Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
FestbierFestbier

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

727 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

(Read More)
Reviews: 727
Hads: 1,684
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.45%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Festbier Alström Bros
Reviews: 727 | Hads: 1,684
Photo of jed
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown, 12 oz bottle with illustration of two peasants stirring beer. Small blurb explaining the beer. "Enjoy by" date 12/22/05.

Appearance: Pours a solid, reddish brown with one finger of head. Head rapidly shrinks, but around a quarter inch remains with good retention. As the head disappears, it leaves behind a trail of light brown lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Warm aroma, lots of toasted malt without associated citrus or spice of hops. Some caramel sweetness, hint of alcohol lingering.

Taste: Slightly sour mouth with slight hop bitterness, which gives way to toasted malt and lingering sweet notes. Finish leaves behind strong malt and more subdued bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly, a little bit on the thin side. Disappointing.

Drinkability: Would make an excellent session beer, flavorful without being too strong.

Victory Festbier has nothing to set it apart from a large pack of American craft brewers who make Oktoberfest biers. This isn't necessarily meant as a criticism — Festbier is one of many well-executed versions of the style that are good, but not amazing. I'd give the nod to Brooklyn's Oktoberfest over this, but if I found Festbier on tap I'd happily order a pint. (1,237 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear caramel/amber with a short stand of fine, off-white bubbles that showed good retention and a bit of lacing. Malty aroma with some toasty caramel, a slight smokiness and faint hops. A malty, caramel flavoured brew, the moderate bitterness continued and increased into the finish. Overall, a very clean grain flavour with some toastiness that's balanced by moderate hop flavour. Very smooth texture, medium carbonation, some residual sweetness and sugar. Clean, malty, and tasty -- an enjoyable offering from Victory. (521 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours a copper shade in color, with a fizzy, pop-like head that almost immediately dissappears. The nose is packed with a rich, sweet malty scent. Smells delicious. The taste is also malty, but with a slight hop bitterness, or maybe tangy-ness, towards the end. The sip finishes with an odd aftertaste that I just cant seem to figure out. The mouthfeel is crappy. Maybe not terrible, but too thin and too fizzy when it first hits the palate. Drinkability is average. There are a lot better octoberfests out there, this one isnt terrible but it really isnt anything to get excited about. (589 characters)

Photo of kpantz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Executive Review: Not Victory's best, but still a great Oktoberfest...one of my favorite American versions (along with Brooklyn).

Appearance: Clear copper/gold with a small head that quickly reduces to a ring.

Smell: Not as fest-y as I'm used to...kinda thin. Definite malt presence, but comes up a bit short for my tastes.

Taste: Very nice. Not overpowering, but not without character. It's got a solid malt backbone with a shot of spice. No notable hop presence here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. I'd use this as a beer to carry you into fall, not out of it. Definitely suited for the milder autumn nights.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. A good fall session beer. Less than 6% ABV and no overpowering flavor or body so as to make this tough to drink more than once. I could easily cozy up with a sixer and call it a night! (838 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-orange color. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma mostly carmely malts, with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is again, mostly sweet carmel malts, with a cleansing and balancing hop finish. Carbonation helps with the clearing of the pallate. Clean beer all around. Maybe a touch higher FG for me. Perhaps my fall season, this IS the seission beer to have. I'm starting to like and appreciate Victory more and more. (427 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a super clear amber brown color with a huge bubbly white head.
Its aroma is malty and a bit spicy.
As this brew first hits your tongue, it begins a bit watery then a malt character comes in followed by the hops. This is a nicely balanced Oktoberfest, a bit toasty and bready.
Light mouth feel and is generously carbonated. (341 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangish out of the bottle. Thin white layer forms on top, less than one finger head. Smell is malty with some spices mixed in. Taste is a little bitter with a stale taste. Not as malty as other Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Not one of Victory's better offerings. (292 characters)

Photo of EPseja
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a sixtel of this from Andy's in Bogota, NJ for a pary I had this weekend. There is no substitute! Draught beer for a party rules over any other means - especially when it comes to spreading the good BA word. Drank it from 1/2 yards all evening long.

A - Poured a beautiful clear amber honey colored brown with a very respectable head. Good for an Oktoberfest bier.

S - Mildly yeasty maltiness with a hint of hops. Clean and fresh. No detriments.

T - Straight up caramel malts off the bat. Not overly sweet, to it's credit. The finish brings about a nice, subdued hoppy dryness, without being obtrusive. Easy!

M - Mildly carbonated, rising to an even froth before the finish. Very easy to drink as a session beer.

D - So so easy! The moutfeel and taste make this an easy drinker. You could only be so lucky as to be able to score a mini-keg of this as I did. (876 characters)

Photo of raven3131
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was a little dissapointed with this offering - though the color is good I found the nose a little soft, and had to really work it to bring out the character. First sip didn't deliver the roasted malt flavor I am used to from a Oktoberfest lager. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice fall beer, well made and very easy to drink - but I know Victory can do better. I typically look for more initial mouthfeel in alcohol and malt in a fest beer - the spice was faint, but there by the end. (486 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz oured into a pint glass. It looks like the date is jetted on the label, but its unreadable.

Clear amber, with a rather small white head that shows some retention and stickyness.

Malts that are a bit roasted with some floral hops that are a bit spicy.

Starts off with sweet malts, and a little caramel and toast. Fades nicely into bitter hops with a nice crisp bite from the carbonation that almost clears the palate but leaves some toast in its wake.

The body has a nice balance between the swet malts and the carbonation and hop combo. Best Okto I've had this year. Could drink it all night. (609 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great deep copper color but crystal clear. Not much to speak of with the head but a nice level of carbonation gives it a little life. Smell is faint malt and some yeast bread tones. Taste is well balanced with some nutty tones but mostly just basic malt without being sweet. Nice mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Very drinkable beer, i went through this 12 oz very quickly. The best of the oktoberfest i've had this year. Another solid offering from victory and highly recomended. (488 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice fall offering from Victory. Poured out to an orange color with a nice 1/4 inch head. Lacing was absent in this brew's presentation. Medium carbonation. Aromas of malts and bread are detected, as is grain and mild hops. Taste is robust, yet smooth; flavors of malt, hops and minor spice are all present, with a toasted like character filling the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was crisp and smooth, while remaining quite thirst quenching. Good drinkability. This could be a good football game day beer. Recommended. (512 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bb 12/12/05

deep orange color, thin stream of lively carbonation and a respectable head of smooth velvet and coarse bubbles. solid lacing. aroma screams lager yeast with a perfectly subtle malt richness and the faintest hint of hops. so drinkable and refreshing. light black pepper notes and a crisp autumn malt sweetness are detectable.. full bodied but light in terms of gravity, this beer goes down in big gulps. so fresh... unbelievable. carbonation, freshness, hop spice and malt smokiness add a faux-sense of fall spice... when in reality, this is nothing more than a well crafted, four ingredient beer. mild hint of alcohol in the finish is the only negative i can see here. difficult beer to get right- bill and ron have done it. (740 characters)

Photo of jaluria
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored brew with an off-white colored head. Not much retention of the head nor much lacing. Relatively transparent considering the color. I can't really detect anything with my nose. I smell malt and some dried fruit, but it's faint. The taste is a good representation of the style; smooth and refreshing without being overly sweet or bitter. A balanced beer that lacks both complexity and any distinct features. Overall an enjoyable beer during Oktoberfest, but not one that I would want to have often throughout the year. (531 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good example of the style, very flavorful yet light and refreshing making it easily sessionable.

Pours a medium clear amber in color with a wispy white head that had a nice creamy crown that retained throughout. Very malty in the nose, slightly nutty, some hop presence, but not very much. Taste is quite malty, sweet but with a good bitterness background to it to even out the whole affair. I could drink a lot of this.

Slàinte! (443 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent Octoberfest beir from one of my favorite breweries. It had a good fall oragne color with a clean white head that gives lacing in the glass. The smell is clean muted heavy malt and a bit of spciy acidic hops. It has the traditional Marzen taste that I have come to expect of these beers, but the malt seems weak a little. Overall it is a good clean beer that can be enjoy enmass and would be a solid session beir all session. (433 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sparkingly clear dense copper, forming a modest off-white head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is nothing to write home about...rather dull with a few intermittent notes of caramel and cheap Wisconsin, aka A.Schell, amber lager. Though not quite as bad, it's a relatively clean ferment and doesn't offend, yet doesn't stick out either. The flavor is soft and mild with a very nice mild toasty nuttiness and a mild, rounded malt body. Hops are delicately in balance here and tend to be a little on the spicier side towards the finish. The mouthfeel is exceedingly soft throughout the middle and ends with a little roasted grain tannin astringency. Caramel is never appreciated, thank god. Oddly enough, I pick up freshly tilled soil and forest mushroom in the aftertaste.

A very good interpretation of the style. Although the aroma had me second guessing this one, I was pleasantly surprised with the taste and enjoy it as far as Oktoberfest's go (typically not my bag). (1,017 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a copper toned amber with a decent white head that sticks around. Lots of sticky lacing tries it's best to cling.
Smell is of rich malt, a bit of sweet fruit, a touch of sour bread, along with a mild helping of hops for good measure.
Taste is a nice blend of the above making for a nice rendition of the style with just enough difference to make it a Victory beer.
Mouthfeel is malty sweet with some sours and bitters and a crispness on the tongue and palate.
Pretty enjoyable. (489 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice though somewhat on the darker side amber color. Not a lot of head. Big malty and sweet aroma. Malt dominates the flavor with a fair amount of sweetness. Low bitterness. Nice,creamy mouthfeel. Not to sure if this is to style but its very smooth and full. Good drinkability-a damn good lager. A bit heftier then an average fest beer but damn enjoyable. (360 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper color with a on-finger tan head that fades somewhat speedily. Not a lot of carbonation.

Nose is all malt, with a bit of an earthy/nutty tone that blends nicely with a baked-bread/biscuity scent. The label speaks of some hop presence, but I'm not sniffing it.

Flavor is predominantly biscuity malts with a light nuttiness that keeps coming through pretty clearly. On the back end there's a little sweet, almost minty flavor. Kind of dry on the finish.

Big qualm is that the mouthfeel is a bit thin for all the malt in there. It almost comes off a bit watery, and it kind of distracts me.

Overall: Not a great O-fest, definitely not my favorite Victory, but not a bad example to sneak in a mixed sixer of O-fests. (751 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm surprised how thick and heavy this is. The moutfeel is surprisingly creamy, and the beer goes down heavy. This is not what I wanted out of a marzen. The taste is grainy, with a little hops and a little maltiness. There's not much to say. It goes down hard, but the taste isn't complex enough or stron enough to explain why it goes down that way. Eh, Oktoberfest only comes once a year. (389 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 JackStraw22
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear amber body, very nice to look at. About an inch of off-white head. Retention wasn't great.

Smell: Nice nutty aroma, malty but not sweet. Slightly spicy.

Taste/feel: Clean malty taste at first. Crisp mouthfeel and a light clean bitterness. There's a big nutty/cheesey aftertaste that gets addictive the more I drink.

Good Oktoberfest beer, certainly worth a try. (409 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bright copper with a finger of off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Smell is a slightly roasted malt with a touch of nuttiness and maybe some cinammon. Taste is a big doughy malt extravaganza, laced with caramel and nuts, with a noticeable amount of flowery hops hitting at the end of a sip and lingering into the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel, this is a pleasure to drink. I've really been looking forward to Oktoberfest beers, and this one really hits the spot. I will be buying again this season. (546 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a clear deep amber color with creamy white head. Smell is nutty, malty, and bread-like. Taste follows through with a robust maltiness and toatsed nutts. Finishes big and malty with little hops present. A really good drinking session beer that I look forward to each year. (278 characters)

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