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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,641
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 114 | 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 yesyouam
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier is a hazy amber lager with some small particles in it. It's topped with an off white head that fades to a thin film and leaves nice lacing. It has a malty and melanoidal aroma. It smells like pretzels; grainy with a touch of caramel. It's medium bodied and pretty smooth with a light, quick finish. It leaves the palate clean. It has a mellow flavor that's well blended. It tastes grainy and fruity with notes of pretzels, bread crust, caramel, possibly a hint of cherry. It's not sweet and has just a touch of herbal bitterness. I'm not a big fan of this style, but this is really well made.

yesyouam, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Andrew041180
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The beer pours mostly brownish with a copper tinge and a good-sized head that receded fairly rapidly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Slight haze, but mostly clear.

S - Darker malts with a hint of smokiness or nuttiness.

T - Some earthier sweetness with a definite smokey quality. Others have described it as nutty, but I taste smoke.

M - A little on the full-side of medium bodied. Very smooth without a lot going on.

O - I'm not too impressed with this beer. I liked it, but I like to think of Octoberfest beers as something I could sit down with and consume a fair amount of. This doesn't really fit that description.

Andrew041180, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of sponberg
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber/orange with a thin head that gets thinner rapidly. Bready, sweet malt aroma - to style.

Sweet maltiness abounds, with decoction like flavors and some slightly weird fruitiness that I can't quite figure out - it's not there when cold, and shows up when it's warm, a sort of fig like flavor? Very round flavor overall. Finishes a touch on the phenolic side, with a slightly numbing-the-tip-of-the-tongue effect alongside some green apple and toasted malt flavors. About 9/10 of the way to being an outstanding Ofest.

sponberg, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Belgiant
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Belgiant, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of sjones5045
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

sjones5045, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of wollefdoogylloj
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

wollefdoogylloj, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of ryanmcd
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

ryanmcd, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of Jetfan247
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Jetfan247, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a solid, well made Marzen style beer, but not up to Victory's usual standards. Carmel and mildly toasty sweetness dominate the brew. At times the sweetness boarders on syrupy. Not much of a head, and the aroma is understated. Still, it's a good beer, but not typical of Victory.

Suds, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of Didier
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Didier, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of budsboy
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and orange with a frothy white head that takes off in a hurry.

Smell is fruity and malty, somewhat sweet and thick. I'm a little turned off, but only a little.

Taste comes in like a fruit basket. Hints of banana, apricot, berry mix with carmel malt and a smack of hop bitterness at the finish. Satisfying.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and finishing cleanly.

Easy to drink. Enjoyable enough but not among the many Victory brews I put at the top of the heap.

budsboy, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - light brownish red in color, with a quickly fizzing away light tan head, a few streams of carbonation filter to the top

S - a pedestrian marzen malt aroma, not to diminish from the distinct quality of brewing, just a typical aroma that can be expected

T - the taste has more bitters in it than i expected, a great hop/malt balance with some near berry-esque sweetness faintly in the background

M&D - a typical high quality marzen, not top tier, but well above average, the beer neatly fits into the niche it was seemingly brewed for, well done Victory

sinstaineddemon, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper color. Poured a healthy three finger slightly off-white head that settled but persisted. Medium lacing.

S: Biscuity,slightly sweet malts; slightly grassy. Light, slightly bitter hop aroma.

T: Slightly sweet, bready, malts. Softly bitter hops.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. All and all a nice balance of malts and hops.

D: Very drinkable. Subtle ABV.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of cjgiant
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber to light brown and clear, some sustaining head at edges. Smell there isn't much, mildly sweet, little nutty, reminds me a little of the candy burnt peanuts.

The taste is similar to the smell, some nutty sweetness before the lager bitterness grabs hold to turn the taste a little fruity, a hint of preachiness. The taste end very crisply, like a nice lager should.

A nice beer, but I think it lacks a little bitterness bite near the end like I expect in an Oktoberfest. Would be a decent choice for a fall session beer, for sure, however.

cjgiant, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of JParlow
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head leaves immediately.

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread; better than most.

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth.

Highly drinkable and certainly worth your dollars.

JParlow, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours a rich, light copper color. Two-finger head of dense, pillowy, eggnog-white foam falls at a moderate pace, leaving a bit of lace around the glass and islands of small bubbles on the surface. Beer is a vibrant orange-red and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Nicely toasted malts; rich, darker caramels; hints of orange/soft spice. Touches of floral hops come through. Nose is light, but present and defined.

T - More hop-forward than usually found in the style. Roasted (but not burnt) malts, well-toasted whole wheat bread, cereals, and caramel sugars seem to serve as the opening acts for a finale of bitter herb-style hops. Taste is a straight-forward presentation of these flavors, without complexity.

M - Somewhat foamy, full carbonation. On the lighter side without being thin. Finish lingers longer than expected and is focused on the bitterness of the hops rather than traditional Oktoberfest sugars. Simple structure.

O - An American NW take on the style that respects the traditional foundation of toasted malts and caramels, but still has the need to make sure the hops are noticed. If you're expecting a Marzen, you'll probably find the overall effort out-of-balance. Probably better paired with food, where the hops can find more to balance with, than drunk alone.

BuckeyeSlim, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful semi-clear/semi-cloudy, golden amber color, with reddish/orange highlights, and a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin halo of foam gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Malty and bready. Notes of freshly baked biscuits, black pepper and honey.

Taste: Malty and bready up front, like freshly baked rye bread, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, notes of caraway seeds, and black pepper. Finished with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nicely balanced between malt and hops and sweetness. I’d certainly get it again.

Jeffreysan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of MMAJYK
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very bright copper with bright orange hues. Head is minimal; just leaving a film on top after a semi conservative pour. Beer is semi transparent.

S- Buttery and nutty up front with a nice caramel backbone. Also, you can smell the hops mixed in with the sweetness of the malts.

T- Same nutty and buttery flavor as in the smell and also somewhat biscuity. It is hoppy just a bit and the caramel like malt is nice and sweet.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky from the sweet syrupy malt and the carbonation is low to medium.

D- Very nice beer for sessioning. Nice taste and low ABV. One of the strongest points of this brew.

Overall- I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I guess not. I found it in the back of my fridge and thought what the heck. It is a warm day here, so it really hit the spot. Very good Octoberfest/Marzen brew. Cannot wait to revisit this one again next year!

MMAJYK, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright coppery orange with a short-lived head. Clean sweet malt aroma, lightly doughy and floral. Toasted, nutty sweet malts comprise much of the flavor. A leafy, herbal hoppiness compliments the malt. Solid medium body wraps everything up nicely. Clean and easily drinkable.

wedge, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of mjaskula
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a thin head that fades fast.

The aroma is malty and smooth with just a little bit of roasted character. Flavor mimics the aroma. It is very smooth clean mild and malty. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant. This is a smooth, easy drinking, no-frills Oktoberfest.

mjaskula, Oct 25, 2010
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
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,641 ratings.