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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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761 Reviews

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Reviews: 761
Hads: 1,804
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 193 | 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 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
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of Phigg1102
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper colored pour. Not much head or retention. Smokiness in the aroma along with toast. Shiitake mushrooms in the taste, along with smoked beef and a touch of chocolate. The beer is also quite malt heavy in the aroma and taste. Medium body.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel, toffee, light roasted malt, and some sweetness on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more malty goodness.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really didn't think much of this beer. The body of this beer has an okay color. Flat amber and crystal clear. No lacing to speak of. Malty and sweet. Almost like caramel made of corn syrup. Absolutely no relief on the way from either carbonation or any sort of hop presences. Pass on this beer.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan of these styles but this one was a little bit more complex and enjoyable than most of the others I've tried (mostly macro offerings). Poured an ice tea colored body with a thin off white head that disappears completely. A lot of toasted malts on this one, creating aromas of sweet bread and granola, assorted nuts, toffee, dark caramel, and faint earthy hops. Easy drinking and sessionable with light/medium mouth feel. The taste is a lot of the same, sweet toasted malts with a woodiness, toffee; pleasantly malty without being too overpowering. A clean example of the style with increased complexity and flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big and full of flavor, Victory's beer roots reach back into traditional English and German heritage. And with their reimagined Oktoberfest-style lager designed to give American craft beer drinkers the boldness and character that they seek, the beer strives to retain the elegance in malt flavor, subtle hop balance and understated character that make those traditional beers so revered.

Victory's Festbier pours a deep but brilliantly clear amber hinging on chestnut and cedar browns. A creamy off-white head springs forth and brings a host of savory nutty aromas seemingly of toasted pecan, cashew, almond and chestnut with the robustly sweet taste of cracker-jack candy and savory butterscotch.

With the sweetness of over-cooked caramel, equipped with a light and toasty sear, its rich maltiness is off of toffee or maple but hints toward butterscotch and pistachio brittle nevertheless. Its elegant malt flavor is starchy with fresh baking bread, light toast and grilled poundcake. Any hop balance is soft, herbal, minty and lurks deep in the recesses in order to allow the malt to shine.

Finishing juicy with malt flavor, the lager retains its sweetness late until the caramel fades and the bready sweet skeleton of malt remains. Its minty finish from noble German hops is lightly spicy, grassy and does just enough to round out the more cloying flavors of the beer to retain its drinkability and balance.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of some grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of caramel, grassy hops, grain and spices. Finish is long and spicy. Nice malty brew.

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Photo of beerfinder
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice caramel notes here. Nice malty complex taste.. A very nice october fest brew. Goes down real smooth. Lots of character nice sweetness flavor.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really overlooked this beer in the past. one of the best lagers I've had lately. really hits the malty sweetness perfect. flavorful and sessionable

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 761 ratings.