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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,669 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 728
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before Dec 29, 08.

A: Pours a clear and dark copper and topped with a rather fizzy, none too substatial off white head, that fades into nothing, no lacing either.

S: Solidly sweet hop and malt profile, a slight hint of fruit mixed with a strong and sweet bready maltiness.

T/MF: Again, well balanced in both hop and malt profiles. Malts do most of the work, as they should, but a mildly biting hop fruitiness finishes off this pleasantly grainy, bread crusty sweet brew. Mouthfeel is mildy chewy and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very fresh tasting is a definite plus.

D: If it were not for the dissapointing appearance of this beer it would have scored a bit higher on the drinkablity scale, but since this is not the case, an otherwise solidly constructed beer has to suffer in rating just a bit.

Note: Will have to revisit the next bottle of this to see if this beer is indeed as it appears before me now.

Photo of bsm80x
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of reebtaerG
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ncvbc
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a dark copper color, thin head and decent carbonation.

Smell was sweet and bready. A little earthy hop presence also comes through for a brief moment.

Taste is more sweet malts. Caramel and a light bit of chocolate, more and more as it warmed. Some hints of fruit and less hops than smell suggested.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium.

Overall the drinkability is pretty good here. Nothing stands out with this offering but it seemed solid enough.

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mattparsons
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of scottyshades
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent gold color with alight amber tones in it. The head is pretty fluffy and big, leaving some nice lace sheets along the glass.

S: Aroma is pretty faint and plain, but classic O-fest, just a little shy. Grainy aroma, malty as well. Caramel, wheat, and a small metallic note are present. Not too bad, not too good. Distinct breadyness.

T: Carbon copy of the nose. Literally the same. Grains, wheat, sweet/caramel malts that have the classic German character, and a very smooth profile altogether. Again, traditional Oktoberfest toasty/breadyness.

MF/D: Slightly over-carbonated (you can see the bubble rise in the glass), lighter in body/ medium is a stretch, very smooth and semi-dry to finish. The finish itself is that of grains (tastes like the smell of a fresh grain bag after a steeping)

Overall, very pleasant O-fest bier. Very welcoming to the season, just looking for a little more flavor and body next time.

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.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

I love the fall and oktoberfest brews.

A- pours a clean and clear amber orange color. A somewhat disappointing head. Maybe it was just a bad pour on my part. Some nice carbonation hits the top and thru the glass.

S- roasty toasty breaded malts and i think get some allspice in there. Smells of autumn all around though.

T- breaded malts dominate. a nice lil spice tang. It is allspice. A nice complement to the breaded malts. Very nice and ingenious.

M- somewhat hopped and yeasty. Dry and chewy. Very clean and crisp though.

D- easy to put this down. A sixer would be gone in hours. This is a perfect beer for doing yardwork on a saturday!

Photo of seaoflament
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for this extra!

Pours a fiery orange color with about a half inch of foam that rapidly trickles down to a ring.

A bit of nutty malts and brown sugar with notes of caramelized yams, dried fruits, corn and flaked maze. I'm also getting some subtle notes of flaked milk chocolate. A touch of earthy, floral, and spicy hops. Very tamed aroma, you really have to get your nose into the beer to pick up the nuances...not bad but not great. A bit of vegetable notes too.

Quite malty upfront with caramel and a bit of toast followed by some fruit, I keep thinking of pumpkin for some reason...spices and nutty malts in the finish. A bit thin on the flavors, they just seem to rush through the palate without stopping.

Very easy to drink but seems a bit watered down.

Photo of einman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into a mug.

A: A darker copper orange color with a one finger off white head. Very carbonated and nice lacing.

S: Grains, bready sweetness and floral hops.

T: Bready and biscuit malts with caramel flavors emerging first. From there the grainy, grassy, leafy, floral hops pound through with nice bitterness, caramel malt finishes with the hops sticking to leave a nice bitterness to mix with the sweetness. Nice balance for an Oktoberfest, hoppy enough to make it interesting. Nice beer.

M: Medium sticky and prickly. No alcohol evident.

D: High, real nice beer to snuggle with on a crisp autumn day.

Overall a nice Ofest that I would drink anytime. Well done.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Quite a nice looking beer. Amber/Red and maybe a touch of golden color to it, excellent clarity. Small white head that goes away pretty quickly, not a heck of a lot of lacing but it's there a little. I really like the look of this.

Smell is great. Very sweet, malty and a little bready/yeasty with a slight touch of hop. I've never found too many octoberfests to be all that strong in smell, but this one kicks it up a notch in my opinion. Caramelized sweet malts dominate most octoberfests, but something about this is the slightest bit stronger.

Taste is about as good, unique, it's good without setting itself apart as the smell does. Caramelized malts with bread and yeast coming at you. Almost like fresh baked bread maybe slightly overcooked to give it a toasty flavor as well. Slight bitterness that balances out well slight earthy taste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good and a little complex. Fuller in body yet it maintains a crisp bitter finish. Great coronation level, good overall.

Very drinkable, nice fall beverage, but easily could be a year round beer. Nice job Victory!

Photo of tzieser
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with moonglow weizenbock, i'm surprised i haven't reviewed this yet. festbier and moonglow are two of my favorite autumn brews. poured into a .5l lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: thick, foamy white head over three fingers tall. head settles extremely slowly to a half-finger or so lacing. crystal clear and copporish amber in color.

s: sweet, biscuity, caramel-y malty deliciousy-ness(y). seriosuly though, bready sweet malts dominate the nose.

t: crisp, sweet and malty. this is definitely one of my favorite marzens. sweet caramel malts, with nice bready undertones with an extremely faint touch of hops that create a near perfect balanced marzenbier.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. excellent drinkability. for me at least.

I think Victory is at the top of their game when they make German beers. Prima Pils, Festbier, Moonglow Weizenbock, are all awesome beers. Don't get me wrong, i like their other stuff too, but there's just something really special about those beers. if you blindfolded me, i'd probably think this was a Paulaner (i actually think its better, but that's the closest comparison i could get). get one.

Photo of lccrunchy
4.16/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mistofminn
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color into my tulip. It's odd, when held into natural light, it is dull brown-orange, but when held into artificial light it gives a beautiful ruby mahogany color, very different. Pour produces a one finger white head with pretty good retention. Light strings of lacing are left behind.

The nose is light, but appealing. I get a nice caramel malt backbone and the lightest of light hop bittnerness. There is a nice biscuity sweetness going on.

As part of my Oktoberfest tasting, I did a 2 oz sample of each side by side, and then the rest of the bottle were for enjoying casually afterwards. This might be my favorite (the jury is still out) of all the Oktoberfests I tried, and here is why

The taste is really quite good. So often do American breweries miss the mark when brewing Oktoberfests, or put their own spin on it, but this (in my opinion) is very true to style. It's all German malts (which is very obvious when you drink it) and European hops. It's incredibly smooth and the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. There are no offensive off flavors to speak of, no lingering unwanted bitterness, and no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is gloriously smooth. There is a nice carbonation level but it is very appropriate for the style and this brew in particular.

Drinkability is through the roof. I may just have to make this my fall session brew. I think this is extremely underrated.

I'm very impressed with this brew. I don't know why it gets a low average (thats assuming you think a B is low) but it is what it is. In my opinion, and mine is the only one that matters in my review, this is a very good representation of the style, and a very good fall session brew. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

Photo of brauseboof
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of pearljam118
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,669 ratings.