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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002)
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

This is not my favorite Victory brew, but it is very drinkable. It is light amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma is one of the barley malt and a kicker of hops. The taste is pretty much the same. By comparison with the good German Fest beers, this is not quite there. In contrast to the Spaten brews and the like, this is superior. It is a pretty thick feeling beer but is very drinkable. It goes down very smoothly leading to drinking more than one.

03-28-2004 22:36:36 | More by rdrummer
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stingo

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

A very nice offering from Victory - a bit thicker/chewier than its German counterparts, it fills the stomach quicker, but not without some great taste. Nice light caramel throughout with a dash of hops at the back to round out the flavor. Definitely a beer to have with food (pizza and/or pretzels come to mind) as well as on its own.

03-11-2004 02:51:38 | More by stingo
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aracauna

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev 0%

This is one of the good festbiers. Nice sweet caramel malt gives it enough flavor to be worth drinking. It's a liquid caramel clear body with a decent head that is a bit fizzy. Easy drinking and another example that Victory is one of the better microbreweries when it comes to lagers.

02-23-2004 19:53:58 | More by aracauna
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Boto

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

Draught @ Victory: This one pours a bit of a coppery color, with only a little head. Some lacing down the glass. A fairly decent malt nose. A trace of hops. The taste is pretty much along the same lines. There is a bit of a smokey, dry taste to it also. A very smooth, easy drinking beer. Good for session drinking.

12-20-2003 21:37:46 | More by Boto
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

My buddy up at school saved on of these for me while I was away.

Color was of a carmel orange and poured a large bright white head that left a heavy lace. Aroma was sweet, bready, and offered a few fruity scents as well. Flavor was much the same with sweet malts towering over all else. Mouthfeel was full but not thick.

Another good Victory brew--thanks Andy

12-19-2003 16:29:50 | More by allboutbierge
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nomad

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%

Dead clear light copper, this beer had a thin head and little lace in the served pint glass. It smelled of husky grain, Munich malt, coming together to be bready in a wonderful way. Also, a strong presence of lemony hops. Tasted of these lemony hops on top of smooth and quietly strong Munich malt. Slightly textured grain accents in the middle, this beer was fruity without being necessarily this or that fruit.

A true embodiment of that classic amber flavor of Oktoberfests, mainly because of the thin body and flavor profile. Quaffable and easy, yet a sipper too if you wish. Next to Paulaner, for me, as a great Oktoberfest beer.

12-19-2003 02:07:54 | More by nomad
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yen157

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

I'm reviewing this from notes, otherwise it would be a pretty old Oktoberfest!

Drak, golden amber with a medium-coarse head. Pretty nice an sticky. Fresh hop taste and surprisingly grainy for a beer from these guys. Malt a bit less pronounced then I like and expected. Still, it had good balance and smooth, creamy carbonation. Not my 1st choice if in an Oktoberfest mood, but still a good, easy drinknig session beer.

12-15-2003 13:46:12 | More by yen157
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Starchild

New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured this beer into a pint and my what a huge frothy head. The body was deep red amber. This looks the part, so how does it taste? This beer had an extremely clean and smooth, yet slightly sweet beginning. By my third sip, the beer's complexity becomes apparent. I started tasting that true caramel nut Oktoberfest. The beer ends gets a bit bitter, but smoothes out by the end. Enjoyable.

11-27-2003 01:41:52 | More by Starchild
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fattyre

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with a moderate dissipating tan head. The smell is a pleasant roastiness with a faint background hoppy aroma. The taste/mouthfeel is very slightly roasted maltiness with a mild hopiness which gives it a crisp clean finish. A drinkable clean octoberfest, while not the best it is very drinkable.

11-01-2003 03:43:00 | More by fattyre
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Brilliant copper body topped by a creamy head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of hops. Taste is very smooth, with well balanced malt sweetness, roasted flavor, and bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and smooth. Drinkability is very good. A very nice fest beer.

10-20-2003 04:37:30 | More by aaronh
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

A great auburn color with legitimate hop aroma and flavor. An intriguing brew, to say the least. Possibly, next to the Hop Devil, my favorite brew on Victory's menu. Very malty in the nose and on the palate, this bier offers little in the way of a lingering head, but do not fret, this one is a winner. One of the better Marzen-style brews I have had in quite some time. Seek and ye shall find!

Prost!

10-18-2003 12:24:16 | More by goindownsouth
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Deep red amber in the glass topped with a minimal coating of white foam that dies quickly but manages to leave some lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty faint. Nice hop notes and dashes of orange along with some slightly bready maltiness.

The flavor is a bit lacking, but it is pretty good. Orange peels along with a little bit of hop bite give it a nice flavoring, just toned down. Some sweetness comes in, but it stays very well-balanced. Orange peels also add an interesting note. It is very drinkable, and it is definitely different from the other micro Oktobers I have had this year. A great session brew, but just a bit light for me.

10-02-2003 16:33:06 | More by ElGuapo
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%

Appearance: Copper amber with an orange glow to it leaves a nice sized cream vanilla colored head with sufficient lacing left after the foam wains away. Aroma: Slight floral hop note lingers in there but more importantly a toasted malt character that is possibly the most delicate and pleasant from an Oktoberfest bier to this point mildly sweet Bavarian malts a blended so nicely here. Tase: Defines a well balanced beer, not tame or muted just made in an accurate approach toward the Oktoberfest or Marzen style that is consumed by the liter in Munich every year rolling syrup like malt sweetness with toasted nuts representing as the backbone of delicious tasty brew from Victory. Mouthfeel: Not watery but medium to light bodied has a slightly sticky texture that glides well down the palate. Drinkabilty: Must surely be the most drinkable example of an American made Ofest to date, wow just awesome beer everyone needs to sample this beer then go out and buy a case like I am going to.

09-29-2003 22:41:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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goz

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Slightly red-tinged amber, big white head that diminishes fairly quickly, and leaves very little lacing. Aroma is very light, some maltiness but not much else. Flavor is also fairly light, some caramel and other malt sweetness, and maybe a minimal hop hit at the end. Body is medium at best, mild carbonation, drinks easily, but is noting spectacular.

09-18-2003 02:38:13 | More by goz
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shirfan

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

Copper-orange with a thin but sticky cream-colored head.
Aroma is a bit weak, only giving away a vague bicuity malt.

Taste is medium-bodied, clean bready malts predominate. Light on hops; just a hint of bitterness before an almost soda pop finish.

Carbonation is a little high for an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

A good beer, but not in the stratosphere like most of Victory's offerings.

09-10-2003 02:37:02 | More by shirfan
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

This seems to be one of the truer to the style Oktoberfests I have sampled. Draft pour left little head atop this amber/orangey brew. Bready aroma with a hint of alcohol in the nose. This beer seemed to have more of an alcohol character than the 5.6% showed. Bready malts balance this alcohol flavor nicely. Mouthfeel is slick and clean. Not a great fall seasonal, but Victory has stayed true to the style, as they usually do. This is a decent seasonal, but to me not worth seeking out.

09-07-2003 17:58:47 | More by IrishRedRock
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Copper in color with a thin white head that leaves a nice lace. Malty aroma with just a hint of hops. Taste is on the sweet side with a caramel flavor. It's easy drinkability makes it an excellent session beer. Another solid beer from victory. One of the better oktoberfests I've had.

09-04-2003 20:32:26 | More by dmarch
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Straight 4's on this one,pours a nice amber color with a medium head that leaves a little lacing, aroma is of caramel toffee very appetizing.Taste is malty and doughy with some soapiness in the finish.Nice toasted malt flavor as well,pretty drinkable.Man I love this time of year!

08-31-2003 17:29:02 | More by oberon
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sponberg

New York

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a deep amber/orange with a thin head that gets thinner rapidly. Bready, sweet malt aroma - to style.

Sweet maltiness abounds, with decoction like flavors and some slightly weird fruitiness that I can't quite figure out - it's not there when cold, and shows up when it's warm, a sort of fig like flavor? Very round flavor overall. Finishes a touch on the phenolic side, with a slightly numbing-the-tip-of-the-tongue effect alongside some green apple and toasted malt flavors. About 9/10 of the way to being an outstanding Ofest.

08-30-2003 02:22:25 | More by sponberg
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thefireman

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured dark copper with an ample, beige head, which quickly dissipated. Good lace throughout. Malty at first, good smell. Slightly sweet, but finishes with the trademark hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is ok.

Not the greatest Victory product, but would purchase again.

06-08-2003 18:48:13 | More by thefireman
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mzwolinski

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Clear copper in color, with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is malty sweet, with doughy bread notes. Malt dominates the taste as well, starting off sweet and developing a pleasant toastiness mid-palate. Bit of a nutty flavor forms there too, and sticks around. Finish is lightly accented with herbal hop flavor, and the aftertaste is sweet. Medium-light in body, but well-carbonated and hopped well enough to prevent the taste from becoming cloying. Very drinkable.

04-06-2003 18:41:18 | More by mzwolinski
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

A better Oktoberfest beer, very malty and somewhat dry. There is a slight hop character. Very refreshing and a great beer to drink with almost any food. It is not overpowering and leads to being drank with ease and in copious amounts. Worth seeking out on tap as it is much better than the bottle version.

03-20-2003 13:36:26 | More by bierman2000
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

Nice orangey glow and copper in color, good white head that stuck around the glass. Smell was all over the place, very complex for an Oktoberfest. Lots of sweet smelling hops and malts, some nutty notes and roasted barley and some pale citrus. Taste was pretty decent, not bad at all. Kinda sweet and malty bitter, very clean hop feel, a bit watery with a slight sweet twinge on the tongue. Its a drinkable fest, but this could be bolder and slightly heavier. Nothing really wrong with it, a bit of a different approach to the fest style then I'm use to.

03-20-2003 10:45:58 | More by tavernjef
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maxpower

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.9%

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head. Has a light flowery and malty caremel aromas, sweet, balanced malts and clean tasting, light body, a little thin semi-watery mouthfeel, this is a decent oktoberfest, but nothing special, there are alot of other better ones out there.

01-12-2003 14:05:11 | More by maxpower
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

Creamy, bubbling, humdinger head; a perfect darkish amber color. Aroma: fresh, clean, floral, nuts, buttery and sweet, vanilla, bananas, soft spices. Little hops, heavy with malt. Incredibly sweet on the tongue, long and lovely finish. A tasty sizzle on the palate, very flavorful, and an unusually characterful lager. One of the more subtle, but satisfying Oktoberfests I've ever enjoyed.

12-30-2002 20:31:31 | More by feloniousmonk
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.