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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,609
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 96 | 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 hopsputin
3/5  rDev -18.5%

a: a dark burnt amber orange color, with some mild hints of ruby red & purple. a .5 finger head that fades to just some thin bubbles on top (i've seen better heads)

s: smells of a rich earthy caramel. there is some juicy hops in here? aroma is dominated by sweet caramel malts

t: flavors are a little tough to pick up initially. it tastes like a mix of sweet malts and something fruity - mango? quite odd. finding it a little too tough to pick up flavors

m: medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation

o: was expecting more from Victory. this is a little disappointing (wishing i didn't have a 6 pack). märzens aren't the most complex to begin with, but this is has a distinct lack of flavor. appearance could use some work too

hopsputin, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Sparger
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Sparger, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -18.5%

IPAchris, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of thatoneguymike
3/5  rDev -18.5%

thatoneguymike, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -18.5%

ONN8, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -18.5%

sweemzander, Apr 22, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ChadT89, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

jonathaniler, Feb 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

NickyDee21, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of gloveman
3/5  rDev -18.5%

gloveman, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rootbeerman
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured into my duvel tulip, with a nice clear amber/copper body, with a thin finger of off white head that fell semi-quickly with not much lace.
S: not a powerful nose, very light grainy, nutty and bready
T: grain and nut comes through from the aroma, a bit dry cooked grain and a very light grassy hop.
M: the grain makes it seem a bit rough. carbonation fits the style.
D: mostly fits with the style but is not my favorite due to the cooked grain flavor.

rootbeerman, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a whim, I'm a sucker for seasonals.

Poured a crisp amber with an orangey hue. Thin white head and no lacing.

Smell is faintly earthy, with a faint waft of hop and yeast.

Taste is pretty average fare for the style, bittersweet with a mild hop presence, yeast is sharper than I'd like.

Mouthfeel is again average. Fairly light with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability here is lower for me. I can tell from others in the style what I think this should be - clean, crisp, with a light hop feel and a nice and easy mouthfeel and drinkability. I can't say that this doesn't match that profile, but what I can say is that it doesn't do it very well, at least the way I like it. Theres better out there but this is a good try.

LumpyGuitar, Sep 05, 2008
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

mquinn919, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

chim, Sep 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

HiWire, Jun 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

greyghost86, Sunday at 01:05 PM
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

beer_banse, Sep 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

akttr, Oct 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ScottHeidrich119, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Surly pint.

Pours an amber red with a full finger and a half of off white foam. Dissipates rather quickly. Lots of caramel malt in the nose. Biscuit too. Rather ho hum malty flavor. I wish I could be more positive or negative. This beer is rather average at best.

TheDudeRules, Aug 17, 2011
3/5  rDev -18.5%

IAMTEAMPONY, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Lebzilla, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

michaelfcasey, Aug 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

oldsmuggler, Jan 15, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,609 ratings.