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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 130 | 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 bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

good clear copper. decent froth

phenomenal lagermalt aroma--pils and toasty vienna. spicy, herbal hop scents. smells like a delicious biscuit (a slightly hoppy biscuit)

not as richly flavored as the scent intimates. clean and caramelly with a refined bittering finish. good toasting. spicy hops--make it kinda refreshing, actually. i was first tempted to express dissatisfaction with the body (it's solid) but i dig it, for style

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Fish113d
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color with some copper as well. A thin 1 finger thick of bone white head forms on top but quickly dissipates to a white surface layer on top.

Sour grapefruits hit my nose first along with a bit of brown caramel malt. A slight bit of spice maybe (cinnamon) but nothing too apparent.

Sipping reveals a less sweet flavor than I expected from the style. The caramel maltiness is there along with a mild floral flavor.

More full-bodied than expected. Nice balance but somewhat of a "weird" feel that I can't truly explain from this one. Perhaps this is a "bad batch" or something, but it is nothing like a 'Fest brew that I've had before.

Overall, one is enough for me. Not one of my favorite Fest brews ever by any means. I hate to slam a beer, but this one just misses the mark completely for me.

Photo of feelmefoam
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Festbier pours a dark peach-skin color with some lighter orange highlights. A finger of white, creamy head sits atop the beer for a few minutes before dissolving back into the liquid. Not a lot of lacing left around the glass.

Ok nose, but not really that fragrant. I can pick out some malts and a bit of nuttiness as well. Also smells a bit musty. Just need a little more strength here.

The taste is pretty good... a little sweet caramel malt, but mostly bready malts and a bit of musty grain and nut combo. Just a little bit of bitterness on the tail-end of the flavor.

Good mouthfeel, pretty smooth and silky with a body that's a notch or two below medium. Also some restrained carbonation that helps the beer remain smooth.

Not a bad beer, overall. It's good that these fall beers are starting to come out more now, and though this isn't my favorite, it's getting me in the autumn state of mind. Give me a bit more aroma and a little more in the flavor department and this would be a pretty nice beer.

Photo of Stunner97
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - brown to reddish, small head light amount carbonation, small thin head

Smell- rum and raisony, very malt and sweet dominated, good malty nose

Taste- malty and sweet up front with drying bitter finish on the end keeping it in check, mostly drier and more hopped then i expected on the nose, decent balance almost could of used a kick more of malts but overall enjoyable

Mouthfeel- low carbonation and fairly light then i expect

Drinkability- easy drinking and goes down really easy, level of dryness and hops keeps you able drink and want more, not my favorite October of year but decent example of the style that wasn't hard to finish the 6er

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice, sturdy tan head and good lacing. Smell is doughy bread with some night, light fruit and caramel touches to it. Taste is similar, with a nice sweet maltiness coming through. I really like the balance they've struck between the flavors, as well as the overall intensity. Mouthfeel is nice, creamy, and rich without being filling. Drinkability is very nice. I believe this is my favorite American version of the style to date.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle; freshness date mostly illegible, but something 2011

A - Pours a brilliantly clear copper with about a finger's worth of white head; head quickly dissipates and leaves some slippery lacing

S - Nose is roasted malts with a distinct nuttiness. Just a hint of bitterness

T&M - Clean flavors, medium-light in body; caramelized and medium roasted malts, a bit of earthy bitterness to provide some balance. Some yeasty, bready, nutty characters. The finish is sweet malt, the nuttiness resonates, and the light hop profile provides a bit of crispness at the end.

D - Victory always impresses with very authentic German style brews. A terrific amount of flavor for a 5+ ABV brew. Clean flavors provide for high drinkability.

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

This fall seasonal from victory pours a beautiful red amber color with nice clarity. The white colored head faded rather quickly following my pour and is now just a thin lace with minimal head retention (I find these both to be common traits with Octoberfest style beers).

Smell is on the bolder side for the style. I'm even getting some slight chocolate notes on top of the more common sweet and malty aromas.

The chocolate notes also come through in the taste. There is a bitey carbonation up front and then the malts round things out on the back end for a smooth finish.

Medium moothfeel with moderate carbonation.

I could easily drink a few of these on a fall afternoon.

Morey's Bottom Line: An above average Octoberfest. Slightly darker in color and bolder in taste than others I've had within the style.

Photo of sweethome
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best of my mid-atlantic fest beer tasting.

Pour is light copper color, looks like autumn. Nose is spot on to fest beer tradition - fresh, sweet malts. Complex, fruity.

Such a smooth, yet full flavored entry. Rich malts, builds to beautiful ending of maltisweetness moved on by a hint of noble hops. Carmel malts, nutty complexity.

A winner.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Quite a nice looking beer. Amber/Red and maybe a touch of golden color to it, excellent clarity. Small white head that goes away pretty quickly, not a heck of a lot of lacing but it's there a little. I really like the look of this.

Smell is great. Very sweet, malty and a little bready/yeasty with a slight touch of hop. I've never found too many octoberfests to be all that strong in smell, but this one kicks it up a notch in my opinion. Caramelized sweet malts dominate most octoberfests, but something about this is the slightest bit stronger.

Taste is about as good, unique, it's good without setting itself apart as the smell does. Caramelized malts with bread and yeast coming at you. Almost like fresh baked bread maybe slightly overcooked to give it a toasty flavor as well. Slight bitterness that balances out well slight earthy taste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good and a little complex. Fuller in body yet it maintains a crisp bitter finish. Great coronation level, good overall.

Very drinkable, nice fall beverage, but easily could be a year round beer. Nice job Victory!

Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Meridian Pint. This is...well...it's a Marzen. It's fine. Don't Marzen's pretty much all taste the same (with the exception of the Kaiser, which I had in the same tasting). What...fairly highly carbonated, full caramel malt flavors with very subtle hops, nice fruity caramel nose, orange-amber color. Tastes like fall. Definitely works, although it's not a style that generally bowls me over.

Photo of mlazzaro
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, fresh from this year.

a- great carbonation. clear, almost rose color amber color. frothy head with tiny close bubbles. good retention.

s- roasted caramel smell. lager yeast notes as well. very clean smelling.

t- malty beer. lager yeast finish. Slight acidity that adds a nice complexity. Very slight oxidation at the end of the sip. Seems to be good at both warm and cold temps.

m- Full body, nice crisp beer. Again, only slightly oxidized, I'm usually pretty critical about that. well balance, complex, and delicious.

d- I could drink this for a while. Good beer.

Photo of twelvsies
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of MikeRa
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A: This beer has a real deep amber color with a 1" head
S: It has a unique malt smell
T: It has a unique tast of fresh bread, honey, clover, with a real nice noble hops finish. Light and enjoyable malty lager
M: The beer goes down real smooth
D: This is one of the better Octoberfest beers that I've had, and I will drink this again

Photo of gatornation
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden copper color with very fast receding head then a beige ring lacing on side of glass,,,smell is caramel malts,bread and spice..taste is malt forward sweet caramel vienna lager tasting some bread and nutmeg..mouth feel is medium moderate carbonation..good taste and easy to drink,,not my favorite marzen but still solid enough

Photo of crossovert
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a reddish orange with a fizzy white head.

The smell is of oxidized fruits and caramel.

The taste is a bit bland, it starts with a mineral water character and moves into a doughy sweetness with a bit of bitterness.

This beer hardly excites me, one of the more forgettable Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of ectomorph
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a tulip.

A - deep amber, good clarity, moderate to low carbonation, small head fades fast.

S - Faint sweet caramel malt aroma, clean fermentation, no hops presence noted.

T - Fresh light caramel sweetness, a small hops bitterness keeps it from being too much. Fresh bread, honey, clover, and a nice noble hops finish. Light and enjoyable malty lager.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, clean finish that clears instantly.

D - High. This is what a celebration brew should be all the way around.

Photo of jwhancher
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Company Victory Festbier--A Rich Amber Lager In The Tradition Of Oktoberfest--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.60% ABV. 30 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest--Marzen. Lacy medium off white head. Clear bright pretty rich thin fizzy head sustaining amber color. Immediately Quenching mild sweet biscuit caramel fruit hint tasty smooth Marzen Fest body. Mild sweet hop East Coast Lager malty fruit hint Fest! end. Sampled 9/13-14/2010. 6-Pack for $6.99 Purchased at The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington 9/2/2010.

Photo of noel2977
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This - to me - is the sign that fall has come. My favorite Octoberfest brew out there...

Copper appearance, head dissapates upon the pour, very little lacing. The aroma is fruity/malty. The taste is malty-goodiness. A slight hint of yeast, intermingled with some simple fruit flavor and a return of malt on the finish. Not a long lasting finish, but it doesnt need to be. This beer is to the point. Mouthfeel has a perfect amount of carbonation. In summary, i could see myself sitting around with friends on a fall day on the deck drinking a few of these. Very drinkable. Seek it out and try one on for yourself.

Photo of BostonBrewins
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall pokal glass

Got this one at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

Pours orange with a nice white head of foam that slowly fades. The aroma is of citrus and orange zest along with caramel malts. The taste is of German malt and slight German hop taste on the back of the tongue. There is also taste of white grapes and orange. There is a medium body to it with appropriate carbonation. I could seriously sit and drink this all day. I'm thinking that this maybe one of my favorite Oktoberfests out there, but I wonder if that is due to the fact that it's on tap and not out of the bottle. Either way if you have the means I highly recommend it.

Photo of zoso1967
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a breathtaking deep copper amber that is crystal clear. The head is slightly off-white and looks superb with tightly packed, shiny bubbles that stick around forever and leave near perfect lace. If this beer tastes nearly as good as it looks I will be most happy.

The aroma is classic Oktoberfest with plenty of toasty brown sugar malt. Some toffee notes and a very clean maltyness beg me to take a sip.

The flavor picks up where the aroma left off, but with perhaps a bit more breadyness. It is malty with plenty of toasted character and some nice toffee and brown sugar color to the flavor. Once again it is very clean with some caramel and herbal hops that creep in towards the finish. If there is one thing that detracts from this beer is that though all the desired flavors are there, many of them seem a little flat.

The mouthfeel is on medium to full with a slight chewiness and a nice slick finish. Caramel and hops linger on the palate before the next sip.

Somewhat filling, but nicely drinkable. I could definitely put back a couple more of these with the wonderful soft pretzels they have here at the brewery. A very solid domestically brewed Marzen.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Catching up on some fall seasonals I missed last year.

An aggressive pour yields a small 1/2 finger head that fades at a decent rate over a crystal clear amber orange brown color, maple leaf colored.

The nose brings lots of sweet and toasty amber malts and crisp lagers, with a little sweetness, and some of that dry malty Oktoberfest style malts, but lighter.

The taste is similar, with light toasty malts, some sweet almost syrupy flavors, a little crisp lager flavors with a little juicy fruity taste, some light bitterness.

The mouth is lighter with lower but tolerable carbonation.

It finishes still lightly sweet but dries quite a bit. Some lingering syrupy flavors with more toasty and bready malt lingering, as well as some crisp lager flavors. Now more of the bitterness comes through with some light earthy and mild grassy hop flavors.

Photo of droomyster
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a small head. Big, toasty aromas are dominant, with interesting background notes of Tootsie Rolls and light earthiness. Flavors are more complex than the nose, with tons of toast up front with lighter, breadier and biscuity notes adding more layers to the mix. Finishes with a blend of toast and earth. Body is finely carbonated, full bodied, and rounder than many other marzens. Very nice.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.