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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,296 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 1296
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,296 | Reviews: 696 | Show All Ratings:
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malthead

California

4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 23:28:29 | More by malthead
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 16:01:35 | More by meathookjones
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 17:01:09 | More by SheepNutz
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wailingwench

New Mexico

4.58/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 06:46:40 | More by wailingwench
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 05:21:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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Onceeven

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 05:09:47 | More by Onceeven
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 23:25:29 | More by francisweizen
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WesWes

New York

3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a musty and slightly malty scent that is dry and nutty. The taste is decent also. It has a complex, but not very good flavor. It is slightly malty with nutty hints and a dry lager yeast finish. It has a breadlike quality that detracts from the taste. There are hops in the aftertaste, but they are weak. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average Festbier. It tries to be unique and it succeeds. It is uniquely average.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 00:49:45 | More by WesWes
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...was this a Victory brew? My first disappointment from this brewery. Smell was heavily malted...not pleasant. Taste was malt on the front with a light hop finish...very unspectacular. Mouthfeel was overly oily..once again..not great! Drinkability suffers likewise.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 20:53:48 | More by edchicma
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a splash of red. Head was thin and light beige.

Smell: Big aromas of sweet, toasted malts, nuttiness and subtle spicy hops.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A great balance of malt and hops. Sweet, toasty and nutty up front, spicy in the middle with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with big carbonation. Prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a great Oktoberfest. It's tasty, refreshing and you can drink one after another (and you want to as well).

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 18:22:35 | More by oxmasterscream
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber in color with a thick 2" tan head. Carbonation levels seemed a little low, but some minor lacing did develop. The aroma is of caramel and a hint of roasted nut. The flavor is simple yet pleasing as malt, caramel, mild bitterness, and a touch of nut were well balanced. This isn't an overpowering oktoberfest like some others.

The mouthfeel was smooth at the start, and had a slightly dry and smooth finish. The caramel tones lasted briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Very drinakble and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 23:52:40 | More by Gavage
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cbl2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

An absolutely beautiful crystal clear orange-brown with an inch white head.

Smell:

Spicy and sweet. Lots of hop character. This is one of those beers that the smell makes you want to start drinking.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Supple and insanely smooth. Tongue is awash in sweet malt right up to the end when the hops take hold. About midbottle the hops grow in flavor (not a bad thing), and blend oh so perfectly with the malt. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever encountered.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 23:55:06 | More by cbl2
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite Victory brew, but it is very drinkable. It is light amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is one of the barley malt and a kicker of hops. The taste is pretty much the same. By comparison with the good German Fest beers, this is not quite there. In contrast to the Spaten brews and the like, this is superior. It is a pretty thick feeling beer but is very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly leading to drinking more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2004 22:36:36 | More by rdrummer
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stingo

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering from Victory - a bit thicker/chewier than its German counterparts, it fills the stomach quicker, but not without some great taste. Nice light caramel throughout with a dash of hops at the back to round out the flavor. Definitely a beer to have with food (pizza and/or pretzels come to mind) as well as on its own.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2004 02:51:38 | More by stingo
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aracauna

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the good festbiers. Nice sweet caramel malt gives it enough flavor to be worth drinking. It's a liquid caramel clear body with a decent head that is a bit fizzy. Easy drinking and another example that Victory is one of the better microbreweries when it comes to lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 19:53:58 | More by aracauna
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a bit of a coppery color, with only a little head. Some lacing down the glass. A fairly decent malt nose. A trace of hops. The taste is pretty much along the same lines. There is a bit of a smokey, dry taste to it also. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. Good for session drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2003 21:37:46 | More by Boto
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy up at school saved on of these for me while I was away.

Color was of a carmel orange and poured a large bright white head that left a heavy lace. Aroma was sweet, bready, and offered a few fruity scents as well. Flavor was much the same with sweet malts towering over all else. Mouthfeel was full but not thick.

Another good Victory brew--thanks Andy

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 16:29:50 | More by allboutbierge
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nomad

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead clear light copper, this beer had a thin head and little lace in the served pint glass. It smelled of husky grain, Munich malt, coming together to be bready in a wonderful way. Also, a strong presence of lemony hops. Tasted of these lemony hops on top of smooth and quietly strong Munich malt. Slightly textured grain accents in the middle, this beer was fruity without being necessarily this or that fruit.

A true embodiment of that classic amber flavor of Oktoberfests, mainly because of the thin body and flavor profile. Quaffable and easy, yet a sipper too if you wish. Next to Paulaner, for me, as a great Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2003 02:07:54 | More by nomad
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yen157

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this from notes, otherwise it would be a pretty old Oktoberfest!

Drak, golden amber with a medium-coarse head. Pretty nice an sticky. Fresh hop taste and surprisingly grainy for a beer from these guys. Malt a bit less pronounced then I like and expected. Still, it had good balance and smooth, creamy carbonation. Not my 1st choice if in an Oktoberfest mood, but still a good, easy drinknig session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 13:46:12 | More by yen157
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Starchild

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint and my what a huge frothy head. The body was deep red amber. This looks the part, so how does it taste? This beer had an extremely clean and smooth, yet slightly sweet beginning. By my third sip, the beer's complexity becomes apparent. I started tasting that true caramel nut Oktoberfest. The beer ends gets a bit bitter, but smoothes out by the end. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 01:41:52 | More by Starchild
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fattyre

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with a moderate dissipating tan head. The smell is a pleasant roastiness with a faint background hoppy aroma. The taste/mouthfeel is very slightly roasted maltiness with a mild hopiness which gives it a crisp clean finish. A drinkable clean octoberfest, while not the best it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 03:43:00 | More by fattyre
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliant copper body topped by a creamy head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is very smooth, with well balanced malt sweetness, roasted flavor, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and smooth. Drinkability is very good. A very nice fest beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 04:37:30 | More by aaronh
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great auburn color with legitimate hop aroma and flavor. An intriguing brew, to say the least. Possibly, next to the Hop Devil, my favorite brew on Victory's menu. Very malty in the nose and on the palate, this bier offers little in the way of a lingering head, but do not fret, this one is a winner. One of the better Marzen-style brews I have had in quite some time. Seek and ye shall find!

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 12:24:16 | More by goindownsouth
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red amber in the glass topped with a minimal coating of white foam that dies quickly but manages to leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty faint. Nice hop notes and dashes of orange along with some slightly bready maltiness.

The flavor is a bit lacking, but it is pretty good. Orange peels along with a little bit of hop bite give it a nice flavoring, just toned down. Some sweetness comes in, but it stays very well-balanced. Orange peels also add an interesting note. It is very drinkable, and it is definitely different from the other micro Oktobers I have had this year. A great session brew, but just a bit light for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 16:33:06 | More by ElGuapo
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper amber with an orange glow to it leaves a nice sized cream vanilla colored head with sufficient lacing left after the foam wains away. Aroma: Slight floral hop note lingers in there but more importantly a toasted malt character that is possibly the most delicate and pleasant from an Oktoberfest bier to this point mildly sweet Bavarian malts a blended so nicely here. Tase: Defines a well balanced beer, not tame or muted just made in an accurate approach toward the Oktoberfest or Marzen style that is consumed by the liter in Munich every year rolling syrup like malt sweetness with toasted nuts representing as the backbone of delicious tasty brew from Victory. Mouthfeel: Not watery but medium to light bodied has a slightly sticky texture that glides well down the palate. Drinkabilty: Must surely be the most drinkable example of an American made Ofest to date, wow just awesome beer everyone needs to sample this beer then go out and buy a case like I am going to.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 22:41:51 | More by WVbeergeek
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,296 ratings.