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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: 206 | 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 bigdeuce
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally, a great American Oktoberfest!! This one is really good. Highly malty with some stickiness on the glass, leaving some slight lacing. Not much head after the pour. Caramel notes all over with a nice slight hoppy twinge at the end. Nice burnt orange in color. A highly recommended beer and decently priced. I say it rivals Paulaner and Ayinger as my top 3.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a very light brown with an orange tint. Minimal head on top that leaves little spots of sticky lacings on the glass.

The nose is malty sweet with a touch of hops in the background.

Thick, syrupy caramel flavors with a strong malt backbone. Hints of toasted malts with a nice hop snap. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and soft.

A solid Marzen from Victory that captures all of the beauty of this seasonal lager.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that has some decent retention and some lacing. Body is a beautiful clear copper red.

Smell - toasty malt bread and grassy hops. Hint of caramel. Very simple, but enticing.

Taste - same as the smell. Toasty malt bread with hint of caramel washed with some grassy hops. Again, straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied with some hop oil slickness.

Drinkability - this is a very good beer and very sessionable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The rich aroma is off malt, spice and caramel, with a little bit of hops.

T: Bready & malty tea-like flavor comes out first with some spice to it. Then there’s some hops and a little bit of caramel sweetness. The after-taste is mild with a slight touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very good representation of style, tasty, not very filling for this style, easy to drink, I could stick with this one for the duration of an evening.

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Photo of orfeu
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, bright toasty amber color with a thin grayish-white layer of foam. Spicy yet "smooth" aromas of noble hops (somehow reminds me of the smell of Scotch Magic tape) backed up by some doughy malt scents, like a loaf rising in a slightly warm oven. There is but a flash of grassy and spicy hop flavor right at the beginning of the taste, but the rest of the flavor profile here is almost entirely about bready malts, with a very faint caramel note appearing before a mildly spicy hop finish. A chewy bread flavor lingers in a most unhurried fashion through the aftertaste. There is moderate carbonation here, but it's felt only at the finish and is rather appropriate. Overall clean lager mouthfeel, gets a bit heavy as it warms. I appreciate that the alcohol is not overly amped-up in this Maerzen, unlike many other American interpretations. I tried this on tap a couple of weeks ago and didn't review it, but I seem to remember liking it far less than this bottle. Interesting. Anyway, a solid, drinkable beer for the beginning of the cooler months. Recommended.

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Photo of rarevos
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with very, very light tan head. Head is about 1/4 finger's worth, and it quickly turns into uber-light lacing and then a ring around the glass.

S: Sourdough aroma up front. There's a tang behind that that's a bit hard to place. Metallic? Cracked wheat and some baker's yeast.

T/M: Very malty up front, but not super sweet. The malt is bready and rich, with a moderate caramel sweetness and a wheat germ flavor. Finish is mildly bitter, with a long and malty tail. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, like a good hefe.

D: I'm not a huge lager drinker, but this is a really pleasant beer. Balanced, flavorful, and well done. I could drink a few of these for sure.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory- Festbier

Appearance- Golden chestnut brown with no head.
Smell- Light sugary malt with hints of earthy hops.
Taste- Full flavored malt with mollasses. Nice earthy hop flavor well balanced.
Mouthfeel- Lighty sweet with a solid flavor throughout.

Overall- Much better 2nd time around. A good session beer!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep copper with thin creamy white head.

S - Sweet with some toasty & bready notes.

T - Toasty malt with some sweet caramel and fresh baked bread. Light noble hops are present. This one tastes even better as it warms slightly.

M - Great mouthfeel. Has a full mouthfeel but still feels light and creamy at the same time.

D - I could drink this all night. It went down so easy it was gone before I even finished my review.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Reddish-copper in hue. A cap of persistent bubbles, fed by a few constant streamers.

S: Great whopping malts here. Biscuit, rye bread, sweet grains--like a European bakery. Slight citrus/orange notes, very understated.

T: Big, smooth malts are inviting and delicious. Hops enter a bit of the way in, rounding out the middle of this one. Nice balance, really chewy malt flavors.

M: A bit thicker and chewier body than some other O-fests I've tried. However, this characteristic fits the big ol' Old World malt flavor.

D: I love this time of year--so many highly drinkable O-fests. I've been particularly impressed with the American offerings this year, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Terp96
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my annual buys around this time of year. For the record, I think it was better last year.

Pours a bright amber into the glass with minimal head. The beer is clean and pretty highly carbonated which I thought was strange.

Smell is decent for the style. Typically malty but not over powering. I couldn't smell too much of the hop profile.

Taste is a little sweeter than I expected. The sweet malted backbone soon gives way to a surprisingly strong hop presence. As a hophead, this was the best part.

Mouthfeel was decent as well. A little sweet and thick for my liking. Bitterness in the end allows the beer to linger a little longer and that helps.

Overall, a decent attempt at an Octoberfest Marzen. I liked the variation of the theme with the hop presence but I think it lends itself to more criticism from the style police. It is still pretty drinkable but not as much as a Hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner. I will go back for this one.

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Photo of riversider76
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper. Thin white,not much retention. just a bit of lacing, but lots of bubbles. Smell is malty, but week. Body is light to medium, and carbonated. Taste trys to balance malt and hops, and just about makes it. Worth a try, but don't run out and buy!

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Photo of Tbone
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear copper with a big fizzy head that dissapates quickly.
There's a slight barley odor and taste. It does have a characteristic German lager character. However, its a lot less malty, toasty and full bodied than I like to see in a Octoberfest, and a lot less bold than I expected from Victory.
To be honest there's a quality of the smell and taste that reminds me of Anheiser Busch (that's a bad thing).

This is the least impressive product I've had from Victory.

Its a slightly above average beer that should be the hands-down best of its style to justify the extravagant price of $10/sixer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good Oktoberfest. Once again Victory proves they can do lagers just as well as sie Germans. Not the best I've had this season, but it's up there.

The beer looks wonderful. Nice coppery amber color with ample carbonation to support a thick off-white head. Retention is awesome, but the beer doesn't seem to lace well.

The smell is lacking. Very light. With a strong whiff, one can smell some caramel and munich malts, along with some hops. Also a bit of a vegetal DMS aroma, but it's just enough to stay under the radar.

The taste is good. Nice caramel sweetness with a nice toasted bread flavor from the munich malt. Good crisp bitterness goes well with a subtle vegetal finish.

Crisp and clean with a lingering caramel sweetness. Fairly full-bodied for a lager. I could put down many of these with no problem. I've really gotten into Oktoberfests this year, whereas last year I skipped over many. This is a mistake I won't make in future years.

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Photo of delicious
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber body with a short lived, thin fizzy head.
The nose is thinly malty and a bit doughy.
The taste is a little sweet and juicy, and kind of reminds me of red apples, which is perfect for this time of year. There's some hops at the end, but that's not where any emphasis lies. It's not very complicated, but the fruitiness and buttery mouthfeel make it so drinkable that I just don't care.

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Photo of weasbri
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbly head on this one. I had to slow the pour to get it all in the glass. Dark coppery color, with a sweet malty fragrance.
The taste was all about the sweetness of the malt to me with some caramel flavor too. There was a bit of a hoppy flavor in the finish to top it off as well.
On my recent foray to Norm's, I picked up a six-pack of this, with some singles to taste as well, and I'm thinking that the singles will have to wait, as I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of tboom29
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's time for Oktoberfest biers, and this is a great example of one. I poured it into my imperial pint and it was a dark copper, brown color. Not much in the way of head retention.

The nose was full of biscuity malt. There were a bit of hops I felt as well.

The taste is definitely about the malt. They are fairly big, nice and biscuity with carmel notes throughout. A good amount of yeast overtones as well. The nose is confirmed with a slight hoppiness in the flavor. There is a fairly creamy mouthfeel to this beer, which makes it enjoyable. I definetly recommend this for any O-Fest (not o-face, that's something else) fans. Pairs well with any of your classic german fare.

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Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear brown with a small head, moderate carbonation and little to no notable lacing.

Smell: Toasted caramel and bread with a creamy malt tone and hints of cinnamon fruits and vanilla lift up to the nose.

Taste: A brilliant surge of sweet malt fruit and grain strike the palate and tease the taste buds immediately and at once. Fresh bread creamy buttery malts, cinnamon vanilla caramel and zippy floral hops a peppery snap tingle on the tongue and even a hint of cloves in the finish are all creating a euphoria of taste pleasures.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively in the mouth; this beer is easy in and built for drinking!

Drinkability: This may be the ultimate session beer. A beer FULL of terrific flavors, light in the mouth and stomach and a perfect addictive aftertaste that makes it and impossible beer to put down. Once you pop you cant stop =)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with orange hues. Slight head, but not much there. Dissipates quickly and leaves no lace.
S: Soft and sweet malt notes. Slight hop presence.
T/M: Nice floral hop flavors with a sweetness thats inviting. Good underbelly of caramel malt with some fruit notes too. Soft and silky through the mouth with a slight carbonation burst at the back of the tongue. Wet finish with a sweet aftertaste. Good tasting O'fest with a medium body.
D: Try this if you see it. One of the better ones I've had this season so far. Easy drinking--not overly sweet or malty. Well balanced.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is bright copper orange with a light tan frothy head. The head didn't stick around too long, neither did any lacing.

The smell was fruity at first. This gave way to a caramel maltiness.

The flavor was bready and malty up front. Light fruit flavors lead into toasted caramel and lightly roasted malts. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and drinkability is very good. A very easy drinking brew. This is certainly one of the beers I look forward to in the fall.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a 4 oz tasting glass.

Pours an orangish/brown with a 2-inch foamy head. Smells of sweet, roasted malt. Very good blend of malt, a hint of citrus, and sweet caramel. Goes down a little on the thick side and has a nice caramel aftertaste. Very drinkable lager...great for enjoying at night as a dessert brew.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The lager is a copper colored wonder, crystal clear, with a decent fluffy head that retains well.

S: Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose.

T: The lager has a malty sweet flavor that has hints of biscuit and caramel. The grains are mixed very well, imparting just enough sweetness. The hops are practically nonexistent, which is good because the malts here are doing a very good job on their own.

M: The mouthfeel is a delicious sweet flavor that invites another sip.

D: Very drinkable, a well made Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark ruby red with a small head that disappears quickly. The smell is not too strong, but it has sweet malt, nuts, and an earthy aroma. The taste is very chewy with nuts,carmel,sweet malt, and a "bisquity" flavor. The m/f is light and chewy with all the flavors mixing well. This isn't one of my favorite styles,but this is pretty good, as I would expect from a brewery as good as Victory. Cheers

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Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful transparent bronze-red body with moderate carbonation. Light tan head with a touch of orange, tiny to large bubbles. Both lace and retention are pretty good.
Light lager scent and a sweet bready and grainy element.
Smooth flavors of grass, bread, grain and orange peel. Well balanced. Slightly fruity aftertaste with some mild hops.
Good perfectly full lager body. Nice coating and a hydrating feel without being watery.
This is a good lager that is pleasant to drink and likely to be a repeat.


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Photo of auntfloyd
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass stein. This is a clear light copper lager with a tiny head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. The smell is malty, minty and slightly acerbic.

This is a classic marzen, sweet, and malty, with caramel notes and faint hops aftertaste. But the sweet flavors predominate (as they should). This beer is extremely creamy and smooth, and marks very high on the drinkability scale.

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

12 oz brown bottle; no best before date.

Minor, slightly creamy light brown head that quickly evaporates leaving little to no lacing. Dull garnet with a chill haze; plenty of active carbonation.

Sweet molasses and a bit of cream; reminiscent of a slightly sweet sherry. Lightly toasted oats and malts. Dark fruit-esters: fig, cherry, plum, and grape.

Creamy molasses and light toffee. Astringent, dry grains and oats. Notes of dark, not quite ripe fruit: cherry, plum, and red grape. A smooth, mild bitterness that's followed by an aftertaste of grape, fig, and dried nuts.

Full in body; big malt character with a hefty wheat and grain profile tthat provides a suitable balance. Creamy and pretty mellow on the palate.

A slightly above average Marze; reserved in flavor. An offering a bit disappointing from what I'd expect from Victory.

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