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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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83
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1,486 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 64 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SadMachine, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber, some orange, light layer of white foam that splits apart. Malty nose, some cinammon/nutmeg spice. Taste is a rich chewy caramel malt. Hearty malt. There is a barely noticeable hop at the close. Real flavorful marzen, maybe a touch short on bite.

KTCamm, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MAUEX_MFA, Nov 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

Guinnsslvr, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of EvilAsh
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

EvilAsh, Nov 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

tnflyguy, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

aresonantvoice, Nov 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

rm9679, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of tony223366
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful, rich caramel color. Perfect clarity and a 2+ finger off-white colored head. Lots of action from the carbonation. Head retention leaves much to be desired though. It pretty much quickly disappeared.

S: Rich, spicy lager aroma. I get some spiciness from the hops along with some light caramelly malt aroma. Smells exceedingly clean.

T: Taste is really complex and changes throughout the beginning, middle and end. The beginning is all the caramel, bready malts. That leads to a spicy hop flavor that more herbal than anything. The finish is surprisingly toasty. Like toasted nuts. Delicious and interesting!

M: Slick feeling to this beer with a light/medium body. Lots of carbonation which I feel like this beer needs.

O: This beer is surprisingly complex and has a nice bitter finish. Better than I thought it'd be!

tony223366, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jp312, Nov 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

ScottHeidrich119, Nov 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

mrp2323, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

TimoP, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Lovely85, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 29, 2012.

The pour is a slightly hazy medium amber with little to no head.

The aroma is clearly malty and biscuit-like but there is a nutty sensation as well as a vague floral hop hint.

The body is medium and smooth.

The taste is as malty as the aroma and significantly sweeter than what I got on the nose. A modest lingering finish ties it all together. It isn't all that bad and is entirely drinkable.

puboflyons, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jbierling, Oct 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

meehandennis, Oct 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Shakerman, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Gatordaddy, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of tophers
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was too dry for me without the malt backbone that I was expecting. The bitterness didn't seem to blend with the malt very well. I really enjoy Victory beers so I was a little disappointed with this one.

a: Deep amber in color and mostly transparent but a little hazy. Head is not very long lasting and is white in appearance. Ring of head around the glass.

s: Malt aroma consists of a raisin and Munich. Some earthy hop aroma detected. No esters.

t: Dominant malt flavor that is toasty and bready in nature. Some floral hop flavor. Moderate amount of hop bitterness that seems to be more noticeable in the aftertaste.

m: Moderately high carbonation with a moderately light body. Fairly dry finish that may be due to a bit of astringency.

tophers, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lee45102, Oct 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bzach, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper brown color with a modest white cover that dissipates quickly to random swirls. Lacing is fair. The aroma is no doubt cabbage malt with a hint of chocolate and herbal hop. Pretty neat. The flavor is absolutely in keeping with the nose hit. A beautiful malt bath with an herbal hop edge that makes for a lucid, dry feel in a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. A very satisfying Octoberfest beer that I would easily recommend autumnal malt fans.

Durge, Oct 23, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 10-22-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Clear and bright copper beer topped by a healthy off-white head. Very good retention and a fair level of lacing. Lots of carbonation is seen streaming in the glass.

Aromas are rich and malty, with sweet caramel and bready notes. The taste starts off with the malty sweet flavors as noted in the nose, and then features earthy hop bitterness and roasted grains. The bitterness seems a bit high to me for the style.

Medium bodied and a feel of medium to high carbonation. The finish is balanced between the caramel malts and hop bitterness. Overall I liked this Oktoberfest, but would prefer a bit less hop profile.

sommersb, Oct 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jrohrbacher, Oct 23, 2012
Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,486 ratings.