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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,477 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,477
Reviews: 712
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 62 | 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 kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kmos27, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of CreekyJarls
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CreekyJarls, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber with full head that completely vanished. Aroma mostly of caramel malts. Victory has put forth a big sturdy malt base for this beer... and leaves it at that. No appetizing hop dryness, no traditional spiciness. Just a sweet syrup of a beer, hints of butter but cloying. Well-made but ho-hum, esp. for Victory. Drinkability low for a Fest, since the hops do not pull their weight in creating a dry tasty finish or spiciness. Not bad by any means, in fact those who don't warm to O'Fests might actually enjoy this especially if they roam around the dopplebock end of the spectrum. May also be good for cooking.

Thrasher, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of frank4sail
2.45/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Musty malt/old sneaker smell. Crystal amber color. No lasting head at all. Sweet chewy malt flavor with a smidge of hops. Very dissapointing effort for one of my favorite breweries. The label says victory but the taste is not one of a victory product. Overly sweet, unbalenced, and no head retention at all. Like sweet syrup.

frank4sail, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sturmthis, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of mzwolinski
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

mzwolinski, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of vwbus7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

vwbus7, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of slim2043
4/5  rDev +8.4%

slim2043, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Dave1999
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Dave1999, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Shilt, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

ggaughan, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

bigdeuce, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bsm80x, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

TheMarkE, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of IPAIsaac
4/5  rDev +8.4%

IPAIsaac, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of mobrockman
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

mobrockman, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Slynger
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Slynger, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

jpro, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of matty
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

matty, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JLapadura, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +8.4%

1Sundown2C, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +8.4%

elec, Sep 01, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,477 ratings.