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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,663 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
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 jed
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with illustration of two peasants stirring beer. Small blurb explaining the beer. "Enjoy by" date 12/22/05.

Appearance: Pours a solid, reddish brown with one finger of head. Head rapidly shrinks, but around a quarter inch remains with good retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a trail of light brown lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Warm aroma, lots of toasted malt without associated citrus or spice of hops. Some caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol lingering.

Taste: Slightly sour mouth with slight hop bitterness, which gives way to toasted malt and lingering sweet notes. Finish leaves behind strong malt and more subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, a little bit on the thin side. Disappointing.

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer, flavorful without being too strong.

Victory Festbier has nothing to set it apart from a large pack of American craft brewers who make Oktoberfest biers. This isn't necessarily meant as a criticism — Festbier is one of many well-executed versions of the style that are good, but not amazing. I'd give the nod to Brooklyn's Oktoberfest over this, but if I found Festbier on tap I'd happily order a pint.

Photo of BDIMike
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thick white head with great retention throughout the drink.
Smell is very slight and subdued. There is a slight bit of fruity hop, but there is mainly just a flat malt smell.
Taste is not as flavorful as I would like. There is a good balance between malt and hop, but neither really jumps out and impresses.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. Perfect amount of thickness with an awesome smooth drink all the way down.
Drinkability is good mainly because of the perfect mouthfeel. There is nothing exceptional about the taste of this beer, but there is nothing bad either. An above average beer that I wouldn't go out and get, but I would drink it if handed one...

Photo of Rennpferd
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It poured pale yellow, it had a golden hue. It had a two finger head. It was very active.

It had a well balanced scent of malt, and floral hops.

It had a good malt, and hop flavor. It had an astringent off flavored finished. It was medium bodied.

It is a drinkable beer. If it did not have that off finish, it would be much better.

Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, hint of spices

T-malt, yeasty bread,caramel, mild hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight slickness

O-a decent Octoberfest beer, but not among my favorites

Photo of themegamancave
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnroby
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber, some orange, light layer of white foam that splits apart. Malty nose, some cinammon/nutmeg spice. Taste is a rich chewy caramel malt. Hearty malt. There is a barely noticeable hop at the close. Real flavorful marzen, maybe a touch short on bite.

Photo of jmalex
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't get to hang out too long at Capone's Victory promo night, so I'm at home having my own Victory Night with one of this year's GABF gold medal winners.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a shaker pint a very clear reddish amber. A decent head forms initially but settles into just a thin collar and small hazy patch.

SMELL: High on toasted malts, this beer is very aromatic. An odd sweetness jumps out making this seem sweeter than many other Märzens. A slight fruity alcohol burn seems out of place.

TASTE: Very toasty as in the aroma. Actually, everything in the aroma comes in some form in the taste. It's oddly fruity sweet to some small degree. Other than that, the flavors are all crisp and clean.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin body, maybe just a hair too thin. I definitely would have liked more carbonation though. Thin mouth plus low carb equals a bit watery.

DRINKABILITY: Very easy drinking and sessionable. It's perfect for Americans who wish they were at Oktoberfest. Yeah.

Not too bad. One of the better American-brewed Märzens that I've had this season. They really don't hold up to the German versions though. But kudos to Victory and their victory at the GABF. This one's for you!

Photo of blackie
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a scant head that recedes to practically nothing. Good medium-dark amber color.

s: Pretty standard pale German malts under a medium sweet leafy amber malt and a touch of skunk.

m: dull, low carbonation and medium-full body seems way out of balance and fails to carry the flavor and aroma well

t: Good earthy toffee and light German malts with a moderate sweetness and a hint of toast. Low hop presence with an unchecked aftertaste and lingering mouthfeel...needs a snappier ending.

d: not bad flavor but the mouthfeel and aftertaste hinder

best by Feb 24, 2008...single bottle from WF Raleigh

Photo of feelmefoam
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Festbier pours a dark peach-skin color with some lighter orange highlights. A finger of white, creamy head sits atop the beer for a few minutes before dissolving back into the liquid. Not a lot of lacing left around the glass.

Ok nose, but not really that fragrant. I can pick out some malts and a bit of nuttiness as well. Also smells a bit musty. Just need a little more strength here.

The taste is pretty good... a little sweet caramel malt, but mostly bready malts and a bit of musty grain and nut combo. Just a little bit of bitterness on the tail-end of the flavor.

Good mouthfeel, pretty smooth and silky with a body that's a notch or two below medium. Also some restrained carbonation that helps the beer remain smooth.

Not a bad beer, overall. It's good that these fall beers are starting to come out more now, and though this isn't my favorite, it's getting me in the autumn state of mind. Give me a bit more aroma and a little more in the flavor department and this would be a pretty nice beer.

Photo of ONUMello
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best by 1/6/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy burnt-orange color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of malt, a bit of caramel, bread aromas
T: Matches the nose. A bit sweet, just the slightest kiss of hops but mostly leavened whole-grain dough
M: Medium-bodied with an unexpected tickle of carbonation
O: A bit sweet for my tastes, pleasant overall

Photo of Stunner97
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brown to reddish, small head light amount carbonation, small thin head

Smell- rum and raisony, very malt and sweet dominated, good malty nose

Taste- malty and sweet up front with drying bitter finish on the end keeping it in check, mostly drier and more hopped then i expected on the nose, decent balance almost could of used a kick more of malts but overall enjoyable

Mouthfeel- low carbonation and fairly light then i expect

Drinkability- easy drinking and goes down really easy, level of dryness and hops keeps you able drink and want more, not my favorite October of year but decent example of the style that wasn't hard to finish the 6er

Photo of whartontallboy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper color with a on-finger tan head that fades somewhat speedily. Not a lot of carbonation.

Nose is all malt, with a bit of an earthy/nutty tone that blends nicely with a baked-bread/biscuity scent. The label speaks of some hop presence, but I'm not sniffing it.

Flavor is predominantly biscuity malts with a light nuttiness that keeps coming through pretty clearly. On the back end there's a little sweet, almost minty flavor. Kind of dry on the finish.

Big qualm is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin for all the malt in there. It almost comes off a bit watery, and it kind of distracts me.

Overall: Not a great O-fest, definitely not my favorite Victory, but not a bad example to sneak in a mixed sixer of O-fests.

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant amber, with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is tart and has a lemongrass quality. Finishes fairy clean with lingering toffee and lemon flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that feels right for the season. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark amber color, with an initially generous head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is strong, with bread and biscuit scents standing out. Toasted bready malts are dominant in the taste, reminding me of sourdough bread. There is a bit of nutty flavor, and a floral bitterness in the finish. Just average mouthfeel. Nothing really remarkable about this beer, but nothing bad either.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that has some retention. The head is slightly off white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber with reddish hints which appears as pale to medium amber with reddish hints in the light.

Nose- Not terribly complex with some presence. It's mostly malts- grain, cereal, and biscuit. Some toasted notes and a little bit of cornflake. Not that interesting but fairly true to the style. Swirling gives the malt aroma more complexity and more presence.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose and starts off with the same sweet malt (slight hint of raisins) and runs the gamut of grain, cereal, and biscuit. Not much of a hop profile at all, though there was a slight chalkniness to the middle and a bit of wood to the finish. The malt is fairly complex but I've never found the malt bills to most lagers to be very interesting. This is well put together but doesn't intrigue me at all. Toasted notes start to rise as it opens up and makes this beer more interesting though, once again, toasted notes aren't my favorite. Seems to be fairly true to the style but seems just a bit above average to me. A bit of ash seems to appear as well. The rich malt seems indicative of melanoidins.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with good amount of creaminess. The carbonation is low key and the dry finish really keeps the malt bill focused. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Great mouthfeel gives this beer a sessionable quality. Pretty standard price for a craft six pack.

Overall- Above average good beer which seems to be a good representation of a style I generally don't like but need to have more experience with. Definitely worth a try- the mouthfeel is the star.

Photo of Dave928
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ChrisR123
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sdlhy
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that fades to a thin lacing. Rich, caramel malt notes dominate the nose. Taste is deep, toasty malts with a rich, caramel follow through. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall not a bad marzen. The toastiness is a little more than you'll get from most marzens, and it's not as rich as most. A good beer though.

Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper/amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is grain, toasted biscuity malts a hint of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is toasted malts, grain and a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

D- Overall, Victory Festbier is a solid Oktoberfest style beer that is perfect for the fall/winter season.

Photo of GregBrewski
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with a small peach colored head. Smelled of malt and something sweet like honey possibly, mild hints of spice as well. It tasted just like it smelled, with a light and refreshing feel. I could easily down a few of these (low ABV and very watery consistency). As far as compared to other brews of this style it is not the best but worth a try.

Photo of Proteus93
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle expired Feb. 24, 2008, consumed June 27th, so that's taken into consideration... purchased at The Wine Seller in Herndon, VA.

A: Deep orange / copper with a golden tinge. Nice and foamy finger five head. Retention is great, leaving a trime of lace well after the head dies down.

S: Modest malts, biscuity. A little on the doughy side. The hop aroma has held on a little, providing a touch of an herbal scent.

T: Bready, malts and a soft - definitly time-dwindled herbal hops which are rather muted. A little diacytal, perhaps.

M + D: Medium body, a subtle ABV - easy drinking, and something I look forward to retrying hot and fresh this fall, because the older brew manages to do alright.

Photo of Misfit138
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice deep amber color with two finger head

S- Soft scent of caramel malt, not much else

T- Very malty. Smooth. Not much bitterness to it at all.

M- Fairly heavy with mild carbonation

D- My initial reaction to this beer is that it reminds me of Fat Tire. I like it but it probably isn't my favorite octoberfest beer. It is an enjoyable beer and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of 57md
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Light brownish-copper. Nose is bready and nutty. The flavor profile is solid but not particularly impressive. There is also an odd off sour note in the flavor.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.