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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,346 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,346
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 22
Gots: 35 | 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-07-2012 04:37:33 | More by Pillowburn
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

09-07-2012 01:37:50 | More by brentblack1
Photo of Mat_Rampson


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-07-2012 01:28:15 | More by Mat_Rampson
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a golden amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Lager yeast, malts, and a bit of husk. Fairly simple, but definitely to style

T: Follows the nose, tastes a lot like a dark pils. Yeast brings forward grains and very light fruitiness. Husky. Leafy hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice O-Fest that displays a bunch of the characteristics of the style. Easy to drink too. Solid

09-06-2012 22:31:13 | More by BEERMILER12
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-06-2012 21:37:23 | More by jmathis
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-06-2012 03:54:12 | More by lupercmda
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1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

09-06-2012 02:35:59 | More by harrylee773
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New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a light reddish-brown with a sturdy tan head which recedes to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with doughy bread with some yeasty light fruit and caramel malty notes.

The tastes begin with a rich caramel maltiness with subtle hints of toffee. There is a slight doughy, toasty, grainy maltiness that joins as well. As it warms the grainy aspect is joined by surprising amount of earthy and spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is fairly clean and crisp as the style would call for.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of a Marzen/Oktoberfest that exist in today's market. The caramel, sweet maltiness is probably overstated for the style but I enjoy that more than one that is heavy on grainy, pilsnery flavors. Good, not great, worth a go amongst others.

09-05-2012 17:10:23 | More by claspada
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

09-04-2012 20:55:09 | More by comfortablynirm
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3.08/5  rDev -16.8%

A-dark amber with a thin cream colored head

S-honey nut cheerios. Roasted cocoa malts. Good strength. A bit off for the style.

T-comes in with a bitter roasted flavor of honey grains. It's an odd and lightly watery flavor. Doesn't quite fit right. After-taste is oddly bitter.

M-creamy medium carbonation with a semidry finish.

O-this isn't a good Oktoberfest beer. The flavors just don't mesh well and it's not drinkable as the style is supposed to be. 

09-04-2012 02:27:12 | More by AdamBear
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

09-02-2012 13:28:16 | More by Bdel34
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

09-01-2012 02:10:18 | More by elec
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-31-2012 01:03:21 | More by BeerTaster727
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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz bottle 2 months past expiration

Look is an amber-orange with a khaki head. Smell is hay, wheat, yeast, caramel rolls, pumpkin spice, and clove. Taste is wheat, spice, yeast, pumpkin, and roasted malts. Feel is medium, medium carbonation, slightly syrupy and thick.

Solid fest beer, but nothing special. At the high price point, it's not especially desirable.

08-29-2012 02:33:24 | More by jimmah120
Photo of TTAmod


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into pint (although this begs to be poured into a mug.)

A: Deep, clear amber with a one finger white head. Dissipates kind of fast.

S: Slightly roasty malts and caramel make up the smell.

T: Lots of malt present....it has the slight roast flavor giving it a distinct taste. Also a nice, clean grain flavor, as well. There's a nice dose of leafy hops to balance the malt out a little bit. Finishes with a very slight bittenessr and roastiness.

M: Dangerously drinkable. Smooth, creamy, medium-bodied.

O: A highly drinkable, flavorful marzen. It's pretty standard for the style and doesn't really bring anything too new to the table. It's easy to appreciate the simplicity of this beer, though. A perfect fall party beer.

08-28-2012 01:17:00 | More by TTAmod
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%

A-Pours a dark color nearing copper. Decent glow. Head is minimal. Little bubbly clusters. Also, mild lacing.

S-Standarn Oktoberfest aromas. Caramel, dark baked bread, barley and an elegant Noble hop whiff. The hops are fairly noticeable which is definitely a plus.

T-You getting all the toast and caramel and grains, but you are also awarded with a significant grassy hop finish that lingers respectably. One of the better overall Oktoberfest beer flavors I have stumbled upon.

M-Medium bodied with zippy carbonation and a creamy feel. Light bitterness and dryness. Sessionable.

O/D-One of the better takes on a style I don't love. Enjoyed the hop intensity. Another solid Victory brew.

08-27-2012 23:46:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

08-27-2012 02:18:11 | More by paulhargus
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-27-2012 00:55:44 | More by Jakers90
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-26-2012 15:22:15 | More by MikeConklin
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-26-2012 01:23:19 | More by joshtrich
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

08-25-2012 19:42:57 | More by Davepoolesque
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours out a clear and rich amber color, almost caramel like. Nice two finger off white head with great retention, with plenty of lacing going around the glass till the last drop.

The aroma is rich with toasted malt! Big caramel hints but roasted enough to give some smoky characteristics. Keeping with the style of lager the hops a well blended a bit leafy, but the toasted malt is the focus of this lager.

The taste is rich with toasted caramel and smoky malt. Nothing fancy, just rich toasted malt with a bit of earthy/ medicinal hop lingering at the end.

Rich, almost full bodied and slick on the palate. Yet, easy going down the hatchet.

This was the first time I have ever seen and Oktoberfest lager from Victory, so I had to pick it up. Probably one of the best American made versions of this style of beer.

08-23-2012 06:48:05 | More by Luigi
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Aroma: sweet, toasty malts, slightly vegetal in aroma which fades to a complex malt/medicinal, solvently aroma

Appearance: Amber/red color; thin/off-white head dissipates quickly,

Flavor: complex, but balanced more towards bitterness than malts for the style. Tastes slightly woody/toasty with german noble hop presence

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. Although a decotion mash is used, I don't pick up on the rich complex malt character, but finish is slightly sweet

Overall: very smooth and drinkable, but for a decotion mash being used would have liked to see a more assertive malt background and less bitterness

08-23-2012 03:02:44 | More by rdacey
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-22-2012 04:29:57 | More by Elfastball7
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3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance is a dark amber color, with an initially generous head that fades pretty quickly. The smell is strong, with bread and biscuit scents standing out. Toasted bready malts are dominant in the taste, reminding me of sourdough bread. There is a bit of nutty flavor, and a floral bitterness in the finish. Just average mouthfeel. Nothing really remarkable about this beer, but nothing bad either.

08-21-2012 23:17:24 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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