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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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84
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1,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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.

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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

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!

05-27-2008 00:15:29 | More by SurlyDuff
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twelvsies

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-19-2010 17:51:01 | More by twelvsies
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jpro

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours from the bottle a nice, clear amber / tea, with a puffy light tan head. The head dissipates pretty quickly to a tiny ring of foam. Smell is, of course, malt heavy; there's also some hints of caramel and earthiness. Taste is nice and malty; a touch nutty - although a tad thin. There's some sweetness, and a very slight touch of hoppiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is good, if a bit thin - its still satisfying. Highly drinkable. Good Oktoberfest from Victory!

10-18-2009 21:48:47 | More by jpro
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

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

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

12-01-2010 01:49:29 | More by climax
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damienblack

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -27%

Pours an ordinary copper with a thin, quickly dissipating head. I can't really put my finger on the smell, like a funky malt sweet smell, almost like the smell I get from some of DFH's funkier products (think Midas Touch). Whatever it is, it really doesn't appeal to me.

Medium body, malty and biscuity. Not a whole lot of spiciness or hoppiness here, but the body doesn't stand out all that well. A far thinner body than I recall from my last time tasting, I never thought I'd call a Victory offering "watery", but that's the impression I'm getting. It's pretty clean, but there's not a lot behind it. Feels a little dead, could use some more carbonation. Easily sessionable, but this time around I get so much worse an impression than when I first tried it this year that I wonder if my bottle didn't hold up in the 2 months since purchase.

11-18-2008 06:05:48 | More by damienblack
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TheMarkE

California

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: The weakest suit of this beer, but nothing to complain about. Amber color, decent head.

Smell: A strong whiff of beer (hefeweisen?) when you open it up, it is full of smoothness when you start pouring.

Taste: Malty and spicy, with a touch of hop flavor to balance it out.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Overall: I like it. Another good offering from Victory.

01-10-2013 20:55:24 | More by TheMarkE
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Appearance: A hazy amber with about a finger worth of head that thins out quick. Overall a good looking Marzen.

Aroma: Citrusy notes with a little bit of brown sugary sweetness. In the malt side a breadiness with notes of caramel malt.

Taste: Nicely malty, bready, toffee notes quite the malty and sweet backbone. The hops are a citrusy but more floral. A crisp mouthfeel start to finish with a good bit of dryness towards the end of it.

Notes: A good Marzen to pick up and a rather tasty and drinkable beer. Cheers.

12-12-2010 02:33:34 | More by horshack7
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-03-2013 00:57:33 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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steveh

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

First ever sample of this beer, lucky to find it in my area. Heard good things, let's find out...

Label says enjoy by Feb 01, 2010.

A -- Pours a nice, clear, deep amber-orange color with a thick, light tan head. The head thins pretty quickly and doesn't revive well.

S -- Good balance of bready malts and spicy hops in the nose.

T -- Very nice balance of a sweet breadiness up front and nuttiness in the finish -- good hit of spicy hop at the end, even vaguely citrus, but the aftertaste is of fresh bread.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light-medium body.

D -- The nutty character definitely leans this more to an American take on the style, but the boldness of the smooth maltiness throughout makes it a definite top of the available beers. It's, well-balanced in all categories and smooth to drink.

09-24-2009 20:13:54 | More by steveh
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-22-2012 04:29:57 | More by Elfastball7
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nitter

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

09-22-2012 19:55:21 | More by nitter
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phisig137

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +13%

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thin head. Little lacing is left behind, along with a ring of foam on top.

Aroma is full of malty notes of caramel, toffee, slight pleasant diacetyl, and sugar. Smells like mash, and you can almost feel the decoction in your nose. On the palate, it is slightly sweet, and heavily accents the malt, much like an oktoberfest should. Very smooth and clean, and full bodied. Drinkability is good.

Once again, a high quality brew from a brewery that always pleases. One of my favorite oktoberfest beers made in America

09-05-2006 03:11:44 | More by phisig137
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

Stopped by the brewpub for lunch. Had one of these at the bar then got a growler filled.

A: Crystal clear amber in color. Nice carbonation rising throughout. Very nice off-white head after a vigorous pour. Looks great.

S: Smells bready & malty, maybe a little doughy. Malts give a nice sweet aroma.

T: Sweet malts that provide abundant flavors. Nutty (almost walnut like), bready, dough-like, a tad toasty, maybe some slight fruit notes.

M: Nice velvety, medium bodied beer. Very smooth. Has a somewhat creamy texture to it.

D: A very solid, drinkable beer. I like this one in the fall. Not sure if I could drink it year round, but one I would certainly turn to when given the option.

09-16-2010 00:48:15 | More by jwhancher
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.9%

08-12-2012 22:41:17 | More by GaryMarkle84
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

A: Clear orange-tinted amber with lots of very tiny bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malt. Citrus hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate hop bitterness to balance. Toasted malt and bitterness in the finish. Bready and slight citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Sort of watery. Slightly dry.

O: This beer looked and smelled pretty good. The flavor was good, not great, but good. The mouthfeel was okay. I liked the Great Lakes Oktoberfest better, but this wasn't bad.

10-08-2011 01:36:49 | More by SolipsismalCat
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Was a orange-y red-y brown-y color, with a very thin head that quickly left quickly with a thin tracing on the edge of the glass. Aroma smelt yeasty and sweet. Tasted slightly acidic bitter, with spices and pepper. Felt good in the mouth, coated well. Easy to drink.

10-02-2007 23:59:50 | More by mountdew1
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shirfan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Copper-orange with a thin but sticky cream-colored head.
Aroma is a bit weak, only giving away a vague bicuity malt.

Taste is medium-bodied, clean bready malts predominate. Light on hops; just a hint of bitterness before an almost soda pop finish.

Carbonation is a little high for an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

A good beer, but not in the stratosphere like most of Victory's offerings.

09-10-2003 02:37:02 | More by shirfan
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.9%

Pours a dark amber color with some copper as well. A thin 1 finger thick of bone white head forms on top but quickly dissipates to a white surface layer on top.

Sour grapefruits hit my nose first along with a bit of brown caramel malt. A slight bit of spice maybe (cinnamon) but nothing too apparent.

Sipping reveals a less sweet flavor than I expected from the style. The caramel maltiness is there along with a mild floral flavor.

More full-bodied than expected. Nice balance but somewhat of a "weird" feel that I can't truly explain from this one. Perhaps this is a "bad batch" or something, but it is nothing like a 'Fest brew that I've had before.

Overall, one is enough for me. Not one of my favorite Fest brews ever by any means. I hate to slam a beer, but this one just misses the mark completely for me.

09-28-2010 00:14:34 | More by Fish113d
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Higravity

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

A decent Octoberfest beir from one of my favorite breweries. It had a good fall oragne color with a clean white head that gives lacing in the glass. The smell is clean muted heavy malt and a bit of spciy acidic hops. It has the traditional Marzen taste that I have come to expect of these beers, but the malt seems weak a little. Overall it is a good clean beer that can be enjoy enmass and would be a solid session beir all session.

09-26-2005 14:31:07 | More by Higravity
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tbeer40

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

07-19-2013 09:03:22 | More by tbeer40
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18.9%

11-28-2013 02:39:50 | More by heytomcat
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philbertk

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Victory Brewing Company Victory Festbier--A Rich Amber Lager In The Tradition Of Oktoberfest--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 30 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Marzen. Lacy medium off white head. Clear bright pretty rich thin fizzy head sustaining amber color. Immediately Quenching mild sweet biscuit caramel fruit hint tasty smooth Marzen Fest body. Mild sweet hop East Coast Lager malty fruit hint Fest! end. Sampled 9/13-14/2010. 6-Pack for $6.99 Purchased at The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington 9/2/2010.

09-14-2010 06:41:17 | More by philbertk
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-10-2013 03:51:22 | More by Schmuckles
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

10-21-2012 21:18:37 | More by EigenBeer
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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