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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,632 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 27
Gots: 109 | 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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Photo of drowninginhops
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

drowninginhops, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

alexgash, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of JTWILDOATS
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well...that time of year is already winding down, but I still have a few Oktoberfest brews to try. I'm usually very satisfied with Victory--but this Marzen was just okay.

Pours a rich gold haze, but the head and carbonation quickly fizzles away.

Smells just like a heavy Marzen--good stuff, plenty of caramel malt, an apple essence, and a sweetness.

Sips a nice sweet lager at first, but there is some strange, unexplainable metallic flavor that lingers long after. I like the warming effect on the palate that resonates after each taste, but the finish itself is fairly flat and watery.

If you're into the style, it's worth a try.

JTWILDOATS, Nov 04, 2009
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

k47k, Sep 23, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

rlovitt, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of Steinberger
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Steinberger, Sep 13, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

mavsman13, Oct 09, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

thediesel2267, Oct 31, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Gkruszewski, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Shakerman, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TimoP, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfect clear amber color with very little cream colored head. Aroma is of very sweet caramel, and not too much else. Taste is definitely of caramel, and a good biscuityness to it as well. Lighter carbonation than I would expect, but not terrible. Good body too.

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Victory's Festbeer is one of the better Marzen style beer available. Nice amount of malt, mouthfeel is pretty good. Marzens can be a little too light or way too much malt, but Festbeer is a perfect balance. Nice hop bitterness to cut some of maltyness.

Fcip78, Mar 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

petewheeler, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Janeinma, Oct 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

vince_arch_beer, Nov 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

nhirsch04, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

ryanjtravis, Sep 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

cclark67789, Jun 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

whatname, Apr 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

bconsidine, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Betajeff, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.