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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 65 | 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 Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my tulip. Not unusual for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet, crisp malt that never gets too sweet or crisp. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is full of mildly sweet malt that is a tad bit smoky in nature. Great texture (chewy) and goes down well. Carbonation level is just right.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, smoky malt. Not much else to see here.

An enjoyable example of the style. Certainly not the greatest but definitely better than some other examples I've seen. It would work well on a day colder than this though.

Brad007, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange color with one finger white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent caramel malt, roasted oats, honey, and some spices, good stuff.

Taste of oats and caramel malts initially washed out with a bit of water. Some more honey and a bit of sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, but a little thin.

paco1029384756, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter-than-expected orange-y brown, with a bright "autumn glow," so far as my friend was concerned. Though I myself probably wouldn't go that far, it is a pleasant looking brew. Displaying a good amount of carbonation, with an initial big-bubbled head that dissipated fairly quickly.

A hoppier nose than I expected, with some tang, and the malt foundation also does not come across as particularly sweet. Nuts, grains, some grass.

Nuts and grains in the taste, alongside a hint of caramel. A bit of spicy earthiness / grassiness. A well-balanced flavor. Finishes dry, and here arose my area of concern. The nutty taste and exceptionally dry finish left my palate with the thick impression of having just eaten unsalted nuts. Not great, and a bit surprising, because I otherwise found the Festbier to be medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

TheMistler, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured from a bottle into my rolling rock pint glass.
it was an amber/orangish color with a little foam that disappeared quickly into a tiny ring of bubbles

S - slightly sweet malty aroma

T - as expected from an oktoberfest, slightly sweet malt, a bit of zestiness on the tongue

M/D - not a bad beer for the style, not a whole lot of flavor but a good beer overall.

mikereaser, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt malt malty malt malt malt.
Drink by 12/31/04 so this wasn't as fresh as could be but didn't strike me as spoiled or skunked.
Did I mention malt?
Very malty. All of Germany would be proud.
Sweet, rich and smooth as I know Oktoberfest braus to be.
The mouthfeel is extra smooth as far as I can tell which was quite a pleasure to experience.
The malty sweetness takes a bit away from taste and drinkability in mine scoring but I could imagine this being in my fridge again.

ommegangpbr, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this beer is the #32 Märzen / Oktoberfest on the beeradvocate.com best of styles list, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

Beer is dark amber with a mild haze, lazy head, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly nutty and mildly sweet, nice.

Beer is medium in body and sweet, nice finish, mildly bitter, really drinkable, good mouthfeel. I enjoyed it and would have it again, the munich malt comes through nice on the finish and midpalate.

drabmuh, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of pvsob
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright, clear copper color with a half-inch head that seems to disappear almost instantly. Leaves little to no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, burnt bread crust, toffee, faint smoke, musty earth, and just a touch of hops.

T- All malt, with very little sweetness. Some soapy flavor comes through in the finish. Finishes dry with some nice hop bitterness.

M- Medium texture with above average carbonation. The level of carbonation keeps the usually sweetness of this style in check and allows the malts to really shine through.

D/O- A well done interpretation by Victory. Nice malt characteristics and a balanced sweetness. This is one of my favorite American takes on a German Märzen. Recommended. Cheers.

pvsob, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of MikeRa
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: This beer has a real deep amber color with a 1" head
S: It has a unique malt smell
T: It has a unique tast of fresh bread, honey, clover, with a real nice noble hops finish. Light and enjoyable malty lager
M: The beer goes down real smooth
D: This is one of the better Octoberfest beers that I've had, and I will drink this again

MikeRa, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The weakest suit of this beer, but nothing to complain about. Amber color, decent head.

Smell: A strong whiff of beer (hefeweisen?) when you open it up, it is full of smoothness when you start pouring.

Taste: Malty and spicy, with a touch of hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Overall: I like it. Another good offering from Victory.

TheMarkE, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Shakerman, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of pengs68
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

TimoP, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of Fcip78
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Victory's Festbeer is one of the better Marzen style beer available. Nice amount of malt, mouthfeel is pretty good. Marzens can be a little too light or way too much malt, but Festbeer is a perfect balance. Nice hop bitterness to cut some of maltyness.

Fcip78, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Janeinma, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of nhirsch04
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

nhirsch04, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of cclark67789
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

cclark67789, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

whatname, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bconsidine, May 14, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hessian257, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Bdel34
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bdel34, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

EBeckett3, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ScottieD
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ScottieD, Jul 21, 2013
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.