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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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1,297 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1297
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%


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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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled due to the efforts of Lackenhauser and The Great Pumpkin BIF.

Pours a nice orange to amber colored beer with a nice tan head.

Smell is quite fragrant, strong scent of malt and fruitiness. Scents of grain and caramelized sugar with a hint of rye? Maybe not any rye in this but that is what it smells like to me.

Taste is semi dry and fruity at the beginning. Moderate sweetness and mild herbal hop flavor throughout the experience. A tasty mild beer here.

Mouthfeel is solid.

Very drinkable beer here. Tasty and mild this is easy to drink and is a fine everyday type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 22:11:42 | More by Zorro
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sacfly

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by Jan 1 06 on front of bottle.

Pours a clear amber color with a large, thick head of medium bubbles. Smell is a gentle mix of musty grains and slight sweetness. Fresh bread.

Taste is grainy, bread again, with a slight caramel sweetness and subtle hops. Mild bitterness comes in the aftertaste. Medium to light body.

Very enjoyable. I could drink this all day. Not too sweet like some Oktoberfest. A very well crafted brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 23:54:13 | More by sacfly
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Creamy white head and a copper body with only a few carbonation bubbles. Smells of sweet and roasted malt. Taste is bitter, mildly sweet and a bit dry. Fuller-bodied than other lagers as expected for the style. Crisp despite the apparently low level of carbonation. Finishes smooth and clean.

A decent Marzen. True to design, it would serve as a good session/festival beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 21:05:47 | More by Shovelbum
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a flashy ambery gold, crystal clear and flitting highlights about. A finger of pithy white head settles quickly to spring-fed islets of foam. Mere pinpricks of lacing punctuate the inner surface of the glass.

The aroma delivers a quick, basic tenet of lightly toasted autumnal malt, along with an earthy noble hops ambience that promptly whispers away.

The first taste carries a light film of breezy malt sweetness, developing into a rather sparse melange of flinty fruitiness and smooth rondelles of earthen hops. The finish fades to a strain of baked pretzel doughiness and noble hops dryness. It actually comes across as unexpectedly light and airy, and might not be the very best credit to the style, but it delivers something worthwhile.

Between light and medium bodied, it physically has a bit more spine than the flavor it strives to deliver. A classical lager dryness lingers glowingly in the mouth.

As happens at times, the rather simple and thin flavor goes a long way toward making this quite quaffable. It’s utterly inoffensive, and pretty much unremarkable as well. Still, it’s well better than just average, and it absolutely qualifies as satisfying. It’s not likely to stand up well to much but the more mild food dishes, but as a standalone session beer it would be nicely recommended. You can’t be amazed by every beer you try, but this one impresses just enough to make it desirable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 19:15:30 | More by Foxman
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This pours a nice copper color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is very mild and malty. Taste is almost all sweet malt with just a little hops kicking in for the finish. Medium bodied, maybe just a tiny bit thin but I think the mouthfeel is about right for this beer. This is extremely drinkable, it really begs to be drank in quantity. This won't blow you away, but it's a nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 04:57:37 | More by burnstar
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pentathlete

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dirty brass with a small head that finally falls to nothing. Nose is sweaty malt and some butter notes. Taste picks up with a fine blend of malt and just a bit of hops for a dry(ing) finish. Mouthfeel is thin but it increases during the taste. Very drinkable. Not bad at all. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 21:25:47 | More by pentathlete
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date: "Enjoy by Dec 12 05". Served at fridge temperature in a Fuller's nonic, around lunchtime.

Appearance- A clean, clear reddish amber which displays a small, one inch head that deteriorates immediately. A thin rim of foam survives, without any lacing.

Smell- German malts, with their nutty, sweet undertones... not much else! Vienna malts and a mildly bready aroma.

Taste- A very familiar Oktoberfest flavor that incorporates the malts, bread, and very slight bittering in the finish... approachable, and basic. You can't write a book about it, you just enjoy it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit too carbonated in the mouth, it gets in the way of the taste and drinkability; Almost a tongue-encompassing hostage scenario ensues. Overall a decent interpretation of a Fest, just a bit loud.

Victory's brewing mastery resides outside of this beer, just try Storm King...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 16:27:59 | More by yelterdow
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear orange, small off white head forms, some sporadic lacing. Smell is smoky and sweet, some grassy hops and a little bit of citrus. Taste is sweet and grassy, some caramel and citrus, light touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation. A fine example of Oktoberfest. Thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 18:04:21 | More by Viggo
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ski271

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium-light amber with a small, off-white, foamy head with little retention. Only a little lacing as well. The aroma is malt-dominant of course, without smelling too sweet and bready. A pleasant nuttiness to it. The taste is a bit lacking at first with the malts coming off a little on the weak side. The hops only really make their presence known toward the finish. However, by the time I got halfway through the second bottle, I was enjoying it more. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and on the thin side. I don’t know, I guess I have just grown to expect more from Victory. It’s not bad by any means, but I’ve had better Oktoberfests this year. And with the higher-than-average price tag, I won’t be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 17:36:41 | More by ski271
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jed

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with illustration of two peasants stirring beer. Small blurb explaining the beer. "Enjoy by" date 12/22/05.

Appearance: Pours a solid, reddish brown with one finger of head. Head rapidly shrinks, but around a quarter inch remains with good retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a trail of light brown lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Warm aroma, lots of toasted malt without associated citrus or spice of hops. Some caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol lingering.

Taste: Slightly sour mouth with slight hop bitterness, which gives way to toasted malt and lingering sweet notes. Finish leaves behind strong malt and more subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, a little bit on the thin side. Disappointing.

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer, flavorful without being too strong.

Victory Festbier has nothing to set it apart from a large pack of American craft brewers who make Oktoberfest biers. This isn't necessarily meant as a criticism — Festbier is one of many well-executed versions of the style that are good, but not amazing. I'd give the nod to Brooklyn's Oktoberfest over this, but if I found Festbier on tap I'd happily order a pint.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 19:14:33 | More by jed
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear caramel/amber with a short stand of fine, off-white bubbles that showed good retention and a bit of lacing. Malty aroma with some toasty caramel, a slight smokiness and faint hops. A malty, caramel flavoured brew, the moderate bitterness continued and increased into the finish. Overall, a very clean grain flavour with some toastiness that's balanced by moderate hop flavour. Very smooth texture, medium carbonation, some residual sweetness and sugar. Clean, malty, and tasty -- an enjoyable offering from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:04:48 | More by DrJay
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a copper shade in color, with a fizzy, pop-like head that almost immediately dissappears. The nose is packed with a rich, sweet malty scent. Smells delicious. The taste is also malty, but with a slight hop bitterness, or maybe tangy-ness, towards the end. The sip finishes with an odd aftertaste that I just cant seem to figure out. The mouthfeel is crappy. Maybe not terrible, but too thin and too fizzy when it first hits the palate. Drinkability is average. There are a lot better octoberfests out there, this one isnt terrible but it really isnt anything to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 12:27:21 | More by jasonpeckins32
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Review: Not Victory's best, but still a great Oktoberfest...one of my favorite American versions (along with Brooklyn).

Appearance: Clear copper/gold with a small head that quickly reduces to a ring.

Smell: Not as fest-y as I'm used to...kinda thin. Definite malt presence, but comes up a bit short for my tastes.

Taste: Very nice. Not overpowering, but not without character. It's got a solid malt backbone with a shot of spice. No notable hop presence here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. I'd use this as a beer to carry you into fall, not out of it. Definitely suited for the milder autumn nights.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good fall session beer. Less than 6% ABV and no overpowering flavor or body so as to make this tough to drink more than once. I could easily cozy up with a sixer and call it a night!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 00:45:52 | More by kpantz
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange color. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma mostly carmely malts, with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is again, mostly sweet carmel malts, with a cleansing and balancing hop finish. Carbonation helps with the clearing of the pallate. Clean beer all around. Maybe a touch higher FG for me. Perhaps my fall season, this IS the seission beer to have. I'm starting to like and appreciate Victory more and more.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 21:10:50 | More by deejaydan
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Naes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a super clear amber brown color with a huge bubbly white head.
Its aroma is malty and a bit spicy.
As this brew first hits your tongue, it begins a bit watery then a malt character comes in followed by the hops. This is a nicely balanced Oktoberfest, a bit toasty and bready.
Light mouth feel and is generously carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 01:10:20 | More by Naes
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mjohn27603

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish out of the bottle. Thin white layer forms on top, less than one finger head. Smell is malty with some spices mixed in. Taste is a little bitter with a stale taste. Not as malty as other Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Not one of Victory's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 23:44:44 | More by mjohn27603
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixtel of this from Andy's in Bogota, NJ for a pary I had this weekend. There is no substitute! Draught beer for a party rules over any other means - especially when it comes to spreading the good BA word. Drank it from 1/2 yards all evening long.

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber honey colored brown with a very respectable head. Good for an Oktoberfest bier.

S - Mildly yeasty maltiness with a hint of hops. Clean and fresh. No detriments.

T - Straight up caramel malts off the bat. Not overly sweet, to it's credit. The finish brings about a nice, subdued hoppy dryness, without being obtrusive. Easy!

M - Mildly carbonated, rising to an even froth before the finish. Very easy to drink as a session beer.

D - So so easy! The moutfeel and taste make this an easy drinker. You could only be so lucky as to be able to score a mini-keg of this as I did.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 03:44:12 | More by EPseja
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raven3131

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was a little dissapointed with this offering - though the color is good I found the nose a little soft, and had to really work it to bring out the character. First sip didn't deliver the roasted malt flavor I am used to from a Oktoberfest lager. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice fall beer, well made and very easy to drink - but I know Victory can do better. I typically look for more initial mouthfeel in alcohol and malt in a fest beer - the spice was faint, but there by the end.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 17:08:07 | More by raven3131
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz oured into a pint glass. It looks like the date is jetted on the label, but its unreadable.

Clear amber, with a rather small white head that shows some retention and stickyness.

Malts that are a bit roasted with some floral hops that are a bit spicy.

Starts off with sweet malts, and a little caramel and toast. Fades nicely into bitter hops with a nice crisp bite from the carbonation that almost clears the palate but leaves some toast in its wake.

The body has a nice balance between the swet malts and the carbonation and hop combo. Best Okto I've had this year. Could drink it all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 04:48:33 | More by ypsifly
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great deep copper color but crystal clear. Not much to speak of with the head but a nice level of carbonation gives it a little life. Smell is faint malt and some yeast bread tones. Taste is well balanced with some nutty tones but mostly just basic malt without being sweet. Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable beer, i went through this 12 oz very quickly. The best of the oktoberfest i've had this year. Another solid offering from victory and highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 00:48:30 | More by beermanbrian
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice fall offering from Victory. Poured out to an orange color with a nice 1/4 inch head. Lacing was absent in this brew's presentation. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malts and bread are detected, as is grain and mild hops. Taste is robust, yet smooth; flavors of malt, hops and minor spice are all present, with a toasted like character filling the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth, while remaining quite thirst quenching. Good drinkability. This could be a good football game day beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 23:43:27 | More by Frozensoul327
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bb 12/12/05

deep orange color, thin stream of lively carbonation and a respectable head of smooth velvet and coarse bubbles. solid lacing. aroma screams lager yeast with a perfectly subtle malt richness and the faintest hint of hops. so drinkable and refreshing. light black pepper notes and a crisp autumn malt sweetness are detectable.. full bodied but light in terms of gravity, this beer goes down in big gulps. so fresh... unbelievable. carbonation, freshness, hop spice and malt smokiness add a faux-sense of fall spice... when in reality, this is nothing more than a well crafted, four ingredient beer. mild hint of alcohol in the finish is the only negative i can see here. difficult beer to get right- bill and ron have done it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 04:48:23 | More by goodbyeohio
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jaluria

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew with an off-white colored head. Not much retention of the head nor much lacing. Relatively transparent considering the color. I can't really detect anything with my nose. I smell malt and some dried fruit, but it's faint. The taste is a good representation of the style; smooth and refreshing without being overly sweet or bitter. A balanced beer that lacks both complexity and any distinct features. Overall an enjoyable beer during Oktoberfest, but not one that I would want to have often throughout the year.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 14:09:22 | More by jaluria
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of the style, very flavorful yet light and refreshing making it easily sessionable.

Pours a medium clear amber in color with a wispy white head that had a nice creamy crown that retained throughout. Very malty in the nose, slightly nutty, some hop presence, but not very much. Taste is quite malty, sweet but with a good bitterness background to it to even out the whole affair. I could drink a lot of this.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 08:55:59 | More by Gaisgeil
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Higravity

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Octoberfest beir from one of my favorite breweries. It had a good fall oragne color with a clean white head that gives lacing in the glass. The smell is clean muted heavy malt and a bit of spciy acidic hops. It has the traditional Marzen taste that I have come to expect of these beers, but the malt seems weak a little. Overall it is a good clean beer that can be enjoy enmass and would be a solid session beir all session.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 14:31:07 | More by Higravity
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