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Festbier - Victory Brewing Company

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769 Reviews

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Reviews: 769
Hads: 1,853
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 19.84%
Wants: 32
Gots: 207 | 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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Reviews: 769 | Hads: 1,853
Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%

Bottle DD 24 Dec 14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (<1 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body medium orange, chill haze
Flavor of malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.75, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 2.75, Overall 2.8125. Final weighted score: 2.8125.
Chill haze and tiny head/no lacing detract from appearance. The malt overpowers the hops resulting in an unbalanced brew. Carbonation is just a little too lively, bordering on aggressive.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.6% abv

Appearance- Cloudy orange amber with a two finger slightly off white head that dissipates.

Smell- Lemon along with some fresh caramel malt and honey.

Taste- Rich caramel malt flavor. Toasted cracker tastes goes on to a mild bitterness as far as this style goes. A short and simple flavor profile but quite lively.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin with great carbonation. Crisp.

Overall- A near perfect octoberfest in my opinion. So flavorful. The malt taste in this beer is great. Well done and a must try oktoberfest!

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Photo of Scrapss
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from the bottle into a ghandi-bot tulip.

A: Beautiful dark orange with compact head that dissipates into a very thin ring.

S: Malty, big caramel malts. Beautiful. Yeast and hops are mild and very much in the background.

T: Follows nose and is perfect velvety creamy and very slightly slick on the palate. Roasted honey sweet like notes and some of the hops present as tea-like.

M: creamy, medium full end of the spectrum. finishes with that tea-like note and then goes creamy and sweet but never cloying.

O: very nice and perfect for fall.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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Photo of JWU
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Growler fill straight from the brewery in Downingtown, PA

A: a beautiful dark amber, with a light khaki head. Nice lacing.

S- very bready, with caramel, some light herbal hops.

T- Very forward with the breadiness, then caramel hits, before a big toasted and light herbal hop finish. As good or better than the German offerings.

M- Medium Carbonation and medium body.

O- I love Marzen's and I love Festbier. Bring on more.

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Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09/26/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great first impression. Tremendous balance with a touch of toasty/burnt sugar. Envision a wide spectrum of flavor with a punch up in the middle w/bittersweet. Seems a bit on the heavy side for more than a pair o' pints, but worthy overall.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Festbier has a medium, cream-colored head, a bright, yet hazy, orange/amber appearance, some bubble streams and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, syrupy bread crust, medium-roasted malt, and a slight hop zing. Taste is of all of those elements, and there is even a bit of sourness, here. Mouthfeel is medium, and Victory Festbier finishes crisp, refreshing, and absolutely and completely drinkable. Overall, this is really very delicious!


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Photo of ONUMello
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best by 1/6/14 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy burnt-orange color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of malt, a bit of caramel, bread aromas
T: Matches the nose. A bit sweet, just the slightest kiss of hops but mostly leavened whole-grain dough
M: Medium-bodied with an unexpected tickle of carbonation
O: A bit sweet for my tastes, pleasant overall

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip; glowing amber-orange with a moderate white head that foams up and then descends quickly into a ring of bubbles with some patches of single-bubble-thick foam floating around.
Smell is soft bready malt, with a crisp twang of hops at the end.
Taste follows the nose, bready toasted malt with a crisp finish of earthy/bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste is semi-dry, with a crisp pinch of planty hop bitterness melding with breadiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, crisp and well-carbonated.
Overall, a tasty and simple beer. I could definitely drink a few of these.

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Photo of Omnium
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear dark orange, half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Sweet malt, some grains, a touch of floral quality, some caramel.
T - Balanced sweetness, dried flowers, grain, caramel, bread, light herbal touch.
M - Smooth, and moderately clean, a bit dry on finish.
O - Good marzen style of beer, Victory is usually reliable when it comes to their styles.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber to light brown and clear, some sustaining head at edges. Smell there isn't much, mildly sweet, little nutty, reminds me a little of the candy burnt peanuts.

The taste is similar to the smell, some nutty sweetness before the lager bitterness grabs hold to turn the taste a little fruity, a hint of preachiness. The taste end very crisply, like a nice lager should.

A nice beer, but I think it lacks a little bitterness bite near the end like I expect in an Oktoberfest. Would be a decent choice for a fall session beer, for sure, however.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of mverity
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of seanlanefuller
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of kaufmaal
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of vkv822
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Festbier from Victory Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.