1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
FestbierFestbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

1,324 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 695
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Festbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,324 | Reviews: 695 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sturmthis
Sturmthis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

10-11-2013 00:12:42 | More by Sturmthis
Photo of mzwolinski
mzwolinski

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper in color, with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet, with doughy bread notes. Malt dominates the taste as well, starting off sweet and developing a pleasant toastiness mid-palate. Bit of a nutty flavor forms there too, and sticks around. Finish is lightly accented with herbal hop flavor, and the aftertaste is sweet. Medium-light in body, but well-carbonated and hopped well enough to prevent the taste from becoming cloying. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 18:41:18 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; glowing amber-orange with a moderate white head that foams up and then descends quickly into a ring of bubbles with some patches of single-bubble-thick foam floating around.
Smell is soft bready malt, with a crisp twang of hops at the end.
Taste follows the nose, bready toasted malt with a crisp finish of earthy/bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste is semi-dry, with a crisp pinch of planty hop bitterness melding with breadiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and well-carbonated.
Overall, a tasty and simple beer. I could definitely drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:29:42 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of zenithberwyn
zenithberwyn

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

11-30-2013 02:02:44 | More by zenithberwyn
Photo of slim2043
slim2043

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-30-2012 18:49:11 | More by slim2043
Photo of ggaughan
ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewery bar.

This beer poured a nice yellow/orange color with a nice thin white head that disapated rather quickly. The beer has a nice aroma of sweet malts and a bit of a bready nose to it. The taste is pretty much what you get with the aroma. A nice bit of sweet malts with the earthy, bread smell / taste. The taste does not linger in the mouth for very long but this is still a solid beer and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2006 01:55:21 | More by ggaughan
Photo of patrick802
patrick802

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-05-2014 12:55:17 | More by patrick802
Photo of bigdeuce
bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, finally, a great American Oktoberfest!! This one is really good. Highly malty with some stickiness on the glass, leaving some slight lacing. Not much head after the pour. Caramel notes all over with a nice slight hoppy twinge at the end. Nice burnt orange in color. A highly recommended beer and decently priced. I say it rivals Paulaner and Ayinger as my top 3.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 23:08:46 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of Shilt
Shilt

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-28-2011 01:04:36 | More by Shilt
Photo of tpauer
tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-27-2011 03:32:09 | More by tpauer
Photo of dacrza1
dacrza1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark orange body with a swiftly descending head that leaves no trace--semi-opaque... solid malt aroma with hints of fruitiness to develop a sense of complexity.. slightly effervescent, with a mellow, medium body that is pleasantly fulfilling... smooth, malty presence in the back of the mouth; little hops to speak of, but at this refreshing a taste, they'd only get in the way! Hops actually manifest on the teeth in time (by mid glass)... this lager is easy drinking--I could have finished the six-pack tonight--and leaves room for improvement, in the sense that it fits the season well but would not be sought out of it....another Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 04:09:59 | More by dacrza1
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-07-2013 06:46:24 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of crowsnest
crowsnest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

06-12-2014 20:39:35 | More by crowsnest
Photo of mverity
mverity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfect clear amber color with very little cream colored head. Aroma is of very sweet caramel, and not too much else. Taste is definitely of caramel, and a good biscuityness to it as well. Lighter carbonation than I would expect, but not terrible. Good body too.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:55:05 | More by mverity
Photo of Slynger
Slynger

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a slight brownish tint and a goodly sized off-white head.
Earthy and toasted malts lead the nose with a slight caramel and vanilla sweetness.
A bit sweeter on the tongue than expected (not in a bad way) with some caramel malts, followed by the earthy toasted malts and a lightly bitter and earthy hop finish. The mouth feel is medium and drinkability is high.
This beer is great by sight, good by nose, and solid in the flavor department. For certain one of the better domestics of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 20:38:15 | More by Slynger
Photo of Dave1999
Dave1999

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is sweet malts and caramel.

The taste follows the smell caramel and malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty much what you would expect from an Octoberfest, definately one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 17:18:05 | More by Dave1999
Photo of matty
matty

Pennsylvania

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

Another winner by victory brewing company.A nice mix of bread and caramel aftertaste.Goes down like spring water on a hot summer day.I recommend this beer and will absolutely be buying this product again.I also will be buying other produts from victory brewing afterall it's in my hometown's backyard.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 04:28:39 | More by matty
Photo of mdwalsh
mdwalsh

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a big, quickly expanding just sort of dirty white head that ALMOST overflowed, but did not. Beer is an orange/copper/gold with no active carbonation but plenty clear. The head is falling fast and not leaving much lacing

S: I get spiciness, particularly pumpkin. Maybe some german hops, just maybe, but it isn't very herbal. It's decently powerful, but to me, not very enjoyable.

T: Again, not impressive. Sort of spicey. Not malty, not any hops that I really recognize. I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but I think it SHOULD be maltier and fuller than this, and it isn't.

M: Thin, which is ok, but kinda sharp too, not something I would really want on a cool Oktober day...

D: I mean it's inoffensive, sort of, and thin. I suppose that makes drinkability, but no, not really.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:32:34 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of Lexluthor33
Lexluthor33

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber colored beer had a small head and a little lace.It had the aroma of malts,caramel and some light fruit notes.
The taste was sweet and pretty much followed up with malts,caramel and fruit hints.
The feel was thin,light beer with medium carbonation and a smooth finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer with good drinkability.Decent balance and while I may have expected more I can not say this was not worthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 01:36:29 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of GossageBrewery
GossageBrewery

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 16:39:15 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of SurlyDuff
SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a couple times 2 years or more ago, back when I was lazy reviewing. Just having visited the brewery gave me the perfect motivation getting around to trying this one again (and reviewing it!).

Light copper with a monster head. Give it up for the bartender...sheesh.

Great Oktoberfest with bready yeast and malt representin'. Noble twang to the hops, with a spicy herbal/earthy profile. Good medium body with really wet mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and bitter hops hold up to eachother for a nice balance.

Good typical marzen abv makes this a fine drinker and something that won't knock you down before the nights begun. Good one Victory!

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 00:15:29 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of mobrockman
mobrockman

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

11-22-2013 01:46:39 | More by mobrockman
Photo of twelvsies
twelvsies

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last reviewed this beer in 2005, so I completely wiped the slate and started anew, assuming that my palate has changed quite a bit...

Anyway, nice pour, bright autumn orangey amber color with an ample head. Nice aroma of pale malts, honey, and a nice dry noble (?) hop background. Almost reminiscent of Honey Nut Cheerios. Really nice and balanced flavor as well - this interesting honey note is in the forefront, nice lager-y malt, toast and caramel, and a great herbal hop finish. Very smooth on the palate, yet crisp, and highly quaffable. I've decided that Victory can really pull off some German style brews. Definitely a great fall beer and something I'd drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 17:51:01 | More by twelvsies
Photo of goindownsouth
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
Photo of climax
climax

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one starts out average to be nice. Clarity is a bit hazier than I was expecting out of the style. The caramel color had a bit more brown than amber. The head was pretty weak considering how raucous I poured it.

The nose continues with definite malt assertiveness. Doughy wheat and caramel lead the show. Some darker bread, maybe rye, tones and ripe fruit about round it out.

The flavor pleases a bit more than the aroma. Some added spice and a kiss of dry hop flavor add to the otherwise malt fiesta. Autumn pumpkin spice, rye, and caramel, lead into a sour fruit aftertaste.

The body is medium/light with crisp carbonation. The finish is quite dry, making it easy to come back to and finish. There just wasn't too much to remember in this one, not Victory's best.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:49:29 | More by climax
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.