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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,676 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,676
Reviews: 731
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 26
Gots: 133 | 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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Ratings: 1,676 | Reviews: 731
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.

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

Autumn gold brown with a sticky, off-cream head. Caramel, caramelized carrots, honey, maple, vegetal hops on the nose. Biscuity malt flavor up front. Toasted caramel takes over. Spicy, herbal, hops finish over cooked vegetables and caramel residue. Medium-light bodied. Quite drinkable. Nice.

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

Mostly clear copper with a smallish head of foam. Slight caramel nose with some toasted grain and light citrus and herbs. Flavour is rich malt with some light fruit and toasted character. Hints of coffee. Light bodied and quite fizzy, fairly dry and very drinkable.

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 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 bluemoonswoon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 arguemaniac
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great caramel character, nicely toasted breadiness, and just the right level of malt sweetness balances will with a mild hop bite. Mouthfeel is decent and the toasted finish is fairly satisfying.

Not bad at all, Victory always manages to produce great interpretations of German brews, and this one is no exception.

Recommended…

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

Pours a nice bright orangey amber color with a tall foamy tan head.

S - Bready and sweet aroma. Caramel tones.

T - Sweet and malty. Very much caramel with a little bit of a toasted flavor. Small amount of citrus as well.

M - Smooth and creamy. Light bodied.

D - Very high. Light and refreshing despite its maltiness.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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 stella77artois
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber. Smallish head.

S - General hoppiness. Earthy aroma, small hints of of caramel and smoke.

T - Solid malt backbone. Slight amount of hoppy bitterness. I notice earthy hops. An ever so slight bit of smokiness. Solid malt backbone has elements of toasted wheat bread and earthiness.

D - Slightly thick. About how a Marzen should be. Definitely drinkable.

O - A solid Oktoberfest. I don't drink a lot of this style as so many seem similar to me, and there isn't much variation it seems. This is a solid Oktoberfest though. Somehwta complex, full of flavor and fairly easy to drink. I recommend it.

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

12 oz bottle just a few days past best by date

A: Bright, clear copper with orange/brown tint. Cream/off white head that is thin and quickly dissipates to a film with little lacing
S: Mild mix of sweet from malt, caramel, etc and a little bitter. Nice, but not overpowering.
T: Medium body, very mild well balanced flavors (sweet and bitter). Toasted malt is most pronounced flavor with toffee, caramel flavors and a semi dry finish with some hop bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall, very easy to drink. Flavors are very mild, but not in a bad way. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Nothing bold going on here, but very good, probably my favorite of this style I had this year.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,676 ratings.