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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 95 | 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 BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't you love the fall? Oktoberfests and Pumpkin beers everywhere you look. Good stuff.

a: Amber body, thin white head.

s: sweet toasted malt and fresh cut grass.

t: Sweet malt, light biscuit notes, honey, grass, and mild hops.

m: medium to light body, very smooth.

d: exceptionally drinkable, as the style tends to be. Not overly sweet, but the flavor is a bit light. Still, its a good offering and an enjoyable brew.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier pours a clear copper color with a thin, fizzy off white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving no lace behind. The aroma is very faint, but has some bread and toast malt notes.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a mild fizz on the back of the tongue. The flavor is is mostly crisp malt with notes of biscuit and caramel. Mild fruit notes and a touch of spice are mixed in. It finishes with a taste of grassy hops. Once gone a hint of spice remains on the palate.

This is an tasty Octoberfest with a nice crisp malt backbone. I thought the lack of lace made the beer look a bit flat and the aroma needs to be a bit stronger.

WanderingFool, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. This beer pours a dark, clear copper color with a quickly receding head. The beer smells of a sweet bread. The taste is heavy on sweet malt, the finish is crisp and clean. The beer has a light to medium body with light carbonation. This beer is very drinkable. A good Oktoberfest.

bonkers, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. No real lacing and a bit of retention.

Smells crisply malty, with a bready toasted grain aroma.

Taste is light and clean. A bit of malt with some hoppy zing in the finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with moderate carbonation.

A nicely drinkable OKtoberfest. Not as dark and complex as the best of the style but not nearly as bland as most seem to be these days.


sholland119, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear copper color. There is a ton of carbonation that creates a thick white head with great retention throughout the drink.
Smell is very slight and subdued. There is a slight bit of fruity hop, but there is mainly just a flat malt smell.
Taste is not as flavorful as I would like. There is a good balance between malt and hop, but neither really jumps out and impresses.
Mouthfeel is as good as it gets. Perfect amount of thickness with an awesome smooth drink all the way down.
Drinkability is good mainly because of the perfect mouthfeel. There is nothing exceptional about the taste of this beer, but there is nothing bad either. An above average beer that I wouldn't go out and get, but I would drink it if handed one...

BDIMike, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brew is pretty much what you would expect a good o-fest to look like. Clear nutty brown body with some bubbles that can be seen rising to the top. Head pours with about 2 fingers and is slightly off-white. fades to 1 finger and retains well from there. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is a great mix of soft piny hops and caramel/German malt. Nice.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell. Mild flavor upfront but caramel malt is defiantly the main character along with a mild German (can't put my finger on what type) malt. The finish adds a faint touch of piny hop flavor to the initial flavors but is very clean. Nothing lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and a nice, lightweight O-fest body.

D- This is a nice O-fest. I bought this last year but made bread with it rather than drinking it (good bread too). It has a nice hop character to it and had the nice caramel malt flavor that I like. Good, very drinkable beer.

PittBeerGirl, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is toasted biscuit malts, carmel, and some grassy slightly minty hops.

The flavor is slightly sweet toasted biscuit malts with a dry, slightly bitter (minty), finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest. I'm finding I don't much care for the style. I don't like the toasted biscuit flavors.

Beaver13, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of ABHatter
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz btl into 16oz tumbler. Very attractive amber color, Appears quite transparant with good carbonation

s-Smell is quite bready with some sort of mild fruity smell which for some reason I can't identify.

T- This beer is all about the malt. Bready qualities with a touch of raisins & figs. Hops are quite mild with a touch of spicyness & a faint tea flavor, But they help to balance the malt quite nicely on the finish. Sweet Maltiness all around on this beer

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, Mouthfeel is considerably better than other Rocktoberfests that I've had in the past

D- Drinkability is also quite good due to the mild sweetness. I could easily have a few of these.

I'm not a huge fan of lagers, but this beer really hits the spot. Overall a great Oktoberfest beer from Victory. Well worth a try.

ABHatter, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great burnt orange color, very good clarity, looks pretty lively in the glass. Foamy white head builds up and drops to a thin froth. Smell is lagerish, some subdued sweetness in there, a bit of sharp malt. Taste has a good amount of toasted malt, a nice full flavor to it. Semi-sweet ending... I could drink a lot of this beer. I think they nailed the flavor that is acceptable for Marzen's. Good mouthfeel, not too watery, not too big. One of the better Marzen's out there. Might have to take this head to head with Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest.

MiScusi, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- amber with lots of carbonation and a small off white head.

S- grainy, bready, and a slight hint of fruit

T- caramel malt, some bready tastes, and the grain that reminds me that this one is a lager

M- light, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- my favorite october fest beer so far and another victory success. this brewery hasnt done anything wrong in my book. something i could drink several of, and will be sad to see removed from the shelves once the season is over. check this one out people!

jwinship83, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 5 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Gorgeous deep copper with a doughy beige head that sinks into a solid disk. Tons of carbonation. Pretty!

S: Bready with some fruit character with some raisins and a hint of figs. Doughy.

T: Bready with a mild caramel sweetness with a mild hop presence The caramel really hits the spot and balances things out beautifully, serving as a bridge from the doughy start to the very mildly bitter finish. Mild fruit character with some figs. Excellent!

M: Light and crisp on the palate with excellent carbonation and a great finish

D: I'm a believer. This is the best I've had so far!

DefenCorps, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, slightly hazy perhaps from coming out of a ridiculously cold hotel fridge. Let it warm for a bit and it looks nice, even a thin trace of head remaining with some decent lacing.

Nice malty aroma. Some caramel and even a touch of spice. Flavor is a nice bit of toasty malt, caramel and some mild hoppy spice. Finishes real clean. Nice easy drinker.

Good body and smooth feel. I like this Festbier.

ZimZamZoom, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Beautiful clear amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white head. Retention is somewhat short, but a thick collar remains.

S - Sweet, bready malt, heavy on the crystal. This smells a lot like fresh bread. Hiding in the background is a small spicy component, though I can't put my finger on the exact aroma. Fairly simple, but appetizing.

T - Great sweetness from the malt with the expected bready quality. Late palate a metallic quality emerges and provides a quick earthy bitterness. Very good, but lacking quite a bit of complexity.

M - Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Better than most oktoberfests I've had so far. Smooth.

D - This stuff goes down great. No real off flavors, and while the flavor is simple overall, it is very good. An easy beer to session without getting wrapped up in nuance.

PatrickJR, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very attractive dark orange with a half inch off-white head that probably could have been bigger had I given it a more aggressive pour. In any case, it sinks down to a spotty coating on top. I would knock it down for head retention, but I just can't get enough of the color.

Aroma has toasty caramel malts, some graininess, and a bit of earthy and spicy hops.

Taste starts with a bit of malty sweetness up front, but it is very subdued and then it becomes a bit more doughy and finishes with a healthy dose of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light and crisp. Pretty much how this style should be. I did polish off an entire six pack in one night so it's very drinkable indeed.

Nice O-fest offering from Victory. Not my favorite but easily one of the best American ones out there.

roadhouse, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with one inch of white head that has good retention and settles to a thick cap. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass surface.

Mostly a sweet caramel malt in the nose. Fairly faint and mellow.

The taste is on the sweeter side. Caramel malt with almost a buttery quality is featured. Some earthly hop flavor sneaks in on the finish.

Has a great texture to the light body. Mild carbonation.

Has nice drinkability qualites with the light body and low ABV. Just a little sweeter than I prefer in my beer.

morimech, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

2008 offering.

Pours a semi-transparent copper color with a small slightly sticky off white head. Not much going on in the nose, but it is clean, some roasted malts. The brew is bright and balanced, good strong malts but not over kill on the 'toasty' character, nice citrusy hop notes. No off flavors which is a definite plus to this years recipe. Light bodied, no alcohol presence and very drinkable. Definitely one to pick up this season.

ATPete, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a bubbly, clear reddish amber with a good-sized off-white head that lingers as a cap for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing. Roasted caramel malts dominate the nose with a bit of sweetness of vanilla as well. The hops are present but subdued in the aroma. The taste is even sweeter than the aroma indicates with a much more bready malt backbone and tons of caramel and vanilla sweetness. There is a bit of earthy hops in the finish leaving a little bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied - crisp and clean with good carbonation. Not overly complex, this brew is definitely drinkable and a good representation of the style.

gford217, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear with a sort of burnished copper color. Maybe a fingers width of soapy head that didn't last long before disappearing. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas are a bread-like malty smell with a bit more hops on the nose than anticipated.

Although malts are the star of this offering, the overall brew was more dry than sweet. The maltiness that does come through seems to be a caramel grain flavor with some light bready or yeasty notes coming on in the middle. Finish is dry and quick, with just a little bit of that nice grain flavor in the linger.

Overall mouthfeel was good. The flavors are solid and everything holds together well to the finish. Carbonation is relatively light but well matched to the overall texture of the brew.

I found this to be rather drinkable and enjoyable. For whatever reason, most of the Oktoberfest brews I have tried this year seem to be on the dry side and I personally like them toward the malty sweet side. None the less, this was good and I would certainly order it again.

SIRIUS2, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange with a finger of tan head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & not much else

T: Herbal & metallic hops, grainyness & some caramel up front. Dryness, slight leafy hops & a touch of caramel as this warms. finishes dry with a little grainy breadyness & toffee

MF Medium bodied with low carbonation

Very drinkable, but alas, the flavor profile is lacking. I expected more from these guys

russpowell, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lighter-than-expected orange-y brown, with a bright "autumn glow," so far as my friend was concerned. Though I myself probably wouldn't go that far, it is a pleasant looking brew. Displaying a good amount of carbonation, with an initial big-bubbled head that dissipated fairly quickly.

A hoppier nose than I expected, with some tang, and the malt foundation also does not come across as particularly sweet. Nuts, grains, some grass.

Nuts and grains in the taste, alongside a hint of caramel. A bit of spicy earthiness / grassiness. A well-balanced flavor. Finishes dry, and here arose my area of concern. The nutty taste and exceptionally dry finish left my palate with the thick impression of having just eaten unsalted nuts. Not great, and a bit surprising, because I otherwise found the Festbier to be medium-bodied and nicely carbonated, crisp and refreshing.

TheMistler, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of gcarl
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass.

Head quickly dissipates, leaving a dark orange/light brown brew. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is mild, with hints of malt and mellow fruits.

First sip reveals that this lager has a huge sweet malty backbone with an incredibly dry finish(almost makes you reach for a glass of water to rehydrate) Definitely is my least favorite of the the Victory offerings thus far. An easy drinker but far from the best representation of the style.


gcarl, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange/copper color. Poured a healthy three finger slightly off-white head that settled but persisted. Medium lacing.

S: Biscuity,slightly sweet malts; slightly grassy. Light, slightly bitter hop aroma.

T: Slightly sweet, bready, malts. Softly bitter hops.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. All and all a nice balance of malts and hops.

D: Very drinkable. Subtle ABV.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of eljefe21
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper color with a 1 finger head.

S: Slightly faint malty smell.

T: Malty balanced nicely with a slightly dry and bitter flavor.

M: Sharp and carbonated up front, thin in the middle, and a dry finish.

D: A nice beer that tastes like fall in Germany.

Served: in a standard pint glass

eljefe21, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle a nice amber/orange color with a head that lasted maybe 10 seconds, no lacing at all. Aroma of caramel, malts and some spices. Pleasant taste, with some caramel and spice. Full bodied and pretty smooth with a touch of hops. Carbonation is not too heavy, very little if any. A good beer for the fall.

beernut, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear reddish-amber color with a nice 1"-ish very light tan head that falls to a thin cap.
Light aromas but still distinct aromas of toffee and caramel, some breadiness. Light hop aroma as well.
Lagery twang followed by dark and/or toasted bread, toffee, caramel and hop bitterness.
Light-medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable. Meets the goal of a good Oktoberfest in that I could down several of these without too much worry.
A very good example of one of my favorite beer styles.

gabeerfan, Sep 12, 2008
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.