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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,673 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Photo of williamherbert
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, glassy reddish orange. One finger of foamy cardboard-brown head. Totally see through.

Well-balanced sweetness in the light hops and mildly bitter German malt. Great combination! Smells fresh and flowery. Great aroma, like a fresh harvest ale.

Bitter German malt dominates the taste, but the sweetness of the yeast balances that. Hops are very delicate, but also add a lot. Very malty and autumnal. Slightly bitter ending.

Unusually smooth, nice body. A bit of Yuengling-like milkyness. Smooth feel perfectly offsets that bitterness. It's really delicious and easy to drink. A truly excellent fall brew. Drinkable but not thin.

Photo of grumpygerman
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice copper color with a bit of foam atop it. A big bready aroma with some earthy notes. A medium body greets the palate in a pleasing way. Big, but nice, malt flavors. Slightly sweet bread flavors with some background huskiness. The beer finishes with some spiciness. A clean malty beer with decent drinkability. A good beer for the best of seasons.

Photo of OldhouseRecs
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -23.6%

Bottle DD 24 Dec 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (<1 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium orange, chill haze
Flavor of malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.8125. Final weighted score: 2.8125.
Chill haze and tiny head/no lacing detract from appearance. The malt overpowers the hops resulting in an unbalanced brew. Carbonation is just a little too lively, bordering on aggressive.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MPSTARR
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of yelterdow
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date: "Enjoy by Dec 12 05". Served at fridge temperature in a Fuller's nonic, around lunchtime.

Appearance- A clean, clear reddish amber which displays a small, one inch head that deteriorates immediately. A thin rim of foam survives, without any lacing.

Smell- German malts, with their nutty, sweet undertones... not much else! Vienna malts and a mildly bready aroma.

Taste- A very familiar Oktoberfest flavor that incorporates the malts, bread, and very slight bittering in the finish... approachable, and basic. You can't write a book about it, you just enjoy it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit too carbonated in the mouth, it gets in the way of the taste and drinkability; Almost a tongue-encompassing hostage scenario ensues. Overall a decent interpretation of a Fest, just a bit loud.

Victory's brewing mastery resides outside of this beer, just try Storm King...

Photo of kmo1030
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

clear brownish amber with a thin light tan head.
the aroma is malty with some sweet tosted caramel malts, a little bit of toffee, and some nuttiness. it seems o have some faint grassy herbal hops but not too much, just enough to detect.
the flavor brings more of the same with some bread crust and a slightly stronger toffee character. a little bit of a soft fruitiness develops towards the finish. the grassy herbal hops add a nice amount of balance to the package with a bitterness that is just a touch tin-y. sweet molasses pervades in a non in your face way.
mouth feel is a bit on the thin side, but makes sense, when combined with it's other attributes. crisp and cleans up nicely without being dry, very well crafted in that respect. drinkability was verygood, this is a quality sessionable beer that some thought was put into. somewhat mild and unassuming, but well worth a try. reminds me of an english bitter a little.

Photo of chadwicktorres
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell is somewhat muted on this one, though it does have some caramel present. Not bad.

Pours a reddish blonde in the glass...minimal head.

Taste is initally malty, with the German caramel malt sweetness that often embodies this type of beer. This is followed by a very good nutty flavor at the back, which is accompanied by a slight hoppiness. (as the bottle says, it's a "kiss" of hops...it's definitely minor).

This is a winner of an oktoberfest for me. Love the malt sweetness, love the nutty flavors, and I love how it wraps up well.

Photo of PGVG
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of LutherBrau
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Beautiful clear amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Retention is somewhat short, but a thick collar remains.

S - Sweet, bready malt, heavy on the crystal. This smells a lot like fresh bread. Hiding in the background is a small spicy component, though I can't put my finger on the exact aroma. Fairly simple, but appetizing.

T - Great sweetness from the malt with the expected bready quality. Late palate a metallic quality emerges and provides a quick earthy bitterness. Very good, but lacking quite a bit of complexity.

M - Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Better than most oktoberfests I've had so far. Smooth.

D - This stuff goes down great. No real off flavors, and while the flavor is simple overall, it is very good. An easy beer to session without getting wrapped up in nuance.

Photo of meehandennis
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mikefuski17
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fest is awesome. One of their best beers.

A. Dark gold. Nice thick off white creamy head that takes its time to dissipate.

S. Nice strong malty scent. Nostril filling aroma is very sweet.

T. Taste is very malty. Not too bitter but has a nice sweet kick to it at the end.

M. Mouthfeel is nice and light. Not very carbonated either.

O. Overall the beer is great. Victorys best sessional beer and so glad it's year round.

Great job Victory.

Photo of NonicPanic
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a dark and rusty amber orange, like a mushy wet pile of leaves.

Earthy, piney, cinnamon, and buttery rolls.

Tastes like fall (I overuse this phrase though), cinnamon, buttery malts, and some pine.

Mouthfeel is malty and frothy and very nice fall brew.

Overall, not the greatest Oktoberfest brew, but worth downing a sixer or two.

Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a beautiful deep and clear amber. A thin and fizzy white head dissipates quickly but a steady stream of carbonation leaves some bubbles at the top. The aroma is sweet and all I get is caramel. It's almost too sweet, bordering on candy. The taste has a much more refined caramel quality with a little nutty aspect and there's just a hint of earthy hops. A little thinner on the body but not off. A slight tickle from the carbonation. A decent example of the style.

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tastymug
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.