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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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83
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1,483 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 713
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 26
Gots: 64 | 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 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
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MakeMineADoubleJack, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of mdwalsh
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a big, quickly expanding just sort of dirty white head that ALMOST overflowed, but did not. Beer is an orange/copper/gold with no active carbonation but plenty clear. The head is falling fast and not leaving much lacing

S: I get spiciness, particularly pumpkin. Maybe some german hops, just maybe, but it isn't very herbal. It's decently powerful, but to me, not very enjoyable.

T: Again, not impressive. Sort of spicey. Not malty, not any hops that I really recognize. I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but I think it SHOULD be maltier and fuller than this, and it isn't.

M: Thin, which is ok, but kinda sharp too, not something I would really want on a cool Oktober day...

D: I mean it's inoffensive, sort of, and thin. I suppose that makes drinkability, but no, not really.

mdwalsh, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber colored beer had a small head and a little lace.It had the aroma of malts,caramel and some light fruit notes.
The taste was sweet and pretty much followed up with malts,caramel and fruit hints.
The feel was thin,light beer with medium carbonation and a smooth finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer with good drinkability.Decent balance and while I may have expected more I can not say this was not worthy.

Lexluthor33, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a copper color, produced a above average white head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread and piney hops. Medium bodied, a foundation of toasted malt, caramel and a semi dry, bitter hop finish. Very nice session beer and nice example of a Oktoberfest beer.

GossageBrewery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of SurlyDuff
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

SurlyDuff, May 27, 2008
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%

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 twelvsies
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

twelvsies, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

nitter, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of goindownsouth
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

climax, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of damienblack
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

damienblack, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of delta490
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%

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, Saturday at 09:07 PM
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

horshack7, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

steveh, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Elfastball7
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Elfastball7, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +8.4%

capuchinpilates, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of jwhancher
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jwhancher, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of phisig137
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

phisig137, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jp312, Nov 04, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.