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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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1,296 Ratings
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rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%


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.

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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Victory Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. Expectations are about moderate, given the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about one finger of thin soapy off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Body color is a beautiful burnt copper with stunning clarity. Very nice.

S - Smell is pretty light, but nice. Subdued nutty roasted malt character, toasted grains, and some brown bread.

T - Taste follows the nose: nutty malt, toasted grain, hint of corn, wet paperboard, and some metallic well water presence. Maltiness belongs to the Munich malts, I think.

M - Feel is clean, smooth, and malty with a somewhat metallic well watery finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid, if slightly above average representation of the style by Victory. Crisp and light with a rewarding, moderate 5.60% abv. Definitely makes for a nice fall / winter warmer. Recommended.

Victory Festbier ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 19:43:03 | More by mfnmbvp
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Tanned amber. Quite clear with a two finger almost white head. Retention is so-so.
S- Pretty simple aromas. There is doughy bread, with some herbal hop characteristics also. A bit of toffee to it.
T- Really nice flavors to it. Toffee, some doughy bread to it. Caramel. Just when I'm starting to this that the sweetness is a bit overwhelming, some herbal hops kick in and round it out a bit. Hints of toffee.
M- Medium body. Carbonation is just a bit below where I think it should be.
O- A good octoberfest beer. Worth having.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:54:10 | More by jsprain1
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mverity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Perfect clear amber color with very little cream colored head. Aroma is of very sweet caramel, and not too much else. Taste is definitely of caramel, and a good biscuityness to it as well. Lighter carbonation than I would expect, but not terrible. Good body too.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:55:05 | More by mverity
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Spikester

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought this beer thinking it was a winter brew and discovered it is an Octoberfest/ Marzen. Enjoy by date is Dec. 16, 2013.
The beer is a handsome copper color with a small head that flees the scene all too soon. No lace to be seen. Smell is deep rich malts with a good amount of caramel. Taste is similar to the smell lots of caramel malty goodness with just enough hop bitterness to balance the flavor.
Mouthfeel is full for a lager and carbonation is just right. It has a clean bittersweet finish.
Overall a very good Octoberfest beer. I wish I had tried it a couple of months ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 15:28:25 | More by Spikester
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seanlanefuller

Tennessee

3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 03:45:03 | More by seanlanefuller
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced quickly to nothing. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, a little nutty, and some grassy hops.

Taste: You get caramel, nuts, chewy toasted and bready malts, and mild grassy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, medium carbonation, a little watery, and light bodied.

Overall: A solid fall classic from Victory. Simple, easy, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 08:44:11 | More by Flounder57
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that has some retention. The head is slightly off white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber with reddish hints which appears as pale to medium amber with reddish hints in the light.

Nose- Not terribly complex with some presence. It's mostly malts- grain, cereal, and biscuit. Some toasted notes and a little bit of cornflake. Not that interesting but fairly true to the style. Swirling gives the malt aroma more complexity and more presence.

Taste- Pretty reflective of the nose and starts off with the same sweet malt (slight hint of raisins) and runs the gamut of grain, cereal, and biscuit. Not much of a hop profile at all, though there was a slight chalkniness to the middle and a bit of wood to the finish. The malt is fairly complex but I've never found the malt bills to most lagers to be very interesting. This is well put together but doesn't intrigue me at all. Toasted notes start to rise as it opens up and makes this beer more interesting though, once again, toasted notes aren't my favorite. Seems to be fairly true to the style but seems just a bit above average to me. A bit of ash seems to appear as well. The rich malt seems indicative of melanoidins.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with good amount of creaminess. The carbonation is low key and the dry finish really keeps the malt bill focused. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Drinkability- Great mouthfeel gives this beer a sessionable quality. Pretty standard price for a craft six pack.

Overall- Above average good beer which seems to be a good representation of a style I generally don't like but need to have more experience with. Definitely worth a try- the mouthfeel is the star.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:39:40 | More by artoolemomo
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful semi-clear/semi-cloudy, golden amber color, with reddish/orange highlights, and a full finger of white head that quickly dissolved into an extremely thin halo of foam gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Malty and bready. Notes of freshly baked biscuits, black pepper and honey.

Taste: Malty and bready up front, like freshly baked rye bread, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, notes of caraway seeds, and black pepper. Finished with some nicely balanced hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid American version of an Oktoberfest beer. Nicely balanced between malt and hops and sweetness. I’d certainly get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:43:46 | More by Jeffreysan
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kaufmaal

Alabama

3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a nice deep orange color with some ruby-red/pink grapefruit highlights. Starch-white head that collapses to a thin layer. Not overly malty on the nose; some yeasty bread, honey, nuts, candied fruit, a little funk. The initial taste is sweet vanilla followed by tangy fruit (some citrus), pine, minerals, and hops. And the hops linger. For me, a bit too hoppy (and too carbonated) for an Oktoberfest, but Victory being Victory, I guess we should have expected more hops than less.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 06:05:35 | More by kaufmaal
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Crystal clear. The color was a traditional cidery orange-gold, and the head was a smooth and creamy flat white cap. Very pretty.

Smell: An unexpected smoky aroma attempts to mingle with bready malt and a strong blend of spices, including nutmeg and coriander. A bit unbalanced, yet intriguing.

Taste: The smoke fades into toasty malt, which mixes with a yeasty/bready malt backbone. Mild bitterness brings balance to the sweet malt taste. The sweet spices on the nose are peppery on the tongue. Again, the end result is lacking balance, but it's a unique and not unpleasant mixture of flavors that definitely holds my interest.

Mouthfeel: A clean lagery mouthfeel is more traditional than the beer's other components. It makes the beer more sessionable, although a bit of alcohol warming at the back of the throat keeps things "festive."

Overall: Has some unique and tasty qualities of which I was appreciative, even if they didn't come together as nicely as one might hope for. Easy drinking despite the long list of descriptors. Would choose it over many Octoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 12:31:22 | More by BethanyB
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sudsy sticky head of foam that laces all around the glass. Brilliant clarity, deep saturated copper orange color. Slow rising carb trails,

Husky nutty grains in the aroma, swirling brings out some apple and dried fruit esters.

Nutty toasted malt flavor, grain husks, apples, fall leaves. Very light hint of bitterness in the aftertaste, and a hint of malt sweetness up front, otherwise dry and crisp. Very smooth and easy drinking, full and almost chewy for a lager. A delicious and traditional American Oktoberfest, definitely a staple i'll be looking for every fall. Side note: this was a top 3 finalist up against a dozen other Oktoberfests at a recent tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:36:39 | More by emerge077
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vkv822

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber red with a foamy, off white head.

Really pleasant, doughy, slightly sweet malty notes primarily. Very faint, if any, floral hops.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A very well done Marzen, one of the top American examples I have tried. Picked this up on a whim and am very happy I did. Certainly a "go to" example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 08:00:38 | More by vkv822
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utopiajane

New York

3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copper amber with hues of gold as it's shows off it's exceptional clarity. Almost tan colored head of foam that fell to a nice ring and a film on top. Carbonation can be seen streaming up.

Nose is terrific. It is doughy malt, yeasty bread and herbal hops. Perfectly simple. The hops are earthy and give a nice perfume. The malt has a bit of sweetness to it. This beer is decoction brewed.

Taste is firm and and medium bodied with a bit of slickness to the mouthfeel. It's crisp and it has nutty toasted grain. Lightly sweet bread and herbal earthy hops. Finishes semi dry and with plenty of malt flavor to linger in the aftertaste.

Victory has the habit of making clean and crisp brews that are sharp, meaning distinct and clear. That's what this beer was. Clean, subtly sweet and earthy. It has abundant flavor and a palate that is ready for anything from burgers to pasta primavera.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 17:06:05 | More by utopiajane
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Beric

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap, pint
Served: 27 September 2013

Appearance: Great color- a nice amber hue, not too dark and not too light. Definitely not a Wies'n style Märzen.

Smell: Great maltiness coming out in the nose. Clean. No real hop presence to speak of, which is good considering the style. Malt somewhere in between sweet malts and more roasted malts.

Taste: This is one of the better Märzens I've had this Oktoberfest season, especially from an American brewer. This one has great malt characteristics and practically no hop notes, unlike some other US Oktoberfestbier that I've had (looking at you Left Hand). Very clean and unadulterated malt taste, again somwhere between sweet malt and roasty malt. Some qualities of each come through- it does not taste bitter or smokey like roasted malts, but has some caramel character to it, and some simple-syrup like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for the style. Feels very refreshing on the tongue.

Overall: One of the best American Oktoberfestbiere that I've had so far this season. We will see how it compares to Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, one of the best German versions of this style, in a few days. Overall, I'm generally pleased and would gladly order this at a bar. Whether I buy it for home consumption remains to be seen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 00:15:22 | More by Beric
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mattbk

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, amber/copper, minimal carbonation.
S: Malty, faint noble hop aroma. Nice.
T: Nice munich malt flavor, backed by subtle bitterness and subtle noble hop flavor. A bit musty, maybe slightly oxidized. Maybe slightly estery, but otherwise fairly clean. A nice beer.
M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation. Appropriate for style.
O: Enjoyable, fairly flawless except for slight oxidation I am getting in taste, simple yet enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 19:05:25 | More by mattbk
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spokeydonkey

New York

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 23:46:37 | More by spokeydonkey
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JParlow

Wisconsin

3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head leaves immediately.

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread; better than most.

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth.

Highly drinkable and certainly worth your dollars.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 17:44:11 | More by JParlow
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Act25

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this brewery alot. And they are pennsy dutch (german) as we like to say back east, so no surprise they shine at Marzen, which is a great session style. This is a great marzen / octoberfest and a "must try".

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a tan head. Not much lace.

Smell: Aroma of toasted dominant malts with caramel and a light fruitiness that increase as the beer warms. The aroma gets better and better.

Taste: Follows the smell. Starts w much bready maltiness and just a bit of caramel sweetness to it. Faint yeast. Lovely finish with soft, tea-like bitterness on the dry, crisp ending. Tannin like. Great food beer, in this case with garden primavera (multi colored peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, onion, over pasta) with melted mozzy.

Mouthfeel: Great! Medium body. Medium carbonation, but feels weighty, solid, satisfying and clean.

Drinkability: This makes my top Marzen list, along with....
Gordon Biersch
www.gordonbiersch.com/‎

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 00:24:21 | More by Act25
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BrotherDylan

California

3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer. I like it more with every sip. Its not instantly seductive but you want more and don't know why. It has a perfect hop bitterness that slowly builds to coat your more with each sip. Sweetness hits your palate immediately and tames the bitterness. Down hops, down! But the hop flavor lingers somewhere between the fight of malt verse bitterness.

The battle wins out with a surprise come-from-behind victory by crispy sweet lager yeast flavor. Not world class, but dam good. worth a six pack, it won't last a week.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 08:23:29 | More by BrotherDylan
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usechopstix4soup

New York

3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into weizen glass, attractive, vibrant amber color with a sustain head. It was too thick but it definitely helped the image of this beer.

Smells of pumpkin and malts under a bready aroma, very Fall.

Taste of biscuits, caramel, and finishes with a nice malty aftertaste.

Medium body, perfect October-time beer. Smell and tastes aren't too complex if that is what you are looking for, but throwing back one or two of these on a nice Autumn day would be ideal.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 16:56:20 | More by usechopstix4soup
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rx-beer

Puerto Rico

4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:48:31 | More by rx-beer
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Amber to light brown with a white head, not much head retention or lacing.
S-Smells very bready, with a hint of sweet caramel, smells decent but the smell didn't get me excited to taste it.
T-Wow, much, much better than the smell, nice caramel taste, and a good sweetness without being too sweet, there's a familiar taste in the finish I can't quite identify, that reminds me of spruce tip beers, but I'm sure that isn't it. Quite good though, surprised me honestly.
M-Pretty full bodied, and very smooth, I really am enjoying this.
O-Very nice beer that surprised me. From my first whiffs of it I thought it was going to be another mediocre Oktoberfest, but once I tasted it I enjoyed it very much, yet another high quality offering from Victory. I'm surprised this isn't rated higher, grab some if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 01:25:46 | More by wonothesane42
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Enjoying while watching the Yankees Orioles game with good company.

A: Nice ruby red, brown color decent lacing. I can dig it.

S: Wow this smells good. Caramel, bread, nuts, all combine to make my senses tingle with pleasure.

T: Tastes better than it smells. This is definitely more along the lines of a german oktoberfest. It's got a great nutty, earthy quality. The sweet malty caramel goodness is there with a pinch of hops to balance it.

M: When compared to other oktoberfests, this is full-bodied.

O: This has surpassed Great Lakes oktoberfest and is now my favorite. Try it, I don't understand the mediocre ratings, this is good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 01:39:45 | More by Givemebeer
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - The beer pours mostly brownish with a copper tinge and a good-sized head that receded fairly rapidly leaving a little lacing on the glass. Slight haze, but mostly clear.

S - Darker malts with a hint of smokiness or nuttiness.

T - Some earthier sweetness with a definite smokey quality. Others have described it as nutty, but I taste smoke.

M - A little on the full-side of medium bodied. Very smooth without a lot going on.

O - I'm not too impressed with this beer. I liked it, but I like to think of Octoberfest beers as something I could sit down with and consume a fair amount of. This doesn't really fit that description.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 14:08:51 | More by Andrew041180
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dasenebler

Maine

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Festbier
8/30/13
12oz, best by 12/16/13

Pours a clear, glowing dark amber. Nice color and great clarity. Head is fizzy and short-lived. No retention or lacing. (3)

Aroma is full of malt, caramel and bread. Touch of fruit or very light ester, but otherwise neither yeasty nor sulfury. (3.5)

Flavor is moderately sweet. Thick malt flavors abound, with notes of caramel, toffee, and date. Hop flavor is completely supporting, just there for a touch of balancing bitterness really. Finish is clean and smooth. Body is medium, carb is a bit too aggressive and large-bubbled. (4, 3.5)

Highly drinkable, would make a great food beer. Another good German style offering from Victory. (3.5)

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 21:19:42 | More by dasenebler
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