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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,458 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,458
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 57 | 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

travishardy929, Sep 10, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jurbanik, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Pillowburn, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of brentblack1
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Mat_Rampson
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mat_Rampson, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Lager yeast, malts, and a bit of husk. Fairly simple, but definitely to style

T: Follows the nose, tastes a lot like a dark pils. Yeast brings forward grains and very light fruitiness. Husky. Leafy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice O-Fest that displays a bunch of the characteristics of the style. Easy to drink too. Solid

BEERMILER12, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jmathis, Sep 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

harrylee773, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a light reddish-brown with a sturdy tan head which recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with doughy bread with some yeasty light fruit and caramel malty notes.

The tastes begin with a rich caramel maltiness with subtle hints of toffee. There is a slight doughy, toasty, grainy maltiness that joins as well. As it warms the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and crisp as the style would call for.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of a Marzen/Oktoberfest that exist in today's market. The caramel, sweet maltiness is probably overstated for the style but I enjoy that more than one that is heavy on grainy, pilsnery flavors. Good, not great, worth a go amongst others.

claspada, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

comfortablynirm, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head

S-honey nut cheerios. Roasted cocoa malts. Good strength. A bit off for the style.

T-comes in with a bitter roasted flavor of honey grains. It's an odd and lightly watery flavor. Doesn't quite fit right. After-taste is oddly bitter.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a semidry finish.

O-this isn't a good Oktoberfest beer. The flavors just don't mesh well and it's not drinkable as the style is supposed to be. 

AdamBear, Sep 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bdel34, Sep 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

elec, Sep 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BeerTaster727, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jimmah120
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle 2 months past expiration

Look is an amber-orange with a khaki head. Smell is hay, wheat, yeast, caramel rolls, pumpkin spice, and clove. Taste is wheat, spice, yeast, pumpkin, and roasted malts. Feel is medium, medium carbonation, slightly syrupy and thick.

Solid fest beer, but nothing special. At the high price point, it's not especially desirable.

jimmah120, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
3.43/5  rDev -7%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint (although this begs to be poured into a mug.)

A: Deep, clear amber with a one finger white head. Dissipates kind of fast.

S: Slightly roasty malts and caramel make up the smell.

T: Lots of malt present....it has the slight roast flavor giving it a distinct taste. Also a nice, clean grain flavor, as well. There's a nice dose of leafy hops to balance the malt out a little bit. Finishes with a very slight bittenessr and roastiness.

M: Dangerously drinkable. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied.

O: A highly drinkable, flavorful marzen. It's pretty standard for the style and doesn't really bring anything too new to the table. It's easy to appreciate the simplicity of this beer, though. A perfect fall party beer.

TTAmod, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A-Pours a dark color nearing copper. Decent glow. Head is minimal. Little bubbly clusters. Also, mild lacing.

S-Standarn Oktoberfest aromas. Caramel, dark baked bread, barley and an elegant Noble hop whiff. The hops are fairly noticeable which is definitely a plus.

T-You getting all the toast and caramel and grains, but you are also awarded with a significant grassy hop finish that lingers respectably. One of the better overall Oktoberfest beer flavors I have stumbled upon.

M-Medium bodied with zippy carbonation and a creamy feel. Light bitterness and dryness. Sessionable.

O/D-One of the better takes on a style I don't love. Enjoyed the hop intensity. Another solid Victory brew.

VelvetExtract, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

paulhargus, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Jakers90, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MikeConklin, Aug 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

joshtrich, Aug 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Davepoolesque, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Luigi
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours out a clear and rich amber color, almost caramel like. Nice two finger off white head with great retention, with plenty of lacing going around the glass till the last drop.

The aroma is rich with toasted malt! Big caramel hints but roasted enough to give some smoky characteristics. Keeping with the style of lager the hops a well blended a bit leafy, but the toasted malt is the focus of this lager.

The taste is rich with toasted caramel and smoky malt. Nothing fancy, just rich toasted malt with a bit of earthy/ medicinal hop lingering at the end.

Rich, almost full bodied and slick on the palate. Yet, easy going down the hatchet.

This was the first time I have ever seen and Oktoberfest lager from Victory, so I had to pick it up. Probably one of the best American made versions of this style of beer.

Luigi, Aug 23, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,458 ratings.