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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 130 | FT: 0
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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 Augustiner719
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a .5l stein.

Pours a very deep rich dark orange color with a just off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal traces of lacing. Pretty big does of peanut shells, almonds and even some roasted chestnuts. Has a deep malted aroma. Taste is full bodied, a little to big for an Oktoberfest but delicious. This is really a mix between an Irish red and an Oktoberfest to me. The malt profile is nice and drinks very smooth. Nice level of carbonation and a great balance but predominantly malty. The drinkability's huge. Big ass malt profile with a nice complexity not usually found in Oktoberfest.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with a half inch dirty white head that thins into lacing relatively quickly. The body is a nice copper color without haze.

The smell is predominately sweet malt; somewhat typical of most brown ales. Not much hop aroma.

The taste is a slightly sweet from start to finish. A hint of caramel is detected in the finish.

A nice offering and a recommended version of the style for someone who wants a sixpack of fresh Octoberfest beer.

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

My first marzen of the year, poured into a pint glass

A: light tan/ amber, slight foamy off white head with good retention reduces to a light lacing ring

S: sweet and slightlt bready.

T: more well balanced than the nose would suggest. Caramel and vienna malt provide the backbone, slight grass, and flower

M&d: medium to full bodied, decent amount of carbonation. A very good beer on a cool autumn day.

Cheers!!!

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/30/10 notes. Had on tap at Fire Works in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours an amber color with very light carbonation and an inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet biscuits, caramel malts, bready malts, and a hint of spice.

t - Tastes of bready and caramel malts mostly. Some grain or wheat as well.

m - Medium bodya and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent beer. Mostly bready and caramel malts; would drink again but probably wouldn't seek out.

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

Ah, I've been waiting for Victory Festbier ever since Victory arrived here back in the Spring. Bright orange tinted amber, very clear with a small fizzy cream colored head, quite nice looking in the glass.

The aroma is softly pungent, much like a pilsner with a toasted malty sweetness.

Crisp and clean with a softly sweet maltiness, toasted and somewhat biscuity in character and niceley balanced with a mild floral hoppiness. In other words a quintessential easy drinking amber Festbier!

The mouthfeel is medium light, nicelty slick across the palate with just enough carbonation to help keep things crisp.

I love hoppy beers but Fall with it's advent of malty Oktoberfest style beers is my favorite season. Victory Festbier will definitely be one of my mainstay Festbiers this year.

Photo of bsp77
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber, but not very much head or lacing.

Smell: Integrated mix of biscuit, cherry, caramel and spicy noble hops.

Taste: Toasted biscuit-like malts, with some caramel and cherry to round out the malty flavor. Ends with a light touch of bitter spiciness from the noble hops. Excellent balance and combination of flavors.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium crisp body. Dry finish.

Drinkability: I knew Victory could deliver a solid Marzen, but this was better than expected. Similar to Paulaner, but better executed or perhaps simply fresher.

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

along with moonglow weizenbock, i'm surprised i haven't reviewed this yet. festbier and moonglow are two of my favorite autumn brews. poured into a .5l lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: thick, foamy white head over three fingers tall. head settles extremely slowly to a half-finger or so lacing. crystal clear and copporish amber in color.

s: sweet, biscuity, caramel-y malty deliciousy-ness(y). seriosuly though, bready sweet malts dominate the nose.

t: crisp, sweet and malty. this is definitely one of my favorite marzens. sweet caramel malts, with nice bready undertones with an extremely faint touch of hops that create a near perfect balanced marzenbier.

m&d: smooth mouthfeel. excellent drinkability. for me at least.

I think Victory is at the top of their game when they make German beers. Prima Pils, Festbier, Moonglow Weizenbock, are all awesome beers. Don't get me wrong, i like their other stuff too, but there's just something really special about those beers. if you blindfolded me, i'd probably think this was a Paulaner (i actually think its better, but that's the closest comparison i could get). get one.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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

Poured from a sigle brown bottle into a pub glass. Producing under an inch of white head and leaving a nice island cap of retention. Color is uber good, a burnt caramel copper with red hues.

Aroma is out of this world as far as fest beers go. Loads of malty grain laced caramel deliciousness. small amount of roasty grains, touch of rye spice and an herbal hop aroma.

Taste is also as aroma is described but much more malty with a large cereal grain presence of roast and caramel. Rye spice through the finish and drying out slightly.
Feel is crisp and clean.

A must have fest beer, terrific. This is my new go to for the style.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a foamy off-white head. Some light lacing.

Toasted malt and some sweet aromas. Herbal/tea-like hints as well.

Good toasted malt, some sweet caramel, some hop bitterness, with a nice balance between the sweet and bitter. Some nice bread crust elements as well. Smooth and fairly clean.

Full bodied, with decent carbonation.

Good brew. Easy to drink, fairly simple. Not something that stands out, but very tasty. Worth drinking and a good seasonal to remember to look for.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, pours amberish copper color with a copious amount of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. About 2 inches of off white head. Strong aroma of malts. Sweet malts of a caramel nature, substantial hop backbone. This is my favorite of the Oktoberfest beers and I look forward to it each year. I normally end up buy a couple cases. And just a side not, I have drank it well into March and it was fine.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my tulip. Not unusual for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet, crisp malt that never gets too sweet or crisp. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste is full of mildly sweet malt that is a tad bit smoky in nature. Great texture (chewy) and goes down well. Carbonation level is just right.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, smoky malt. Not much else to see here.

An enjoyable example of the style. Certainly not the greatest but definitely better than some other examples I've seen. It would work well on a day colder than this though.

Photo of Kallessin
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber/copper color, clear with a moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top. It has a sizzling cream colored head that settles to thin ring around the top in a couple minutes.

Has a very sweet malty aroma, lots of caramel.

Huge malt flavor - lots of caramel and toffee. Very sweet and rich. The flavor has a lot of depth to it. Almost no hop bitterness to speak of. Really a fantastic tasting beer.

Full bodied and very smooth with low carbonation. Very rich and satisfying.

This is a great beer. Easy to drink, great flavor and aroma with an amazing feel to it.

Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich orange/red/copper with very slight visible carbonation.

S: Crisp and malty with a hint of pumpkin or sweet potato.

T: Sweeter than it smells, with that familiar Oktoberfest spicy malt flavor. Crisp and clean, with that familiar victory lightly hopped finish. A little sour aftertaste.

M: Pleasantly carbonated, a little too strong of a bite on the tip of the tongue.

D: Though I'm sipping now, I could definitely see this as a beer to gulp, as in during Oktoberfest. When the harvest is good, you have to celebrate somehow, right?

Photo of gthornton
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this brewery, and can never say enough good things about them, so I will attempt to keep my flowery affection for them contained in this paragraph... but I must emphasize the overal quality of this brewery, you can taste the quality of ingredients and recipe in all of their beers, so grab them all.

A: Amber brown, with a light tint of orange/red. Fizzy head evaporated within a few minutes after initial pour

S: Biscuit, wheat, caramel, and toffee, with a well balanced, very mild hop characteristic. A hint of fresh cut grass... in a good way.

T: The freshness, and quality, and balance are immediately apparent here. The biscuit and lighter malts are the most notable, and the sweetness of the caramel and toffee balance those out nicely.

M: A very rich, and smooth texture. Very clean finish.

D: This style is designed for heavy consumption, and this might be my favorite rendition of that style. Perhaps a little sweet, and less carbonated than others, but a great fest beer nonetheless.

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

A - amber/orange color. Nice layer of foam sticks around.

S - very bready. slight hop. sweet malt aroma.

T - sweet. a little too sweet. clean. no hop flavor. slight bitterness. Slight astringent? aftertaste.

M - medium carbonation. thick

D - not bad. a bit too sweet for me.

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-bronze with an off-white head, light retention & lace.

S: Steelie mineral, grass & floral hops, grainy biscuit & dark toffee.

T: Grainy biscuit, dark toffee, mineral & grass, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body, carbonation a little high.

D: A decent drinker.

Photo of sprucetip
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes.

Pours clear amber, not much head or lacing, moderately active.

SMELL is rich caramel malty sweetness, and not much else.

TASTE not as rich but more diverse than the nose. Mild hop bitterness and toasty malty flavors. Clean.

FEEL light/medium body, touch of viscosity, mildly drying finish.

OVERALL easy drinking, pretty much to style, and flavorful enough. But not exceptional or memorable.

Photo of xcrunner78
2.64/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle

Appearance: Orange-Copper in pour, with a good size head. Good amount of carbonation in the glass.

Smell: A bit of dough and very malty. Cannot smell any hop addition.

Taste: Definitely a lager. Malts are toasted, a little carmel and a grassy hop on the palate. Finishes dry and would have been good with some bready food.

Photo of tjd112
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance: Poured a copper/amber color with a finger off-white head

Smell: Malty and bready

Taste: Caramel and toffee, otherwise, follows smell'

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, a bit heavy body

Drinkability - A good session beer

Overall - A good example of the style

Photo of BrewMasterG
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear orange-gold. Nice whiteish cream-colored head from a gentlish pour. Nearly disappears after 3-4 minutes, but leaves the beer covered a bit longer.

Smell: Soft, sweet-bread notes with hints of Nilla Wafer. Just mild enough to know something good is coming.

Taste: Very slight, pleasant toastiness with a nice mild malty presence. Mild sweetness with well-balanced hop bitterness (for the American version). Slightly overhopped from a classic German perspective - but not at all aggressive. No hop flavor or aroma.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and an excellent balance between dry and sweet. Just about right for the style.

Serving type: 12oz bottle purchased non-refrigerated on 12/7/2009

Photo of gabe23
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden color with a sudsy white head. Nice retention with average lacing.

S - Bready malt, caramel sweetness, and earthy/herbal hops. Just as a Marzen should smell.

T - Nice malty base with a sweetness that is not overwhelming. A nuttiness leads into a fairly bitter hop finish. Very clean flavor, though.

M - Medium body with plenty of crisp carbonation. Just about right for the style.

D - This was a nice Oktoberfest beer with a bit more hops than expected to balance out the malt sweetness. Perhaps a bit too bitter for traditionalists, but I liked it a lot. I'd have no problem drinking these all night.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a nice white heading. Holds a thin lace around the edges until the very last drop.

Smell is of sweet toasted malt with a nice earthy aroma.

Taste is all sweet caramel malt. Nice toastiness with a somewhat spicy character as well. Slightly identified bitter hop.

Mouth is medium bodied. Nice and bubbley throughout. An awesome sweet malty feel in the mouthand not overly sweet.

This is a heavily malted beer. One of the very best Oktoberfests I've had yet.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger fluffy head with nice retention falls to a full covering of lace, maybe slightly hazy amber coloring.

s- sweet caramel malt all the way, it finishes a bit spicy.

t- sweeter than most oktoberfests i've had, which i really don't mind, it's got alot of complex hearty malt notes, some vanilla, bit of pepper, finish is ever so crisp.

m- very smooth medium body.

d- really really drinkable and sessionable, this is a great oktoberfest, then again you can't go wrong with victory, i get a case of this every fall really enjoy it (alas, i've only got one left), a go to oktoberfest for sure.

Photo of grayburn
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very pretty copper color with virtually no head, and the head that there is disappears rapidly with no lacing. Not sure what happened here, as there are bubbles of co2 flying all around the glass.

The smell is a bit one dimensional, there might be some malty depths and hoppiness going on somewhere, but all I can really pull from it is a faint sense of alcohol.

The complexity of the malt really comes through in the flavor, very well rounded with just a touch of hop flavor to balance things out. The appearance and smell had me worried, but this is a nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel starts off nice and heavy and finishes dry with just a hint of bitterness, nice.

Easy drinking, a bit over carbonated but not shabby at all.

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