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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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84
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1,661 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,661
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 26
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into a mug. pours a rich copper caramel color with some fizzy white head that faded almost immediately. no lacing.

caramel malts, buttery malts, maybe some earthy tones. cant get much else due to the onset of this cold im getting.

the taste comes in better than the aroma. rich maltiness, caramel, nuttiness, finishs with a nice nutty sweetness. slightly warming, pretty nice.

nice carbonation, not fizzy like the head suggested. smooth slightly dry in the finsh. sweet.

very nice to drink in the fall season. has a nice warming effect that you dont get from some oktoberfests. pretty good session beer for the season.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before Dec 29, 08.

A: Pours a clear and dark copper and topped with a rather fizzy, none too substatial off white head, that fades into nothing, no lacing either.

S: Solidly sweet hop and malt profile, a slight hint of fruit mixed with a strong and sweet bready maltiness.

T/MF: Again, well balanced in both hop and malt profiles. Malts do most of the work, as they should, but a mildly biting hop fruitiness finishes off this pleasantly grainy, bread crusty sweet brew. Mouthfeel is mildy chewy and on the lighter side of medium bodied. Very fresh tasting is a definite plus.

D: If it were not for the dissapointing appearance of this beer it would have scored a bit higher on the drinkablity scale, but since this is not the case, an otherwise solidly constructed beer has to suffer in rating just a bit.

Note: Will have to revisit the next bottle of this to see if this beer is indeed as it appears before me now.

Photo of spokeydonkey
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Smells slightly of malt, caramel and a little hop spice. Not as much aroma as many octoberfests. Has a nice malt backbone in the taste. A little nutty with caramel and toffee notes. Mild sweetness throughout. Finishes with a nice malt spice and dryness. Mouthfeel--medium light bodied with a nice dry crispness throughout.

Overall a good octoberfest. A bit weak on the aroma, but full in flavor.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This amber colored beer had a small head and a little lace.It had the aroma of malts,caramel and some light fruit notes.
The taste was sweet and pretty much followed up with malts,caramel and fruit hints.
The feel was thin,light beer with medium carbonation and a smooth finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer with good drinkability.Decent balance and while I may have expected more I can not say this was not worthy.

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DubC14
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/11/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of big pear, toast, caramel, biscuit, toffee, apple, earth, herbal, and light nuttiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, light fruit, earth, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest lager. Nicely robust with good flavor balance; extremely smooth to drink. Enjoyed this.

Photo of blairisbeastly
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

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

A: Clear golden brown pour with only a small head.

S: Smells a lot more like an amber ale than a marzen/oktoberfest. Lot's of fruity hops and caramel malts.

T: The taste comes through a lot more like a marzen, with hints of typical amber ale characteristics in the back. Malty, with fruity hops in the background. Bread, crackers, caramel malts and hops.

MF: Carbonated well, crisp, light

O: Very drinkable, refreshing. Great beer for the fall.

Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 farrago
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Minkybut
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer poured a nice tan head. The beer smelled a little fruity but did not taste that way. The color of the beer was orange and the taste has a hint of caramel. I liked the beer and would buy again.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The body is a clear honey amber color with about three fingers of rocky off white head that leaves sticky lace all along. The smell is full of toasted malt, a touch of honey and bitter hops. The taste follows to be a big grainy and very earthy. The toasted malts are very predominant in the one and the beer has a slight honey sweetness to it. However, the grainy taste is a bit overpowering. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. No complaints on the carbonation and the drinkability is very nice. I could see myself having this around.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a small sparse head over top. Nose is sweet and toasty, almost sugary sweet. I'd like a bit more of the bready and toastyness to come through. Flavor is pretty nice. Fairly toasty with just a touch of sweetness and a very very light noble hop finish. Very clean. Nice american example of the style. Feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Pretty solid brew here. Tasty.

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 Gyle41386
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Darker amber pour. Relatively small white head dissipates quickly, and the lacing doesn't stick.

Sweet malty aroma. Caramel and toffee, with a little bit of a toasted malt scent.

Flavor follows the aroma. There's an earthy bitterness in the flavor that I didn't smell, so that was a bit of a bonus, because it offers a touch of balance to the sweetness.

Decent feel, maybe a little thin. Prickly carbonation. Somewhat dry finish. A refreshing, easy drinker.

Photo of burnstar
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of fields336
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SN snifter
Enjoy by Jan 18 2012 printed on label

A: clear, orange amber liquid, with 1 finger bubbly french vanilla colored head. Dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing on sides of the glass that also dissipates.

S: roasty, caramel, bready malts, with a slight herbal/grassy/earthy hop presence in there

T: nice bready, chocolatey, malty character with a nice toasty finish. There is a slight bitterness which is nice. Not as cloyingly sweet as some other commercial marzens. Stays more earthy, and bitter than others. I much enjoyed this one, very sessionable, cool, balanced, crisp, and nice.

M: nice carbonation, crisp, drinkable as any marzen should be. I love fall and this style, it's a big hit for me.

O: If you're picking out an American interpretation of a Marzen, this is the one in my opinion, I bought multiple 6ers of this, it's a great beer

Photo of rajendra82
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The amber bodied beer was amply carbonated, and readily formed a durable three finger thick, head. The smell was sweet and malty with slight hints of cooked corn. The taste was driven by honey dipped bread sweetness of the malt with some counter taste by spicy hops. The body was thicker than typical for the style and aftertaste had a touch of sourness. One of the better festbiers I've had.

Photo of jayhass
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Clear amber almost light ruby red hue with one inch white head that fades fast but keeps a ring around the glass. Smell - Light bready malt with caramel and grassy spicy hop notes. Taste - Caramel with a light nuttiness and sweet pilsner malt are equaled by spicy grass with light floral hop flavor that keeps till the end. Overall - Not a bad beer wish breadiness would stand up stronger against the hops.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour from Deciccos in Ardsley, NY
Pours clear medium amber, w/ a slight golden hue. Typical khaki head, moderate retention and then a film, collar and upon a moderate swirl, the appearance ofminor spots of lace. Dull malty nose. Pretty typical O'fest brew, the expected smooth malt, the expected clean bready notes, the expected easy to drink quality. Never been my favorite style, on the dull side IMHO. This one fit my expectations. Works in a marinade if you have more of this type of brew sitting around and you are not real interested in drinking more of it...

Photo of drcarver
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice deep amber color with a one finger off-white head. Clear body, no head retention, and little lacing.

S - malts are in the forefront. Sweet toffee smell but cleans out with a bit of floral hoppiness.

T - malts are assertive, but do not overwhelm the palate. Medium bodied that fills the mouth. It feels as though it will coat the tongue but it finishes clean with a bit of a sweet malt aftertaste

D - Nice beer and could easily have this one with some brats and krat sitting in a parking lot waiting for the game to start.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a nice white heading. Holds a thin lace around the edges until the very last drop.

Smell is of sweet toasted malt with a nice earthy aroma.

Taste is all sweet caramel malt. Nice toastiness with a somewhat spicy character as well. Slightly identified bitter hop.

Mouth is medium bodied. Nice and bubbley throughout. An awesome sweet malty feel in the mouthand not overly sweet.

This is a heavily malted beer. One of the very best Oktoberfests I've had yet.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,661 ratings.