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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,589 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,589
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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 Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Spaten mug. Best by date: 1-18-09. The body was clear and bright honey. The head was mild. The small tan head faded quickly to nothing.

Smell was steely. Malts. Grape-like. Honey covered biscuits popped later, as it warmed.

Taste was pretty balanced. Caramel. Bready. Light tangy bitterness.

Mouthfeel was slick and somewhat zesty.

Cresant, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of theotherone87
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a case of this for my pittsburgh friends..

A-Pours a nice caramel color, with a frothy head with a strong pour.. It is easily seen thru

s- Not a strong hoppy beer, as it is a marzen, smells of some breads maybe ,and maybe some german hops

t- the taste is the best part, it is a nice easily drinkable beer for october and or a nice nite slash tailgating beer.

m-nice light carbonation,

o- I enjoy many of victories beers, and this one does fail.. I bought a case for my friends and I know they will enjoy this victory

theotherone87, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of saccro
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - amber/orange color. Nice layer of foam sticks around.

S - very bready. slight hop. sweet malt aroma.

T - sweet. a little too sweet. clean. no hop flavor. slight bitterness. Slight astringent? aftertaste.

M - medium carbonation. thick

D - not bad. a bit too sweet for me.

saccro, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i was inspired to get this one by their other styles; pours a clear copper color w/ a very slight head which dissapates quickly, minimal lacing; not the strong malty aroma I expected, more fusels than anything; the taste was malty w/ notes of caramel a slightly "alcoholic" aftertaste & a little thin; again i'm getting that kinda "watered-down" feeling here, a light-med body w/ slight dextrins; not an unlikable brew at all, tho, i'd drink it again

animal69, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of matty
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winner by victory brewing company.A nice mix of bread and caramel aftertaste.Goes down like spring water on a hot summer day.I recommend this beer and will absolutely be buying this product again.I also will be buying other produts from victory brewing afterall it's in my hometown's backyard.

matty, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of mattkoon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer from victory pours a really nice copper brown color. The smell is malty and slightly spicy. The taste is a nice potent bitter. It's not over powering and makes for good drinking. This is a nice octoberfest and perfect beer to go with the season.

mattkoon, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of opwog
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Eek-A-Mouse - Wa Do Dem

Had this early arriving Oktoberfest beer on tap thanks to Beechwood!

A - copper color with exceptional clarity. Nice head that is perfect to drink through.
S - mild malt and bread
T - grain bread, some citrus, clean finish
M - Typical medium body for an American made Marzen. Maybe a little more carbonation than I like. Very dry finish.
D - Not overly strong in alchohol, not too thick on the palate clean finish all make this a great beer to serve for your home Oktoberfest party.

opwog, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of nukem5
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Great pour with awesome coppery color and nice cap of foamy goodness resting on top gingerly.

S: Blends of malt and hops and a nice round out of fall smells like frsh cut fields of grain or a faint smell of straw.

T: Perfectly fall have wanted this for a while but not saw it till today, a bit after the season but still well worth the wait. Very rich and blended malts combined with some whole European hop flowers make a great combo.

M: Full rich taste with a nice carb level.

D: Very drinkablbe and would go with some grilled pork or brat nicely.

nukem5, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid brownish-reddish heart with a 2 inch head.

Smell is toasty and dare I say floral?

Teeny tiny hops, malt is clearly the meaty backbone, not super sweet at all though. Toasted almonds, toast, caramel. Reminds me a bit of oatcakes -oatcakes are like a hearty kind of shortbready cookie with notes of honey. Might be the tinge of honey giving me that impression.

For me, this is a rock solid Marzen offering for the season. I started luke-warm on the offering, but am on my 3rd 6er. I really enjoy Southern Tier's Autumn Ale, but until someone gives me a better Oktoberfest spirited lager, this is the go to this season.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Overlord
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks MBA!

Pours a solid amber with a bit of a golden sheen. Large white foam head that died down to a respectably think white foam sheath. Looks festive!

Smells like caramel and toasted malts and ... earthy hops? Interesting.

Taste is mostly caramel and sweet, sticky malt, but there's a definite earthy, bitter current to it. Almost like what I consider a typically sweet Marzen mixed with a splash of ESB. Solid effort with what I consider to be a bland style. One of the best "Oktoberfest" style beers I can recall having.

Mouthfeel could use more carbonation, but decent.

Overlord, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Chaney
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks you Victory for dating your bottles: Best by Jan 4 2012.

A: Poured a dark brown, caramel color, with kind of a burnt disposition overall. Clear in appearance, and with a rather sizable mildly off-white head.

S: Victory's yeasty malt profile upfront, with a substantial wafting of sweet German malts smacking me in the snooter. Some roasted nuts (chestnuts) as well as a tinge of cigar ash.

T: Really nice nutty finish... sort of a mothball-like quality there as well. A bit of bitter lingering that wasn't too bad, but was noticable.

M: A bit too "thick and chewy" to be a highly drinkable O-fest. Maybe I'm being picky here, but I would have preferred a little more subdued bitterness so that I might be tempted to pop a few of these.

O: I dug Victory's taste profile and honestly believe that they are some of the best in the biz at styles like this (Moonglow is a wow beer!), but I simple thought this was too rich for my taste. Still, this was pretty good.

Chaney, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear amber color with some nice tangerine highlights. The tan head displayed decent lacing and moderate lacing as well. The aroma was of caramel, bread, butter and a bit of toasted malt. The flavors were an interesting balance of very sweet caramel malt and dry but floral hops. The bready malt and dry yeast also came through in the middle and I also got some toast and pine nuts as it warmed up. The sweetness seemed a little too much for a Marzen to me and I wasn’t exactly ‘wowed’ but I suppose this could just be my impression of the Victory interpretation. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation moderate.

thekevlarkid, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a growler of this at the Victory Brewpub in Dowingtown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It pours a dark amber, yet translucent body with a good sized light tan head on tap. The retention is good but the lacing is pretty much non-existent.
Smell: A mild aroma of caramel maltyness and earthy hops.
Taste: A bit of a hop bite, but mostly just sweetness from malt, a bit grainy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of stingo
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering from Victory - a bit thicker/chewier than its German counterparts, it fills the stomach quicker, but not without some great taste. Nice light caramel throughout with a dash of hops at the back to round out the flavor. Definitely a beer to have with food (pizza and/or pretzels come to mind) as well as on its own.

stingo, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of cfadams17
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

cfadams17, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of tclipse
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

tclipse, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of commish374
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

commish374, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of kcq101
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

kcq101, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of clgiardini
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

clgiardini, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of CTaylorBrew
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

CTaylorBrew, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark copper color with beautiful clarity. The head starts off as a creamy, off-white color that's about one finger high, but fades fairly quickly.

S: This one is actually really nice aromatically. The malts are very rich in caramel, and even some chocolaty hints. After it opens up a bit, it develops some floral, grassy hop notes. Hell, I even notice a distant quality of allspice. Surprisingly deep for a marzen.

T: There's a definite hoppiness (in a grassy expression) to the finish that separates it from some of the sweeter 'Merican-made oktoberfests. It really does help balance out the initial burst of caramel malts well, and even gives a touch of stone fruit flavors. There's also a distant toffee note on the aftertaste, also.

M: I'd call the body medium, the finish semi-dry, and the carbonation bang-on. This one seems to be a bit more savorable than others, too. And it's still very drinkable, as the style dictates it should be.

O: I like this one a lot - it's well crafted, hoppy, yet balanced very well. There isn't much more to say other than the fact that it's quite good.

ThisWangsChung, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Auburn-tinted copper with a rising sandstone head that gradually recedes to a mere edging.
Flour tortilla nose, with glints of grapes, caramel, honeyed graham crackers, and corn syrup (relax...it's a simple impression, and not in the derogatory macro sense).
Into the mouth, it's bready first, and toasty second. Trickles of caramel sweetness wiggle in, along with a prolonged walnut-laden nuttiness. That same, slick corn syrup sweetness from the nose makes an appearance, and I can't really place where it comes from, having seen the ingredients. But it quickly morphs into fleshy sourdough with a tic of seedy grapes. It concludes with a tempered, but cleansing burst of herbal hops.
Medium bodied in the mouth. It approaches grabby, but is slaked clean with a slow, but persistent carbonation.
It's not a standout (and actually a small letdown coming from Victory, whom I assumed would put out a classic),. But to say it's anything less than solid would sell it short as this ultimately succeeds in its cause and would be downable in minivan-sized steins given the right occasion...and absence of other similar options.

cokes, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of MrKennedy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Warners at the bay, poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Light amber appearance with an off white foam that laces sporadically.

Smell is of sweet malt, not honey sweet, but just sweet malt in general with some small herbal note there as well early on.

Tastes clean, decisive and as you are led to expect with sweet malt the cornerstone. Some toffee as well.

Good medium body, nice oilyness to start with and then smooth out with a slight herbal bitterness at the end stops it becoming cloying.

Really nice, well executed. Not an overload of the senses, but what is there serves a good purpose. Hard to fault what Victory do, one of the more consistent breweries across styles.

MrKennedy, May 13, 2012
Photo of mikefuski17
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fest is awesome. One of their best beers.

A. Dark gold. Nice thick off white creamy head that takes its time to dissipate.

S. Nice strong malty scent. Nostril filling aroma is very sweet.

T. Taste is very malty. Not too bitter but has a nice sweet kick to it at the end.

M. Mouthfeel is nice and light. Not very carbonated either.

O. Overall the beer is great. Victorys best sessional beer and so glad it's year round.

Great job Victory.

mikefuski17, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of scootny
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice orangey amber with a decent head of an off white hue and touches of lace here and there. A bit of haze as I gaze, no carbonation in the glass. Smell has lots of toasted grains and light sweet malt with yeasty bread and herbal hops. Taste is malty and smooth with a grainy quality that flows to a well integrated hop component that balances the caramel sweetness and gives a somewhat longish dry finish. Well developed nuttines shows towards the swallow, gives a nice platform for the bitterness to blossom. Feel is medium with a light tingley carbonationan and a crisp overall character. High notes for drinkability and sessioning this one is easy. A good solid effort from one of my favorite breweries.

scootny, Oct 03, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,589 ratings.