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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 731
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Photo of seesnow3
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Heavy Seas pint glass, no freshness date, $1.90/bottle in NH

Pour-Pours a small head that quickly fades to a washy film with a thin ring of bubbles. Deep copper with a little less of an orange color. A faint stream of large effervescence bubbles here and there. Essentially no lacing that sticks.

Nose-Caramel malt for sure with just a hint of skunky musty aroma. There seems to be just a touch of dark fruit. The spice aroma is a little bit subdued.

Palate-Sweet right away followed by a hint of sour and some noticeable bitterness. The taste is predominantly rich caramel malts. The lingering qualities are fairly short. The sweetness is a little bit fruity and off. Alcohol, despite the low percentage is slightly warming and noticeable.

Body-Medium to heavy, very little effervescence renders this one a tad closer to syrupy in texture. It is sort of creamy but has a slightly drying finish.

Final-I’m not really sure what to make of this. Out of all of the Marzen’s I’ve tried this probably has the least amount of bubbles in it. I’m not sure I personally like it, due to the odd sweetness, but there is nothing in there to severely offend anyone. It’s fairly balanced though a little bit off kilter on the sweetness, but overall worth a go for the price if you don’t mind a fairly “flat” Marzen. Maybe this bottle wasn’t any good, because I know it wasn’t old and my review seems quite contrary to the others.

Photo of fo5s
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a sam adams oktoberfest mug. Bottle best by Jan-12.

A- pours a vibrant amber with a nice 2-finger foamy head. Minimal lacing.

S- very full nose. Good dose of caramel, but a noticeable hop presence as well. Malty

T- Burn caramel dominates, but leaves the beer oddly one-dimensional. Finish is dull with a residual bitterness that's unimpressive...almost acidic in a way.

M- lively on the palate. Body is in-line with the style.

O- a lot of nice aspects to this one, but I really didn't dig the flavor. Not a bad version of the style, and appropriately priced for those who are fans of this.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: amber to copper color with light tan head that sits very dense, clings well and hangs around.

Smell is muted caramel malt with a hint of roast and mild clean, hop earthiness.

Taste is very clean, crisp at first with solid malt, caramel mostly, sweetness in the middle followed by some hints at roast and a good clean bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly more on the tongue from the sweetness, but solid bitterness to finish.

Overall, solid marzen.

Photo of fields336
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SN snifter
Enjoy by Jan 18 2012 printed on label

A: clear, orange amber liquid, with 1 finger bubbly french vanilla colored head. Dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing on sides of the glass that also dissipates.

S: roasty, caramel, bready malts, with a slight herbal/grassy/earthy hop presence in there

T: nice bready, chocolatey, malty character with a nice toasty finish. There is a slight bitterness which is nice. Not as cloyingly sweet as some other commercial marzens. Stays more earthy, and bitter than others. I much enjoyed this one, very sessionable, cool, balanced, crisp, and nice.

M: nice carbonation, crisp, drinkable as any marzen should be. I love fall and this style, it's a big hit for me.

O: If you're picking out an American interpretation of a Marzen, this is the one in my opinion, I bought multiple 6ers of this, it's a great beer

Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to finishing the 6-pack.

Pours a nice pumpkin/copper orange with a slight haze, off-white head starts at about a finger, turning to a thick ring quickly.

Weak scent overall, takes a while to get a hint of anything. Nutty and caramel malt with some warmth.

Taste delivers some nutty, toasty, caramel malts. Herbal and some spicy hops there too. Slight grainy notes. Decent mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit high.

Decent, but pretty unremarkable, lacks complexity.. Drinks more like a red lager with some fall vibes rather than a true oktoberfest.

Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy deep copper/amber. Head is off white and fluffy, nice tight bubbles. Head settles to a patchy island. Good clinging lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells very malty; caramel, sweet bready malts as well. Some floral hops. Good nose.

Brew tastes sweet and smooth initially; creamy roasted nuttiness in the middle. Almost has a smoked flavor in the end as it warms. Nice chewy full bodied brew here. Nice dry nutty flavors in the end as well. A nice floral hop in there as well. Good flavors and balance. A great drinking, great tasting marzen. Very good.

This is a top tier oktoberfest/marzen for me. Up there with Great Lakes take on the style. I would love to sample both to see which one I prefer, but this is a damn good brew. Case worthy indeed.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having had nothing but pumpkin ales for the last two weeks, I tired of that and decided to get back to the fall classic: Oktoberfest-Marzen. For good lager-type brew, can't do better. Saw this in the store and picked it up, as I love Victory Brewing and surprisingly haven't had it yet.

Freshness date is: enjoy by Jan 29 '12

Here goes:

Pours a beautiful shiny orange/copper-amber with a solid thick and bubbly white head. Nice retention. Thin lacing that sticks for a reasonable while.

Aromatic notes of sweetness, caramel-like barley, bread and dryness.

Toasted barley, and sweetness all around wave on the tongue,followed by a slight hint of faint hop twang, and finishes nice and dry. Medium body, with very minimal carbonation,allowing the barley sweetness and other characteristics to come through easily.

I really like this one. As good as any authentic made-in-Germany Marzen. And a lot better than some.

Victory scores another home-run with this one, but then again, when do they not?

Four Stars(out of four)

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | 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 marzen that is a bit above average.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle. Enjoy by Dec 21 2011.

Appearance: Pours a visibly thick dark orange with a thin head.

Smell: Very sweet malty molasses.

Taste: Probably one of the maltiest beers you will ever taste. Sweet sugary molasses.

Mouthfeel: This is one thick beer. Not a ton of carbonation.

Overall: Good, not great, Oktoberfest. Not a lot of balance.

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

Solid brownish-reddish heart with a 2 inch head.

Smell is toasty and dare I say floral?

Teeny tiny hops, malt is clearly the meaty backbone, not super sweet at all though. Toasted almonds, toast, caramel. Reminds me a bit of oatcakes -oatcakes are like a hearty kind of shortbready cookie with notes of honey. Might be the tinge of honey giving me that impression.

For me, this is a rock solid Marzen offering for the season. I started luke-warm on the offering, but am on my 3rd 6er. I really enjoy Southern Tier's Autumn Ale, but until someone gives me a better Oktoberfest spirited lager, this is the go to this season.

Photo of JMWEB2
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper body, decent head with some lacing.

S: Very toasty malt smelly, some nuttiness, little earthy.

T: Toasty and malty, very traditional Marzen, quite tasty.

M: Medium body and very clean.

O: Victory strikes again, great fall beer, traditional American Marzen beer.

Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper color that is crystal clear. There are tons of tiny bubbles with a limited head and no lacing. Nice malty scent.

This actually has a lovely rye taste to it. Nice and malty, a touch of caramel sweetness. Nice blend of flavors. This is a very smooth and refreshing beer. Nice carbonated tingle, but not heavy. Very complex and well-executed.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No clear date.

A: Amber.

S: Grainy malt with a touch of spice.

T: Bready grains with less butter than I often get in marzens. Nice clean hops on the finish. Crisp finish.

M: Fiesty carbonation.

O: I'm not usually a fan of the style, but I rather like this one. It is remarkably drinkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard in J'Town, PA had the Victory Festbier on tap. It poured a clear amber with decent frothy head and laced. The aroma included malt, barley, and some spiciness. The tase was powered by barley and malt....very grainy beer. The mouthfeel is ok, the taste leaves something to be desired. Over all it was ok,,,never been that big of a october Marzen fan. Certainly worth a try though.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful clea amber, with a one finger head that quickly reduces to a thin lid.

Has a spicy, toffee aroma, with tons of malt and mild hops. If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was smelling a Christmas ale, not a fest beer.

Malty, sweet, and slightly roasted, with tons of toffee, molasses and spice, this is a festive, if not a fest beer.

Medium bodied with mild hops, this is a smooth, if not slightly watered down feel.

A decent fest beer, worthy of a try. But is a crowded season of seasonal fall beers, it is hard to put this ahead of so many other great Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers out there.

Photo of littlelorib
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber with a thin wheat colored head that rather quickly diminishes. Smell mostly of malt but not overpowering amounts of malt. There's also something else there (hops?) that my poorly developed olfactory machinery has trouble sorting out. Taste is substantial and well balanced, with that malt detected in the smell balanced by a pleasing amount of hop bitterness.

Overall, nothing about this beer really jumps out at me except that it is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of pvsob
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright, clear copper color with a half-inch head that seems to disappear almost instantly. Leaves little to no lacing.

S- Roasted malt, burnt bread crust, toffee, faint smoke, musty earth, and just a touch of hops.

T- All malt, with very little sweetness. Some soapy flavor comes through in the finish. Finishes dry with some nice hop bitterness.

M- Medium texture with above average carbonation. The level of carbonation keeps the usually sweetness of this style in check and allows the malts to really shine through.

D/O- A well done interpretation by Victory. Nice malt characteristics and a balanced sweetness. This is one of my favorite American takes on a German Märzen. Recommended. Cheers.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.