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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,663 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 123 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish red, decent head that dissipates to a ring of foam. Smells of caramel and bready maltiness, some earthy mellow hops, touch of apples and dark fruit. Tastes of touch of fruitiness up front followed by nice rich backbone of malt. A nice spicy and earthy bitterness takes over halfway through giving way to some nice caramel sweetness. Finishes very clean, mouthfeel a little thin for the style.

A really nice Marzen. More traditional than other American Oktoberfests, but still hoppier than imports. I like the hops in this, adds some fruitiness that works well with the maltiness. I also like that its not too sweet. Very clean and very drinkable Marzen.

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

A - nice deep amber color with a one finger off-white head. Clear body, no head retention, and little lacing.

S - malts are in the forefront. Sweet toffee smell but cleans out with a bit of floral hoppiness.

T - malts are assertive, but do not overwhelm the palate. Medium bodied that fills the mouth. It feels as though it will coat the tongue but it finishes clean with a bit of a sweet malt aftertaste

D - Nice beer and could easily have this one with some brats and krat sitting in a parking lot waiting for the game to start.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, slightly sweet. Taste is very easy drinknig, malty and finishing a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good selection.

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

Pours a murky brown color into my tulip. It's odd, when held into natural light, it is dull brown-orange, but when held into artificial light it gives a beautiful ruby mahogany color, very different. Pour produces a one finger white head with pretty good retention. Light strings of lacing are left behind.

The nose is light, but appealing. I get a nice caramel malt backbone and the lightest of light hop bittnerness. There is a nice biscuity sweetness going on.

As part of my Oktoberfest tasting, I did a 2 oz sample of each side by side, and then the rest of the bottle were for enjoying casually afterwards. This might be my favorite (the jury is still out) of all the Oktoberfests I tried, and here is why

The taste is really quite good. So often do American breweries miss the mark when brewing Oktoberfests, or put their own spin on it, but this (in my opinion) is very true to style. It's all German malts (which is very obvious when you drink it) and European hops. It's incredibly smooth and the perfect combination of sweet and bitter. There are no offensive off flavors to speak of, no lingering unwanted bitterness, and no alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is gloriously smooth. There is a nice carbonation level but it is very appropriate for the style and this brew in particular.

Drinkability is through the roof. I may just have to make this my fall session brew. I think this is extremely underrated.

I'm very impressed with this brew. I don't know why it gets a low average (thats assuming you think a B is low) but it is what it is. In my opinion, and mine is the only one that matters in my review, this is a very good representation of the style, and a very good fall session brew. I will definitely be purchasing this again.

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, light copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic thin rings of lacing throughout.

Sweet malty aroma with hints of brown sugar, cinnamon and subtle hops. There is also a very faint roasted malt presence that is very promising.

Surprisingly very full bodied and chewy, especially for the style with a lot of sweet malt and fall spices. Hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, biscuit, and that slight toasted malt flavor that the aroma alluded to. There is also a very subtle hop presence which provided an excellent balance of bitterness to the sweet malts and spice notes. An excellent example of an American interpretation of the style but I can't really see to many Germans liking it. Either way I highly recommend it.

Photo of krisandajt
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite Marzen, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet...

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear amber color with a nice fluffy inch of head that fades a bit too fast leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Nothing outrageous for the style here, a nice whiff of bready/biscuity sweetness.

Taste: A robust taste of sweetness. Like the smell, it's got a bready/biscuity quality to it. It's almost got a nutty kind of taste to it too. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Nice body, good carbonation, easy drinking. To me, this beer is what the Fall is all about.

Drinkability: I love this beer. Victory has always produced quality beer, and this one is one of my favorites. Perfect for a cool autumn night. I have enjoyed this beer for years, and will continue to do so.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle: An amber colored brew with a slight off white head.

Smells of caramel malt and sweet bread.

Flavor revolves around malt sweetness, but is not cloying at all. Caramel, Munich and a hint of Chocolate malt in the flavor profile. Subtle light herbal hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth on the back end.

A middle of the road Octoberfest beer, easy to drink and always available in this area. Solid.

Photo of steveh
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever sample of this beer, lucky to find it in my area. Heard good things, let's find out...

Label says enjoy by Feb 01, 2010.

A -- Pours a nice, clear, deep amber-orange color with a thick, light tan head. The head thins pretty quickly and doesn't revive well.

S -- Good balance of bready malts and spicy hops in the nose.

T -- Very nice balance of a sweet breadiness up front and nuttiness in the finish -- good hit of spicy hop at the end, even vaguely citrus, but the aftertaste is of fresh bread.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with a light-medium body.

D -- The nutty character definitely leans this more to an American take on the style, but the boldness of the smooth maltiness throughout makes it a definite top of the available beers. It's, well-balanced in all categories and smooth to drink.

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

Bottle pour from Deciccos in Ardsley, NY
Pours clear medium amber, w/ a slight golden hue. Typical khaki head, moderate retention and then a film, collar and upon a moderate swirl, the appearance ofminor spots of lace. Dull malty nose. Pretty typical O'fest brew, the expected smooth malt, the expected clean bready notes, the expected easy to drink quality. Never been my favorite style, on the dull side IMHO. This one fit my expectations. Works in a marinade if you have more of this type of brew sitting around and you are not real interested in drinking more of it...

Photo of FrothyBeverage
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer has a very bold rich autum color. Froty head and numerus happybubble to the top of the glass. Smells of clove,pumkin, and spices. Very distinguished flavors in the taste. Carmel and harvest tones make this beer tasty. Has a very smooth mouthfeel and goes down fast. I find this to be a quaility beer, victory usually produces excellent beers.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a big, quickly expanding just sort of dirty white head that ALMOST overflowed, but did not. Beer is an orange/copper/gold with no active carbonation but plenty clear. The head is falling fast and not leaving much lacing

S: I get spiciness, particularly pumpkin. Maybe some german hops, just maybe, but it isn't very herbal. It's decently powerful, but to me, not very enjoyable.

T: Again, not impressive. Sort of spicey. Not malty, not any hops that I really recognize. I'm not terribly familiar with the style, but I think it SHOULD be maltier and fuller than this, and it isn't.

M: Thin, which is ok, but kinda sharp too, not something I would really want on a cool Oktober day...

D: I mean it's inoffensive, sort of, and thin. I suppose that makes drinkability, but no, not really.

Photo of jdlivezey
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very drinkable Octoberfest. Very smooth, with a clean finish. From a lager perspective, I really like it. I was expecting a different finish, thinking there would be more bite at the end. Nothing like that at all...very smooth. This is a beer that should be available all year long.

Photo of Thur123
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a nice brown/orange color with lots of carbonation, a crisp clear color and about two fingers of head that fade nicely into a small white layer at the top. The smell is sweet malt and a kind of fresh bread like taste.

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Tastes like toasty bread with a bit of malt sweetness. A slight amount of caramel is in there to, but this seems quite biscuity to me. Overall pretty good, but also a little boring. The good thing is that is full and not too heavy, so I could drink many, which is also nice.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant amber, with tiny carbonation bubbles. Small off-white head has OK retention. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee with grass and pepper.

T: Pretty mild flavored for the style. Sweet malt up front has a caramel and toasted grain flavor. Bitterness is tart and has a lemongrass quality. Finishes fairy clean with lingering toffee and lemon flavors.

M: Medium body feels a little slick. Right amount of carbonation.

D: Good session beer that feels right for the season. Not the best Oktoberfest around, but quite good.

Photo of JamesS
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice light copper color with a bit of head and no lacing. Nice clean malty scent, but not very deep or strong. Nice amber ale flavor, but nothing deep or fall-like that an oktoberfest should have. Goes down fine. This would make a slightly above average amber ale, but as far as the deeper complexities that an oktoberfest should have, it just wasn't quite there. Not a bad brew, just not a great marzen.

Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear copper-red with a very small dirty white head, and some lacing.

smell of malt, caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is tangy, malt, some nuts, some caramel, a bit of hops in the back, and a touch of spice, ends tangy on the tongue.

overall a good brew.

Photo of MisterClean
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at total wine.

A - Pours a copper-orange color, with 2 fingers of orange-white head and dissipates moderately leaving little lacing.

S - Pretty neat and simple, caramel and hints of cinnamon.

T - Caramel, cinnamon, light breadiness, and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well balanced and smooth.

D - Good overall. Not a big fan of oktoberfests, but this one was good.

Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt and bread, with a sweet quality. Not overpowering, but pleasant.

T: Taste consisted of roasted malt, the sweetness mentioned in the smell category and a breadiness. A nice, warm taste, well-balanced.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth, dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of racer2k
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: Dark translucent amber color with a tan colored head. Very little lacing on the glass after the pour.

S: Sweet malt profile with caramel, corn and grains with a slight hop smell.

T: Sweet malt with a fruit and nut background. There is a presence of grains and earthy tones in the taste. This is a chewy and bready beer.

M: Moderate carbonation with a malty sweet backbone. There is a moderate body to this beer

D: Good fall session beer in the spirit of Octoberfest.

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pilsner glass

Pours an amber color with orange tint. Big frothy head with good retention and some decent lacing.

Aroma of malts with some hop presence. Could maybe be a little stronger.

Toasty, malty with some sweetness. Hops bitterness rather evident for the style, at least for the ones I have tried, not complaining by any means.

This is quite robust in my opinion, but still is quite drinkable. Will go good with seasonal brats and pork.

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always heard good things about this offering from Victory and now that they distribute to Tn, I can finally try it fresh...

Pours a beautiful burnished bronze color with a persistent fluffy head.. This just looks like the arrival of Fall if that makes any sense... Warm and inviting...

Classic O-fest aromas of sweet biscuity malt and a touch of noble hops thrown in for good measure... Smells a lot like the German Oktoberfests which is a really good thing...

And its spot on taste-wise as well... Sweet delicious malts that are delicately balanced by the slight bitterness of the hops towards the end.. Lingers at the finish...

Very very nice Oktoberfest from the folks at Victory... May be the best domestic Marzen I've had, right up there with Left Hand..

Highly recommended...

Photo of BigMike
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

"Gather with your friends for a festive moment of Victory!"

poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint tulip.

Color is tangerine orange with some rusty brown mixed in. A hard pour produced a fluffy two finger head that only lasted briefly.

Some spice on the nose with some light caramel. Not a real overpowering aroma.

Very light and watery on the tongue. A bit of sweetness at first but not much is going on flavor wise here. Actually this has a pretty boring flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. The best thing about this beer is the fact that its so crisp and clean that at under 6% its extremely easy to drink. I mean i polished off three bottles before i knew it in about 20 minutes.
Definitely a sessionable one.

Photo of Misfit138
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice deep amber color with two finger head

S- Soft scent of caramel malt, not much else

T- Very malty. Smooth. Not much bitterness to it at all.

M- Fairly heavy with mild carbonation

D- My initial reaction to this beer is that it reminds me of Fat Tire. I like it but it probably isn't my favorite octoberfest beer. It is an enjoyable beer and pretty easy drinking.

Photo of ExMachina1
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the better October/Marzen beers I've had. The aromas and flavors are appropriately complex--bready and nutty with a smooth malty sweetness-- but overall, the beer is subdued enough that your palate never gets fried. This beer would pair great with a lot of foods. Beyond that, Octoberfest beer is supposed to be eminently drinkable and this one has got drinkability in SPADES. This beer is so clean that it exudes quality by its subtlety. I'm gonna go broke this fall!

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.