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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single bottle into a East End pint glass. Haven't had this one yet, strangely.

Victory Festbier pours out a bright copper/orange color with a very light brown mixed in. The liquid does not look so thin which bodes well. A two finger head rose up with a vanilla white head & fluffiness, some minor bubbles within. A cap stays on the surface throughout, no lacing though.

The smell is a mix between a lager & marzen. It's not huge but when your nose gets near the glass some sparks fly. Festbier is malt driven and that's noticed through fresh baked bread and some sweet sense. This has a somewhat more earthy scent than most in this style from a different form of using the hops. The little green cones don't give off normal hop scents(Tropical fruit, pine, citrus) but more of a down to earth smell.

The taste is familiar for a oktoberfest and doesn't really offer anything new, IMO a marzen is a marzen, at least American versions. Festbier gives off sweet malt first, than a mix of light hops, malts and grain, after that the sweet malt comes back, in that order. The malt is big, the hops are light and the mix makes this a enjoyable and familiar drink. Some bubblegum, cotton candy with some warming on the end.

Fest has a decent enough feel, when I let some sit on the tounge some fizz came off. I am used to these beers being pretty dead but this one shows some life. Not a lot of carb but enough to be felt. Fest is a very small step up from light bodied and could go down the hatch with ease, and pretty quick mind you. The malt base really smooths things over making this very approachable.

I enjoyed this, although I pretty much knew what I was getting into. Festy is a bit different if only for the way the hops gently come out to play. In most Marzens I really only get big malt globs. I would gladly enjoy a sixer of this in a sitting with the low ABV, but 1/2 way through I probably would be looking for a new style to tackle. I've yet to find a oktoberfest that could hold my interest, either way this is good for a go.

Photo of jackorain
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber, 3/4 inch head that fell quick to thin coat. no lacing to speak of

not much smell at all. If anythinf just a little caramel and yeast

malty, caramel, nutty, mild earthy hops

crisp, high carbonation, medium body

I could have several of these. not bad within style except for the near non-existent aroma

Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12 oz'er (Enjoy by Feb2408) poured into one of many from our growing army of Widmer pint glasses. Kindly sent this week by my beer brothah, Metalmonk.

A: Another Oktoberfest, but this one is like super-copper. Glowing a perfectly fiery orange and completely clear. Typically moderate carbonation, loses a half point for its poor showing in the 'head' category.

S: Light, sugary nose with a bit of caramel and some traces of spiced fruit - just a little nutmeg or cinnamon sprinkled on an orange slice, that sort of thing...

T: Bready malt, not as sugary as perhaps expected. Undertone flavor of lightly earthy spice, the ground cinnamon stick/nutmeg variety. Hints of ripe fruit. Malts are caramel and hops are grassy/herbal and dry out the finish nicely. Also, a bit of that tin/sulfer 'lager' flavor in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate crispy carbonation, generally smooth across the palate. A tingle of spice and slightpucker from the drying, bittering hops keep this clean, though some malty stickiness does cake on the lips a bit.

D: Nothing overly outstanding about this, but it's a solid choice for a seasonal fall lager. Taste and mouthfeel are both good and ABV is a modest 5.6%; boding well for choosing this as a session beer when the temperatures start to drop. Wouldn't hunt this down but would have it again. Thanks for sending, Jeff.

Photo of farrago
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finger of deep tan foam with a mild orange tint, loose and bubbly, weak retention but does a solid dusting across the surface, the lacing slides easily down the glass sides. Noticeably clear amber copper, mixes in browns, red and oranges, transparent, few bubbles visible inside. Lots of cereal, granola, biscuit and grains in the nose, quinine or mineral water too, pepper spice, takes awhile for a caramel or toffee scents to get going, walnuts, limited but steady orange citrus, no real distinct fruit component. Medium-bodied, there's a strong, wiry carbonation to it which keeps it moving at a brisk pace. Not that sweet, seems closer to the "traditional" Märzen recipe with grain, pumpernickel bread, corn husk, walnuts and chestnuts, white pepper. As in the nose, subdued orange citrus as well as peach, pear, yellow apple fruit. Thin patina of milk chocolate and caramel. Overall, it's a nice little brew but not really that interesting.

Photo of adamette
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. brown bottle that I bought as a single last week from Save-On in Mentor, Ohio for $1.52 into my “The Second City” Weizen glass. “Enjoy by Jan 2 2012” stamped ever so lightly on the front of the label.

A Light brown creamy head over a nice copper translucent body which is very much to style. Lacing is fair to good after repeated sips. 3.0

S Strong barley malt husks smell that is both pleasing and something that I anticipate with this style. 3.5

T Really solid tasting barley malt centric beer that hits all of the style points but also offers a smooth feel that drives the drinkability up. I may have had slightly better Oktoberfest beers but few are more drinkable than this one. 4.0

M As described above, remarkably smooth feel. 4.0

D/O Also as mentioned above, really drinkable (I find that most every beer in this style is quite drinkable…I think that it is pretty much the idea of a fest beer) and overall this beer is good among other beers within its style. 4.0

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a amber brown body with a thick creamy light tan head with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of light graham note is balanced with a honey malt smell that finishes with a faint hop hint.

T- This beer has a smooth nutty fresh malt flavor with a light toasted dry note. There is a green pine and noble hop finish with a slight mineral water hint. There is a pot caramel flavor that is soft with a slight tangy almost sweet note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slight slippery finish.

D- The flavor of this beer are good but a bit muted making it a little thin and not that exciting for a session beer.

Photo of gford217
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of maundythirsty
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear beer looks like a brand new penny, with a big and bubbly off-white head that collapses to a thin skin. Small, spotty lacing. Very few rising bubbles. Doesn't smell like a whole lot of anything. A little bready, and a little nutty. Soft herbal hops.

Just short of a knockout in the taste department. There's good stuff in there -- toasty bread, those soft and steady herbal hops, light fruitiness, a tough of honey -- it's just that it seems a bit faint. Light body. Quite crisp. Not much carbonation.

I'm not crazy about fest beers, but maybe it's right that this stuff tastes a little muted -- that is, if it is to be consumed all afternoon long from bottomless steins. I think Victory scores again with this one. It may feel a little delicate, but it's good stuff.

Photo of thefireman
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark copper with an ample, beige head, which quickly dissipated. Good lace throughout. Malty at first, good smell. Slightly sweet, but finishes with the trademark hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is ok.

Not the greatest Victory product, but would purchase again.

Photo of fattyre
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange color with a moderate dissipating tan head. The smell is a pleasant roastiness with a faint background hoppy aroma. The taste/mouthfeel is very slightly roasted maltiness with a mild hopiness which gives it a crisp clean finish. A drinkable clean octoberfest, while not the best it is very drinkable.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is classic Oktoberfest copper with a frothy white head on top. Smell is mainly caramel like malts, sweetness on the edge.

Flavour is similarly lightly malted, caramel tones, bread like aspects, light hop bitters on the back of the tongue throughout. A pleasant and somewhat more bready take on the style than usual, and one that pushes it up to a 4 for me.

The mouth is thin but with some hop presence, this is what one would expect for the style. Drinkability, not an issue, but again, this is also normal for this type of beer.

The bottom line: Oktoberfest is what it is, a lighter bodied, softly malty Fall quaffer. Of the major micros I've had in the style, this is one of the better examples. Ideally suited for a dimple style pint glass on a crisp Fall day with the window open.

Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Consumed 10/13/09
A) Some haze. Head is light and thin. Lacing is semi-sticky. Bronze to amber in color.
S) Light caramel. Mellow notes of apple. Light grainy notes.
T) Earthy caramel sweetness. Grainy with bitter hop tones. Bitterness lingers in the aftertaste with subtle caramel malt. Sweetens up with more sips as the palate grows accustom.
M) Tannin feel. Dry. Fizzy. Light bodied.
D) A nice brew once my palate likened to it. I'd have another.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PatrickJR
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of kwakwhore
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 edition. A little late to be reviewing this but what the hell.
Nice amber pour into a Sam Adams pint glass.
Caramel malt in the aroma.
Flavor is a little on the buttery side, with biscuit malt. Some caramel, a bit of hops and more biscuit malt in the finish
Smooth mouthfeel.
A seriously easy drinking beer. Another solid offering from Victory.

Photo of Buggies
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of malt, caramel mostly with aromas of bread from the Vienna malts. Also some small hints of a fruitiness too.

Tastes good to me. This beer is sweet up front with a nice malt backbone, but cut off leaving a nice dry finish. It is light enough that I could drink these all night.

Not the best example of the style. But a solid beer from Victory.

Photo of DubC14
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of blairisbeastly
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling 2011 edition of this beer. Just picked it up at my local store. Drinking from a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Nice copper orange color. Pearly light head dissolves quickly into a swirly cap. The carb bubble dance would last longer in another glass, but it kind of fades out quickly in the tulip.

Aroma: Bready and yeasty qualities pop out first and are most dominant. There are more subtle notes of roasted nuts and herbal/spicy hops too. Balanced with no flavor dominating too much.

Taste: Really balanced qualities right away. A nice, but not sweet bready maltiness comes out swinging, but it is quickly held at by herbal notes from the hops. After the hops fade away, a nice, slightly roasted nuttiness comes in, which lets the breadiness take on a tone of caramel. Nice, subtle yeasty spiciness is left on the linger. Lots of flavors that don't dominate each other and compliment the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Nice medium body that lays down on the palette, but not too hard. Flavors develop without getting cloying and it is very easy to drink. It would be easy to have a bunch of these during a football game.

Overall: Really like this brew. It is a low ABV, yet flavorful brew that is light enough for warm Autumn days, yet rich enough to satisfy once the leaves fall. Nice entry by Victory.

Photo of Vancer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed amber brew looks nice in my freebie Sammy Adams glass. An ivory head lingers about for a short time, and then it settles with just a ring of lace.

Light hops with a bit of pine undertone in the aroma. Bready malt in the quaff, a surprising brew to be a on the sweet, malty side versus more on the hop bandwagon. Nice medium bodied brew to sip in the fall weather.

Very drinkable, but kinda steep with the $10 per sixer price.

Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA

A: Pours with a bright white head. Light copper color. Brilliant when held to light. Bright clarity.

S: Subtle malt aroma. Some other reviewers mentioned a "doughy" smell and I would agree. Very clean and crisp.

T: Very clean and crisp lager taste. Slightly malty with just a slight, slight trace of hops. A totally clean and refreshing finish.

MF: Light. Medium carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable. No doubt a very good session beer. Marzens are suppposed to be subtle and understated but this one might be too understated for my tastes. I have reccomended this to friends who still drink Bud, Lite, etc. in efforts to get them to start drinking higher quality beers.

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Look: Dark amber, off white lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, caramel sweetness, earthly, spicy.

Taste: Toasted wheat bread, Herbal hops, Caramel, nice chocolate after taste in the finish as the brew warms up. Highly drinkable.

Feel: Medium body,soda pop-esque carbonation.

Overall: This is a first for the Marzen style. This is a well polished, well balanced and highly easy drinking brew. This is worthy.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Spaten stein. Beer was a clear copper color, with a foamy, two-finger, sandy colored head. Soft carbonation and light lacing around the glass.

Aroma was malt, caramel, nuts and bread.

Taste was grains, cereal, nuts, caramel, bread and light hops.

Very clean and smooth. Goes down very easily. A pretty solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of drowninginhops
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in standard pint glass. From notes.

A: Hazy amber in color with white head that fades quickly.

S: Spicy with lots of malt and slight smell of pumpkin and pretzels.

T: Spice, grains with crazy amount of malt.

M: Creamy and well carbonated.

D: Well crafted.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,673 ratings.