Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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85
very good

727 Reviews
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Reviews: 727
Hads: 1,685
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 141 | 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: 727 | Hads: 1,685
Photo of Pauly2X
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Solid amber hue produed a half finger head which faded fast.

S- Rich caramel malts, light hints of toffee.

T- Strong malt profile hilighted by caramel sweetness and toasted malts. Spicy hops add some balance.

M- Nicely carbonated and smooth to boot!

D- I didn't exactly plow through the six pack, but good.

Nothing too special but a good example of an american oktoberfest. (381 characters)

Photo of constahoogan
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is of copper orange very translucent body the provides a cramy 2 finger head the slowly diminishes with little stringy lace.

The nose doesn't really deliver but from what I can extract is sweet caramel malts followed by a very subtle hop scent. The taste is very similar to the smel but a bit more straight forward.

mouthfeel is crisp just how a lager should be. It is a very enjoyable brew with very high drinkability. (433 characters)

Photo of seanlanefuller
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head. Minimal carbonation.

Minimal lacing.

Nice clear copper appearance.

Nice fall aroma, but a little weak. Pumpkin, orange?

Taste is lager and pumpkin with a little mushroom.

Mouth feel is light with a little chew to it.

Taste lasts quite a while.

Overall it is a nice drinkable fall lager. (307 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark copper with an ample, beige head, which quickly dissipated. It has relatively good lacing throughout. The scent is slightly of malt and hops. The taste is much like the scent - malty at first. Slightly sweet, but finishes with hoppy bitterness. Overall, not a bad O'fest beer. (288 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with no head at all and very little apparent carbonation. Smell is of fresh baked bread a hint of warm spices.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet, the carbonation doesn't add much pop on the tongue. The beer is very balanced and ever so slightly peppery, a very subtle and malty beer. (290 characters)

Photo of climax
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one starts out average to be nice. Clarity is a bit hazier than I was expecting out of the style. The caramel color had a bit more brown than amber. The head was pretty weak considering how raucous I poured it.

The nose continues with definite malt assertiveness. Doughy wheat and caramel lead the show. Some darker bread, maybe rye, tones and ripe fruit about round it out.

The flavor pleases a bit more than the aroma. Some added spice and a kiss of dry hop flavor add to the otherwise malt fiesta. Autumn pumpkin spice, rye, and caramel, lead into a sour fruit aftertaste.

The body is medium/light with crisp carbonation. The finish is quite dry, making it easy to come back to and finish. There just wasn't too much to remember in this one, not Victory's best. (775 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a nice brown/orange color with lots of carbonation, a crisp clear color and about two fingers of head that fade nicely into a small white layer at the top. The smell is sweet malt and a kind of fresh bread like taste.

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Tastes like toasty bread with a bit of malt sweetness. A slight amount of caramel is in there to, but this seems quite biscuity to me. Overall pretty good, but also a little boring. The good thing is that is full and not too heavy, so I could drink many, which is also nice. (521 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a mug. Prost!

Appearance: rich amber-orange hue with a crystal-clear body and a thick finger of frothy ivory head. Great!

Smell: dry, biscuity malt, which is style appropriate but not my favorite interpretation of the style. It's a bit prickly and off-putting to me.

Taste: dry, biscuity malt. It starts out breadier and sweeter, but rapidly dries out on the palate. Style appropriate. Bitterness is pretty good, though. Not terrible, but really not to my taste at all.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Satisfyingly fizzy.

Overall: I'm just not in love with this beer. There are Oktoberfests that I like, but this just ain't one of 'em. (694 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the river road tavern.
Pours a deep golden amber color with a smallish off white head with minimal retention and lace. Smells of caramel and bread and a bit of toast with an earthy floral hop component to it. The flavor is bready pilsner malt with a bit of caramel and sweet sugary malt. A bit heavy on the hops for the style, lots of earthy herbal hops compete with an inadequate malt base. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and an earthy slick mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but like a lot of American interpretations it just doesn't measure up to the German brewed versions. (602 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Another orange-tinted amber beer, with a minutes worth of sand-colored foam head and mediocre lacing.

S. Very light on the nose, just a faint caramel malt with a dash of floral and citric peel hopping. Could benefit from about 20% strength amplification.

T. Kind of generic compared to other marzens. Malty sweetness and a kiss of noble hopping, nothing particularly memorable stands out as special or unique in the flavor here.

M. Pleasant enough medium body but somewhat undercarbonated in texture again... (544 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. But so far this year of the maybe 8 or so micro and german OKfestsbiers I've had, none have been the shit. Poured and ok medium to small off white head and bit of lace. Color is a nice medium amber. Aroma is very nice; malty and a bit spicy. Flavor is 'bout the same. Body's a tad thin. 'S'okay. Nothing to write home about. Drinkable. Session beer. Body's ok too. (384 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, hoppy, spicy Oktoberfest that is somehow off.

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A: Light, fairly clear amber/orange body with a somewhat persistent one finger off-white head. Not much lacing.

S: Spice is the first thing that jumps out at you, followed by caramel and pilsner malt. There's also a certain earthiness. An acceptable smell, but not my favorite Oktoberfest nose.

T: Similar to the nose, but floral hops are much more prominent. Really, this beer has a lot to offer flavor wise... a solid pilsner-ish malt foundation, sweetness, bitter and floral hops, and spice, but somehow I'm not enjoying it too much. Perhaps it's the slightly metallic taste that I'm also getting. Perhaps it's because Oktoberfest is not a favorite style of mine. Perhaps it's because it's stale (I'm drinking this in December). Regardless, I probably won't drink it again, but fans of the style should try one.

M: Typical slightly chalky medium weight Oktoberfest.

D: Would be quite high if it weren't for the metallic finish I"m experiencing. (1,012 characters)

Photo of goz
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly red-tinged amber, big white head that diminishes fairly quickly, and leaves very little lacing. Aroma is very light, some maltiness but not much else. Flavor is also fairly light, some caramel and other malt sweetness, and maybe a minimal hop hit at the end. Body is medium at best, mild carbonation, drinks easily, but is noting spectacular. (351 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier poured golden amber with a slight head and a little bit of lace.

It smelled and tasted like any ordinary lager. It was sweet, malty, and yeasty, with no significance in the flavor or feel. It was refreshing; however, and went very well with pizza. (265 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a nice looking caramel shade of brown under a small to medium white head. No lace, slight retention.

S: Sweet malt, big caramel with some toffee undertones. Not getting a lot toasted tones, which I'd like.

T: Sweet again, toasted malt is more prominent. Caramel and toffee take back seats. There is a certain point on during mid drink where the sweetness is a little too much, a bit like syrup. Not much bitterness. Slight hint of vegetable.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a tad high, a bit too prickly on the tongue. Drinkability isn't too bad. Overall, a flawed beer, but not deeply so. (618 characters)

Photo of mjc410
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my Mahr's mug raises a light tan, two finger head that falls pretty quickly. The lacing is also quite sparse. The beer's color is a lovely deep amber/copper. The nose is sweet, bready, and touched by a hint of floral hops, but also has a bit of a burnt aroma. The taste is richer than many O-fests, but not necessarily in a good way. I think the burnt flavor creeps in here, as well. It doesn't ruin in, but it takes away from the overall impression. The other flavor aspects, light breadiness and a bit of hop bitterness, are quite nice. The mouth is right where I want it, medium, with medium carbonation too. This is definitely not one of the better O-fests I've had, but it is still enjoyable, if flawed. (722 characters)

Photo of ski271
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Bad Apple, Chicago, IL
Date: None noticed, but released in mid-2012
Glass: US pint glass

Victory's Festbier is a fairly typical American expression of the style, fairly mild caramel and toasted malt flavors combined with a low hop profile, rounding the flavor out with a mild, brown bread quality. While not unappetizing, the beer does not distinguish itself from its brethren, and is somewhat lacking in flavor and robustness compared to the German imports.

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white foam with below-average retention, lasting less than a minute in its quick fade to oblivion. The declining head leaves little to no lacing along the sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a transparent amber color, with light bringing out reddish-orange tints. Carbonation is visible and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of grainy, slightly sweet caramel and toasted malts, bread, minerals, and yeast. In general, the scents seemed underwhelming when compared to some of the bolder German varieties out there.

The primary flavors of the beer are grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background. Tasting opens with slightly sweet, grainy and modestly mineral-flavored malts on the front of the palate. Mid-palate continues the sweet grains, adds some bread, and very slight bittering German hops. Back of palate finds caramel malt flavors, slight breadiness, and continued modest bitterness from German hops. Aftertaste is similar to the initial taste: grainy, slightly sweet malts with slight breadiness and caramel lurking in the background.

Beer has a medium to medium-light body with carbonation of medium intensity, creating a beer that slightly fizzes across the palate, ultimately coming across as crisp and smooth. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering across the palate. (1,851 characters)

Photo of far333
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with an oatmeal colored thick and foamy head that fills the top of the glass an inch high and lingers long. Very low aroma of bready malt and some sweet fruit, mostly apple. Flavor is biscuity malt, some caramel, and an autumnal smokey dry leaves kind of flavor that's hard to describe or decipher. Mouthfeel is dry and tannic. (340 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark amber color with not much head. It tries to lace, but it doesn't last. Smells of floral hops and a bit of cardboard. Has some hoppy bitterness and malts. Finishes very dry with a tad bit of biscut flavor. Medium mouth feel with very light carbonation.

Overall not much of a beer. Seems to be missing something. Maybe some more maltiness. (362 characters)

Photo of kruthar
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra in a great box i got last week.

A - a perfect amber color, very little head though only about half a finger that diminishes to a thin layer quickly.

S - interestingly not much smell, being an oktoberfest its a very familiar smell, sadly it kind of smells a littel like a cheap lager.

T - Can't say i taste anyting outstanding here. Its realy just a watery oktoberfest beerslightly hoppy witha full malt background.

M - initial cold bight with a small rough leave

D - as normal as any other off the shelf beer i would say.

Don't get me wrong i dont hate this ber, its just not a stand out brew that I can rave about. (627 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to finishing the 6-pack.

Pours a nice pumpkin/copper orange with a slight haze, off-white head starts at about a finger, turning to a thick ring quickly.

Weak scent overall, takes a while to get a hint of anything. Nutty and caramel malt with some warmth.

Taste delivers some nutty, toasty, caramel malts. Herbal and some spicy hops there too. Slight grainy notes. Decent mouthfeel, carbonation is a bit high.

Decent, but pretty unremarkable, lacks complexity.. Drinks more like a red lager with some fall vibes rather than a true oktoberfest. (571 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass it's orange amber in color. The head is about a half an inch and beige in color. Not much lacing is left on my glass. The aroma malty and sweet. Some hops can be detected but only after a good hard whiff. The flavor is malt with a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops are there but, not real strong. It has a flowery finish. The mouthfell is medium to light. A tad watery. Lots of carbonation. Another American Marzen beer that I feel is lacking. I'm going to try to stick to European Marzens for now on if this keeps up. (541 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my pint. Pours a crystal clear copper with a thin off-white head on top. No lace whatsoever. Smells of caramelized malts, and fresh breads. Nothing standout.

The mouth on this one is a bit harsh. This is way overly carbonated. Hinders drinkability a bit. Fresh slight hoppy bite at the onset, but this finishes mellow and slightly sweet. I really like the aftertaste on this. Nice bready flavor going on. Not too bad of a beer here. (450 characters)

Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

I'm not a big fan of the style because it tends to tilt toward malt and I'm a hop lover. This beer is definitely malt forward, but there is enough hop balance to make it interesting to me. I probably wouldn't seek it out again. This was part of a flight for me. (261 characters)

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.