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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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85
very good

734 Reviews
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Reviews: 734
Hads: 1,706
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

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Reviews: 734 | Hads: 1,706
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Marzen pours a clear reddish copper with a 1" head that dissipates leaving little lacing.

The aromas are bready malt, earthy hops and slightly metallic.

The flavor is dry with biscuit malt with a light sweetness that is matched and balanced by a herbal and earthy hop flavor.

The body is medium with a crisp carbonation that sits well on the tongue.

This is nothing to seek out, but a decent brew that hits the style spot on. (436 characters)

Photo of weller1js
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a clear, vibrant orange with light carbonation, little foam and no lacing.

smell: well-balance with a rich harvest malt scent, a light hop aroma is present as well.

taste: starting surprisingly and unexpectedly clean, the maltiness presents itself late in the finish, with a very light, yet pleasing hoppy-maple undertone complemented by a just as pleasing harvest earthiness, finishing with a spicy-bitter sensation.

mouthfeel: I typically don't make the effort to critically review in the mouthfeel category, but it is worth noting that while the appearance lacked in significant carbonation, the spicy-bitter sensation serves to give the impression of carbonation, very surprising.

drinkability: was pleasantly surprised with this one, it has everything to expect in the Märzen style, and the progression of the experience is spot-on. If they could make this with a slightly higher abv and maintain the same consistency, it would have put it over the top. (981 characters)

Photo of Brewnami
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just found this in the back of my fridge and I forgot how good it is. This particular one is not the freshest Victory Festbier I've had as I bought this in October and its been sitting in my fridge for almost 4 months, but its still great. Honestly one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers. I put this one up there with Paulaner and Spaten. Best American Oktoberfest I've had so far. Obviously you probably wont be finding this very easily right now and perhaps it may be best to wait for August of this year to try it for the first time. Sweet and malty, crisp and clean, very drinkable. Highly recommended for Oktoberfest fans. (627 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- light amber color not much head or lacing

Smell-malts are the main smell

Taste-Sweet and malty just like an Octoberfest should taste like

Mouthfeel- very good smooth and light

Overall- I always like this beer not sure what took so long to review but definitely one of the best Octoberfests out there (315 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (284 characters)

Photo of magine
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy deep copper/amber. Head is off white and fluffy, nice tight bubbles. Head settles to a patchy island. Good clinging lace. Good looking brew.

Brew smells very malty; caramel, sweet bready malts as well. Some floral hops. Good nose.

Brew tastes sweet and smooth initially; creamy roasted nuttiness in the middle. Almost has a smoked flavor in the end as it warms. Nice chewy full bodied brew here. Nice dry nutty flavors in the end as well. A nice floral hop in there as well. Good flavors and balance. A great drinking, great tasting marzen. Very good.

This is a top tier oktoberfest/marzen for me. Up there with Great Lakes take on the style. I would love to sample both to see which one I prefer, but this is a damn good brew. Case worthy indeed. (785 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big mug. There is a freshness date on the front label but I can not read it.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with very good clarity. Its head has a good two finger thickness and is just off white in color. It has very good retention and hangs on well making nice slick lacing on the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Its nose is full off floral and spicy Pilsener like saaz hops along with some sweet bready maltiness.

Taste/Palate: There is a good bready malty base flavor with nice sweetness and mild caramel and nutty notes. Hop flavor quickly moves in with very tasty spicy/floral and grassy flavor notes. Hop bitterness is very bright and clean on the finish and well balanced to the malt. The body has a solid medium feel with smooth yet active carbonation.

Notes: This beer was very interesting and surprising. The malt was Octoberfest all the way but the hops were crisp snappy German Pilsner and they made for a very tasty combination. (1,026 characters)

Photo of cdizinno
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown long neck bottle as pictured.

A: Dark orange/copper hue that shows bright to the light. Decent white head with minimal lacing.

S: Herbal hops and floral aromas.

T&M: Medium bodied with smooth and crisp taste of toasted malt and mild hops. Some mild caramel.
Finishes semi-dry with faint toasted grain.

Great Oktoberfest brew. (391 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received via I Want That BIF 3 from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity. Best by Dec 30, 07.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, forming a 1 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Dense head lasts well, with prevalent frothy lace. Aroma is sweet nutty malts with a top of hoppiness. Taste follows the nose, nutty sweetness balanced by lightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinking is easy. This one combines interesting flavor profile with a sessionable fest-style brew. Just what the doctor ordered. (541 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I get a very rich smell of roasted malts that almost smell burnt in a way. I also get some soapiness (not in a bad way) and some subtle earthy hop character. The taste is all smooth rich and sweet caramel, toffee and bready malt which ends up melding with the slight flowery, floral hop that you can taste in Victory's hoppier beers.

My favorite thing about this obviously the sweet rich malt character which adds to a very nice body for a beer of this alcohol content. I'm also getting a slight nutty flavor mixing in with the sweet malts. I heard the brewer explain its a party beer because they made it sweet on the tongue which is something the brain says to wash away so you take another sip.

In the end the hops round everything out and really balance out that roasted flavor. The malts really seem to be roasted closer to burnt but not really. It does add for a very autumn like beer. One of my favorites of the season. Exceptionally well crafted. (957 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of off-white head that subsides to nothing. More head please. Liquid is a crystal clear amber color.

S: Crisp fruity nose, but very little smell overall.

T: Malty sweetness at first with a hint of crisp hops. Very balanced and clean. No fruity yeast taste, what a lager. Special because it is so solid.

M: So smooth, no off feel or flavor

D: A session beer all the way. Gimme more. (447 characters)

Photo of rx-beer
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz bottle poured into a 0.5L dimpled stein

A -Clear Orange amber with about two inches of cream-colored head. Light carbonation..Head fades to a nice, slim ribbon. Patchy lacing sticks beautifully to the dimpled glass.

S - Toasty breadiness with slight dash of hops

T - Malty, toasty, biscuity with a touch of spice and a hint of caramel (very light on the sweetness). Light bitterness from the hops comes out for a crisp finish.

M - Minimal carbonation for this medium-bodied beer. Some tingling accompanies the finish.

O - Very enjoyable beer. I would definitely have this beer again - glad I got two of them...and I'll likely be going back for more. Although I prefer the caramel sweetness from Samuel Adams' Octoberfest, I still think this is a pretty great beer. Hell, doesn't need to be one or the other - I'll have both! (838 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice amber-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that faded slowly and laced all the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some biscuity tones, a bit of hops at the end of it, but mainly very sweet balanced malt.
T: Follows the nose really well. Tastes of very sweet malts, a big biscuity taste, then a hint of hops, and then back to the malt for a very sweet finish.
M: Very fresh, smooth, and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, this was one of the more flavorful marzens done by American brewers. In fact this is one of the better marzens because of the amount and balance of flavor it has. (679 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a couple times 2 years or more ago, back when I was lazy reviewing. Just having visited the brewery gave me the perfect motivation getting around to trying this one again (and reviewing it!).

Light copper with a monster head. Give it up for the bartender...sheesh.

Great Oktoberfest with bready yeast and malt representin'. Noble twang to the hops, with a spicy herbal/earthy profile. Good medium body with really wet mouthfeel. Sweet caramel and bitter hops hold up to eachother for a nice balance.

Good typical marzen abv makes this a fine drinker and something that won't knock you down before the nights begun. Good one Victory! (651 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Good 'n clear. Bold amber-orange with a little fizz and a smallish toasted tan head. Retention is just ok. No lacing here.

S. Fine grainy and sweet malt profile. Crisp lager bite, nice reserved caramel sugars, the slightest touch of bittering hops. Not complex, but it shouldn't be. Very clean, very well put together. Impressive.

T, M. Taste follows - this is a very good Marzen. Slightly nutty and grainy malt sweetness conjures up visions of chill autumn afternoons spent in treehouses. The hops provide some balance and earthy notes. The finish is long and mildly sweet with a starchy, bready and nearly pumpkin quality. Very clean and well-nigh flawless, extremelly sessionable. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and fine-tuned for gulping. A six pack of this would die fast in the right hands... perhaps yours?

D. Very high if you like this sort of thing. Would go great with meaty and starchy dishes like bratwurst or a Shepard's pie.

Festbier is an above-average Marzen and one of the better American examples I've had. Recommended for those of us who can't afford a trip to Munich. This is good beer. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Seanibus
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an amazing session beer, a real pleasure to find on draft.

It pours a lovely reddish amber with light head. There is a pleasant but slight malty aroma. The flavor is of a perfect amber malt character with a light floral hop flavor, with hints of pear and apple on the finish. The mouthfeel is light, but more than a mere throwaway draft beer. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer, worth far more than the sum of its parts. (434 characters)

Photo of malthead
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice amber color, big head... smells very clean - a lot of malt, some nice german hops... tastes very nice. a little nuts, nothing overly complex, but a very solid caramel maltiness with a good hop balance. mouthfeel is light, but that's what i'm looking in an octoberfest... great drinkability.
it's not perfect, but especially fresh, this is an awesome session beer. (369 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by Jan. 13 08. Very clear, rich deep amber color. Decent off-white head fades away pretty quick.

Rich toasty caramel malt in the nose, with hints of spicy, floral hops. Certainly malt driven in the aroma.

Rich toasty malt, not quite bready. Malt flavor lingers omn the tongue, but does not become cloying. Just enough spicy bitterness to keep things in check. Very robust, without being overwhelming.

So smooth, and easy to drink. Good body. A rich version, that was a real treat. One of my favorites. (527 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear brown with a small head, moderate carbonation and little to no notable lacing.

Smell: Toasted caramel and bread with a creamy malt tone and hints of cinnamon fruits and vanilla lift up to the nose.

Taste: A brilliant surge of sweet malt fruit and grain strike the palate and tease the taste buds immediately and at once. Fresh bread creamy buttery malts, cinnamon vanilla caramel and zippy floral hops a peppery snap tingle on the tongue and even a hint of cloves in the finish are all creating a euphoria of taste pleasures.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively in the mouth; this beer is easy in and built for drinking!

Drinkability: This may be the ultimate session beer. A beer FULL of terrific flavors, light in the mouth and stomach and a perfect addictive aftertaste that makes it and impossible beer to put down. Once you pop you cant stop =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (924 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: Lovely blood orange-amber. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger frothy head and some really thick and chunky lacing.

S: A generous amount of nuttiness hits the nose here, which I find really appealing. The toasty malt mingles well with the nutty-earth quality, making for a solid bouquet.

T: First of all, it's not sweet - thank God. I like my O-Fest's crisp and dry, with some decent toast and a kiss, I mean a just a peck of hops. Luckily for me, all of the qualities I just mentioned describe this wonderful, easy drinking and delicious Märzen.

M: Compared to most in the Oktoberfest style, this is one well put together lager. It's not overly rich. Rather, the carbonation is a tad bubbly, making this something that's not only crisp, but packing solid substance.

O: Victory's Festbier is easily one of the top two or three American Märzen's I've had the pleasure of quaffing, and reminds me yet again of just how well Victory lagers. It's rustic in all the right ways, yet it's something I can return to again and again. Crazy, insanely drinkable. Buy it by the case.

Between this and Great Lakes Oktobefest, there's no need to look elsewhere for your next Märzen fix. (1,243 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of longdivision
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A - A really rich red amber/copper color. It does stand out in being a little dark than most lagers.
S - A very "signature" smell. I think it's the hops or yeast they use. Not being a big fan of hoppy stuff, I was fine with this, and even liked it.
M - Not too heavy on the tongue. Has some good bite of carbonation.
T - Really tasty. The balance of hops and malt is great. It seems at first you get the sharpness of the hops, but it smooths out nicely with malts after that.
D - I could enjoy a few of these easily. Very pleasant to drink. (590 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a smooth amber color as a O’fest should be. With a decent lasting, pillow like, off-white colored head. The aroma is mostly of Barvarian malts, slightly nutty, and caramel . On the palate more of the malts, caramel, german hops make a slight bite, toasty, slight graininess, not really complex but it has nice full flavor with depth, nice sweetness, smooth mouthfeel. This is a very good O’fest IMO… (408 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been working my way through a lot of Marzens, and this is the best so far by a good margin.

Pours deep copper. Some hops, most likely of the German variety, on the nose.

Just a really perfect balance in the taste. Caramel notes with a strong malt backbone. Some butter tastes but in muted and playing in the background.

Nothing too strong, but a perfect session beer for a session beer style. (400 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (500 characters)

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.