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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,489 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 64 | 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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

barneysdad, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Jamstone714
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Jamstone714, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich amber, with a thick and attractive off-white head. I didn't get any lace, though...

Nose is grainy and malty. I get caramel/toffee, with a tinge of fruitiness. Points for complexity with aroma!

Flavor is rich and malty, with a hint of toasty grain malts and a light, fruity hop finish. This is a subtle, well-crafted, and complex, but easy-drinking beer. Impressive!

secondtooth, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, orange-amber coloring with a slow cadence of carbonation bubbling and a thin, sparse, off-white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of roasted malt, both nutty and richly sweet, with a bready backbone and some old world fruit highlights. Flavors are rich and thick, with a roasted backbone supporting fresh and sweet flavors of pumpkin, nuts, and a spice blend of nutmeg, cumin, and cinnamon. Very forward and bold on the palate. Sweetness has a touch of brown sugar going into the aftertaste, which is tangy sweet and only lightly roasty/toasty. Good transition of the flavors as you drink. The finish is rich and smooth, with a tangy, slightly lingering sweetness. Very flavorful and very easy to drink. The light body keeps the sweet, rich flavors from overpowering.

GarthDanielson, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark copper in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that reduces to a medium sized thin patch and a very thin ring around the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts.

T: Lots of real malty flavors to the taste of this beer - toasted and caramel malts with a fair amount of sweetness. There is a touch of grassy hop bitterness in the finish and just a touch of spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and clean with some very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and very easy to drink - there is a nice balance between the malty sweetness and hop bitterness.

dbrauneis, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug

Pours an orange doused copper capped by one finger off-white head. No lacing. Caramel, toffee, bread dough and fruit accents including a bit of pear and sweet apple on the nose. Light, sweet caramel malt, doughy pie crust, joined by apple peel, and then finishes fairly dry with grassy hops. Lighter medium body, slick with hints of syrup. Decent level of carbonation. Overall a solid marzen, however a bit more depth to the flavors would be welcome.

chanokokoro, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Cooper
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Cooper, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Nyskizy, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of jjd315
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jjd315, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of gshackles
4/5  rDev +8.4%

gshackles, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of kwarn
1/5  rDev -72.9%

kwarn, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, caramel, hint of spices

T-malt, yeasty bread,caramel, mild hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, slight slickness

O-a decent Octoberfest beer, but not among my favorites

MDDMD, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

nitter, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

flyingmick, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JLapadura, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of ckk527
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ckk527, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jeanphony, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

flyers1980, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of RussBecker1
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a somewhat cloudy orange. Much more colorful than a number of other marzens I have had. It is also a good deal lighter, and reflects light in a pretty fashion. Maybe a 1-2 finger white head that was decently thicker than I expected. Little to no lacing to be had however.

S-Not the most appealing smell. The malts are the most apparent, but they appear to be roasted slightly too much, as the caramel and toffee flavorings are too burnt for my taste. There are hints of light fruit (something muted like a banana although that is not quite it).

M-Nothing too special. Carbonated enough to make it easy to drink, but it neither enhances nor detracts from the experience.

T-Very bland for a marzen. As to be expected, European marzens have ten time the flavor (German/Austrian), but even for an American style marzen, this fest beer did not make much of an impression. The tastes did not mix, and it was surprisingly bitter for a beer of this style. As expected, the malts were too smokey which left an undesirable taste.

O-Had it not been described as an oktoberfest then I may have seen this beer differently, but overall I will avoid festbeer in the future

RussBecker1, Sep 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted amber, clear with little head and no retention. Scent is very pale with hints of light caramel and muddy, mineraly water. Thankfully taste is a bit better, light sweet malts, faint nuttyness and faint grassyness, still some mineral qualities. Lighter than expected, very few bubbles of carbonation.

rfgetz, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4/5  rDev +8.4%

minneapolitanjim, Sep 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ndfighter330, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Hopstout, Sep 18, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.