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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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734 Reviews

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Reviews: 734
Hads: 1,712
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Reviews: 734 | Hads: 1,712
Photo of jaluria
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew with an off-white colored head. Not much retention of the head nor much lacing. Relatively transparent considering the color. I can't really detect anything with my nose. I smell malt and some dried fruit, but it's faint. The taste is a good representation of the style; smooth and refreshing without being overly sweet or bitter. A balanced beer that lacks both complexity and any distinct features. Overall an enjoyable beer during Oktoberfest, but not one that I would want to have often throughout the year. (531 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of the style, very flavorful yet light and refreshing making it easily sessionable.

Pours a medium clear amber in color with a wispy white head that had a nice creamy crown that retained throughout. Very malty in the nose, slightly nutty, some hop presence, but not very much. Taste is quite malty, sweet but with a good bitterness background to it to even out the whole affair. I could drink a lot of this.

Slàinte! (443 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Octoberfest beir from one of my favorite breweries. It had a good fall oragne color with a clean white head that gives lacing in the glass. The smell is clean muted heavy malt and a bit of spciy acidic hops. It has the traditional Marzen taste that I have come to expect of these beers, but the malt seems weak a little. Overall it is a good clean beer that can be enjoy enmass and would be a solid session beir all session. (433 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sparkingly clear dense copper, forming a modest off-white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nothing to write home about...rather dull with a few intermittent notes of caramel and cheap Wisconsin, aka A.Schell, amber lager. Though not quite as bad, it's a relatively clean ferment and doesn't offend, yet doesn't stick out either. The flavor is soft and mild with a very nice mild toasty nuttiness and a mild, rounded malt body. Hops are delicately in balance here and tend to be a little on the spicier side towards the finish. The mouthfeel is exceedingly soft throughout the middle and ends with a little roasted grain tannin astringency. Caramel is never appreciated, thank god. Oddly enough, I pick up freshly tilled soil and forest mushroom in the aftertaste.

A very good interpretation of the style. Although the aroma had me second guessing this one, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and enjoy it as far as Oktoberfest's go (typically not my bag). (1,017 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper toned amber with a decent white head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing tries it's best to cling.
Smell is of rich malt, a bit of sweet fruit, a touch of sour bread, along with a mild helping of hops for good measure.
Taste is a nice blend of the above making for a nice rendition of the style with just enough difference to make it a Victory beer.
Mouthfeel is malty sweet with some sours and bitters and a crispness on the tongue and palate.
Pretty enjoyable. (489 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice though somewhat on the darker side amber color. Not a lot of head. Big malty and sweet aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a fair amount of sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice,creamy mouthfeel. Not to sure if this is to style but its very smooth and full. Good drinkability-a damn good lager. A bit heftier then an average fest beer but damn enjoyable. (360 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper color with a on-finger tan head that fades somewhat speedily. Not a lot of carbonation.

Nose is all malt, with a bit of an earthy/nutty tone that blends nicely with a baked-bread/biscuity scent. The label speaks of some hop presence, but I'm not sniffing it.

Flavor is predominantly biscuity malts with a light nuttiness that keeps coming through pretty clearly. On the back end there's a little sweet, almost minty flavor. Kind of dry on the finish.

Big qualm is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin for all the malt in there. It almost comes off a bit watery, and it kind of distracts me.

Overall: Not a great O-fest, definitely not my favorite Victory, but not a bad example to sneak in a mixed sixer of O-fests. (751 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm surprised how thick and heavy this is. The moutfeel is surprisingly creamy, and the beer goes down heavy. This is not what I wanted out of a marzen. The taste is grainy, with a little hops and a little maltiness. There's not much to say. It goes down hard, but the taste isn't complex enough or stron enough to explain why it goes down that way. Eh, Oktoberfest only comes once a year. (389 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark amber color with not much head. It tries to lace, but it doesn't last. Smells of floral hops and a bit of cardboard. Has some hoppy bitterness and malts. Finishes very dry with a tad bit of biscut flavor. Medium mouth feel with very light carbonation.

Overall not much of a beer. Seems to be missing something. Maybe some more maltiness. (362 characters)

Photo of JackStraw22
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear amber body, very nice to look at. About an inch of off-white head. Retention wasn't great.

Smell: Nice nutty aroma, malty but not sweet. Slightly spicy.

Taste/feel: Clean malty taste at first. Crisp mouthfeel and a light clean bitterness. There's a big nutty/cheesey aftertaste that gets addictive the more I drink.

Good Oktoberfest beer, certainly worth a try. (409 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper with a finger of off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Smell is a slightly roasted malt with a touch of nuttiness and maybe some cinammon. Taste is a big doughy malt extravaganza, laced with caramel and nuts, with a noticeable amount of flowery hops hitting at the end of a sip and lingering into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel, this is a pleasure to drink. I've really been looking forward to Oktoberfest beers, and this one really hits the spot. I will be buying again this season. (546 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear deep amber color with creamy white head. Smell is nutty, malty, and bread-like. Taste follows through with a robust maltiness and toatsed nutts. Finishes big and malty with little hops present. A really good drinking session beer that I look forward to each year. (278 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber/copperish color with a good amount of frothy white head. Bubbles throughout. Smell is sweet, very herbaly- also getting touches of cinnamon every now and then. Malty.

Taste reminds me a lot of lemon iced tea. As I'm not a fan of iced tea, this kind of kills something for me a little bit. However, the hints of cinnamon and the herbalness balances things out for me. Maltyness is nice, too.

Mouthfeel is bubbley, smooth, light. Drinkability is pretty decent on this guy, though maltyness could get to be too much after a few. Still, I'd drink this again. (575 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Biting, almost skunky hop aroma. Small, oatmeal colored head. Slightly sweet malt and biscuity flavors. Spicy hop flavors towards the middle. Transparent, light orange colored beer.Solid body, not too thick, very smooth and easy drinking. Solid flavor and feel, not much to look at and the aroma, while not bad, was not very appealing. (335 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clear amber color. Head of about 1". Nice looking bubbles rising.

S: Nice toasty malt aroma. No real hop smells.

T: Incredible. Nice sweet malty flavor up front, just enough bitterness to balance things out perfectly. Toasty bread with just a hint of a mild peppery spice. Aftertaste is a wonderfully lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body. CO2 is spot on and the alcohol, while relatively low, gives a nice warmth.

D&N: I'm sitting here in front of my computer trying to finish this review before I finish this beer. Unbelievably drinkable, the tastes are just right, it feels good. The only faults I could spot were a bit of a weaker aroma than I was expecting, probably my fault for waiting so long to drink this. This is probably the best Marzen I've ever had. (784 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich color, golden orange in hue, still and clear. Thick cream seeps up tightly and falls slowly. Great-looking Octoberfest. Nose is a little spicy and has some toasted cereals, pretty normal for the style.

Taste is full-mouth spiciness, like pine needle spiciness, edged with alcohol and sharp hops. Malts are sweet toasted cereals and corn, very flavorful, showing an aftertaste of toasted grain as well. Ample carbonation manages somehow to not be sharp at all. Refreshing and drinkable. (493 characters)

Photo of malthead
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice amber color, big head... smells very clean - a lot of malt, some nice german hops... tastes very nice. a little nuts, nothing overly complex, but a very solid caramel maltiness with a good hop balance. mouthfeel is light, but that's what i'm looking in an octoberfest... great drinkability.
it's not perfect, but especially fresh, this is an awesome session beer. (369 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This appeared the typical clear deep orange with good-sized white fluffy head on top. Decent lacing and head retention. Aroma was of sweet malt with a bit of caramel and breadiness and a touch of hops. Biscuity malt starts of the flavor with a bit of sweetness as well. Notes of grian and earthy hops were also in the background. Mouthfeel is about average here with nothing really standing out. Drinkability is good, this is a bit more flavorful than most O-fests and goes down easy. (484 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with two fingers of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is light and malty, with some caramel and a bit of hops. Nicely balanced, just a touch more on the malty side like it should be for this style. The taste is fairly malty as well. Some toasted malt and caramel. Hints of toffee and hops linger on the finish. The body is just a little bit light. The drinkability is great though. A decent Marzen. (504 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Dark transparent copper, pours with a fizzy white 1 finger head.

Aroma: Toasted malt character. Slight nuttiness. Clean and balanced.

Tongueland: Well balanced beer, toasted malts that finish with a nutty finish. Light to medium m/f.

Bender Factor: Adheres to the O-fest style.Perfect to guidelines. Similar to Otter Creek without the metallic afttertaste. (377 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label Lore:Two simply drawn dudes stirring a vat. Best by 1/17/05 print. Brief write up about Fest being an Oktoberfest style. 12 oz browner.

Crystal clear filtered coppery orange int me DFH pint with a ½” of tight cake like head cap that ain’t going nowheres. A few scant bubbles make a break for it.

Smooth malty Oktoberfest aroma, allright. Spicy pumpkin pie and cinnamon notes.

First Swigs: Buttery smooth easy malts. Dark cake like fresh griddle pancakes. A twinge metallic. Lingering buttered wheat bread aftertaste. Powdery grains are abundant.

Just a medium body and plenty of soft carbonation.

Last Swigs: Almost a pumpkin ale, yet it’s a Fest lager. Hmmm…Perfect for today, grey and rainy.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (753 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my last Oktoberfest for the year, and not a bad one to finish off the batch.
Poured a crystal clear amber followed by a small head of foam, and spotty lacing. This one smells different from the rest, and I'm not sure if thats good or bad. It's a sweet smell that smells like the ripe grapes that used to grow on my neighbor's vine. Never smelled anything like it in a beer before. It's echoed in the taste too, a bit tart.
It's not a bad beer, the maltiness still pulls through, with almost a bit of nuttiness. Maybe Victory was trying something a bit different with this one. (588 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory. Dark amber like a marzen should be. A nice white head of foam as well that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all sweet malts up front and nice green hops on the back. The taste is sweet and malty with a more pronounced caramel flavor than most marzens. There is also the lovely taste of bready malts and fresh hops as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very good. This beer is very festive indeed! Good stuff. (473 characters)

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.