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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,592 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 94 | 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 maddogruss
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last week.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a thick and very silky, white head with excellent retention and lacing all the way to the finish.

S: A slight, sweet malt smell that was fairly average.

T: A sweet malty taste that seemed a little bit watered down. A bit of a sweet, honey aftertaste, but nothing too impressive.

M: A pretty watery and fairly thin mouthfeel that I felt hurt the overall drinking experience with this one. Not impressed.

D: A fairly drinkable beer, but the mouthfeel seemed like it needed a little work. The taste was okay, but could have been a little more robust. Overall, a fairly drinkable beer, but nothing too impressive.

My friend picked up a growler of this from the brewery and claims the beer tastes better from the growler. I will try it out and write a review on that; I am hoping for a better drinking experience with a "more fresh" Festbier.

maddogruss, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +8.7%

vicsju1991, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sspeer1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Sspeer1, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Bieniek30
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Bieniek30, Sunday at 06:15 PM
Photo of TheNightwatchman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TheNightwatchman, Jul 20, 2012
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.

larryarms847, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of droomyster
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small head. Big, toasty aromas are dominant, with interesting background notes of Tootsie Rolls and light earthiness. Flavors are more complex than the nose, with tons of toast up front with lighter, breadier and biscuity notes adding more layers to the mix. Finishes with a blend of toast and earth. Body is finely carbonated, full bodied, and rounder than many other marzens. Very nice.

droomyster, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with a finger of foam that fades away quickly. Aroma is sweet, minerally, crystal malt.

This beer has a great, sweet flavor that smacks you during the first sip. Flavor is very nice and with no lingering aftertaste at all. Finishes clean witha nice body. Overall, this is very enjoyable. Excellent Octoberfest.

FickleBeast, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin white head. Clear amber body with some orange in it.
S- Almost a light pumpkin smell. Some malts but not really much of a smell at all. Not really smelling much else.
T- Some spices and malts that come through. Some weaker flavors though. Light caramel flavor. Malty flavors come through most. Kind of watery.
M- Thinner body. Light to medium carbonation.
D- It is good but nothing amazing. Is nice and refreshing. A easy beer to drink but not one to go nuts over.

BlindPig, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jeffthepony, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of brentblack1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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.

delta490, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up the other day at Travis AFB.

Appearance- amber color, thin head that goes away quickly

Smell- malt

Taste- big malt flavor up front

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- A pretty good beer, kinda average, nothing spectacular about it.

jeffjeff1, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

dacrza1, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

chcfan, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Amber gold with a white head. Nose is lightly suggestive of grainy malt and vague spices. Subdued and difficult to pin down given the stylt and the type of glass it was served in. Mouth is fresh with a lightly sweet, grainy expression. Pumpkin sugars? A super fresh, balanced and enjoyable Oktoberfest, enjoyed at the source.

JAXSON, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of treehugger02010
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a growler of this at the Victory Brewpub in Dowingtown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It pours a dark amber, yet translucent body with a good sized light tan head on tap. The retention is good but the lacing is pretty much non-existent.
Smell: A mild aroma of caramel maltyness and earthy hops.
Taste: A bit of a hop bite, but mostly just sweetness from malt, a bit grainy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Shilt, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

srw, Aug 31, 2013
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.

Ozzylizard, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of auxiliary
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber copper color. Not much head or lace.

smell - malty and sweet smell.

taste - malts and hops, balanced nice. Taste like other octoberfest beers but with with a little bitterness, might be a honey taste I think.

mouthfeel - Thick and malty.

drinkability - I like any octoberfest beer, A must try. Interesting taste compared to others.

auxiliary, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of dpgoblejr
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dpgoblejr, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +8.7%

HumphreyLee, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Dithyramb
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer from Avalon Liquors. Took the good part of two months to finish during fishing trips (that is a bad impression, by the way. Paulaner, on the other hand was all drank the first non-striper catchin day)
Cloudy amber bad retention and lacing.
Caramelly malt and some unknown chalkiness in the aroma
Caramel and chalky malt. Overall rather limp with the same crappy hop that mister Cleveland0 detected.
The only Victory brew that's been difficult to finish.
Doesn't have the complexity and mouthfeel of the good to great O'fests out there, average all around.

Dithyramb, Nov 30, 2005
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.