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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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769 Reviews

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | 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 oxmasterscream
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear amber with a splash of red. Head was thin and light beige.

Smell: Big aromas of sweet, toasted malts, nuttiness and subtle spicy hops.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A great balance of malt and hops. Sweet, toasty and nutty up front, spicy in the middle with a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and with big carbonation. Prickly on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a great Oktoberfest. It's tasty, refreshing and you can drink one after another (and you want to as well).

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich copper with an off-white short-lived creamy head.

Smells doughy, thats the only way I can think to put it.

The taste has caramel notes, a balanced, spicy hop presence, and a slight tartness throughout. It's ok.

It's smooth and slightly sweet. Theres not a whole lot going on. It's good, but I suppose I was expecting more.

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Photo of Contra
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a burgundy tinge. Minimal head with a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is almost non-existent, but sweet. Very doughy-biscuit flavor with a well spiced taste. I could down tons of these.

Overall, a very enjoyable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear copper with a white head. Dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Very nice and strong aroma. Notes of caramel and brown sugar.

T - Alot of sweetness upfront, mostly caramelized sugar. Not overwhelmingly sweet though. Breadiness comes next. Silky smooth. Absolutely delicious.

M - Low to medium bodied with a fairly high carbonation level.

O - One of my favorite marzens, a good example of the style.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shade red of being copper. Very nice white head.

Herp hop at first followed by sweet malts, a lot of sweet malts.

Malt, oh the malt. The malts have been carmelized. Herbal hops come through in the finish to bring everything together.

Great O-fest, actually best I've had. more hops and malts than the spaten or any imports i've treid

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Photo of beernut
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a nice amber/orange color with a head that lasted maybe 10 seconds, no lacing at all. Aroma of caramel, malts and some spices. Pleasant taste, with some caramel and spice. Full bodied and pretty smooth with a touch of hops. Carbonation is not too heavy, very little if any. A good beer for the fall.

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Photo of weasbri
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bubbly head on this one. I had to slow the pour to get it all in the glass. Dark coppery color, with a sweet malty fragrance.
The taste was all about the sweetness of the malt to me with some caramel flavor too. There was a bit of a hoppy flavor in the finish to top it off as well.
On my recent foray to Norm's, I picked up a six-pack of this, with some singles to taste as well, and I'm thinking that the singles will have to wait, as I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear beer looks like a brand new penny, with a big and bubbly off-white head that collapses to a thin skin. Small, spotty lacing. Very few rising bubbles. Doesn't smell like a whole lot of anything. A little bready, and a little nutty. Soft herbal hops.

Just short of a knockout in the taste department. There's good stuff in there -- toasty bread, those soft and steady herbal hops, light fruitiness, a tough of honey -- it's just that it seems a bit faint. Light body. Quite crisp. Not much carbonation.

I'm not crazy about fest beers, but maybe it's right that this stuff tastes a little muted -- that is, if it is to be consumed all afternoon long from bottomless steins. I think Victory scores again with this one. It may feel a little delicate, but it's good stuff.

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Photo of Kallessin
4.79/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/copper color, clear with a moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top. It has a sizzling cream colored head that settles to thin ring around the top in a couple minutes.

Has a very sweet malty aroma, lots of caramel.

Huge malt flavor - lots of caramel and toffee. Very sweet and rich. The flavor has a lot of depth to it. Almost no hop bitterness to speak of. Really a fantastic tasting beer.

Full bodied and very smooth with low carbonation. Very rich and satisfying.

This is a great beer. Easy to drink, great flavor and aroma with an amazing feel to it.

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Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden color with a sudsy white head. Nice retention with average lacing.

S - Bready malt, caramel sweetness, and earthy/herbal hops. Just as a Marzen should smell.

T - Nice malty base with a sweetness that is not overwhelming. A nuttiness leads into a fairly bitter hop finish. Very clean flavor, though.

M - Medium body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Just about right for the style.

D - This was a nice Oktoberfest beer with a bit more hops than expected to balance out the malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit too bitter for traditionalists, but I liked it a lot. I'd have no problem drinking these all night.

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Photo of Ksoden1186
2.5/5  rDev -33%

While I love Victory's Prima Pils and Hop Devil, this was a disappointment. Overall, an unbalanced beer that I wouldn't pick up again. If you are looking for an easy-drinking Octoberfest, there are better options out there.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with a 1 finger head.

S: Slightly faint malty smell.

T: Malty balanced nicely with a slightly dry and bitter flavor.

M: Sharp and carbonated up front, thin in the middle, and a dry finish.

D: A nice beer that tastes like fall in Germany.

Served: in a standard pint glass

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured on draught into the proprietary victory .3l glass. It's clearly a lager, with its thick full body holding still in the glass. It's an Amber hue, with a dark note similar to hardwood.

A- malty, nutty, sweet, crisp. Nothing about this beer is hop-forward, but I detect a nice spiciness which balances the bready malt nose very well.

T- This is the nutty and toasted flavors they describe in malts. There's definitely a reminder of sweetbread and cracker. This caramel notes are restrained. It's a delicious beer when the flavor peaks, but it just doesn't hold long enough. Really, it feels a tad thin.

The finish is nice; there's clearly a lot going on. My only complaint is that it has the classic lager bite.

My main complaint, and I think it's substantial, this beer is a lot thinner than I'd like it to be. I know it's not a Bock, but it's as robust as a session lager should be. Sometimes storage causes the beer to have a more noticeable dryness. I think it's great they provide a clean and clear beer, but some of the malt chewiness I was expecting is sadly left to be desired for.

M- It's a bit thin, almost like a pale lager. Otherwise, it's a very drinkable beer.

O- I could easily make this my go-to beer, and regret that the mass-produced stuff can't be on this beer's level. It's very drinkable: the more you drink of it, the more it grows on you. Still, it's clearly missing something; just a little more girth to the body and Victory has a perfect beer!

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Photo of jstilwell
1.85/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me first say that I am a fan of the Victory offerings...Not this one. Tasted like a nice Paulaner ruined by adding Water and corn syrup.

A: Medium Brown, Amber, very small quickly disappearing head, no lacing.

B: Not overwhelming, mild roasted malt, hazelnut

T: Blah, boring watery, not much flavor followed by slight bitterness. The aftertaste reminded me of diet Coke.

M: Water! Might quench thirst on a summer day, but this is an Octoberfest brew, right?

D: The highlight perhaps is they are drinkable, but who'd want to?, certainly not I.

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Photo of ChillMike
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my Oktoberfest Maßkrug

A: Appears as a traditional Marze, a somewhat murky reddish orange color with a decent off-white head that recedes fairly quickly but does leave just enough lace around the glass.

S: Smells of bread, caramels, sweet malts and that's about all I'm getting out of it, just your standard Oktoberfest beer.

T: Fairly heavy on the dough flavor and sort of a bitter hop tint to it as well, and a bit of a floral aftertone. Nothing too special.

MF: Again nothing really stands out about this one. It's not really bad by any means but there really isn't anything great about it either.

D: I'm going to have to go low on this one, when I've got to pay $10 for a sixer when I can grab a hack or paulaner for a few bucks less and know I'm going to enjoy it more.

This came as a big shock and disappointment to me, because all of the other brews I've had from victory has been really tasty and bold, this one just screams mediocrity. Sorry Victory.

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Photo of beerking1
4.97/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful garnet-amber color, crystal clear, pure white, small head. The aroma is a great combination of Munich Malt and subtle hops. That, however, is only the beginning. The real pleasure comes with the first sip, and last until the last drop. This is a great example of the style, exhibiting the unique flavors of a true decoction mash, with the wonderful malliard flavor components this brings. Seek this beer out!

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Photo of auntfloyd
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass stein. This is a clear light copper lager with a tiny head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. The smell is malty, minty and slightly acerbic.

This is a classic marzen, sweet, and malty, with caramel notes and faint hops aftertaste. But the sweet flavors predominate (as they should). This beer is extremely creamy and smooth, and marks very high on the drinkability scale.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 120z bottle.

A: Amber color with little carbonation. Head is really nonexistent. Rather clear, not much haze to speak of.

S: Get a lot of caramel right away. Also get the bready characteristics and spice. Some dried fruit type smells. However not an overwhelming amount of aroma.

T/M: Right away get some hop bite on the tongue. Some apricot like taste lingers on the tongue. Toffee and caramel are definitely present here. Finishes clean, but lacking some wow factor. It's an octoberfest but I was hoping for more flavor than I got.

D: Easy drinking beer, but not very satisfying. Very malty but not very flavorful. However, you could session this quite easy and would be appealing for some entry level drinkers for sure. Would try this one again for sure, not a complete bust for me.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear copper color with a finger's worth of light tan head.

Aroma is malty sweetness, bready tang, and some flowery hops.

Flavor is mostly bready, slightly sweet malts, pretty much no hops. Well balanced, but very mild flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good - a medium/light body, light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. One of the better American representations of the style, not as unique as some Marzens/'Festbiers, but very accessable.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 12 oz. NR bottle with an "Enjoy By" date of 01/06/2009

A: Clear, deep copper/amber with a two-finger head of off-white foam that slowly recedes leaving a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Clean and aromatic smells of doughy yeast and grassy herbs with a faint whiff of alcohol.

T: Crisp, malty and delicately hoppy. Medium-bodied malt base is a wonderfully tasty combination of sweet caramel, husky grains, and nutty toastiness. Complex on so many layers, yet it all seems to work together seamlessly and effortlessly. The finish stays with you for awhile and leaves a sweet stickiness on the palate.

M/D: Mouthfeel is slick and a bit thick and sticky on the palate. It toys with being cloying as the beer warms, but this is definitely an easy-drinking lager that fits the bill perfectly for an Oktoberfest Märzen that is both sessionable and flavorful at the same time.

Victory impresses yet again with another German-style lager!

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Photo of kpantz
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Review: Not Victory's best, but still a great Oktoberfest...one of my favorite American versions (along with Brooklyn).

Appearance: Clear copper/gold with a small head that quickly reduces to a ring.

Smell: Not as fest-y as I'm used to...kinda thin. Definite malt presence, but comes up a bit short for my tastes.

Taste: Very nice. Not overpowering, but not without character. It's got a solid malt backbone with a shot of spice. No notable hop presence here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. I'd use this as a beer to carry you into fall, not out of it. Definitely suited for the milder autumn nights.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good fall session beer. Less than 6% ABV and no overpowering flavor or body so as to make this tough to drink more than once. I could easily cozy up with a sixer and call it a night!

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright orangey amber color with a tall foamy tan head.

S - Bready and sweet aroma. Caramel tones.

T - Sweet and malty. Very much caramel with a little bit of a toasted flavor. Small amount of citrus as well.

M - Smooth and creamy. Light bodied.

D - Very high. Light and refreshing despite its maltiness.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray Autumn. I love Marzen!

A: Deep, slightly hazy amber, more on the red/ orange end of the spectrum than gold-yellow. Thin off-white head leaves very little lacing. To compare, this is certainly a few shades darker than say Blue Point's marzen offering.

S: Smooth malt and slight hops. Honestly not much smell, though there's a bit of a graininess that is reminiscent of their pils.

T: Bready malts not apparent in the smell are balanced by some mild hop bitterness. Nothing unpleasant, and pretty well balanced.

M: Smooth and medium bodied, with a really nice texture.

D: Smooth and delightful. Certainly a sessionable beer.

Overall a slightly underwhelming example of Marzen, but solid all around.

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Photo of dbtoe
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good not great O-fest. I liked it, but probably will not be seeking it out.
12 oz bottle poured into a pint
Look is a darker golden with a finger of head.
Smell just like almost all Ofest beers, mild and malty.
Taste is full of fest malt maybe a tad bit of char. This really comes out in the finish witch lasts forever.
Feel is a little too much carbonation.
Overall it is a good tasting O-fest. I just think the after taste lasted way too long. Good beer if I’m only having 1, may become too much if having a sixer at a time.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 2011 release. Case bought for consuming during Hurricane Irene after my plans for DMB Caravan were blown to shit.

Pours a clear amber with deep red tones. Pours with a nice 1 1/2 inch off-white/khaki head that settles down pretty quickly to a thin layer. Really nice tight bubbles.

The aroma has major bread notes to it but not a whole lot more than that. It's almost like if you smelled dough before it was put into the oven. Really delicate nose.

This beer is fall to me. You get all of the nice malty, bready notes immediately upon sipping it. That's they followed by a dried leaves. This beer is still a little young even for the style. The hop bitterness is a little harsh right now on the mid palate but I think that that will ease away in the next couple of months.

Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth and silky with just the right amount of carbonation. No complaints here though nothing outstanding.

This beer is the quintessential "fall beer" to me. Love it.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.