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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,385 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 47 | 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:
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Photo of Greenlabel

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Purchased a very fresh 6-pack at Julio's Liquors in Westboro, MA in the first week that Octoberfests arrived on the scene.

This is a very solid but a bit short of exceptional Octoberfest. Pours an attractive amber color with reasonable head. According to the small print on the label side, this beer is "full bodied yet infinitely smooth" and "seductively malty with a kiss of the hops for balance." The brewer stated it well and I quite agree with that description. It's also described as an "Amber Lager" and this is probably a better category than the more common "Marzen" for this particular Octoberfest.

The 5.6% ABV does not assert itself in such a way as to be obvious. Not hard to enjoy more than one and I intend to do so. I didn't expect to be disappointed by a Victory product and I definitely wasn't with this one.

09-02-2008 18:48:13 | More by Greenlabel
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.8/5  rDev +3%

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.

08-31-2008 01:36:29 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -16%

Got this at the Cloverleaf Tavern last week.

A: Pours a dark, amber body with a thick and very silky, white head with excellent retention and lacing all the way to the finish.

S: A slight, sweet malt smell that was fairly average.

T: A sweet malty taste that seemed a little bit watered down. A bit of a sweet, honey aftertaste, but nothing too impressive.

M: A pretty watery and fairly thin mouthfeel that I felt hurt the overall drinking experience with this one. Not impressed.

D: A fairly drinkable beer, but the mouthfeel seemed like it needed a little work. The taste was okay, but could have been a little more robust. Overall, a fairly drinkable beer, but nothing too impressive.

My friend picked up a growler of this from the brewery and claims the beer tastes better from the growler. I will try it out and write a review on that; I am hoping for a better drinking experience with a "more fresh" Festbier.

08-27-2008 13:53:52 | More by maddogruss
Photo of opwog


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Now listening to: Eek-A-Mouse - Wa Do Dem

Had this early arriving Oktoberfest beer on tap thanks to Beechwood!

A - copper color with exceptional clarity. Nice head that is perfect to drink through.
S - mild malt and bread
T - grain bread, some citrus, clean finish
M - Typical medium body for an American made Marzen. Maybe a little more carbonation than I like. Very dry finish.
D - Not overly strong in alchohol, not too thick on the palate clean finish all make this a great beer to serve for your home Oktoberfest party.

08-26-2008 05:19:53 | More by opwog
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

September looms.

A: Very nice reddish copper color. Poured with a finger and a half of white head. Very nice lacing. Just about picture perfect for the style.

S: Some spices up front then a wonderful bouquet of apples and other assorted harvest fruits. Lager smell in the back.

T: Nothing better than a fresh Marzen. The fruit is all up front. Almost like a fresh slice of an apple. The spice is there as well. Damn this yeast is nice.

M: Medium body with a slightly syrupy tone.

D: Half the reason people overlook this style is that the beer must be fresh. By the time most of the German imports get over here they are past their prime. When they are fresh they are a wonderful style. Really well done by Victory.

08-25-2008 23:00:02 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of treehugger02010


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

I got a growler of this at the Victory Brewpub in Dowingtown, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: It pours a dark amber, yet translucent body with a good sized light tan head on tap. The retention is good but the lacing is pretty much non-existent.
Smell: A mild aroma of caramel maltyness and earthy hops.
Taste: A bit of a hop bite, but mostly just sweetness from malt, a bit grainy.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Good.
Don't drink and review.

08-25-2008 21:50:31 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of Halcyondays


4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a small white head, average retention.

S: Strong malt, light caramel, sweet.

T: Strong caramel and cereal malt flavours. Sweet, almost a pastry flavour. Hops are noble and give a light grassy and herbal feel, all around a great taste.

M: Carbonation is quite light, you could drink a lot of these, creamy, soft.

D: This is a really good marzen, my first of the season, even though it is only August. I would not hesitate to have this again, this is one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had.

08-22-2008 06:23:04 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of DownDaHatch


2.55/5  rDev -30.9%

I have loved the Victory label, so I was excited to give this beer a whirl. The best I can say of this beer is that it is unremarkable. It certainly lacks complexity. I am certain it's intent is a munich-like style Octoberfest, but falls a bit flat. It looks wonderful, pours great, but generally stops there. The slightly malty nose is also a nice compliment. The taste seems hopless with some floral and fruit (Pear/apples?) undertones. It is medium bodied and copper colored and has a bit of a dry finish. I love Octoberfest beers, but this one left me a bit flat.

08-18-2008 16:40:44 | More by DownDaHatch
Photo of Proteus93


3.58/5  rDev -3%

Bottle expired Feb. 24, 2008, consumed June 27th, so that's taken into consideration... purchased at The Wine Seller in Herndon, VA.

A: Deep orange / copper with a golden tinge. Nice and foamy finger five head. Retention is great, leaving a trime of lace well after the head dies down.

S: Modest malts, biscuity. A little on the doughy side. The hop aroma has held on a little, providing a touch of an herbal scent.

T: Bready, malts and a soft - definitly time-dwindled herbal hops which are rather muted. A little diacytal, perhaps.

M + D: Medium body, a subtle ABV - easy drinking, and something I look forward to retrying hot and fresh this fall, because the older brew manages to do alright.

07-22-2008 03:29:13 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Seanibus


4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

This is an amazing session beer, a real pleasure to find on draft.

It pours a lovely reddish amber with light head. There is a pleasant but slight malty aroma. The flavor is of a perfect amber malt character with a light floral hop flavor, with hints of pear and apple on the finish. The mouthfeel is light, but more than a mere throwaway draft beer. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer, worth far more than the sum of its parts.

06-09-2008 22:44:13 | More by Seanibus
Photo of SurlyDuff


4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

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!

05-27-2008 00:15:29 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of Drewcifer


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

03-06-2008 19:34:29 | More by Drewcifer
Photo of Biscuit033


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Clear copper with a two finger foamy white head.

S: Huge aroma of bread, crackers, toasted malts, and a bit of sweetness.

T: Crackers, toast, very slight sweetness, bitter hop flavors come through as well.

M: Creamy with a slight petulance, with a bitter yet dry finish.

D: This is one drinkable lager. The sweetness is nice balanced. I can't wait until the Victory Fall Fest.

02-16-2008 20:58:55 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

A: light cranberry-amber color with a very light, thin tan head.

S: lighty toasted sweet munich/Vienna malt sweetness and bite followed by flowery hop notes.

T: The flavor had a nice dry flowery hop bitterness with a light graininess along with some sweet caramel that creeps in. The palate is fresh grains with some light notes of dry fruitiness.

M: The mouthful was medium bodied, lightly carbonated with light fresh grains on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was smooth though not as sweet as typical marzens, dry, hoppy with some wet grains make for a nice fest style.

02-01-2008 01:16:15 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle just a few days past best by date

A: Bright, clear copper with orange/brown tint. Cream/off white head that is thin and quickly dissipates to a film with little lacing
S: Mild mix of sweet from malt, caramel, etc and a little bitter. Nice, but not overpowering.
T: Medium body, very mild well balanced flavors (sweet and bitter). Toasted malt is most pronounced flavor with toffee, caramel flavors and a semi dry finish with some hop bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very easy to drink. Flavors are very mild, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Nothing bold going on here, but very good, probably my favorite of this style I had this year.

01-20-2008 19:09:39 | More by yourefragile
Photo of beerbutcher


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

the beer pours a deep amber with a one finger tan head

aroma is of rich toasty malt, kettle caramels, some nuttiness, munich character and german hops.

on the palate, it's surprisingly light. there's a lager crispness about it that is astounding considering the richness of aroma. the toast and rich malt flavors hit the palate nicely with a leap to some less integrated hop bitterness. it's not raspy, just pronounced. diverse in flavors with the elements balanced nicely.

refreshing in texture and rich in aroma. lots of complexity with judicious noble hop bitterness.

overall, very good. i was hoping for more richness, but the beer is so nuanced and balanced that even without the weight it's delicious.

01-10-2008 03:16:23 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of CHADMC3


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Victory Festbier

· Appearance: Amber to walnut brown with a light creamy head, subsiding to a very thin layer.
· Aroma: Malty biscuit with hints of spice and nut.
· Taste: Malt and dark nut, a little bready, almost toasty.
· Mouthfeel: Smooth with a nice carbonation.
· Drinkability: Little complex flavor, but very drinkable. Easy to enjoy a few.

01-10-2008 02:42:22 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a clear amber that has a brownish/orange hue to it. Crème head. This beer just looks good. Nose has some leafy character to it. Just earthy overall. Flavor is vibrant and full. Nice deeper leaf tone to it. Very, very minor roasted thing going on. Leaves what I think is an inky aftertaste. Feel has a very good level of carbonation to it and the liquid is good. Overall a good marzen. Probably a bit too deep to make a session out of it, but would probably pair very well with food.

01-01-2008 04:18:37 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of uwmgdman


4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

This Festbier pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately malty, toasty, bread-like and slightly sweet. The flavor is highly malty; bready and a bit spicy. The hop bitterness is medium-low and there is just a hint of hop flavor at the swallow. The after taste is good, a bit different than most Fests, a bit nutty. The body is full and carbonation is medium with a very smooth swallow. Overall a well done Fest, smooth and a bit of a unique aftertaste, recommend.

12-30-2007 21:37:18 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of MMAJYK


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

A- Pours a very bright copper with bright orange hues. Head is minimal; just leaving a film on top after a semi conservative pour. Beer is semi transparent.

S- Buttery and nutty up front with a nice caramel backbone. Also, you can smell the hops mixed in with the sweetness of the malts.

T- Same nutty and buttery flavor as in the smell and also somewhat biscuity. It is hoppy just a bit and the caramel like malt is nice and sweet.

M- Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky from the sweet syrupy malt and the carbonation is low to medium.

D- Very nice beer for sessioning. Nice taste and low ABV. One of the strongest points of this brew.

Overall- I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I guess not. I found it in the back of my fridge and thought what the heck. It is a warm day here, so it really hit the spot. Very good Octoberfest/Marzen brew. Cannot wait to revisit this one again next year!

12-30-2007 15:50:51 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

Another solid offering from a great company... have not been dissapointed by any brews from Victory... Strange to say, I copped this Oktoberfest beer in late Decemeber, probably being only one of two six-packs left at Bottle King in Glen Ridge... best before January 14, so I still got some time to enjoy this one... Pours a brownish copper color with a ruby red glow... smell is very buttery and creamy... The taste is great, with caramel, vanilla, butter, and bread flavors... The best thing about this beer is that it went down so easily... like drinking water... mouthfeel was equally exceptional, and although this isn't the most flavorful offering I've sampled from Victory, it's clean, creamy taste truly satisfies... will definitely purchase this again next autumn... Certainly recommended...

12-22-2007 00:33:47 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Slynger


4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

12-21-2007 20:38:15 | More by Slynger
Photo of Dogbrick


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

On draught at the Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton, NJ: The beer pours a clear copper color with a medium thin light beige head that dissipates slowly. Spotty lacing. Light malt and caramel along with hops in the nose. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel. Flavors of toasted malt and caramel, plus mild hops and fruit. The finish is sweet malt and a hint of hops. Slightly above average all around.

12-19-2007 20:09:03 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

2007 edition. A little late to be reviewing this but what the hell.
Nice amber pour into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Caramel malt in the aroma.
Flavor is a little on the buttery side, with biscuit malt. Some caramel, a bit of hops and more biscuit malt in the finish
Smooth mouthfeel.
A seriously easy drinking beer. Another solid offering from Victory.

12-11-2007 03:00:01 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of Pauly2X


3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

A- Solid amber hue produed a half finger head which faded fast.

S- Rich caramel malts, light hints of toffee.

T- Strong malt profile hilighted by caramel sweetness and toasted malts. Spicy hops add some balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and smooth to boot!

D- I didn't exactly plow through the six pack, but good.

Nothing too special but a good example of an american oktoberfest.

12-09-2007 22:38:30 | More by Pauly2X
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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