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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 stella77artois
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber. Smallish head.

S - General hoppiness. Earthy aroma, small hints of of caramel and smoke.

T - Solid malt backbone. Slight amount of hoppy bitterness. I notice earthy hops. An ever so slight bit of smokiness. Solid malt backbone has elements of toasted wheat bread and earthiness.

D - Slightly thick. About how a Marzen should be. Definitely drinkable.

O - A solid Oktoberfest. I don't drink a lot of this style as so many seem similar to me, and there isn't much variation it seems. This is a solid Oktoberfest though. Somehwta complex, full of flavor and fairly easy to drink. I recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle just a few days past best by date

A: Bright, clear copper with orange/brown tint. Cream/off white head that is thin and quickly dissipates to a film with little lacing
S: Mild mix of sweet from malt, caramel, etc and a little bitter. Nice, but not overpowering.
T: Medium body, very mild well balanced flavors (sweet and bitter). Toasted malt is most pronounced flavor with toffee, caramel flavors and a semi dry finish with some hop bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very easy to drink. Flavors are very mild, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Nothing bold going on here, but very good, probably my favorite of this style I had this year.

Photo of welldigger888
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear orange copper hue. Nice FAT fluffy head that after some time settles to a solid raft of 1/4" head leaving ample lacing. Well played! AWESOME

A nice soft malt forward aroma, with good quality bready notes and a touch of caramel bringing the right amount of sweet to the delicate noble hop aromas that linger. Again, well played!

A very well balanced brew, that lets the malt take the stage. Complimented by the earthy soft hops.

Nice medium body on a give me more brew. Dry finish making this easily quaffed.

Excellant version that I look forward to each college football season. These folks Know how to brew quality brew. GO GAMECOCKS!!!

Photo of fields336
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 SIRIUS2
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear with a sort of burnished copper color. Maybe a fingers width of soapy head that didn't last long before disappearing. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas are a bread-like malty smell with a bit more hops on the nose than anticipated.

Although malts are the star of this offering, the overall brew was more dry than sweet. The maltiness that does come through seems to be a caramel grain flavor with some light bready or yeasty notes coming on in the middle. Finish is dry and quick, with just a little bit of that nice grain flavor in the linger.

Overall mouthfeel was good. The flavors are solid and everything holds together well to the finish. Carbonation is relatively light but well matched to the overall texture of the brew.

I found this to be rather drinkable and enjoyable. For whatever reason, most of the Oktoberfest brews I have tried this year seem to be on the dry side and I personally like them toward the malty sweet side. None the less, this was good and I would certainly order it again.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into a mug. pours a rich copper caramel color with some fizzy white head that faded almost immediately. no lacing.

caramel malts, buttery malts, maybe some earthy tones. cant get much else due to the onset of this cold im getting.

the taste comes in better than the aroma. rich maltiness, caramel, nuttiness, finishs with a nice nutty sweetness. slightly warming, pretty nice.

nice carbonation, not fizzy like the head suggested. smooth slightly dry in the finsh. sweet.

very nice to drink in the fall season. has a nice warming effect that you dont get from some oktoberfests. pretty good session beer for the season.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single with stamped freshness date.

A- Orange light amber with a huge offwhite head that fades fairly quickly and good overall clarity

S- MALT! and lots of it. A Sweet fruitiness with mild spice that bowls you over and makes you want to grab some wurst. I kid you not...this one made me salivate.

T- Huge malt flavor that knocks you over with an undertone of a grassiness and a nuts. A full flavored full bodied beer.

M- A full mouthfeel, with low carbonation. A center-glass pour nearly flattened this out, which is not good.

D- I would definately go for this again. Probably not something that I would sit around and knock down, but one that I would love to pair with food.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid a medium dark amber with good Carbonation. The head is 1 finger 1 thick, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big caramel malt.

The taste follows, very nice light toasty caramel flavor.

The mouthfeel is good medium body but almost too much carbonation.

The drinkability is good, this beer war brewed to session. MK

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, slightly hazy perhaps from coming out of a ridiculously cold hotel fridge. Let it warm for a bit and it looks nice, even a thin trace of head remaining with some decent lacing.

Nice malty aroma. Some caramel and even a touch of spice. Flavor is a nice bit of toasty malt, caramel and some mild hoppy spice. Finishes real clean. Nice easy drinker.

Good body and smooth feel. I like this Festbier.

Photo of thain709
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of trbergman
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pours a rich reddish copper with one finger of off-white head that fades quickly.

Smell - Has a nice bready, earthy aroma; perhaps a bit floral.

Taste - Pleasant maltiness, tastes of toast and a bit of citrus, balanced with earthy, slightly spicy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing.

Drinkability - This category should probably be weighted more heavily for Oktoberfests, since sessionability is the point. Anyway, this beer is true to style: good flavor, but not overpowering, not overwhelming with alcohol, and refreshing. I wouldn't mind having a few of these.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Cavalry Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: A clear, light copper color with ample carbonation which rushes to a thin head of off-white foam and quickly settles to a bubbly resin. Clarity is good, if not for a slight chilled haze.

S: Very malty; loads of sweet, rich, biscuity caramel malts with a light, buttery fruity aroma as well. Depths are evident in the robust malt aroma.

T: Good, sweet, bready caramel malts coat the palate and lend a slight, spicy, nutty flavor as well. Some slight malt bitterness and even slighter hop bitterness comes through, like a balanced European style lager should. Finishes slightly sweet and spicy.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel, a little sweet and full at times, but fairly balanced and enjoyable.

D: A pretty drinkable American marzen lager where malts are truly the showcase. The 5.6% ABV is very manageable and although it doesn't have the depth or balance to be an elite Oktoberfest, it's a pretty strong option. Pair it with a beer brat or some potato salad and you're set.

Photo of danieelol
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with OK head and lacing.

Nose is quite enjoyable. Yeast, earthy hops and sweet malt. Gritty, earthy toffee.

Taste is yeast dominated with a bit of the amber malt sweetness coming through, and gritty earthy toffee. Fruity, hoppy qualitites.

Mouthfeel is thin but appropriate for the style.

Overall quite a good beer, interesting somewhat Americanised take on an Oktoberfest.

Photo of JTWILDOATS
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Offa
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper amber, medium pale tan head soon thins to thin ring.

Aroma is toasty, caramelized barley, peppery resiny hop, hint of brown whole wheat bread dough, wood stain – a nice, full, but not complex Vienna style.

Taste is nice caramelly barley, toasty bread crust, woody-peppery hint, light bitterness. It’s very slightly on the sweet side. It is very good, enjoyable, solid, but simple and 2-dimensional .

Photo of mverity
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of k47k
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rlovitt
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Steinberger
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mavsman13
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.