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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1296
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%


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.

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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. This beer, along with Victory Lager, more than proves that Victory brewing is an American master of craft lager beers.

The beer is dark orange copper color, SRM of 8 or 9, clear, with a thin off-white foam. It smells malty and sweet, sort of clean and very Munichy if that's a term. This has a German feel to the aroma and flavor, at least to my palette. Sweet up front and sweet in the aftertaste, with just enough bitterness to give a little balance. Very clean and simple flavor.

The body is about even, maybe a bit thicker than water, very easy to pound. I'll be getting more of these as we approach Oktoberfest season.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 00:33:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the river road tavern.
Pours a deep golden amber color with a smallish off white head with minimal retention and lace. Smells of caramel and bread and a bit of toast with an earthy floral hop component to it. The flavor is bready pilsner malt with a bit of caramel and sweet sugary malt. A bit heavy on the hops for the style, lots of earthy herbal hops compete with an inadequate malt base. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and an earthy slick mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but like a lot of American interpretations it just doesn't measure up to the German brewed versions.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 18:41:55 | More by johnnnniee
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. But so far this year of the maybe 8 or so micro and german OKfestsbiers I've had, none have been the shit. Poured and ok medium to small off white head and bit of lace. Color is a nice medium amber. Aroma is very nice; malty and a bit spicy. Flavor is 'bout the same. Body's a tad thin. 'S'okay. Nothing to write home about. Drinkable. Session beer. Body's ok too.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:54:14 | More by drpimento
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Undated bottle served in Peroni glass.

Clear copper with a creamy tan head. The head has decent retention but leaves little lacing.

Good malty aroma with a matching flavor! Although I thought the flavor was better than the nose. Sweet malt flavor with enough hops to produce a balance sweet and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK, but more carbonation seemed desirable,

A marten that is a bit above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:38:46 | More by chinchill
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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Victory. Dark amber like a marzen should be. A nice white head of foam as well that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all sweet malts up front and nice green hops on the back. The taste is sweet and malty with a more pronounced caramel flavor than most marzens. There is also the lovely taste of bready malts and fresh hops as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very good. This beer is very festive indeed! Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2004 23:25:29 | More by francisweizen
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tpd975

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew courtesy of SeaBass.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with very bold carbonation. Big bold head with good retention and a touch of lace.

S: Wonderful malt aromas. Nice sweet caramel malt with hints of biscuit. A touch of hops can be detected if you really concentrate.

T: Nice malt bomb. Nice caramel malt up front with hints of biscuit. Corn comes thru in the middle with a nice late hop addition to round things out. Overall Good.

M: Medium in body with nice carbonation.

D: Good, a wonderful fest bier. Wish it was on the shelves in Tampa.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 20:59:05 | More by tpd975
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear copper colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is just a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, an earthiness, toffee, hay/straw, cask wood?

Taste & Mouth - The beer doesn't have a whole lot or carbonation and it feels slightly watery. The beer has a very interesting taste consisting of malts, toffee, and lots of bread/grain flavour. It really has a lot of earthy notes as well.. even some hay/straw. It finishes with an earthy/malt aftertaste.

Drink - Another beer that falls in the category of 'not for me'. It's not an awful beer but not something I'd seek out again. It reminded me too much of a barnyard smell..

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 18:07:16 | More by spinrsx
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn gold brown with a sticky, off-cream head. Caramel, caramelized carrots, honey, maple, vegetal hops on the nose. Biscuity malt flavor up front. Toasted caramel takes over. Spicy, herbal, hops finish over cooked vegetables and caramel residue. Medium-light bodied. Quite drinkable. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 02:14:58 | More by alexgash
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of bubbly head that fades to a thin lacing. Rich, caramel malt notes dominate the nose. Taste is deep, toasty malts with a rich, caramel follow through. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

Overall not a bad marzen. The toastiness is a little more than you'll get from most marzens, and it's not as rich as most. A good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:53:41 | More by tdm168
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Brenden

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head pours pretty well, dissipating after a time and leaving some thin foam behind. There isn't much lacing left behind. The color is a deep copper that verges on red.
The aroma is grainy with an earthy hops. There's also a breadiness and perhaps a touch of sweetness from some malts.
The taste follows suit very closely. There's a light malt to balance a gentle hops presence, but grains and the bready flavor turn out strongest underneath.
There's a medium body that almost seems fuller than it is. This one feels creamy but has a very nice crispness with a light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 02:00:28 | More by Brenden
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Gmann

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice coppor color with a small and short lived head that settled into nothing, bit disappointing. The aroma is of a steely caramel malt, bit bready and grainy. The taste has a nice bready malt base, caramel, touch of grain, not much noticable hops; pretty clean. Nice moderate feel, with semi-soft carbonation, chewy; finishes slightly dry. An good example of an American Oktoberfest; nice bready caramel malt. I expected a bit more of a hop presence from Victory but this malty lager does well.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 02:24:46 | More by Gmann
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, enjoy before Dec. '07, served in a short mug.

A - clear, amber color with a fair sized white head that settles to a ring, leaves very little lacing.

S - very good, sweet malt and slight bread/dough aromas.

T - sweet malty flavor upfront, followed by a touch of hoppy bitterness, dry finish.

M - light bodied, good carbonation.

D - I could enjoy a few of these with smoked sausage or bratwurst.

Final Note: A very different taste than any of the many American or German Marzen's I've tasted (Fall Beers are a favorite of mine). I like what Victory has brewed here and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys celebrating anything... Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 01:45:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 29, 2012.

The pour is a slightly hazy medium amber with little to no head.

The aroma is clearly malty and biscuit-like but there is a nutty sensation as well as a vague floral hop hint.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is as malty as the aroma and significantly sweeter than what I got on the nose. A modest lingering finish ties it all together. It isn't all that bad and is entirely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:02:11 | More by puboflyons
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To my mind, this is a really good Octoberfest beer.
In a pint glass the beer is an amber color with a rather small tan head.
Caramel aroma, very sweet.
Caramel taste, like licking a caramel apple. Very sweet.
Pretty robust. The sweetness is a positive, I think.
A great fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 19:39:13 | More by lordofthewiens
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brownish red with a quickly dying tan head. A strong roasted/bready malt smell along with minor sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness. A tad thin and watery not too sweet or hoppy but more a of dry, toasted malt taste that leads to a syrupy, dry finish although it finishes clean with only a little bit of crisp hops that tend to citric notes. For some reason I didn't really care for this beer yet I could see myself having a few of them - it is strong and a few will set you right.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 20:27:32 | More by clayrock81
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a solid, well made Marzen style beer, but not up to Victory's usual standards. Carmel and mildly toasty sweetness dominate the brew. At times the sweetness boarders on syrupy. Not much of a head, and the aroma is understated. Still, it's a good beer, but not typical of Victory.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 12:57:49 | More by Suds
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Durge

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper brown color with a modest white cover that dissipates quickly to random swirls. Lacing is fair. The aroma is no doubt cabbage malt with a hint of chocolate and herbal hop. Pretty neat. The flavor is absolutely in keeping with the nose hit. A beautiful malt bath with an herbal hop edge that makes for a lucid, dry feel in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very satisfying Octoberfest beer that I would easily recommend autumnal malt fans.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 05:36:21 | More by Durge
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Sunset Grille. Poured a tawny, brown color, and it was quite cloudy. What's up with that? Had a creamy, tan head, which faded quickly, and left no lacing. Verrry mild malt nose...where is it? Mouthfeel was quite nice, though; good body and smooth. Flavor had some ok malt, a smooth flavor but mild. Even a hint of some fruitiness present. Not bad, but not really fest-like. Perhaps it's the tap lines? I'll try it again elsewhere, and keep an open mind.

overall: 3.45
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

352

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2002 14:34:50 | More by Bierman9
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Vancer

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed amber brew looks nice in my freebie Sammy Adams glass. An ivory head lingers about for a short time, and then it settles with just a ring of lace.

Light hops with a bit of pine undertone in the aroma. Bready malt in the quaff, a surprising brew to be a on the sweet, malty side versus more on the hop bandwagon. Nice medium bodied brew to sip in the fall weather.

Very drinkable, but kinda steep with the $10 per sixer price.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 00:16:08 | More by Vancer
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear deep amber color with creamy white head. Smell is nutty, malty, and bread-like. Taste follows through with a robust maltiness and toatsed nutts. Finishes big and malty with little hops present. A really good drinking session beer that I look forward to each year.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 01:18:22 | More by tgbljb
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear deep amber color. Thick frothy head with good retention. Moderate amounts of lacing.

3.5 S: A little bit fruity, a little bit grainy, a little bit spicy, but not a whole lot of aroma overall. Just a touch of herbal hops.

3.5 T: This has a unique taste. No other Oktoberfests are quite like this one. I admire that Victory would make a product that isn't just a clone of a generic Oktoberfest. However, the taste leaves something to be desired. Biscuity and caramel from malts. Spicy. Then there is something pungent. Maybe that is what makes it unique, but it is a bit off-putting. By no means is this a bad brew, but it isn't up to its potential.

3.5 M: Medium body, a bit under-carbonated. Otherwise smooth.

3.0 D: It's the pungency in the taste that lowers the drinkability by quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 01:13:12 | More by DavoleBomb
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle into a East End pint glass. Haven't had this one yet, strangely.

Victory Festbier pours out a bright copper/orange color with a very light brown mixed in. The liquid does not look so thin which bodes well. A two finger head rose up with a vanilla white head & fluffiness, some minor bubbles within. A cap stays on the surface throughout, no lacing though.

The smell is a mix between a lager & marzen. It's not huge but when your nose gets near the glass some sparks fly. Festbier is malt driven and that's noticed through fresh baked bread and some sweet sense. This has a somewhat more earthy scent than most in this style from a different form of using the hops. The little green cones don't give off normal hop scents(Tropical fruit, pine, citrus) but more of a down to earth smell.

The taste is familiar for a oktoberfest and doesn't really offer anything new, IMO a marzen is a marzen, at least American versions. Festbier gives off sweet malt first, than a mix of light hops, malts and grain, after that the sweet malt comes back, in that order. The malt is big, the hops are light and the mix makes this a enjoyable and familiar drink. Some bubblegum, cotton candy with some warming on the end.

Fest has a decent enough feel, when I let some sit on the tounge some fizz came off. I am used to these beers being pretty dead but this one shows some life. Not a lot of carb but enough to be felt. Fest is a very small step up from light bodied and could go down the hatch with ease, and pretty quick mind you. The malt base really smooths things over making this very approachable.

I enjoyed this, although I pretty much knew what I was getting into. Festy is a bit different if only for the way the hops gently come out to play. In most Marzens I really only get big malt globs. I would gladly enjoy a sixer of this in a sitting with the low ABV, but 1/2 way through I probably would be looking for a new style to tackle. I've yet to find a oktoberfest that could hold my interest, either way this is good for a go.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 23:18:26 | More by BARFLYB
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and honey

Taste: honey, sugar, toasted malt, and some alcohol

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn, moderately high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: A nice and complex marzen. Very good for the style. I could have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 15:14:13 | More by tigg924
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of biscuits and caramel with no real hop presence. The taste is like the aroma, but with the addition of a nice light hop bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a really nice Oktoberfest. I would like to get some more life out of the aroma, but other than that it is really solid.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 19:11:35 | More by KarlHungus
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a really thin head, which evolved to a thin ring quickly. Color is an amber/copper that appropriately recalls the color of autumn.

Pleasing, earthy aroma, with plenty of caramel, breadiness, sweet spices. Also has that unmistakeable lager-y character: a little steely, a little corny, though hardly reminiscent of a macro.

Flavor nearly crosses over into Winter Warmer territory, with its sweet, dessert-like spices at the fore the sip. Maltiness come through in the form of caramel, while the finish is crisp, the mouthfeel slick and clean.

Nothing special, but certainly an enjoyable brew that does seem to hit the spot this time of year. Probably would've liked it more if it were "imperialized", ha!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 22:01:57 | More by Metalmonk
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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