohol that I find as the beer dries. It's a highly carbonated beer, which can work depending on style, here it is pushing the limits. The body weight is alright, and it drinks well.

Not all O-fest beers are created equal, and Victory Fstbier is one of the better domestic examples I've had. This is one to try during the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:52:07 | More by DoubleJ
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Mbennett

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-13-2013 02:07:50 | More by Mbennett
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podes

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-21-2013 02:15:39 | More by podes
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.