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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,611 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,611
Reviews: 723
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 98 | 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 Sammy
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours little leasting fizzy head. peach colour. Initially quenching and fruity but soon strong carbonation overwhelms and burns, and sugar sweetness in finish it doesn't work for me.
Had it again a bit more than a year later and noted sourness as well as aggressive carbonation and peach colour.,

Sammy, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

t0rin0, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a 1/2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin film. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and a roasty aroma. Taste is of toasted malt, caramel notes, and a roasty/bitter flavor. The aftertaste is of the roast/bitterness as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice toasted/roasted malt quality to it.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice, sturdy tan head and good lacing. Smell is doughy bread with some night, light fruit and caramel touches to it. Taste is similar, with a nice sweet maltiness coming through. I really like the balance they've struck between the flavors, as well as the overall intensity. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, and rich without being filling. Drinkability is very nice. I believe this is my favorite American version of the style to date.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste is quite malty and has flavors of caramel and toasted malts with hints of malty sweetness and a touch of bitterness and spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink despite all of the maltiness because the hops help to balance off the associated sweetness.

metter98, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Texasfan549, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that declines quickly but still dots with lace

Smell: Excellent caramel aromatics with underlying bready elements

Taste: Starts with a rich taste of caramel with subtle hints of butterscotch and vanilla; a slight graininess appears by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops; some lager twang on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really nice attempt at the style; bursts with flavor and original, but traditional elements

brentk56, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronzed orange peel with honeycomb highlights. Three fingers of sandstone hued foam looks good initially and even better as it settles. Unfortunately, other than a few dots and spots, the glass is untouched by lace.

This is still pretty fresh beer by the smell of things. The floral quality of the hops is almost as prominent as the toasted-earthy quality of the malts. The grain bill is pretty classic for the style: pilsner, Munich and Vienna.

Given the brewery, it's no surprise at all that Festbier is the real deal. And that's coming from someone who doesn't usually care for Munich and Vienna malts. This beer won't change my mind, but it's tasty as hell... and nicely drinkable too.

Wonderful combination of sweet and bitter, with the former having the reins at all points along the way. The flavor profile is akin to toasted whole grain bread, toasted nuts with caramel, and a light sprinkling of tea leaves. The finish is fairly tight and tends toward drying.

Like most beer from VBC, the mouthfeel is a quality affair. It's easily big enough for the ABV and the bubbles are well-buried, yet still active. Solid. Solid. Solid.

It was almost a given that Victory, which has a German beer sensibility for the most part, would hit a home run with their Oktoberfest. Festbier is a wonderful celebration of the harvest season. Those of you fortunate enough to live within easy driving distance of Dowingtown can enjoy it year-round on-tap.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color beer with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy notes with light dry caramel malt notes. Taste is mostly dominated by grainy cereal notes with a dryer then expected caramel malt finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily drinkable though finish is not as clean as I would have expected.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – This one poured a very nice light orange amber with a good looking two inch plus head on the top. Amble carbonation was kept alive throughout which really gave it great retention and helped to keep the lively look of it going. A nice bit of side glass lace was apparent, but the real story here was the complete and total clarity of the color and the great hue to it overall. A very nice, classic looking lager here.



S – Aroma was nice, very light with a touch of fruit to it. Dominated totally though by the earthen malted grans. Lots of cereal and spice with almost what smelled like a touch of pumpkin. I don’t know if itt was really strong enough to be a major competitor in the overall scheme of things, however it did round everything out very nicely. Overall a really good light fall like aroma.



T – The flavor was great. Very light and refreshing. Naturally the biggest player here would be roasted malts and yeast. Nice little floral taste in the finish, which was also quite dry, I have to say a lot drier then I thought it would be fore sure. A nice drinker that went really well with dinner. It did have a noticeable yeast flavor to it, but nothing that was distracting from the overall appeal of it. Really well done I have to say and I have had quite a few lately in these styles, and this was defiantly upper tier for sure.



M – Very smooth would be a perfect way to describe it. Great carbonation helped to keep the flavor light and keep the feel rolling along. A good crisp, quick, and clean finish to it really helped as well. Perfect feel though for the style as it was light enough to keep going but had enough depth to make you stop and think.



D – Great. I could have kept going on this one all night. It just had a great blend of properties that helped to show off at just the right time. The perfect blend of a spiced amber ale mixed with low abv and great carbonation, what more could you ask for other then a 32oz mug.



Overall what can I really say about this one. It was really superb and just what was needed at the time. This was an extremely drinkable, well designed and very filling brew that really gave a good represent of the style and offered a none complicated version. In a day and age where everyone and everything keeps going better, it was nice to see someone just keep it simple and put out a quality everyday brew, well done.

mikesgroove, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head which may be related to the pour on a clear golden with copper hues body. Nice lacing.

S: toasted and sweet caramel malts. Light herbal and earthy hop notes. Fairly simple and a light aroma.

T: toasted and caramel malts throughout. Oak and nuts. This one isn't very spicy and is very simple as so many breweries do with this style. Light citrus bitterness up front as well.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: typical large craft brewery marzen. Doesn't have the spiciness or malt profile to stand out or be memorable. Very drinkable and clean overall.

kylehay2004, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like that fact that they wanted to create something for the Oktoberfest season but, I don't know if this beer really fits that perspective or not. It's more along the lines of a Pilsner than a Marzen. The flavors that Victory came up with her are most definitely German but I don't think that it was the best way to go in making this brew. It was also a little too weak for a beer in the fall season.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a white head.

Smell: Aroma of toasted malts with a bit of caramel and a light fruitiness.

Taste: Bready maltiness with only a light caramel sweetness to it. Very, very light hint of roasted grain. Faint yeastiness. There's a soft, tea-like bitterness on the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Make no mistake, this beer may not be overly complex, but it is exceedingly drinkable, in every possible way. In fact, it's the best Oktoberfest beer I've had all year (only two, as of writing this).

ChainGangGuy, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight 4's on this one,pours a nice amber color with a medium head that leaves a little lacing, aroma is of caramel toffee very appetizing.Taste is malty and doughy with some soapiness in the finish.Nice toasted malt flavor as well,pretty drinkable.Man I love this time of year!

oberon, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

SocalKicks, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -18.5%

JAHMUR, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

My boi VDubb86 tipped me off to the quality of this brew, so I gave it a chance in my mixed sixer from DICarlo's. It pours a clear amber orange topped by a finger or so of very light ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, clove, vanilla, and brown sugar, with a hint of orange in the back. The taste ups the orange's ante slightly, diluting the sweeter notes, but the caramel maintains itself nicely, making up for some of the once-lost ground. The body is a nearly-heavy light, with a light carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest, proof that Mike ain't completely crazy just yet.

TMoney2591, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sudsy sticky head of foam that laces all around the glass. Brilliant clarity, deep saturated copper orange color. Slow rising carb trails,

Husky nutty grains in the aroma, swirling brings out some apple and dried fruit esters.

Nutty toasted malt flavor, grain husks, apples, fall leaves. Very light hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, and a hint of malt sweetness up front, otherwise dry and crisp. Very smooth and easy drinking, full and almost chewy for a lager. A delicious and traditional American Oktoberfest, definitely a staple i'll be looking for every fall. Side note: this was a top 3 finalist up against a dozen other Oktoberfests at a recent tasting.

emerge077, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, one of the finest domestically brewed Oktoberfests; but more importantly, one that easily rivals those of Munich! It pours a clear reddish/orange-tinted amber body topped by a frothy ivory head that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lace. Clearly well-brewed! The aroma begs you to delve deeper with a softly sweet and mildly toasty (even gently bready) maltiness that's enhanced by a delicate floral hoppiness that's quite alluring! The mouthfeel is gently crisp from a fine carbonation, and slick across the palate with a medium/full maltiness. The flavor starts with a sweetish maltiness that expresses a soft toastiness and mild toffee notes as well as some lightly floral hop flavor. It sweetens slightly as it warms, but then finishes dry with some gentle bitterness and a lingering nutty and toasty 'crust of bread' note that gives it exceptional drinkability. It continually becons to you taste again! Exceptionally well-balanced and rich without being overbearing! As much as Victory is known for their heavy-handed beers (such as the hop drenched Prima Pils), they should also be recognized for their beers that display impeccable balance. This is one of them and it should not be overlooked!

NeroFiddled, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber-brown color with a two finger, just off white head. Retention is ok, but not great, clarity is almost perfect.

S - Deeply bready, malty aroma. Some yeasty character with a slight caramel note and a hint of hops lurking in the background.

T - More intense malty flavors. Quite a bit more caramel with dark bready flavor and some pleasant roasted malt. There is some hop flavor in the middle that leaves a lingering bitterness that blends perfectly with the roasted character in the finish.

M - Smooth thick and creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and just a bit of astringency towards the finish.

D - Highly drinkable beer, it is easy to put a few of these down. Great festbier overall; the malt character is wonderful and it has just enough hops to balance. The head is good for an American beer, but a bit subpar by German standards and the beer could be just a little bit smoother but, aside from these minor flaws, this is easily one of the best festbiers I have had.

nickfl, Oct 03, 2007
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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,611 ratings.