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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,596 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,596
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of LloydXmas
3/5  rDev -18.5%

LloydXmas, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip style glass. I got about a finger of foam on a deeper brown beer.

Off the top I get a pretty good amount of malt. This smells just like fall. The lagering presence is really clean on this one. The flavoring is also pretty clean.

Overall, this makes for a very tasty version of an Oktoberfest bier. I will have to pick this up again in the fall.

ummswimmin, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of thomscottson
4/5  rDev +8.7%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of pengs68
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

pengs68, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a above average white head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and piney hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and a semi dry, bitter hop finish. Very nice session beer and nice example of a Oktoberfest beer.

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Skramer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Skramer, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of BMan33
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

BMan33, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of elchingen
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -18.5%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of dertyd
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle to a pint glass

A-rusty copper with lots of bubbles little head and no laceing

S-sweet malts,figs,dried fruit

T-sweet malts,figs,grassy citruss verry well ballanced

M-nice and crisp

Overall
A verry good beer from victory they haven't done me rong yet I will drink this one again

dertyd, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

DmanGTR, Jan 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jmdrpi, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

yossarian14, Jan 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dan027, Jan 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BklynTerp, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

dc4three, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of aorloski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

aorloski, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of NeoZaZ
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

NeoZaZ, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: The weakest suit of this beer, but nothing to complain about. Amber color, decent head.

Smell: A strong whiff of beer (hefeweisen?) when you open it up, it is full of smoothness when you start pouring.

Taste: Malty and spicy, with a touch of hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Overall: I like it. Another good offering from Victory.

TheMarkE, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Schmuckles
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Schmuckles, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Bad Apple, Chicago, IL
Date: None noticed, but released in mid-2012
Glass: US pint glass

Victory's Festbier is a fairly typical American expression of the style, fairly mild caramel and toasted malt flavors combined with a low hop profile, rounding the flavor out with a mild, brown bread quality. While not unappetizing, the beer does not distinguish itself from its brethren, and is somewhat lacking in flavor and robustness compared to the German imports.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with below-average retention, lasting less than a minute in its quick fade to oblivion. The declining head leaves little to no lacing along the sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a transparent amber color, with light bringing out reddish-orange tints. Carbonation is visible and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of grainy, slightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, bread, minerals, and yeast. In general, the scents seemed underwhelming when compared to some of the bolder German varieties out there.

The primary flavors of the beer are grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background. Tasting opens with slightly sweet, grainy and modestly mineral-flavored malts on the front of the palate. Mid-palate continues the sweet grains, adds some bread, and very slight bittering German hops. Back of palate finds caramel malt flavors, slight breadiness, and continued modest bitterness from German hops. Aftertaste is similar to the initial taste: grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background.

Beer has a medium to medium-light body with carbonation of medium intensity, creating a beer that slightly fizzes across the palate, ultimately coming across as crisp and smooth. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate.

falloutsnow, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

lookrider, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

TheZoner, Jan 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

rundrink, Jan 06, 2013
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.