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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 47 | 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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +22.8%

A while back I bought a six-pack of Festbier and decided to save one bottle for a review. Tonight, I decided to drink it side by side with Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest. What a great experience this was, seeing how an American brewery has taken a very traditional style and put its American stamp on the beer. What I ended up determining by trying these two next to one another is that they are both of equal caliber, yet they must be considered in different categories. Festbier is clearly an interpretation of an original (and an excellent one at that!). Hacker-Pschorr is the mold for Oktoberfest beers, so it is by default, a classic and almost flawless beer.

The label says "Enjoy by Jan 06 09". Poured into an Amber Bock glass.

A: Good two fingers of almost white head sits on top of a perfectly clear, radiant copper body. The clarity is better than Hacker-Pschorr. The head retention is pretty good, and there is a minimal amount of lacing that is evident.

S: There is a faint smell, yet what can be perceived is predominantly malty with little wisps of hops. I can easily pick up notes of bread and honey in this beer. The smell is very clean. Overall, I would say that this beer has a great smell, but it could use some volume.

T: Definitely hoppier than the Hacker-Pschorr...well-balanced, giving an edge to the malts while keeping the hop flavor present. The aftertaste is sweet and bread/biscuit. Notes of honey. A well designed beer that follows a traditional German brew in the style of an American brewery.

M: Wet mouthfeel, with crisp carbonation. Smoother and less body than the Hacker-Pschorr. It is still medium bodied though.

D: Excellent drinkability. I would highly recommend that you drink this offering from Victory. It is delicious and a great example of the style. I could drink this all day.

11-30-2008 13:15:36 | More by MusicaleMike
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Hansford

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +22.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Guiness glass.

A: Beautiful shade of brownish red/copper. Not very dark, but you know that you are going to get a full taste. Thin head, off-white.

S: Malts, malts, malts. Faint scent of hops, but this thing is all malts on the nose.

T: You get a ton of sweet malts. As Victory always does, the malt is very well-balanced with a touch of hops. Perhaps a little dried fruit as well. Fantastic flavor here.

M: Unlike a lot of "Oktoberfest" beers, this is pretty crisp.

Overall, this is definitely one of my top 3 favorite beers out there, if not my favorite. I found this bottle in the basement, thinking that all of them from the case bought in September's case were gone. What a surprise! But it's always available at the brewery, thank god.

02-25-2013 22:33:42 | More by Hansford
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-08-2012 03:45:27 | More by Guinnsslvr
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-06-2013 00:49:10 | More by RichardMNixon
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +22%

10-18-2013 23:31:53 | More by DrewBest
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Bapplebaum

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-13-2013 17:08:09 | More by Bapplebaum
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Joker2008

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

a: Copper in Color, typical thin Octoberfest head

s: Malts

t: Malty but not too sweet. A Little spice on the back end. mmm!.

m: medium carbonation, very smooth nicee finish

d: very drinkable. Nice balance of flavors and body

Overall:
This one of my favorites in style. A very tasty drinkable beer.

Everything I expect from an Octoberfest

10-02-2008 02:46:22 | More by Joker2008
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Dark gold, light amber color with a low head. Light spicy malt aroma and an awesome candy-like sweet flavor (reminiscent of smarties?). There was a nutty character as time went on. A medium bodied and creamy brew. One of the best American style Oktoberfests in my tasting.

10-24-2002 07:49:05 | More by RBorsato
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Poured from a bottle, pours amberish copper color with a copious amount of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. About 2 inches of off white head. Strong aroma of malts. Sweet malts of a caramel nature, substantial hop backbone. This is my favorite of the Oktoberfest beers and I look forward to it each year. I normally end up buy a couple cases. And just a side not, I have drank it well into March and it was fine.

08-20-2010 23:33:51 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Thirsty2383

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-06-2012 18:56:00 | More by Thirsty2383
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khargro2

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-19-2013 02:39:45 | More by khargro2
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ThE_MaD_HoPpEr

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

08-07-2014 04:20:50 | More by ThE_MaD_HoPpEr
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oelergud

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Beautiful transparent bronze-red body with moderate carbonation. Light tan head with a touch of orange, tiny to large bubbles. Both lace and retention are pretty good.
Light lager scent and a sweet bready and grainy element.
Smooth flavors of grass, bread, grain and orange peel. Well balanced. Slightly fruity aftertaste with some mild hops.
Good perfectly full lager body. Nice coating and a hydrating feel without being watery.
This is a good lager that is pleasant to drink and likely to be a repeat.

-Oelergud

09-16-2006 15:23:42 | More by oelergud
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-23-2013 02:38:11 | More by heerboth
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JWU

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Growler fill straight from the brewery in Downingtown, PA

A: a beautiful dark amber, with a light khaki head. Nice lacing.

S- very bready, with caramel, some light herbal hops.

T- Very forward with the breadiness, then caramel hits, before a big toasted and light herbal hop finish. As good or better than the German offerings.

M- Medium Carbonation and medium body.

O- I love Marzen's and I love Festbier. Bring on more.

08-17-2014 21:50:11 | More by JWU
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-29-2012 19:58:17 | More by gleemonger
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KevinTK


4.5/5  rDev +22%

05-30-2012 14:57:53 | More by KevinTK
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Scary_Version

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-05-2013 16:11:46 | More by Scary_Version
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IPhantom

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +22%

11-01-2013 00:18:53 | More by IPhantom
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-03-2013 22:00:41 | More by RochefortChris
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NeoZaZ

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-15-2013 03:32:42 | More by NeoZaZ
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +22%

On-Tap at Victory. Dark amber like a marzen should be. A nice white head of foam as well that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. The aromas are all sweet malts up front and nice green hops on the back. The taste is sweet and malty with a more pronounced caramel flavor than most marzens. There is also the lovely taste of bready malts and fresh hops as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very good. This beer is very festive indeed! Good stuff.

11-01-2004 23:25:29 | More by francisweizen
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. The label declares "enjoy by Dec 30 '07"
A: Copper-amber in color, clearish and bright. Roughly one inch of smooth off-white head comes with the pour, and it recedes quickly to leave a thin layer atop the beer.
S: I can practically smell this from a few feet away, and it's quite nice. Sweet malts and a subtle earthiness are most noticeable, and there's a crisp grassy scent underneath, as well. After letting the beer warm a bit, I get a slight deep fruit smell along with a more noticeable hop scent.
T: Sweet yet crisp up front. The sugars explore the mouth and give way to a more noticeably hoppy taste in the middle. The underlying caramel malts remain tasteable, but they're not quite as sweet. The finish is a continuation of these tastes, with the addition of a little smoky taste, although the lingering flavor is sweetish and malty.
M: Relatively light and perfectly refreshing. Hardly a hint of unnecessary bitterness or alcohol
D: Great, I could drink this all night.
Overall, a fantastic beer for this time of year, or anytime for that matter.

10-26-2007 02:00:14 | More by LeftyBWS
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +22%

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...

09-04-2009 22:37:58 | More by Tilley4
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goeke007

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-08-2014 04:15:09 | More by goeke007
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
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