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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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770 Reviews

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Reviews: 770
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Photo of rjd722
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice rusty amber with a one-finger foam head that dissipates quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma I picked up initially was nutty, malts, and raisins, a bread and caramel also prominent. Bread and caramel up front in the flavor, sweet malty bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is slight bitterness and a little metallic, medium carbonation.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

October 27, 2015

12 oz bottle, nonic pint

A – Medium amber, the color caramel candy, with high clarity. Maybe a half-inch of off-white head, moderate retention. Bubbles cascade up for a while after the pour.

S – Caramel, cracker, suggestions of Pils and Vienna malts are prominent. Herbal hop aromas, roots and dirt, slightly spicy, and a hop bite can be found as well.

T – Caramel is prominent in the flavor profile, with a lot of sweetness from the malt, not at all cloying. Almost like light caramel ice cream. Cara-pils and Vienna-type malt. Hops are more subdued, a bit of herbal-spicy flavor, and moderate bitterness to support the malt sweetness.

M – Medium-bodied leaning towards the fuller side, with slightly above-moderate carbonation. Sweet up front, moderate bitterness in the back. Some dryness with no lingering impression after the finish.

O – Festbiers, Marzens, and Oktoberfests tend to run together, partly by design. They are supposed to be easy-drinking, non-confrontational beers. This one is a VERY good example, as it apparently has no flaws. Just very well made, and better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mug (one of these days, I wouldn't mind getting a true stein for this style, think I'm gonna have to if I keep up with the oktoberfests). Anywho:
The appearance was a ruddy light brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing was light and sliding right on into the beer.
The smell started off with a light nutty/caramel/toffee. Some burnt breadiness rides the line underneath.
The taste was mainly sweet through the previously mentioned flavors. A light sweet bready aftertaste runs into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about light bodied with a crisp sweet sessionable feel to it. Carbonation felt good and light. Gets a tad syrupy.
Overall, decent take on an Oktoberfest by an American brewer, most likely ask for a Weihenstephaner one before this if found, but I don't mind this one.

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Photo of mactrail
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Coppery color is lovely, but somehow the carbonation seems to fail midway through the pour. Kind of a tea flavor with a wave of syrupy sweetness. Then, unfortunately , followed by a dirty, resiny hop flavor. It's not exactly a sour note, but the malt seems to turn earthy and dank.

I had hopes for another "Victory" having had some good Oktoberfest brews this season. This was my least favorite, maybe in a tie for last place with Leinenkugel’s anemic orange lager. I can't think of anything good to say about this and I still have five more to drink or dump. Enjoy by 26 Jan 2016 on the label, but I think it's past it's prime already. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's in San Diego.

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Photo of Myotus
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard poured from a 12oz bottle (enjoy by date 27Dec15) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter finger's worth after 2 minutes. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are small in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is very subtle and thin.
SMELL: Strong aromas of campfire (yes, like a rauchbier) encounter mild aromas of caramel, oatmeal, and biscuity malts along with hints of floral and spicy hops.
TASTE: Mild flavors of campfire enter initially and are immediately followed by caramel flavors. Mild oatmeal and biscuity malts come in right after as caramel flavors grow slightly stronger. As all flavors persist, subtle spicy and floral hop flavors finish off this amazing display of a Märzen.
FEEL: Light-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly creamy and smooth. Finishes with a hint of dryness.
NOTE: Best one of its style that I have had so far. The rauchbier taste was a perfect addition to this style and was balanced well with the malt flavors.

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Photo of KWolf
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from tap, with nice autmn orange hue and little to no head, faint malt in nose. Solid malt backbone from start to finish, very slight grainy/ hop bitterness to keep from cloying. Nice example of style from Victory!.

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Photo of HBBJ
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Copper colored and clear. Effervescent carbonation like a soda. Minimal head which quickly disappeared. No lacing.

Smell: Strong grain smells - cereal, porridge, crackers. Some caramel notes and just a bit of smoke. Slight yeast and alcohol aromas.

Taste: Moderate malt and caramel taste, but it's overwhelmed with graininess. Hop flavor just enough to keep the sweetness in check, with a clean, bitter backbone. Moderate to long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy, with a bit of astringency.

Overall: The grainy aroma and taste ruined what might have been a nice Oktoberfest. Somewhat surprising considering Victory has always made solid brews in my experience. I'm wondering if there was an issue with their process this year. Perhaps their decoction mash got too hot, or they oversparged.

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Photo of James954
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Clear dark amber, minimal lace, and sufficient carbonation
S: Sweet plum and raisin
T: The best Marzen yet for me. Sweet malts, light plum and raisin again. Aftertaste is slightly over powered.
F: The only Marzen i've had that's totally smooth and has no sharp bite finish or overly sugared

Overall: I prefer Wiesn over Marzen but this has the soft and smooth mouthfeel of a good Wiesn.

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Photo of Ryan4120
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really strong malty, roasty characteristics. Smooth and easy to drink with a taste that matches is characteristics but treadss outside the realm of Oktoberfests in my opinion.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange, woody amber body. No head. Smells of toasty malts, caramel, wort, and very clean yeast. Up front there is heavy toast and caramel. Aftertaste has very solid bitterness and strong breadiness and maltiness. The toast takes a lot away from that. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than medium bodied, and the carbonation is very assertive on the tongue. Overall a good American example of an Oktoberfest, but not great. Too much toast for me.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured a dark Amber color. The head was two finger-widths thick and off-white.

The aroma was malty with a strong dose of happiness that was a bit sweet.

The initial taste is a very mellow maltiness. The middle has an earthy hint to it, and it finishes with a slight hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was. Wry smooth and light.

Overall, I don't think this beer real matched the Oktoberfest style, but it was close enough to pass as a "fest beer". It was interesting, but not great.

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Photo of TH28
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. 12/13/15 code date. Appearance: light brown with reddish hue, clear, with light off white foam cap. Aroma: Bready and caramel maltiness. Light toast. Taste: Rich bready and caramel malt sweetness, light toast, and low hop bitterness Mouthfeel: medium to high body for the style, with a light carbonation. A little syrup like. Finish: Bready caramel sweetness lingers. Overall: A very malty sweet marzen with caramel as opposed to the more traditional toasted, bready versions. Closer to Sam Adams Ofest than tradional marzens.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with very little head and retention, a soapy film is all that is left of the head, beer is clear, decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is of roasted toffee, caramel, biscuit, slight nuttiness, hint of maple sweetness. Taste, a hint of maple sweetness, toffee, caramel, some nuttiness, finishes with a hint of honey and some bitterness, flavors are really subdued and light, very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, semi-dry finish. It's good, nothing impressive, flavors are a little subdued nothing really jumps out, it is balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice appropriately amber-red color with a lightly tan head. Smell is of simple bready malt, a hint of caramel. Taste is much the same, with a lot of carbonation. Very easy drinkability. A pretty good marzen.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EBD 12/17/15. Pours a clear medium amber with a beautiful garnet hue. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Light nose of caramel with hints of grainy biscuit.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Superb carbonation with a fair amount of effervescence in the middle and a nice prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good, but not typical for a marzen. Like the color, it has a heavier dark malt character that speaks more to toasted chocolate malt rather than caramel. It begins with toasted, nutty and grainy malt with almost no sweetness. The middle brings an earthy hop flavor with a very light bitterness and only a subtle sweetness, which lacks caramel character. The finish is semi-dry and has a slow fade of herbal and earthy hop flavor. As it warms, sweetness does become more noticeable.

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Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a copper color.

The flavor hits of a toasty malts and bread, light fruity esters of apple come through, the beer however leans towards the sweeter side for the style, onto a light hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of RJIV
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg.
The color is a glassy bronze.
There is a slight caramel notes on the nose.
The mouth feel is light and crisp.
There is a sweet light toffee note throughout that ends in a caramel aftertaste.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can’t believe I have not had the Victory Fest beer until today. Served that World of Beer in a shaker, the beer is copper with a stick light tan head.

Floral hops and grains in the nose.

It is a bit hoppier than I expected which is just fine. Lots of floral notes backed by malts and something sweet like honey.

The mouth is medium and a touch coating.

I like this take on the style. It is different but still respects the original style.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, enjoy by 13 DEC 2015
A - rich copper colored body with a fluffy ivory head that holds good retention
S - typical Märzen aroma: caramel, toffee, toasty grain, spicy noble hops
T - rich and malty with loads of caramel maltiness, toffee, and toasted grain; balanced nicely with spicy noble hops
M - medium body, creamy and smooth
O - rich and sweet Märzen. My only complaint is that because it's so rich, I wouldn't be able to drink more than a couple of these ones in a sitting. As a one & done beer, it's really good and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a supremely transparent copper color with a rosy hue and a modest head of sudsy, off-white foam that rapidly settles. Mild aroma smells of caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste is very full-flavored for an oktoberfest, with a healthy dose of caramel and noble hops, augmented by a peculiar, juicy, slightly vegetal element. The nutty character alluded to by the nose becomes increasingly apparent as the beer warms. The medium body and fine, prickly carbonation make for a crisp and creamy mouthfeel that is really fantastic.

Overall, this is a flavorful festbier with great texture, however there’s something peculiar and distracting in the taste that keeps me from fully enjoying it.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear, amber color with a 1", white head. Retention is low and lacing is moderate.
Smell is of toasted nuts and caramel malts. bready and biscuit aromas as well
Taste follows the nose pretty closely with that toasty, nutty flavor being prominent
Feel is heavy-medium and carbonation is moderate.
Overall, if you like that nutty flavor of O'fest beers, then this is the one for you.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber tone with plenty of vanilla colored creamy head. This brew is kind of confusing - it comes on full bodied and malty with toffee flavors but then there's a middling thinnish mouth feel and an odd funky aftertaste. Like a spoiled honey weirdness. I really wanted to like this as I enjoy their other beers but I dunno . . . Maybe my sample was old or something . . .

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Photo of beerboy21
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decocted! Yay!! Best U.S. version I've had this season. Light raisin and honey in the nose. Honey and caramel in flavor. Feel the decoction. Finishes softly, with a gentle graininess and honey.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a tall pint glass.

Poured a clear copper-amber color, deep hues, some caramel color. A fluffed white head fades quickly. There's steady small-bubble carbonation. Specks of lacing, barely.

Toasted malt, toasted dark buttered bread. Some caramel, toffee, nuttiness. Roasted like a fall fire.

Very bready, but good. Rich malt, some caramel. It's just shy of sweet.

It's ok, but needs punch. While there's a long toasty malt flavor, it needs more.

I like it and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber, moderate carbonation, light head. Nice balance of malts with just enough hops. Nothing oustanding, but very enjoyable on an cool, early fall weekend.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.